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dR PUBLISHER’S LETTER Dear Reader, This is the time of year to get outdoors and enjoy the waterfront living in Florida. We have several dR REAL ESTATE editorials featuring special properties you will want to be sure to read about. They are: Chateau de Willadel in Belleair, Terra Verde Estate, and Villa Michelle both on Tierra Verde Island. dR HOME features Hot Seats which includes photos and descriptions of attractive outdoor patio seating with unusual shapes and appearances. No doubt this will entice you to get outdoors whether your home is on the water or you enjoy other beautiful views from your home patio. If you are in the mood to get away from home, while staying in the Tampa Bay area, dR QUICK GETAWAY features the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. This is the newest beachfront resort on the west coast of Florida—you won’t want to miss the photos and editorial on pages 12 and13. Our dR AROUND THE BAY section highlights other local eateries and boutiques that you will want to check out. And, you won’t want to miss the interview with the Cirque du Soleil Alegria Assistant Artistic Director, Sheryl Lynne Valensky in the dR FEATURE. In dR TRAVEL, we take you away to London. With all the excitement of the royal wedding recently, and the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2012, London is the place to explore now. Read all about it in pages 16 through 19. And, last but certainly not least, my favorite feature, dR AUTO. This month we show you the Maserati Gran Turismo MC. With a six-speed transmission, 442 hp, 376 lb-ft torque, and 4.7 liter V8 engine, this car not only looks good, but is also great fun to drive. As always, if are you going to a local charity event please e-mail us photos, names and email addresses, and we will recognize you and your event in dR PARTY. I hope you will take the time to review all the pages of this month’s issue of the duPont REGISTRYTM. Enjoy!

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Here in Florida, it’s so easy to take our backyard for granted. Imagine, however, a slightly new backyard view: Clearwater Beach’s breathtaking Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. The newest beachfront resort on Florida’s west coast is close to home for a quick getaway, yet it delivers a whole new tropical island experience that includes West Indies décor, spacious balconies and views of pure white sands and spectacular azure waters. Having just opened its doors last year, the AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach has raised the bar for dining, service and amenities in the Tampa Bay area. Already the resort has become notable for its award-winning cuisine. You need relaxation? The eco-coastal Sandava Spa features unique Floridian spa treatments such as the Key Lime Mineral Wrap, the Sun-warmed Shell Massage and more. To raise the bar further, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach has introduced never-before-seen services and amenities. Twenty air-conditioned cabanas alongside the eighth-floor infinity pool are available for full-day rental to non-resort guests. Each private cabana provides the luxuries of a high definition flat screen TV, wet bar and private bath, plus the ease and convenience of a room-service call button. Best of all, the resort is located on Clearwater Beach’s new multi-million-dollar Beach Walk, providing guests with easy access to the destination’s wealth of events and activities. Summertime favorites include Pier 60’s nightly sunset parties and the annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, taking place May 8 through 14 of this year. The resort’s SHOR American Seafood Grill, featured at this year’s Restaurant Week, received the 2010 People’s Choice Best Taste Award from Taste of Clearwater.


The regionally inspired, fresh seafood and American cuisine are only rivaled by the restaurant’s impressive show kitchen, optional outdoor dining and spectacular gulf views from expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows. Menu highlights include pan-seared black grouper and house-made lobster ravioli with side dishes such as roasted chorizo potatoes and mint-basil asparagus. Rounding out the menu, the decadent dessert list comforts diners with old fashioned favorites such as an oversized root beer float, crème brûlée, flourless chocolate cake and warm bread pudding. SWIM, another local favorite for gulf-front dining, is Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach’s casual poolside bar and grill. Located on the eighth-floor, open-air pool deck, SWIM draws a regular crowd with a Pan-Latino menu of small plates and resort-style appetizers, sandwiches and burgers. These poolside cravings are served alongside a spectacular, panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico and are the perfect complement to Clearwater’s famous sunsets. Perfect for either a pre- or post-dinner treat, the resort’s new Beach Club Wine Bar offers a wide selection of wines and cheeses in the comfort and style of an elegantly-appointed beach club. Open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., the Beach Club Wine Bar features an outdoor patio, three flat screen televisions, sophisticated bar games and live nightly music from 7 to 11 p.m. The resort features a new game room for kids to compete in Xbox Kinect tournaments, ring toss, washer toss, ladder toss and competitive board games. Guests can also gather together to enjoy a complimentary feature movie and popcorn nightly at 7 p.m. For groups, meetings and conventions, new locally and seasonally inspired banquet menus are also available. Changing three times each year, these unique menus are focused on responsible eating on every level, including environmental and social sustainability. duPont REGISTRY readers receive 20 percent off all daily room rates by referencing special offer code “LOEVR” when making reservations. This offer is based on availability and is valid now through December 30, 2011. Reservations can be made by visiting or calling 1-800-233-1234. SHOR restaurant patrons receive complimentary valet parking and can make reservations by calling the resort directly. dR 13

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London Calling By Susan B. Barnes

There’s so much to see and do in London, any visit is nearly a whirlwind. When your time comes to an end, you’ll surely wind up with minds filled with priceless images and memories. “All the world’s a stage…”, Shakespeare wrote hundreds of years ago in As You Like It. With the recent Royal Wedding and the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics, that sentiment couldn’t be more true than it is right now for London, and the city’s shining bright in the spotlight. In preparation for the events that have thrust the city into the limelight, famous landmarks are being buffed and polished to take center stage. Now is the perfect time to cross the pond and visit London! Planning a visit to London can be challenging, however. Just how does one choose what to see and do in a city bursting at the seams with worldclass museums, theatres, restaurants and shopping; historical sites that span hundreds of years; and so much more? Well, you could do what my husband and I, along with our friends, did on a recent visit—a taste of everything!

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The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square could take a week to enjoy in its own right. Works by Cézanne, Michelangelo, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Seurat—the list goes on and on—adorn the walls of more than 60 galleries. It’s mind-blowing! On our visit, we stumbled in without a plan—what a mistake that was! After wandering aimlessly for an hour or so, we left overwhelmed. That night we consulted one of our guide books—“I didn’t know van Gogh’s Sunflowers was there!,” exclaimed our friend—and set up an itinerary for a subsequent visit. The gallery is so massive, so impressive, that it does indeed warrant its own specialized plan.

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previous page: National Gallery on Trafalgar Square; clockwise: Spring at Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen of England; Kew Palace, in Kew Gardens, is one of Prince Charles’ favorites; Kensington Palace is where Princess Diana lived; Hampton Court Palace transports you back to the 16th century.

Live Like a King … or Queen! For a taste of the royal life, Historic Royal Palaces are sprinkled throughout London and the surrounding countryside, each with its own distinct personality, and each steeped in history. The Tower of London, right on the River Thames in London’s City Center with the iconic Tower Bridge in the distance, was the site of many gruesome tales. During a visit, be sure to get in on a tour with a Yeoman Warder— a fun and informative way to learn all about the Tower 17

and its residents over the years. You’ll see the spot where Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded for not giving her husband King Henry VIII a male heir; the breathtaking Crown Jewels; 500 years of royal armor in Fit For a King; and even catch a glimpse of the Tower ravens. Legend has it that “the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.” Once you see how the ravens are doted upon by the Raven Master, you have to wonder why they’d ever leave! Originally inhabited by King William III and Queen Mary II in the late 1600s, Kensington Palace is famously known as Princess Diana’s home, both during and after her marriage to Prince Charles. The palace is undergoing major renovations in preparation for a 2012 reopening, but there is plenty to see and do, including “The Enchanted Palace,” a maze of rooms inspired by the seven princesses who lived in the palace. Do note, however, that Princess Diana’s apartments are not part

of the visitor experience and are still in use by the Royal Family. Kew Palace, in Kew Gardens, is a quaint (as far as palaces go!) palace where King Edward III and Queen Caroline lived in the early 1700s. Ten years of extensive renovations, completed in 2006, revealed the original paint and wallpaper used to decorate the palace, all of which was lovingly restored to its original splendor. After its renovation, Prince Charles, who was keen on the renovations, held Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday party in the palace. For a true walk through royal history, visit Hampton Court Palace in Surrey. A relaxing train ride will deposit you back to the 16th century, when King Henry VIII roamed the halls, followed by six other monarchs. Henry VIII’s Kitchens, the Chapel Royal, the Great Hall and the Great Vine are all highlights of the palace, and not to be missed are the architectural highlights and astounding attention to details, from the ceilings to the chimneys to the furniture and artwork.

Whatever the weather, stroll through the gardens, including the Privy Garden, carefully tended to by 42 full-time gardeners—talk about a horticulturalist’s dream job! The royals took their gardens seriously, and you’ll reap the visionary rewards! For a real twist, meander through the Hampton Court Maze, begun in 1690 as a form of entertainment for William III. Let your mind wander to all the royals who have crossed the paths before you.

Tea for Two Afternoon tea is a tradition throughout the United Kingdom, made popular in the 1660s by Catherine of Braganza, “… a Portuguese princess, and a tea addict.” It is estimated that 120 million cups of tea are enjoyed every day in the UK, and there are plenty of places to find the perfect “cuppa” throughout London. Sip tea like the royals at The Orangery at Kennsington Palace, built in the early 1700s for Queen Anne. The bright and airy

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Housing in the infamous Notting Hill.

