Archive for February, 2013

02/11/2013

Web Extra: More Parties to Die For

[easyrotator]erc_77_1360612074[/easyrotator] Looking for even more parties to die for? Here are some more behind-the-scenes photos from just a few of Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes’ over-the-top events. Rainer and Wolfes will be speaking at this year’s Ringling in Bloom; to read their party-planning tips, click here. Related Articles: Web Extra: Historic Egmont Key “If It’s […]

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02/1/2013

Restaurant Review: Yummy House

By John Bancroft The marvelously well-named Yummy House on the North Trail is first and foremost an excellent restaurant serving delicious dishes, both familiar and exotic, in a pleasant, upbeat dining room done in understated earth colors and with tables dressed in white cloths. That its primary fare is Hong Kong/Cantonese is a deliriously happy […]

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02/1/2013

Silver Stars: The Best Silver Serveware From Local Shops

By Carol Tisch 1 Fresh catch from the January gift fairs: just-introduced Mariposa serving bowls in recycled aluminum like Sea Border ($144) or Oceanus Starfish with aqua porcelain glaze ($159). White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782. 2 Super bowls by superstar designers for Alessi include the stri-kingly simple stainless steel Ovale […]

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02/1/2013

Good Deal: Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

By John Bancroft The place: Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, 301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-2271. The goods: Nancy Krohngold describes her cozy Florida retro restaurant—the one with the red tractor out front at the corner of Ringling and Pineapple—as “a fast casual barbecue joint.” The drill: Regular readers know we love Nancy’s for all the right […]

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02/1/2013

The Best Happy Hours in Sarasota

Great food, drink and prices make the early hours at some top restaurants the best. John Bancroft sips, tastes—and tells.

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02/1/2013

What I’m Drinking

By John Bancroft Time flies like Cupid’s arrow, doesn’t it? Already it’s February again, the short month with the great good fortune to host the best of all holidays, St. Valentine’s Day. We’ve enthused before about the pairing of big red wines and dark chocolate as an eminently correct holiday treat. This year we thought […]

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02/1/2013

February Highlights

By Kay Kipling Nick Wallenda appears with Circus Sarasota, through Feb. 15.   Art Venice Art Center. A portrait and figure open show continues through Feb. 15, with a special fine arts show also set for Feb. 23 and 24. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. Remaining on view through Feb. 16: Phases of Identity, a collaborative installation […]

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02/1/2013

Party Girl

What impressed me most, in an extremely impressive evening, was that the attendees at the Designing Women Boutique 10th anniversary gala genuinely enjoy each other’s company. So often at such events, if the people in the room even know each other, that’s about the extent of their relationships. But at the Designing Women Gala, the […]

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02/1/2013

WEB EXTRA: Wine and Cheese Pairings

“There are so many [wine-pairing] options because there are so many wonderful cheeses out there,” says sommelier Julie Pepi, who also shares her favorite wines to go with bar-food favorites in our February issue. “This is only a snapshot of what wines can be paired with certain cheeses; just because you don’t see pinot noir […]

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02/1/2013

Heritage on the Half Shell

By Tony D’Souza I first came to Florida the way I imagine many Midwesterners did: as a kid, uncomfortably strapped into the back seat of my parents’ car. We traveled to Longboat Key during the mid-’80s, and I remember those trips as a 10-, 11-, and 12-year-old being filled with mental and physical tests along […]

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