April 19, 2015

Along the Gulfshore

Gulfshore Life’s editors explore Southwest Florida


Chalk on the walk

Remember when you were a kid and you would tattoo the sidewalk with chalk rainbows and vibrant chalk flowers? This weekend I saw what happens when you stick with chalk as a medium, and it was, frankly, impressive. Artists of all ages gathered along Fifth Avenue South to create the ephemeral masterpieces. Below are just a few of the fabulous creations.

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Catching up with Robin Cook

It’s not every day that a world famous novelist invites you over to his gazillion-dollar palatial penthouse to check out the view. But on those rare occasions when it does happen, you should jump at the opportunity. Such was my luck recently while chatting with Dr. Robin Cook, Naples resident and author of such best-sellers as Coma, Outbreak and Contagion. (His latest thriller, Death Benefits, is in bookstores now.) I had called him to learn more about the building he lives in, the super exclusive Enclave, for an upcoming feature in Gulfshore Life, when he offered to have me over and check out the place. Nothing can really prepare you for entering a home perched some 300-feet above the beach and that is wall-to-wall white marble, white walls, white furniture, white curtains...

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Outtakes: Bob Zottola

I interviewed Bob Zottola, local jazz legend, for Gulfshore Life’s Don’t Miss It! interview in January’s “Insider.” He’s the type of person you can talk to for an hour and it seems like minutes, and we did speak for quite a while. Lucky for you guys, I’ve decided to let you in on the rest of the convo.  (www.gulfshorelife.com/ARTICLES/Current-Issue/Gulfshore-Insider.aspx) What makes the trumpet a tough instrument to play? Anybody can walk over to (a piano) and strike a couple of notes and it will sound beautiful. You won’t be able to play a piano concerto, but it will sound beautiful because inherently it sounds beautiful. But the trumpet doesn’t make any sound at all. It’s all in the lips and the air. Is there a difference playing for a crowd in Naples...

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Don't follow the (Mediterranean) trends when it comes to home design

Photo by Ed Chappell; Mark J. Leonardi, architect. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but I think I have the best job at this magazine (and maybe outside of it, too). This is because I spend my days shopping for pretty things (clothes, shoes and various baubles) and hunting for breathtaking homes (of which there are more than a few in Southwest Florida). About a month ago, I wrapped up the third edition of Gulfshore Life At Home, which is essentially an homage to beautiful living. From its beginnings, it has bucked tradition a bit as far as the standard Mediterranean-style architecture found in this region, instead lending its editorial real estate toward those designs with cleaner lines, pared-down color palettes and an overall sleeker aesthetic. The reason was not because it’s...

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