British Airways offers non-stop flights from Tampa to London Gatwick; other major airlines fly to London Gatwick and London Heathrow with a layover. From either airport, hire a car or take high-speed train into London. Public transportation within London and its surrounding areas is prevalent, including bus, Tube and taxi; renting a car is unnecessary. CLARIDGE’S Brook Street London W1K 4HR +44 (0)20 7629 8860 HARRODS 87–135 Brompton Rd. Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL +44 (0) 20 7730 1234 HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES Become a member and visit all five Historic Royal Palaces for one price, year-round (£65 joint membership— 2 adults). HAMPTON COURT PALACE Surrey KT8 9AU +44 (0)20 3166 6000 KENSINGTON PALACE STATE APARTMENTS & THE ORANGERY Kensington Gardens London W8 4PX +44 (0)20 3166 6000

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building overlooking the gardens is the perfect place to sit back, relax and reflect upon all you’ve seen and done. Just last month, Claridge’s The Foyer was named London’s Top Afternoon Tea Place for 2011 by the UK Tea Council; the award is considered the “Oscar” of the tea world! Awards of Excellence were also awarded to The Athenaeum, The Savoy and The Ritz, among 13 other notable establishments. Drop by Twinings Tea, established in 1706, and pick your favorite flavor to take some with you to recreate the afternoon tea experience when you return home.

Shop ‘til You Drop—In Just One Store! After seeing how the royals lived for hundreds of years, you may feel inclined to make yourself feel like royalty, too! What better way than shopping! Make plans to visit Knightsbridge, where world-famous Harrods has stood since 1834. Four-and-a-half acres over seven floors are filled with the finest goods, from the latest designer clothes to glinting jewels to shoes you’ll drool over—and so much more! On the ground floor, be sure to walk through the Food Halls, and come hungry… you’ll definitely want to taste the offerings here. Afternoon tea is offered, as well!

Princess and the Pea With seemingly thousands of hotels and accommodations to choose from throughout the city, it can be overwhelming finding a place to stay. To feel like true Londoners, my group opted to rent a twobedroom flat in Notting Hill. With hundreds to choose from, varying in location, size and price, Ivy Lettings is the agency we went through, and Kate was a dream to work with! There’s nothing quite like “going home” to your “own” flat each night to really feel a part of the city! There’s so much to see and do in London, any visit is nearly a whirlwind. When your time comes to an end, you’ll surely wind up like our group—minds filled with priceless images and memories, and plans for the next visit. dR 19

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dR AROUND THE BAY By Janan Talafer

St. Pete Speakeasy Mandarin Hide, (short for hideaway, a takeoff on the lounge’s speakeasy flavor) offers the perfect vibe for evening cocktails. There’s the old-fashioned claw-foot bathtub, usually filled with ice, champagne and beer, but sometimes people who pose for a quick snapshot. The original 1919 stamped tin ceiling is painted vibrant orange. Across from the bar, a beautiful mahogany wall is lit with dozens of candle sconces. Vintage-looking chandeliers, a bison head and a small patio out back add to the charm. The drinks are fun and trendy, like Lemon Haze, made with mint leaves, lemon vodka, limoncello and sour mix, and the oak barrel-aged Manhattans made with small batch Hudson Rye Whisky. 231 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-231-4007.

Pretty in Pink Loyal patrons of La Pink Boutique were happy to learn that the specialty women’s shop recently expanded, doubling its space and offering new lighting, surround-sound music, beautiful wood floors and crown molding, all to make shopping there even more fun. La Pink features clothing, home accessories and gift items, with an extensive line of Vera Bradley merchandise, as well as popular brands Cyntha Steffe, Nanette Lepore, Miss Me Jeans and Voom. “We offer limited quantities and don’t reorder so everyone who shops with us is guaranteed to have a unique one-of-akind look,” says owner Amy Crumpton. “That’s important to us and our customers.” 18035 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa; 813-972-2862. La-Pink Boutique/142747355753253

Steaks on the Grill For customers who know the Louis Pappas brand best for its outstanding Greek food, this is a different twist—Pappas Ranch Steakhouse & Bar with a menu featuring beef, seafood and barbeque in an upscale saloon atmosphere. The menu is diverse and includes everything from cracker-meal crusted catfish and smoked fish spread, to prime rib, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken and steaks. Don’t forget the sides such as sweet potato fries, sweet mango cole slaw and a selection of sweet and tangy, sweet and smoky, white, jalapeno hot and fusion BBQ sauces. Live entertainment on the weekend. 2630 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater; 727-797-9800.   

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Fashion Forward Victoria and Mark Blair have always loved shopping and have an eye for what’s trendy and hot in fashion. Their first venture into retail was The Shop on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg, which opened a few years ago to offer high-end, contemporary, stylish clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and handbags. Now they’ve opened a sister store in South Tampa featuring the same fun, fashionable merchandise from Max and Cleo, Rubber Ducky Dresses, Hollywood Fashion Tape, among others. Most of the merchandise hails from unique vendors the two find in California. Victoria primarily handles The Shop. Mark is in charge of the new place, called The Look Boutique. 2507 South MacDill Boulevard, Tampa; 813-835-5665

South Tampa Style Long-time fans of Suzanne Wightman’s one-of-a-kind art pieces will be delighted to know a smaller, more intimate Art Tart Jewelry boutique is now open. After a few years away, Wightman is back displaying her talent for designing spectacular jewelry using semiprecious stones. Recently, she’s begun reworking vintage pieces, like the heirloom pearl necklace she made into pairs of earrings for each member of the younger generation. A long-time fashion coordinator for a now-closed department store, Wightman loves creating distinct pieces to go with customers’ favorite outfits. “It’s all about the accessories – it’s what separates us from the beasts,” she jokes. 4223 Bay to Bay Boulevard, Tampa; 813-785-8603.

Chocolate Heaven The intensely flavorful chocolate cakes that former restaurateur Emmanuel Roux makes have a secret: they’re flourless, gluten-free and use only environmentally conscious ingredients, such as rich, dark Ecuadorean chocolate that has been Rainforest Alliance-certified; eggs and butter from free-range chickens and pasturefarmed cows, and sugar from South Florida organic sugar cane fields. Serve bite-size pieces of “GateauOChocolat” at room temperature, along with a sprinkle of fresh berries and a dollop of Crème Chantilly (recipe included with the cake). Perfect for dinner parties, with summer cocktails, as corporate gifts and for very indulgent birthday parties. Take-out only. 1120 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-251-1879. dR


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Cirque du Soleil 7 Presents


By Mary Lou Janson


escribing the sights, sensations and spectacle of a Cirque du Soleil performance can be almost as difficult as the physically-demanding, gravitydefying acts featured on stage. The distinctions are many. There are the always elaborate, often elegant and, on occasion, outrageous costumes. And the transformative powers of the cast’s theatrical make-up and masks. There’s also enchanting music and stunning sets. And the intensely energizing and completely mesmerizing feats of strength and power casts flawlessly execute.

But what truly sets Cirque du Soleil apart is its ability to make audiences willingly enter a world filled with unfamiliar characters, embark on unexpected journeys and be captivated by unbelievable pleasures. 26

In these worlds there are no rules. Characters soar overhead, spring forth from floors or slink across the stage. Songs and dialogue lack recognizable words yet are full of meaning. And bodies become lighter than air as they bounce, pounce, float and fly across, around and above the stage. Alegria is a classic Cirque du Soleil show that begins a limited engagement at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa June 22. One of the talented Montreal troupes’ signature productions, Alegria has been wowing audiences wo r l d w i d e since it first debuted in 1994. Throughout the years, performers change and acts are altered to play to the strengths and special talents of new cast members but Cirque du Soleil’s timeless creativity and singular genius remain untouched. duPont REGISTRY recently interviewed Sheryl Lynne Valensky, an assistant artistic director and member of the creative team traveling with Alegria, to learn more about this popular show and what the secret is behind Cirque du Soleil’s on-going success.

What is it like to work for Cirque du Soleil? It is intense and fun. I thought I would tour for six months but that turned into a year and now it has been five years. Alegria is my

third show with Cirque du Soleil and my first opportunity to work on the artistic side. I have been to Brazil, Korea, Mexico and all over the U.S. with this company. It is the most amazing experience to learn from all of these different cultures. I am also privileged to work with and learn from my colleagues.

What are your responsibilities? As an assistant director you have opportunities to work with the artists and be really hands on. Basically, it is an umbrella job. Whatever they ask me to do, that’s my job. Every day is different. I support, help and assist artists and the show in any way I can. I organize workshops for artists and watch the show looking for ways to make improvements or changes. We work 10 weeks on and have two weeks off so that equals 80 shows in a row. Part of our challenge, and what we love to do even with an established show, is to look for ways to innovate. We support and encourage trying to find something different and more visual in performances as a way of stimulating the artists’ creativity and give them new energy that will translate on to the stage and increase their passion for what they do. Cirque du Soleil has a huge talent pool to draw from. There are 55 artists and athletes from 15 different countries in Alegria. We want to bring something different to each show so we encourage the artists to use their skills to do that. Alegria previously was in the Tampa Bay area when it was performed under the Big Top. How does this tour compare? The concept, music and style are impor-

The vibrancy of youth is alive in Power Track (far left), synchronized choreography and tumbling on a trampoline system hidden under the stage floor. Aerial High Bars (above left) features daring aerialists who fly to catchers swinging more than forty feet above the stage. The nostalgic Old Birds (above right) and the Alegria musicians (below).

tant to maintain as well as the artistic vision that created this timeless show. But the arena setting is one difference. It provides a more intimate experience. For instance, at the arena in Charlotte, N.C. the front row is about 2 ½ feet from the stage. Any live entertainment allows you to see the same show many times but see something different each time. A Cirque du Soleil show is an experience that lets everyone interpret what they are seeing differently, find whatever is their favor part of the show and focus on something that may be different from anyone else’s favorite part. Every show is created by a different team, with a different vision and in a different environment. No two shows are the same. And people expect that. We don’t focus on a story line too much. The music is written for each show and the lyrics are a mixture of influences or made up words from various cultures. That helps the shows remain global.

