I swooned when Mikhail Baryshnikov blew me a kiss. It happened following his recent remarkable dance performance—Solos with Mikhail Baryshnikov & David Neumann—at the Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF). The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) partnered with the Ringling for the second year in a row to bring the festival to life. We’re so fortunate that this iconic artiste has a soft spot for Sarasota! After attending the stellar inaugural festival last year, I just knew I had to return. No ifs, ands or buts. The five-day program, which is a mix of contemporary music, dance and theater, is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
The Orlando Ballet will be leaping into its 2010-2011 season with the classically romantic performance of Giselle. And with the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie as a guest coach, this performance is anticipated to bring the highest level of dance to Central Florida.
Always on the lookout for new places to stay, I headed to Sarasota to visit the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach resort. Surrounded by impressive private homes and tidy bungalows for rent, the resort is the only luxury property standing six stories tall on the edge of a six-mile-long beach famous for its white, flour-soft sands. Think: Room with a balcony so close to the Gulf of Mexico you can smell the fresh sea air and feel the breezes.
Last Friday, I enjoyed a refreshing Florida fall evening outside at the first annual Food & Wine Classic, hosted at the Swan and Dolphin hotels inside the Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista. An outdoor area overlooking the water connects these two sister hotels and was the perfect spot for the event.
A recent getaway to Fort Lauderdale led me to a box seat at a Broadway show to see the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. I haven’t laughed like that in a long time. But that was only the beginning...
It’s a gem of a town. All 1.8 miles of it. At 81-years-old, Golden Beach is a private oceanfront enclave that’s sandwiched between coastal Hallandale Beach to the north and Sunny Isles Beach to the south. Blink as you drive through and you just might miss it.
On a recent trip to historic St. Augustine, I was surprised to discover windsurfing at nearby Anastasia Island State Park, just a short ride from the Old City across the Bridge of Lions. The park is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Salt Run, a three-mile tidal lagoon, where instructors from Anastasia Water Sports teach first-time students like me how to handle the board and maneuver the boom and mast.
I was swooning over aromatic white truffle oil drizzled on thinly sliced fresh yellowfin tuna. Best part, it wasn’t a dream. I was actually dining at one of the most sultry settings I’ve ever eaten sushi in known as the Bond Street Lounge at the Townhouse Hotel. It’s quite a scene for hipsters. Besides having a bite, my plan was to check out the new Rooftop Lounge designed by my dining companions, Perry Tortorelli and Ricardo Raphael of Details at Home.