Archive for March, 2013

03/1/2013

Foodologist

By John Bancroft “If it sparkles, I like it,” confides pastry chef and wedding cake designer Lyndsy McDonald. We guessed as much from her conversation, which sparkles with enthusiasm for her art and her business, Pastries By Design, located at 10667 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch. For The Record: The biggest wedding cake McDonald has […]

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03/1/2013

Baseball Hero

By Dan Connolly   It took some time—into the middle of his sixth decade, in fact—before Buck Showalter could be content being Buck Showalter. Sports pundits and baseball fans have criticized him as an unyielding perfectionist and taskmaster. They’ve said he’s too intense, and that his constant motor and exacting eye for detail eventually wear […]

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03/1/2013

Mr. Chatterbox: March 2013

I’m getting over the flu—I think. There are still spasmodic coughing fits and some phantom twinges of pain, and my energy level has yet to return. It was a horrible experience, but for once I feel proud that I really nailed it. I hit it right at the peak of the epidemic and consequently should […]

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03/1/2013

Luxury Homes: On the Homefront

By Ilene Denton Our real estate market may not be quite as red hot as D.C.’s, where, the Washington Post reported at year’s end, a 2,850-square-foot townhouse near Capitol Hill got 168 offers and ended up selling for $400,000 over asking price. But we’re no slouches, either. The Sarasota Association of Realtors announced that its […]

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03/1/2013

Starting Over

Sarasota consistently ranks as one of the top places for baby boomers to retire, but many of those new arrivals have no intention of pursuing a life of leisure. Yes, they’ve left behind their former careers for a warmer climate and our city’s cultural and natural amenities—but “retire?” “That’s a horrible word,” says Pat Gussin, […]

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03/1/2013

Restaurant Review: Harry’s Continental Kitchens

By John Bancroft Harry’s Continental Kitchens, long a stalwart on Longboat Key, is at the heart of what has become a mini gourmet empire at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and St. Judes Drive. Catering services, a corner store (not your average convenience store), deli and wine shop now complement a restaurant that […]

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03/1/2013

The Looks of Spring

Fashion I.Q. columnist and blogger Heather Dunhill reports on spring 2013 fashion trends.

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03/1/2013

The Luxury Home: Natural Glow

By Ilene Denton Banish the inclination to equate natural materials with granola and Birkenstocks. In this knockout Ritz-Carlton penthouse apartment, interior designer Sally Trout demonstrates that stone, shell, wool and different types of wood create a supremely sophisticated look and feel. We asked Trout about the project.   This home feels so grown-up. How did […]

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03/1/2013

Freeze Frame: Acapulco Tropical

  Acapulco Tropical, a Hispanic and Caribbean store and restaurant on First Street in Bradenton, is “more like a lot of little stores in one building,” says manager Joey Leyva. In the middle is a specialty grocery store stocked with food, drinks, snacks, toys, even piñatas, surrounded by a full-scale meat shop on one side […]

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03/1/2013

Voyages of a Lifetime

By Carol Tisch Baltic Sea White nights and midnight sun Each port of call on a Baltic Sea cruise is instant immersion into history, art and architecture largely unfamiliar to American travelers. A dreamy sojourn in St. Petersburg is often the impetus for signing up. But once you’re sure you’ll be in Czarist Russia’s pièce […]

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