What makes Cirque du Soleil so successful and Alegria so popular? Audiences know to expect the unex-

pected. There will always be some level of expectation but we will manage to exceed that. That’s what makes the shows and the brand so unique.

Alegria is a full sensory experience. The show is visually stunning to watch—the costume, settings, make-up and lighting are all beautiful. And, while you are watching all of this, you are listening to music. All of this activity around you heightens the senses so every single sense is involved. You feel like you have just celebrated something and

that you are part of the celebration that’s at the end of this show. Alegria makes you feel and makes you think. The acts, the music and the characters are also fun to introduce to new generations. These shows appeal to anyone from six to 80 years old. So even if you already know how awesome Alegria is, maybe you will want to bring your children or your grandparents so they can see what you love about it. It is really great to watch people’s reactions. Alegria is not about using a lot of technology. It showcases the capabilities of the human body and what artists can do when performing live. The first Cirque du Soleil show I ever saw was La Nouba in Orlando. I was sitting in the fifth row and my jaw hit the floor. I wondered how in the world they could do what they were doing. That’s when I first knew I wanted to work for Cirque du Soleil. For show and ticket information, visit or call 1-800-745-3000. dR 27

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Perfect Grilling


Tips From Tampa Bay’s Experts Summertime and the livin’ is easy… the smoke’s rising, the meat’s searing and the cocktails are mixing. With Tampa Bay’s heat wave just starting to kick in and Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to hone your technique for perfect grilling. The duPont REGISTRY asked local experts for their advice to help you get started.


1. What’s the secret to that perfect char? Extremely high heat for a short amount of time is the key to that beautiful dark crust on steak, according to Doug Driscoll of Just Grillin. “The heat caramelizes the protein and melts the fat, making the steak juicy inside and slightly crisp on the outside.”

3. Which grill for the job?

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Gas, infrared, charcoal or wood – it’s a matter of individual preference. “With the right tools you can pretty much do anything you want, given some practice and training,” says Driscoll. Most high-end gas grills now have infrared capability, a feature that offers a number of benefits, including a quick preheat, even temperature distribution and the capability of reaching up to 1100 to 1400 degrees, says Driscoll. Lynn Kislin, of Appliance Gallery, agrees. “Infrared is ideal for searing the meat, sealing in the juices and giving that charbroil flavor similar to a Ruth’s Chris or Bern’s,” she says. For a slightly different technique, Nathan Parker of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suggests placing the meat on the infrared burner first and then moving it over to let it cook slowly with indirect heat. “This works really well for London Broil,” he says. “You can sear it like a steak and then use indirect heat so it doesn’t overcook.” Which brand name is best? TEC, Lynx, Dynamite Cooking Systems, Alfresco and Viking are among the top-quality gas and infrared grills that offer great results and an abundance of convenient extras, such as integrated rotisseries, dedicated smokers, deep fryer and even lights inside the hood.

This ultimate outdoor kitchen was designed and furnished by Just Grillin’ in Tampa. The kitchen features a built-in grill, under grill refrigerator with two marinating drawers, bartender center (ice storage, sink and facet), undercounter 24-inch stainless-steel refrigerator, trash drawer, 30-inch electric warming drawer, plate and garnish center, double-side burner, and an Artisan fire pizza oven. Just Grillin’ also constructed the outdoor cabinets.

Abdiel Aleman, regional corporate chef, East Coast, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, suggests pre-heating the grill for at least 30 minutes, and if using charcoal, covering the grill after you fire it up to be sure the coals get sufficiently hot.”

2. How hot is hot? According to Luke Pappas, owner of Pappas Ranch Steakhouse & Bar, the fivesecond rule applies. “Put your hand over the grill and after five seconds you should have to pull your hand away.”

4. What about charcoal? For those who prefer charcoal, Driscoll says it’s critical to use a high-grade, allnatural wood charcoal made without the addition of waxes or sawdust. “They’ll last longer and give better results,” says Driscoll. For a unique charcoal-style grill, he suggests Big Green Egg, a combination grill, smoker and oven, or Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, which uses compressed wood pellets for fuel. Parker also suggests the Kamado Joe, a ceramic smoker and grill that uses lump hardwood charcoal. “It burns hotter, retains heat, keeps the food moist and lowers the amount of time it takes to cook the meat,” says Parker. “Smoking 29

an 18-pound turkey with a traditional smoker may take eight to ten hours; the ceramic grill and smoker can do it in three hours.”

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4. Marinades or rubs? It depends on the cut of meat, says Aleman. “Leaner cuts require seasoning or marinade and are suited for extremely high heat and quick cooking. Thicker steaks also benefit from a good amount of seasoning on the outside to get a good crust. But well marbled cuts can use just a simple salt and pepper or rub.” For Pappas, it’s a matter of the type of meat you’re grilling. “Different meats take to different marinades,” he says “Each has its own flavor profile.” For something out-of-the-ordinary, he suggests Chimichurri sauce, a South American marinade popular for skirt steak. To make it, Pappas combines three parts chopped parsley, one part cilantro, lots of chopped garlic, good quality olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, crushed red pepper, sea salt, and a dash of vinegar. Marinade the steak in the sauce for two to three hours before grilling. dR

above: Lynx Professional Grill features a warming drawer, 42-inch barbecue with doors, storage drawers, prep center, refrigerator, sink with door, and ice maker. Available at Appliance Gallery, Largo; 727-530-5150. left: You can experience the “ultimate” in grilling with the phenomenal Big Green Egg—a combination grill, smoker and oven. Available Just Grillin’ as well as other speciality grilling stores through the Tampa Bay area.

Go-To Places For Grill Help From the latest grill appliances to custom-designed outdoor kitchen, here are a few Tampa Bay selections. Appliance Gallery 13055 Starkey Road Largo, FL 727-530-5150


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Looking for a way to make your backyard seem different? It’ s time to exchange your outdoor furniture for more colorful versions.


is bursting with more vivid color and more sculptural shapes as well as more comfortable designs. No more drab beige cushions that have seen better days or lumpy chairs for you. Now your lanai or patio can be bold and beautiful. Today’s high performance outdoor fabrics and weatherproof foam have given the new chairs, sofas and even sectionals more options for sizzle. The new

woven materials of resin or recycled paper give the wicker look total outdoor. Spreading the Hues Michael Bush of Home Resource in Sarasota reports that primary colors or daring stripes are in high demand. “Forget about those overdone florals—they are so yesterday,” he adds.

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By Gale Steves veryone knows that summertime in Florida is basically a green time. Those fabulous blossoms of spring have faded away. What you need is a change of scene with the addition of color, and that means taking a good, hard look at your outdoor furniture. Does it seem a little tired or even weather-worn? The latest generation of outdoor seating 33

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All Decked Out For a design that is classic, colorful as well as comfortable, take a look at this Adirondack Collection. These sturdy seats made of recycled plastic in 15 colors are no push-over in the wind and will remain colorful for many seasons to come, (Chair dimensions: W 32 inches; D35 inches; H40 inches.) Bronze Lady Home Furnishings, Madeira Beach; 727-393-4663.

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“The environment outside your home should be memorable,” says Carol Brawner of The Bronze Lady in Madeira Beach. She points to lime, yellow, aqua, and bright mint green leading the color trend for her customers when buying outdoor conversation groups. When in doubt about color, buy a great outdoor pillow or two. That alone can make a big difference and be inspiration for further color changes. Shape of Things to Come Sometimes, it is the bolder designs that move many to brighten their outdoor outlook. Melissa White of Patio Land USA in Tampa notes that customers who formerly purchased sling chairs are now looking at the great padded sling chaises and sofas in darker frames with bolder cushions. Or, she suggests,” woven resin materials around aluminum frames have changed the look of her client’s exteriors.” Mikael Eskildsen of Scan Design of Tampa likes pushing the design envelope. His basically contemporary–loving clientele are excited with his new edgy design choices in bright shades. “This punch of color is just what they need for their yard or even their balcony to make it distinctive.” Denise Bertucci of Patio Ways in Lutz explains that the blurring of the outdoor-indoor lines have given her consumers new ideas about bringing comfort outdoors especially with the promise of easy-care fabrics and rapid dry seating. She finds that they are looking at sofas and sectionals instead of a table and chairs, which they might have previously purchased. Brighter greens, rusts, and blues predominate in her area. Annie Fleeting, CPFC online, is a native Floridian and longtime Tampa Bay resident. She offers some new exciting outdoor products with European flair that are only available online. Her focus is introducing bold designs in both teak and metal that will not be seen anyplace else. “This is a brilliant idea if your neighbor is a copycat,” she says. Wherever you are in Tampa Bay, head outdoors and enjoy the company of family and friends in your livelier and more brilliant backyard. Forget about those flowers, you have year-round blooms that you can sit, lounge, recline or just relax upon!

Cool Weaves Traditional wicker from Summer Classics, originally designed using the diamond back pattern with a braided frame, has generous proportions for total comfort. Available in black walnut, raffia and chestnut in UV- and weather-resistant resin on welded aluminum frame. (Classic lounge chair dimensions: W 33.5 inches; D 34.5 inches; H 37.5 inches.) See the whole collection at Patio Ways, Lutz; 813-949-6222. 35


Weaver This Round Outdoor Day Bed is a unique design for CPFC that will change the way you use your outdoor space. The accent pillows can be changed to suit your mood. Made with woven materials on welded aluminum frame from Italy. (Dimensions: W 70 inches; D 64 inches; H 35 inches) Call 727-504-1111. Available only at (Shot on location at Glow Couture Day Spa, 3105 W. Barcelona Avenue, Tampa; 813-832-8000.)


