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July 2011

Fresh Off the Still

Siesta Key’s gold and silver rums. Coming very soon: a spiced variety. Some days, my job ain’t so bad. Like, for instance, last Thursday. I had to interview Troy Roberts for a Biz(941) story—just a little interview, easy enough to do over the phone. Except Troy is the founder/owner/operator/chief dishwasher at Drum Circle Distilling—makers of […]

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July 2011

Sports Heaven

I told you! I TOLD YOU! Sunday’s much-anticipated quarterfinal World Cup match, U.S. versus Brazil, was epic, as the kids—and now, professional journalists—say. It had everything—highs, lows, heroes, villains, early scores, ridiculous calls, unconscionable time-wasting and, best of all, a literal last-minute, shorthanded comeback. Wow. I tried to write a slightly more detailed rundown than […]

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June 2011

Chicks with Kicks

[Edited July 1 to add: I’m off on grand adventures (read: mowing the lawn) while our office is closed July 4-8; in the meantime, check out my latest entry in our Off-Season Survival Guide.] God bless the women’s World Cup—just the thing to spice up this stretch of spectator sport desert between the Stanley Cup Finals […]

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June 2011

A Welcome Change of Pace

Big J sidled up to me on the treadmills at Uppercut on Monday, and we discussed our weekends while warming up (so to speak). “I dunno,” he sighed. “I just haven’t felt like doing much lately.” “Dude,” I said. “It’s the heat.” And then we proceeded to swing a sledgehammer in the steamy parking lot […]

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June 2011

Still Savoring

Two weeks ago we kicked off Savor Sarasota with a fantastic media tasting at Libby’s. Tuesday night could’ve been the capper, since our much beloved restaurant “week” officially ended on the 14th. But as of this writing, two-thirds of the participating restaurants have officially extended their three-course prix-fixe deals through to the end of June […]

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June 2011

Life’s Stages

Ok, I really think I’m still having a crisis about turning 30, y’all. And that’s something, ‘cause I’m about to turn 32, so, y’know, ‘bout time to get over it. I had a dream the other night that took me through, as I told Web Editor Megan, all the stages of childbirth, “from labor to […]

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June 2011

The Savor Sarasota Dilemma

Good ol’ Savor Sarasota. Nothing like a “limited-time offer” to inspire you to go out and do the things you should have been doing anyway. I think I always feel obligated to check out those local restaurants I’ve yet to check out, but Savor Sarasota puts a list right in front of me and says, […]

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May 2011

International Travel

Dinner with the ‘rents the other night, the conversation kept returning to far off wonders and distant lands. Next week, Ma and Pa will make their first ever trip across the pond (I was going to say it was their first trip outside the country, but I just remembered their train tour of western Canada […]

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May 2011

Romance

Web Editor Megan just sent me this story from Slate, about the ways romance unfolds in a bookstore culture. It’s fun, not just to find metaphors for our lives in our lives (I love the sensual idea of a book’s “spine”), but also to simplify our lives into little subcultures that add shades of meaning […]

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May 2011

The Scheduling Game

Organizing my schedule is (like pretty much anything else to me) a sport. Sometimes you have to sit back and pick your moments as the action swirls around you; be prepared for an opportunity, but don’t lunge in or try to take matters into your own hands, or you’ll wind up missing the play. Other […]

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