New Wave This Sun-bathing Chaise imported from Italy for CPFC online is a unique design that will dramatically transform your balcony or terrace. The thick lime green cushion adds a bit of sparkle. (Dimensions: W 56 inches; D 25.5 inches; H 30 inches) Call 727-504-1111. Available in the Tampa area only at

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Sun Seeker This Spa sectional was designed by Richard Frinier for Dedon to allow the most flexible seatingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it can be confirgured in 20 different waysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as the epitome of comfort. Available in white or chalk, a darkish color, with a myriad of bright cushion possibilities, it is ready for all weather by pool, lawn or beach. Home Resource, Sarasota; 941-366-6690.

Dining Out Scan Design of Tampa recently introduced the Phantom Dining Chair, a durable injection moulded seat from Italy that mimics a more formal interior chair. Available in white, red, violet or grey, this chair brings a smile to the face and comfort to the bottom. (Dimension: W 24.5 inches; D 25 inches; H 32 inches) Scan Design, Tampa; 813.805.2777.


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his year, we seemingly jumped right from winter into summer, without much time to assess our outdoor living spaces and prepare for a summer filled with barbeques, poolside relaxation and gatherings. To help give you a jump start, we spoke with area experts about different ways to make the most out of your space. When Chris Phillips of Phillips Pools & Landscape begins work with a client, he and his team start with the site and architecture of the house to guide how the landscaping will flow. After that, trees are used as the yard’s anchors and typically dictate the rest of the plant life throughout the area. “We’re working on a cracker-style house in Belleair and have gone with a very traditional plan—three layers of different colors of green that are manicured to keep the layer effect that results in a traditional look,” said Phillips. Kim Levell with Levell Design agrees with the idea of doing a lot with little color, and how the space will be used. She also works with her clients to design yards and outdoor living areas according to maintenance, including time and cost. “I like to look at gardens not as the basis of their plants, but how the homeowners are going to walk and meander through them so that they can appreciate the space,” Levell said. Levell also likes to add vertical elements to the spaces she designs; vertical gardening, if you will. “Arbors and gazebos are very hot right now,” she said. “Arbors are a great way to define a yard—to separate the yard from your neighbor’s and provide a sense of privacy using vines such as jasmine.” Levell suggests that most bushes don’t grow high enough to provide a true screen. To create a vertical green space, she installs a stainless steel mesh screen

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with vines planted at the base. The screen allows the vines to grow up and fill in, creating a beautiful piece of natural art.

In order to add color to the landscape, Levell likes to fill pots with blooming flowers and, depending on the layout of the

left top: Outdoor fountains designed and built by Philips Pools & Landscape. left bottom: Comfortable garden setting right: ColoriScape garden glass art by Viz Glass. Available through or call 727-504-1111.

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space, flanks either side of an entryway, or clusters them together for a dramatic punch of color—the uses are endless! “You can then bring in furniture, pottery, accessories, or birdhouses to create structure without maintenance or water (that plants require),” said Levell. “Trellises and pergolas are a great way to accessorize, especially when painted in untraditional colors that make them fun and colorful.” Annie Fleeting, owner of Coral Point Furniture Connection, agrees with adding color to outdoor living spaces, and suggests that you don’t necessarily need live flowers to add color to an outdoor space. “You can have glass artwork,” she said. Available in flowers and many contemporary shapes, glass artwork can be internally illuminated at night for a particularly pleasing effect. The selection is as unique and individual as each client’s tastes, and pieces vary from flowers to birdbaths, floats for the pool and fountains. “Glass artwork is a way to dress up a garden whether or not flowers are blooming,” said Fleeting. “And with the Chihuly Collection in our backyard, it’s fun to be inspired and have glass as art in the garden.” According to Fleeting, the pieces are affordable and can last forever, if cared for correctly. She’s also seen them used indoors, too, to bring the outside in. To design a focal point for the garden, Jerry Karlik with Florida Statuary and Molds works with his clients to create original garden art, including window surrounds, relief panels and fountains. In addition to local clients, Karlik has shipped his work as far away as Tonga and the Arctic. “The newest thing we’ve been doing is custom work on fire boxes, or fire bowls,” said Karlik. “The fire boxes are concrete receptacles that are plumbed for gas for a fire pit for the backyard, or around the pool.” For a particularly dramatic effect, Karlik has also created fireboxes with water in the center, from which the fire blazes. However you decide to design your yard, with or without a consultant, Chris Phillips of Phillips Pools & Landscape suggests taking a step back every few years to take a look and see what needs to be replaced; a lot of plants outlive their lives after five to seven years. dR 39

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illa Michelle is a recently completed home with 19,633 total square feet under roof—8,105 square feet heated and air-conditioned. Built by Windstar Homes in conjunction with Pasquale Designs, an unprecedented waterfront property has been produced. This home sits on an acre overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on an exclusive quiet cul-de-sac on Tierra Verde Island. Just down the street is Fort DeSoto State Park—named America’s Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor. The winner of 2010 Florida Aurora Builder Awards for “Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home” and “Best Kitchen” in the highest priced categories, plus “Best Pool and Landscaping Design” as well as “Best Interior Detailing,” Villa Michelle is minutes from I-275 with easy access to Tampa International Airport. From the ground up to the soaring thirty-foot ceilings and window walls, Villa Michelle is equipped to meet every family’s needs as well as boasting a state-of- the-art “smart house” system. The kitchen features granite countertops, cherry wood cabinetry, pecky cypress inlaid ceiling, Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, Wolf gas range and dual Wolf ovens with warming drawers, massive stone hood above the range, and a functional walk-in pantry behind hide-away cabinetry doors all make this award-winning kitchen any chef’s dream come true. The full-sized game room and theater in mahogany boasts a Runco stateof-the-art projector, 7:1 surround sound, lighted movie poster boxes, and eightreclining leather theater seats with integrated drink holders. The master bedroom features his and her separate walk-in closets. The master bath offers private laundry, make-up vanity, Jacuzzi tub and his/her separate shower heads. The master study is encompassed in the master wing

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This beautiful beachfront home is superbly located with 102 feet on the white sandy beach of the Gulf of Mexico. Custom built in 2004 by Alvarez, exceptional detail and quality is evident throughout the 6,390 square feet of living area. Designed for elegant living and informal enjoyment, this home offers the best beachfront lifestyle. Offered at $4,987,000

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Sitting atop a bluff in the small, upscale town of Belleair, Florida is Chateau de Willadel, a luxurious, gated property covering 1.5 acres of land. Perfect for those who enjoy being active, but want that sense of vacation-like relaxation too, Chateau de Willadel offers amenities and a location like no other. Step inside the 17,000-square-foot chateau and you’ll find the essentials—five bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. But do a walk-through of the chateau that’s currently owned by professional wrestler and television personality Hulk Hogan, and you’ll find multiple fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and a large exercise room with a glass-enclosed spa next to it. While what’s inside sounds extraordinary, the backyard complements the chateau with a patio and two-tier waterfall pool. Further on, you’ll be welcomed by a manicured lawn that extends all the way to a seawall, where a boathouse with a kitchenette and private dock are. “It’s a waterfront property that has a dock with two boat lifts and space for a jet ski,” says Martha Thorn, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. “The Intracoastal Waterway and Clearwater Pass lead to the Gulf of Mexico, so you get these absolutely gorgeous views of the bay and beautiful sunsets in the evenings.” One of the most prominent features of the $9.242 million chateau is the architecture. “It’s modeled after a French country chateau,” Martha says. “When it was built, there were home parts that were actually imported from different homes in Europe to create the chateau.” The driveways and guest parking area have a cobblestone look to them, giving the chateau an even more distinct European look and feel. While Chateau de Willadel is located in a small town, it’s not far from multiple different areas. Head west and you’ll be at Belleair Beach to enjoy water sports or relax on the 4,500 feet of sandy white beaches. Head east to get to Tampa and enjoy the city lifestyle with endless amounts of shopping and dining choices. Go northeast to Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs where you can enjoy the outdoors by using their hiking and equestrian trails. “There’s so much to do around Belleair,” Martha says. “The location of Chateau de Willadel is the absolute best.” For more information, call 727-432-9019. dR

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CAUSEWAY ISLES - ST. PETERSBURG, FL Astonishing Franco Pasquale/Neil Rais designed 5247 square foot 5 bedroom, 4.5 Bath Spanish Villa-style estate rests on beautiful open water. Dazzling old world feel & soaring 22+ft foyer welcomes you to the pinnacle of waterfront luxury. Impressive blending of exotic hardwoods, stone flooring, Venetian plaster, Walker Zanger tile, custom iron doors/railings & hand finished woodworking are complemented by barreled brick, coffered & tray ceilings, majestic arches & generous use of crown - yielding a spectacular piece of architectural splendor. Completed in 2008, this home will inspire & delight the most discriminating buyer. Offered for $2,299,000.

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REDINGTON DRIVE - REDINGTON BEACH, FL Completed in 2011, extraordinary construction and astounding finishes complement the remarkable open water views of this magnificent 4947 sqft 4 bed 4.5 bath Spanish Mediterranean home. Incredible multi-coat wall finishes, rich stone columns/arches, inspiring wood beam ceilings, elegant travertine flooring and distressed Brazilian Walnut give this home a luster of luxury rarely found on the waterfront. All baths are brilliantly made with high grade marble, granite and wood. Top-of-the-line commercial grade kitchen, terrific media room, a grand waterfront office and multiple sitting rooms overlook the waterway. Uncommon luxury that is built to last! Offered for $2,499,000.

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Story and photos by Heather Anne Stalker

There are few foods as compelling as a piece of meat or fish charred over open flames. The skin contracts and crisps, turning crackling and brown, the juices drip and run; the flesh becomes sweet and intense. Strong, robust, heav y, flavors that, along with the heat and smoke from the grill, give food an unmistakeable sense of high summer. Here, three local chefs—Tom Pritchard of Salt Rock Grill, Gary Moran of Datz Tampa and Mark Heimann of Marchand’s Bar & Grill at The Vinoy—share their savv y summer secrets. SALT & SPICE It’s two p.m. at the Salt Rock Grill, and though the Indian Rocks restaurant will not be ready for service for two more hours, chunks of corded wood are already burning at 1200-degrees Fahrenheit. By

the end of the evening, more than 200 pounds of oak and citrus will have been sacrificed to the Grilling Gods, all for the sake of your (extremely flavorful) dinner. Indeed, a good portion of Chef Tom Pritchard’s menu spends some amount of

time being kissed by flame—burgers, fresh-caught seafood, asparagus, fresh fruit. Even the Alaskan King Crab. But for true carnivores, it’s the steak... the succulent, aged, prime, oak-and-citrus grilled, swoon-worthy steak.

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His secret? Prichard, ever the charmer, shares a sly smile: montreal steak seasoning with a little fresh cracked pepper, sea salt and oil. Really? “Really,” he laughs. “Recipes are for sauces, for condiments, which are important. But real grilling shouldn’t be anything more than heat and technique.” At Salt Rock, and at home, Pritchard’s steaks are oiled and seasoned long before they reach the grill. Indeed, his formula requires that you season and oil the steaks several hours before grilling. Perhaps even overnight if you have the time. Then, 15 minutes before grilling, they are brought out to room temperature, where they are seasoned once again. “The steak keeps what it needs,” says Pritchard. “The fire licks away the extra oil and spice. All you need to do is leave it alone, until it tells you it’s done.” How do you know? “When you nudge it, in the same direction as the grates, it should move. If it sticks, it isn’t ready.”

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ALL FIRED UP A brilliant grilling recipe often starts with the simplest idea, like Pritchard’s steak or for Chef Mark Heimann, a bunch of tomatoes left on the fire until charred, super sweet and dripping with juice. As Executive Chef of the Renaissance Vinoy, Heimann sees his fair share of grilling under the glare of professional kitchen lights and exhaust fans. Still, this is one man who on his day off relishes the opportunity to stoke a fire of his own (the Green Egg is his go-to piece of equipment). “There is something primal and innately satisfying about cooking foods

Cherry Vidalia Onion Ketchup and Peach Mop Sauce

this way, but people often confuse openfire cooking with out- of-control cooking. They’re not the same. You have to coax the fire, work with it... Your goal isn’t to incinerate dinner,” he jokes. So consuming is his passion that it’s over- flowed into a book he co-authored on the subject: FIRE IT UP: Grill with Flavor, Flair and Fun, in which he explores recipes far beyond the typical backyard burger or steak. “New dry rubs, marinades, herbs and spices... sure, there are tons of products on the shelves, but using fresh ingredients to make your own condiments and sauces, that’s where grilling really gets creative!”

Cherry Vidalia Onion Ketchup 1/2 vidalia onion, diced small 1 tablespoon canola oil 1/2 cup dried cherries 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 clove, ground 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoon brown sugar 1 cup tomato sauce Sea salt

Sweat onions in oil until translucent. Add cherries and garlic and cook for one minute. Add dry spices, black pepper and stir to combine. Add vinegar and reduce until almost dry. Add sugar, tomato sauce and salt to taste. Lower the heat to simmer, reduce by one third and chill. Note: Go ahead, cook on your grill. As long as there is room, place a shallow saute or sauce pan on the grill and make this recipe while you cook your other meats. The heat and smoke flavor will permeate the ketchup!

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LOW AND SLOW “It’s time to graduate from grilling.” That the first thing Datz Executive Chef Gary Moran says. It’s a statement, confident and strong, and a surprising twist to Heimann and Pritchard’s passionate pleas for all things fire. Not that Moran eschews grilling all together. One of his favorite memories, and subsequent cooking methods, is very direct-heat driven. “For as long as I can remember, my mom buried her brisket and her pork right in the coals. She slathered it with good old fashioned

French’s mustard, which created a moisture barrier. When it was done cooking, you simply knocked off the charred crust, and let the tender meat fall apart in your hands.” As caveman—and fun!—as that sounds, it was this pure primitiveness that inspired him to start smoking meat in the first place. “Smoking food for preservation and flavor is a basic and ancient human experience—all cultures share it, ” he says. “I wouldn’t say that grilling is easy, but it’s expected. It’s more easily manipulated and controlled, which makes it perfect for restaurants. But smoke... smoke is a beast. You have to finesse it.” And so it is that you’ll find Chef Moran hunkered around a smoker virtually every day of the week— whether it be smoking housemade sausages, pork or brisket for Datz’s menu, or at home testing new recipes. “Any grill you have can be used as a smoker. By closing the lid, the smoke from the wood permeates the food, adding flavor. But at the same time, the easily-controlled heat circulates like in an oven, cooking the food more evenly. And... the flavor? There’s nothing else like it.”

Hot Smoked Salmon 4 large salmon filets, skin on (about 6 ounces each) Freshly ground black pepper Extra virgin olive oil 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup sugar 4 tablespoons Fines Herbs (parsley, chervil, chives, tarragon) In a bowl, mix together salt, sugar, herbs and extra virgin olive oil. Lay the fillets in a deep dish that can accommodate them snugly in a single layer and pour the marinade over them. Cover tightly and marinate for at least one hour, but up to twelve. Unwrap fish and rinse off the marinade with cold water. Pat salmon with paper towels then place in a cool, dry place until for about an hour to dry. If grilling over hardwood charcoal, light the grill using plenty of hardwood and let it burn for about an hour or until the wood is burned up or at least down to gray ash (see Note). If using wood chips, soak them for at least twenty minutes, then add them to the coals. Let the chips burn for ten minutes. Move the charcoal and wood over to one side of the grill for indirect grilling. Brush the half of the grill without the heat under70

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neath it with oil or oil a grilling basket. Place the salmon skin side down, on the oiled side of the grill). Cover the grill. Start checking for doneness after 10 minutes. It’s done when the flesh is opaque on the top but still pink in the center. If it’s not done, keep checking it every few minutes. Use a spatula to remove the fish from the grill—don’t worry if the skin sticks, just leave it there. It scrubs off easiest while still warm. Note: Don’t let that smoke go to waste. Smoked salmon is the perfect way to use up the still-burning hardwood and smoke left over from grilling steak, burgers, fish or vegetables. Just make sure you clean the grate before putting the salmon on!

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COLLECTIVE WISDOM 1. Grill over wood. Forget about the gasversus-charcoal debate. Wood is the only fuel that adds real flavor to food. If possible, use whole hardwood in a wood-burning grill. The next best option is to burn hardwood chunks in a regular grill. Plus, hardwood charcoal lights more easily, burns cleaner and hotter, and imparts a fresher, smokier flavor. Beware anything that’s petroleum based—and that goes for lighter fluid! 2. Bring the meat to room temp. Moving meat (or vegetables) straight from the fridge to the grill leads to uneven cooking. Let foods come to room temperature for about 15 minutes before putting them on the grill. 3. Invest in fresh. Whenever possible, make your own sauces and marinades. Combining fresh ingredients will always trump the bottle. 4. Flip just once. You can’t get killer grill marks if you’re compulsively turning your steak every 10 seconds. 5. Season before grilling. You might have heard that salt "bleeds" the juices out of raw meat: It doesn’t. Instead, it

helps steaks form a savory crust as they cook. Season and oil steaks at least an hour before cooking. And then, just before putting the steaks on the grill, sprinkle on a generous amount of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. 6. Keep the grate hot, clean and oiled. This is the grill master’s mantra. Following it will prevent food from sticking and give it excellent grill marks. Before grilling, scrub the hot grate with a wire brush, then rub it with a tightly folded paper towel dipped in oil. Scrub the grate again when you’re finished cooking. 7. The four-finger thermometer. Sure, poking a thermometer into the meat is easy, but see that juice spilling out—you’re losing flavor. Learning how to test for doneness with your hand is key. Form the "okay" sign, touching the tip of your thumb to the tip of your forefinger. The pad of flesh at the base of your thumb will feel soft and squishy— exactly the same way a rare steak feels when you poke the top with your forefinger. Now move the tip of your thumb to the tip of your middle finger: That's medium-rare. Thumb to the tip of your ring finger: medium. Thumb to pinkie: well-done. 8. Do it caveman style. Lay sweet potatoes, onions, and even corn in the husk directly on the embers. Roast, turning with tongs, until the skins are coal black. When you scrape off the burned skin, the vegetable inside will be supernaturally sweet and smoky. 9. Fat is flavor. Leave all the fat on the food as you are smoking and grilling. It will up the great flavor to the food as the fat melts off into the pit or grill. 10. Let it rest. When you grill a piece of meat, its muscle fibers contract and drive the juices to the center of the cut. Meat served right off the grill will taste tough and dry, but a post-grill rest allows the muscle fibers to reabsorb the juices, resulting in a tender and succulent cut. Larger pieces of meat, like leg of lamb and pork shoulder, need to rest longer than steaks and chops—for approximately 15 minutes. dR 71


Where to eat around the bay   AQUAKNOX GLOBAL WATER CUISINE 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway in the Westin Tampa Bay Airport, Tampa. 813-675-8700 or AquaKnox has made a huge splash with its Global Water menu, and ultra-chic decor. Occupying more than 10,000 square feet, AquaKnox provides a modern, open atmosphere and the water-encased, walkin wine tower is visually captivating and functionally spectacular, housing more than 400 selections. The centrally located, state-of-theart kitchen and raw bar, visible from virtually every table, offers an open elegance while a private chef’s table is designated for guests wishing for a more intimate experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations recommended.


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2913 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport. 727-343-2583 or People come for the baked-not-fried crab cakes, which are Maryland style, filled with jumbo lump blue crab and very little else. Owner and Chef Harold Russell, who ran the kitchen at the Hurricane on Pass-AGrille and Shula’s in Tampa before opening this spot in 1997, serves up hearty comfort foods and fish dishes in a charming bungalow, where cans of Old Bay Seasoning figure into the décor. Dinner only: Monday and Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Kids’ menu available.

 CENTRAL AVENUE OYSTER BAR 249 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-897-9728 or Oysters are the stars here, with freshly shucked Louisiana Selects served raw, fried or baked on the half shell. Sit at the long, white marble bar and enjoy the lively banter in this neighborhood place. Or for a more formal dining experience luxuriate at a table. Wherever you choose to sit though, the food, which also includes fish, steaks, pasta and chicken, is as good as the big-city ambience. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CHARLEY’S STEAK HOUSE & MARKET FRESH FISH 4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa. 813-353-9706 or Charley’s serves only the best USDA Prime and Choice cuts which come from three-year-old, grain-fed steers. The steaks are cooked on a 1,100-degree open pit fueled by oak and Florida citrus woods. Charley’s also offers an array of amenities—among them a private dining room and wine lockers. The overall ambience is unpretentious. It’s like home—except that you don’t have to flip the steaks yourself. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Charley’s Steakhouse and Market Fresh Fish 74

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 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa. 813-874-9463 or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged Prime beef and discover new tastes with our unique wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Fleming’s gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

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 MALIO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE  GRILLE ONE SIXTEEN 15405 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-0116 or New American cuisine served in modern swank can change the world for a little while. Beyond the fancy, understated décor, though, the food is steak house and then some. Organic steaks and perfectly cooked fish tempt those in for more than just nibbling. Otherwise you can make a meal sharing appetizers, salads and desserts. Side dishes are steak house standards, upscaled a bit and served family style. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746 or A luxurious offshoot of the fabled Malio’s Steakhouse, a Tampa institution, Malio’s Prime takes that 35-year neighborhood tradition and improves upon it with an emphasis on friendly service and an innovative cuisine. Malio’s Prime is located on the bottom floor of a downtown high-rise that looks out over the Hillsborough River and the picturesque University of Tampa campus. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MARKER 14 RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. 727-367-4511 or A treasure trove of tastes from the fields and fisheries of Florida farms. Golden Spoon-winning Executive Chef Marc Easterman and culinary consultants from Europe, California and New York City have crafted a series of delectable appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature creations featuring certified Angus beef, Florida-native rock shrimp, corn meal-crusted calamari, jumbo-lump crabmeat cocktails, trilogies of all-original salads, upside-down fresh berry shortcake adorned with vanilla ice cream and silky whipped cream, and so much more. Lunch: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner: Sunday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Reservations required. Grille One Sixteen’s grouper sliders

 KONA GRILL 4134 West Boy Scout Boulevard, MetWest International, Tampa. 813-877-5938 or Kona Grill’s team of eight sushi chefs offer an expansive sushi menu featuring several signature items, as well as traditional sushi and sashimi. The warm, inviting interior includes Kona Grill’ssignature saltwater aquarium,contemporarydining room, full-service display sushi bar and a modern upbeat bar scene with an expansive outdoor dining patio. Lunch and Dinner: Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Reservations accepted. 76

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 MARLIN DARLIN KEY WEST GRILL 2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. 727-584-1700 or This fancy-but-casual seafood joint also serves steaks and likes to keep the landlubbers happy. Fish foodies will be in their element, though. The décor is sport-fisherman chic with island ambience, as is the menu. With so many fish in the sea to choose from, you can thankfully be indecisive and dine tapas style. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Children’s menu available.

exotic seafood from the Pacific Rim. Choose from their appetizer list, to more than 25 entrées including their aged Prime Beef steak varieties, farm fresh natural chicken, and local favorites, such as their famous Miso & Sake fresh grouper. They have a 450-bottle wine list, serve award-winning martinis and specialty drinks. Homemade desserts, include Kona Molten Lava Cake. Michael Stewart, owner, and twice voted “Chef of the Year” Robert Masson welcome patrons to enjoy the art deco paintings, cozy booths, open kitchen, clubby bar, and private dining rooms. Lunch and Dinner: Monday through Friday. Dinner only Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

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Michael’s 717 South’s infamous crab wontons

 MICHAEL’S 717 SOUTH 717 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-250-1661 or Serving authentic Italian dishes from the kitchens of Italy to the

442 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa. 813-254-5373 or Mise En Place oozes sophistication. Its chic décor complements its clientele of movers and shakers. The swanky lounge attracts the after-work crowd with elaborate cocktails, a top-notch wine list and an extensive menu of small plates. Its new American menu undergoes a weekly transformation based on what’s in season and the whims of Chef Marty Blitz. For more than fifteen years, Mise En Place has been ground-zero for serious foodies that want to wow their palettes. Blitz takes inspiration from the world’s cuisines, using local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to not want to try more than one dish. Lunch and dinner: Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinner only: Saturdays. Reservations accepted. 77

 MYSTIC FISH 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-1800 or You’re lucky if you live in north Pinellas and can come often. No matter how far you have to drive to get to Mystic Fish, though, it’s worth the trip. Co-owner and Chef Doug Bebell knows his fish, and you’ll find seafood standards, like Maine lobsters, yellowfin tuna and salmon cooked traditionally and with invention on the menu. For example, blackened Chilean sea bass is seasoned with ginger, soy and seaweed, and the rare tuna gets Thai garlic-chili sauce and Japanese spices. Despite its name, Mystic Fish has a reputation among meat lovers, too. The steaks are hormone free, thankfully, and the New Zealand rack of lamb in a Guinness demiglace has a following. The special menu dishes are truly special. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

rant Group that raises the bar for quality and value. Specializing in hand-cut steaks, including Pappas Famous Roast Prime Rib, the salads, barbecue, and seafood options will leave you wanting more. The chic “Ranch” inspired décor takes you out West for an experience unlike any steakhouse in Tampa Bay, and the vast drink menu includes a martini list of delicious and unique choices. Serving lunch and dinner, live entertainment on the weekends, and headquarters for all MLB games. Opens at 11am seven days a week, kid’s menu available.

615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-9202 Here you will find the art of Teppanyaki and the ultimate traditional Japanese food, specially prepared to pamper your palate by professional chefs bent on spoiling you and making this a delightful feast you will long remember. One visit and you will be back for the best and freshest sushi you have ever tasted. Lunch specials and a full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week.

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Luke Pappa grilling a choice hand-cut steak.

 PRIMI URBAN CAFÉ 27 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-895-4909 or It’s Italian with a Cape Town twist, thanks to its South African owners, Arno and Irene Waltsleben.Some Italian standards are spiced up with hints of curry, red chili peppers, coriander and cilantro for example. Chef Arno consistently delivers high-quality food for a great price. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in downtown St. Pete. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturday.

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 RED MESA 4912 Fourth Street North or 128 Third Street South, St. Petersburg. 727-527-8728 or Technically Red Mesa is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s also one of the best seafood restaurants in the area, with grouper and gulf shrimp to remind you this is Florida. If there’s a wait, order a glass of sangria and savor the aromas from the kitchen as you deliberate between authentic Mexican, southwestern-inspired dishes, or ones with Caribbean, Cuban or Asian influence. Guacamole and fundidos may tempt you to fill up on tortilla chips, but plan to save room for an entrée. And Platanos Foster if you can. Lunch: Monday through Saturday. Dinner: Monday through Sunday. Breakfast and brunch: Sunday. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more.

 RICKY P’s A NEW ORLEANS PO BOY SHOP 6521 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-525-2023 or Rick Parsons, a native of New Orleans is thrilled to be living his dream—making people happy in the face with his delicious home cooking. In addition to his mouth watering sloppy roast beef, muffaletta, and shrimp po boys he also cooks up an authentic seafood gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, etouffee, and Louisianastyle crab cakes. Another speciality of the house is the most delicious bread pudding you have ever tasted. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Wednesdays unil 7:00 p.m.

beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150. It’s the place to be with music, vacationers and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the faves from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key lime pie and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week.

 SHOR AMERICAN SEAFOOD GRILL 301 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater. 727-373-1234 or A gulf-front show kitchen for diners to observe the preparation of fresh, healthy fare. Located on the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa’s second floor with expansive gulf views, this Coastal American Grill offers indoor or outdoor dining. The award-winning team prepares a menu that tempts taste buds: interactive appetizers including oysters, shrimp and crispy grouper bites; seasonal creations including Florida green salad with oranges, avocado, hearts of palm and mango-passion fruit dressing; signature specialties such as wild mushroom risotto and lobster ravioli; and sweets such as key lime tarts with meringue-lime zest, crème brulee with citrus, cinnamon and anise essence and flourless chocolate cake with espresso cream and shaved chocolate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Daily 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations suggested. Complimentary parking.

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 TAPS WINE & BEER MERCHANTS 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-463-1968 or Located at the base of the Skypoint condominium building on North Ashley is Taps Wine and Beer Merchants. There are more than 60 bottles of wine available by the glass dispensed from high-tech dispensing machines. And for the beer drinker the selection includes more than 300 domestic and imported beers. The kitchen turns out a creative assortment of light meals. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Seven days week. Reservations accepted.


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1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite C-201, Centro Ybor. 813-248-9400 or Centro Ybor’s Teatro on Seventh honors the historical past of Ybor City. The beautifully restored brick building, originally built in 1892, provides a unique ambiance with its detailed tin ceiling, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling ornate windows and a unique cigar terrace that overlooks the historic and lively Seventh Avenue. Teatro’s International fusion cuisine offers something for everyone. The menu provides signature dishes and cocktails that are distinctive and found only at Teatro. Valet parking is provided on 9th Avenue at the North end of Centro Ybor. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. 79

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 THE VENUE 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 727-571-2222 or Viaggio was recently voted one of Florida’s best restaurants by Florida Trend and has quickly become a local hot spot. The chef has created a tantalizing menu that truly sets the standard for signature steaks, the freshest local seafood, and a creative array of international tapas. Takara distinguishes itself by serving only the finest grade sushi available. Its traditionally trained chefs prepare each dish to order and continue to garner top accolades throughout Tampa Bay. Come experience Takara’s exotic cuisine and indulge yourself in its beautiful and friendly atmosphere. Reservations accepted.

17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach. 727-393-3491 or Ted and Kai invite all of you to an evening of award-winning fine dining, with continental fare and European flair. Serving Tampa Bay for more than 30 years with theme-designed rooms that reflect French, Swiss, Italian and Spanish decor. The Wine Cellar has been awarded the Florida Trend “Golden Spoon Award” and the “Silver Plate Award” from the International Culinary Society on numerous occasions. Live music and dancing starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Old World Lounge. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. dR

 WATERCOLOUR STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL 1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach. 727-593-1661 or Acclaimed to have the best steaks on the beach, Watercolour Steakhouse and Grill features certified black Angus beef steaks as well as the freshest seafood and the most delectable desserts. Served in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment, Watercolour is one of the area’s finest places for a group party, business meal or a quiet romantic dinner. Expert service staff will make your dining experience one to remember. Dinner: Daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Chef Marc Easterman Employs A Fresh Approach

“...simple, clean and elegant. There’s no masking the flavors at Marker 14.”

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Marker 14 Restaurant The Club at Treasure Island

By Melinda Tam Orlando


Patrons of The Club at Treasure Island’s Marker 14 Restaurant know what real fresh food is all about, thanks to Executive Chef Marc Easterman and his well-known culinary philosophy. “We keep it simple, clean and elegant,” Easterman explains. “There’s no masking the flavors here.” Easterman’s award-winning cuisines and signature creations are proof that the philosophy is working—and it all started with an unlikely crepe maker. When Easterman was around ten years old, his parents bought a crepe maker. Easterman began experimenting with the new kitchen addition, making Sunday breakfast eggs for his parents and four siblings. As time went on, Easterman started cooking more and more, and he became the sole chef of Sunday breakfast. “I remember my dad saying, ‘You should really think about becoming a chef,’ but I didn’t act on it until a few years later,” Easterman says. He went on to graduate from the world-renowned Johnson & Wales University in 1987, winning the prestigious Golden Spoon Award during his outstanding career and preparing meals for Hollywood headliners. But even with all the accolades, Easterman is extremely humble. You can tell as he gushes about his 16-year-old daughter. “She grew up in all my kitchens,” Easterman says. “And we make Sunday breakfast together. I guess the tradition has


been passed on from generation to generation.” And his humble approach is also evident in the kitchen, with fresh ingredients (supplied by local vendors) and staple culinary tools. With garlic and citrus by his side, Easterman can whip up an incredible, flavorful meal to delight the most discerning tastebuds. But the one dish that has patrons raving from the newly renovated menu is the Fire Cracker Shrimp & Chicken entrée. The lightly battered chicken and shrimp are tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, served with rice and stir-fried vegetables. “The dish just blew the doors off this place,” Easterman boasts. “They just go wild for it.” The executive chef’s eagerness to keep renovating the menu and find new food inspiration keeps club members excited and coming back for more. In fact, Easterman personally speaks to frequent diners to find out what they like, what they want to see in the future and so on. He uses that feedback to invent new menu options. Easterman also stays on top of industry trends, determining how he can use new techniques or ideas in his own kitchen. He has a new idea brewing, but he didn’t want to reveal any details just yet. “I’m leaving it for a surprise, but I like to twist ingredients or ideas into something no one has seen before,” Easterman says. Guests will just have to wait to see what the new twist will be. Once again, it’s

proof of Easterman’s no-frills style, something that has been with him since Johnson & Wales. One of his professors gave Easterman a piece of advice that he keeps close to his heart still to this day. “He said, ‘The day you realize you don’t know everything is the day you’ll learn the most,’ and he was right.”

Marker 14 Restaurant The Club at Treasure Island 400 Treasure Island Causeway Treasure Island, FL 727-367-4511

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above: Firecracker Rock Shrimp & Chicken dish from the Marker 14 Restaurant at The Club at Treasure Island

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below: Marker 14 Restaurant main dining room

FIRECRACKER ROCK SHRIMP & CHICKEN 1 cup mayonnaise 1.5 tablespoons chili garlic sauce 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 tablespoon lime juice 1/2 tablespoon sweet chili garlic sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup rice 2 cups water 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 tablespoon iodized salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 6 ounces chicken tenders, sliced 6 ounces Rock shrimp Mix mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, sugar, lime juice, sweet chili garlic sauce and salt together then refrigerate (will hold up to 3 weeks). Cook rice until done. Mix together flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Slice chicken into even size pieces, bread in flour mixture and deep fry (separate from the shrimp) at 350 degrees for six to eight minutes. Repeat with rock shrimp (or any type shrimp) cook for four to six minutes and keep warm.

JULIENNE VEGETABLES 1/2 of a medium carrot 1/2 of a zucchini 1/2 of a yellow squash 1/2 of any kind of bell pepper Cut thinly cut vegetables the same size.

STIR-FRY SAUCE 1 cup Teriyaki glaze 3 ounces soy sauce 1.5 ounces rice vinegar 1.5 ounces sesame oil Add julienne stir-fry mixture (recipe to follow) to hot sautĂŠ pan with one tablespoon sesame oil. Toss or stir one minute and add stir-fry sauce. Cook one more minute and remove from heat. Place six ounces of rice on plate and spread out, pour stir fry vegetables over ric. Toss chicken and shrimp in four ounces of firecracker sauce and place over stir-fry along with any extra sauce. dR 83

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1. Barbara Hurst, Scott Hurst, Andrea Gramling 2. Rear Admiral Joseph Miller, Cathy Miller, Dr. Harry van Loveren 3. Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Toby Hart, Eleni Hytoff, Ron Hytoff

14TH ANNUAL TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S MOMENTS IN TIME GALA At the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa, with Skanska serving as the presenting sponsor, over 400 guests attended the event and over $220,000 was raised by the Tampa General Hospital Foundation. Some Enchanted Evening was the theme for this unforgettable event that celebrated the timeless romance of the South Pacific. Dr. Harry and Mrs. Jeffrie van Loveren were co-chairs for the event. dR

44TH ANNUAL OMELETTE PARTY BENEFITING UPARC An historic event was held in Harbor Oaks at the home of John and Trudy Cooper who hosted the 44th Annual Omelette Party, benefiting UPARC, on Friday, April 8, 2011. That evening was the site for cocktails and art viewing before guests enjoyed dinner and dancing under the stars on the property overlooking Clearwater Harbor. James and Connolly McArthur and Molly Mateer Lucas chaired the event. The morning of the event, 100 UPARC clients and staff visited the Cooper’s home for a morning filled with music, entertainment and lunch. dR

 1. Trudy and John Cooper, event hosts 2. Molly Mateer Lucas and Connolly McArthur, co-chairs 3. “Client Visit” held at the Cooper home, the morning of the event

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TAMPA BAY HEART BALL The Tampa Bay Heart Ball, chaired by Bryan Glazer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the premier, black-tie event benefiting the American Heart Association and was held at A La Carte Pavilion on March 26th. In support of the American Heart Association approximately 440 guests enjoyed an evening of fine food, elegant ambiance and lively entertainment. dR

1. Todd Mezrah, Shari Mezrah and Bryan Glazer, chair of the 2011 Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2. Johanna Pruitt, Dr. Crayton Pruitt Jr. He and his father Dr. Crayton Pruitt Sr. were event honorees 3. Stroke survivor Christian Daigle and Anna Daigle

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 1. Honorary campaign chairman Herb Brown 2. Guests listen to an animal care expert 3. Jen Holloway, Sue Williams, Beth Jones, Frank Chivas, Ellen Bilgore, and Melissa Seixas


Beth Jones of Carlouel hosted an event as part of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s $12 million capital campaign. The funds will support expansion of the aquarium’s mission of rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals, and environmental education. A perfect beach background greeted guests as they enjoyed food from Frank Chivas’s Island Way Grill and heard comments from honorary campaign chairman Herb Brown. dR

10TH ANNUAL SEA GRAPES FINE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Regions Bank and The Florida Aquarium raised a record $155,000, to benefit the Florida Aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth education and marine conservation programs. This was the aquariumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful event in its 10-year history. A sold out crowd of 1,000 enjoyed fine wine provided by Total Wine & More, delicious food from two dozen premier restaurants, a silent auction and great live entertainment.

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12TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE & WESTERN VISIONS ART SHOW During the Friday VIP preview and reception, guests and collectors admired and acquired several works of art from the 19 world renowned artists present, including oils, bronzes, watercolors, giclees and Native American jewelry. Hyrum Joe was one of seven artists who participated in the “Quick Draw Demonstration” held Saturday, in which original artwork was created in just three hours and then sold by silent auction. “This year’s event was hugely successful in every way, it’s just so rewarding to have a long-term partner like Raymond James supporting this type of art show and inviting the community and collectors to enjoy it,” commented Jill Berry of the Plainsmen Gallery. dR 1. Maryland wildlife painter Matthew Hillier 2. Navajo/Ute painter Hyrum Joe participates in the Quick Draw. 3. Bronze sculptor Joshua Tobey talks with collectors.

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In April, Louis Pappas celebrated the opening of his sixth Tampa Bay restaurant, Pappas Ranch Steakhouse & Bar, located at 2630 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. It was an evening filled with great food, drinks, entertainment and company. dR 89

dR EVENTS Through June 12 Familiar & Fantastic: Photographs from the Dandrew-Drapkin Donation Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

June 3 through July 10 Motherhood The Musical Jaeb Theater The Straz Center

Through June 26 Possibilities in Pastel IV: The Florida Invitational You Are Here: Pastel Artists of DFAC Dunedin Fine Art Center

June 4 The Monkees 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Brooke Allison: A Retrospective Dunedin Fine Art Center Through August 14 Beyond Bling: Voices of Hip-Hop in Art Ringling Museum of Art Through September 4 The Human Touch Contemporary Art from the RBC Wealth Managment Collection Museum of Fine Arts

CuervoGames 2011 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tampa June 25 through July 30 Blurred Vision; Patrick Glover Mindy Solomon Gallery

All Star Rock Tour 2011 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater

June 25 Deadliest Catch—Live 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

June 7 Primus 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

June 30 through July 10 Cellmate Confessions Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

June 18 Heartbeat Where Great Mystery Begins 7:30 p.m. The Palladium

July 2 through October 9 No Limit: Janet Biggs Tampa Museum of Art

July 2 The Psychedelic Furs 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre July 10 Matthew Morrison 7:30 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center July 12–17 Mamma Mia! Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center July 14 through September 30, 2012 DECO JAPAN: Shaping Modern Culture, 1920–1945 Ringling Museum of Art

Through October 30 Crosscurrents of Design: Asian Export Ceramics Ringling Museum of Art The Art of Jade Ringling Museum of Art Through November 20 Worlds Apart: Myth & History, Gods & Mortals, Heros & Hybrids Tampa Museum of Art

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May 24–29 Hair Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center May 28 Brahms' Violin Concerto Violinist: Augustin Hadelich The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater May 31 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune American Stage Theatre Company June 2 Rain—A Tribute to the Beatles 7:30 p.m. The Straz Center June 2–5 Reasons to be Pretty The Straz Center June 3 John Waite 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall 90

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New Quilts from an Old Favorite

July 8 through August 21

Nearly everyone remembers sleeping under a quilt made by their mother or grandmother, and many of those quilts were made from time-honored traditional quilt designs. Today’s quiltmakers were challenged by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on the classic Sunflower block pattern. These are not your grandmother’s quilts! This exhibit also includes small quilts to be auctioned in a silent auction format that will run throughout the exhibition. Dunedin Fine Art Center 91

September 9 through October 17 Ashley Bryon: Found-object puppets and illustrations Dunedin Fine Art Center Visions of Echantment: Janny Wurts & Don Maitz Award-winning illustrators in the realm of science fiction and fantasy Dunedin Fine Art Center September 24 through November 5 Contradictions Mindy Solomon Galery

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October 13 Celtic Thunder: Heritage 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center October 14 Opening Night 2011/2012 Season: Carmina Burana The Florida Orchestra Markus Huber, conductor 8:00 p.m. The Straz Center


July 19

Relive days gone by with peformances from the greats of yesteryear. Ruth Eckerd Hall announces the Happy Together Tour starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots, The Association, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders.

July 19 through August 14 Barefoot in the Park American Stage Theatre Company July 20 through August 7 The Taming of the Shrew Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

Bryan Adams 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

October 19 through November 6 Quills Jobsite Theater The Straz Center October 21 Standup with John Oliver 8:00 p.m. Ferguson Hall The Straz Center

August 12 Shawn Colvin 8:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre

October 28 Mike Epps 7:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

July 22 Jim Gaffigan 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 20 Brian Regan 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

July 30 Selena Gomez & The Scene 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

August 21 Alison Krauss & Union Station 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Margarita Fest 7:00 p.m. Wyndham Tampa Westshore

August 26 Kenny Vance & The Planotones 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre

August 10 Master Chef Series: Master Chef Andre Halston 6:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

September 7–25 The Guys Jobsite Theater The Straz Center


October 18–23 The Addams Family Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

October 28–30 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni Ferguson Hall The Straz Center October 28 through January 15 Sarasota Modern: The Architecture of a Region Tampa Museum of Art dR

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Maserati GranTurismo MC By Benjamin Greene


eginning life as the Maserati MC Corse Concept and moving into production for the European markets under the name Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, the more-extreme version of the GranTurismo S will come to the United States for 2012. The GranTurismo MC Stradale will lose more than the last part of its name—to become just the GranTurismo MC—in its voyage overseas. It will also lose some of its track aspects. In Europe, the MC Stradale plays towards weekend racing. It doesn’t offer a backseat or even adjustable front chairs. Its brakes are made of a ceramic composite strengthened with carbon fibers. Altogether, it weighs 220 pounds less than the base car. Options even include a fourpoint racing harness and roll cage. The

U.S.–spec GranTurismo MC, however, won’t go to such extreme measures. It will offer the luxurious interior and steel brakes found throughout the rest of the GranTurismo line. The only weight-saving measure comes from the new 20-inch wheels, which each weigh 2.2 pounds less than their standard counterparts. A Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter V-8 that produces a stout 444 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque will make the journey stateside. It produces 11 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque more than the same 4.7-liter V-8 in the GranTurismo S. The extra power comes from a reduction in friction among the engine’s moving parts. It also sports a new exhaust that gives the car a more aggressive engine note. However, where the MC package really prevails is in its more

S P E C I F I CAT I O N S Price Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission

Yet to be released 4.7-liter V-8 442 hp @ 7,000 rpm 376 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm 6-speed automatic


0–60 mph Top speed Weight Length Tires

4.9 seconds 185 mph 4,113 lbs. (estimated) 194 inches F 255/35ZR-20, R 295/35ZR-20

efficient aerodynamics and aggressively tuned suspension. The MC’s outward appearance contains the car’s most outrageous changes and aids in aerodynamics. Like spotting a beautiful potential partner across the room, the MC’s new assertive styling may be what initially attracts buyers. It features a pronounced front lip that pushes the nose of the car out, slits behind the front wheels, new rear bumper with two centrally integrated exhaust pipes, and revised aluminum hood with large air outlets. New tighter damper settings for the suspension offer more predictive and progressive handling without sacrificing everyday usability. Because of these changes, Maserati calls the GranTurismo MC the fastest production it has ever sold in the U.S. The GranTurismo MC will be available in convertible form under the name GranTurismo Convertible Sport and without the cool vents and aggressively styled aerodynamic aids found on the coupe. dR


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T2theS  LAMP Laid Back Luxury The Localista was completely blown away by Scott Fisher, owner of the local full-service design and build firm, T2theS. T2theS specializes in award-winning homes, boutique and large-scale commercial projects and everything in between and just recently launched LAMP Laid Back Luxury furniture company. Scott’s title on his business card reads “Environment Designer,” but I’d like to add the following: “Design Genius; Master Artist-Craftsman; Gift to the ‘Burg” and that’s just for starters! When he was seven years old, he wanted to be an architect and set his sights on admittance into the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). One of the first serendipitous moments in his life led him to study under Nancy Angell Rickenbacker, a wellknown painter and former student of Pablo Picasso, at age 14. Nancy’s best friend was Claud Bunyard, a furniture designer who gave Scott the seminal book World Furniture. By the time Nancy hand delivered Scott’s application to his dream school he had chosen to study furniture design. Upon graduation, Scott went to New York City where he worked on some impressive retail-design projects for the likes of Donna Karan, Nike and Nordstrom. On a 2002 research trip to Florida, he fell in love with St. Petersburg and decided to move here. Seeking to open his own company,

The Vagabond

good fortune presented itself once again. As he was photocopying his business plan, he met a USF professor who was seeking to invest in a creative business and T2theS was born. He’s come a long way from his first location that started with little more than a table saw inside a Pinellas Park garage. Now with a 9,000-square-foot workshop, several employees and a showroom on the 600 Block, a combination of incredible talent, passion, determination and luck has landed him Aveda as one of his many clients. When I asked him about his plans for LAMP Laid Back Luxury, he said the aim is to “create the next timeless classic.” The company’s goal is “to produce timeless furniture for the modern lifestyle by merging oldworld craft with new-world technology.” Their web site says that they build furniture you can’t help but love, and I absolutely adore it! I can’t decide if my favorite is The Vagabond, a wonderful fresh take on the home office that has handcrafted leather handles resembling those of old steamer trunks. You would expect to find these truly stunning pieces somewhere like New York or London, but you can view them for yourself at their showroom on the 600 Block in downtown St. Petersburg. In, fact you can meet Scott Fisher every second Saturday during St. Petersburg’s “Gallery Walk” or by appointment at 727.827.2915 to see amazing pieces of art and possibly take one home! dR 96

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