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Page 6 Thursday, February 8, 2018 WEST VILLAGES SUN As a girl, Nicole Netik had an extreme sensitivity to food coloring, chemicals and citrus. After the slightest exposure, she suffered violent itching and rashes from head to toe. She could eat little but brown rice, and certainly not the kind of treats that kids crave. “When my health issues finally got better, I started eating everything that I’d missed,” she said. But soon she realized how much better food can be if you prepare your own, choosing foods with ingredients whose names you can pronounce. A natural, vegetarian diet changed her life, personally and professionally. Originally from CULINARY CABARET Green Fox Bistro: A plant-based passion Sue Wade Columnist Kronberg, Germany, near Frankfurt, Netik found herself drawn to the sunshine and beach after visiting Florida 12 years ago. Her eyes glisten with emotion as she describes her dream of living in America. In Germany, she’d worked in retail and offices, but in Englewood, she could pursue a dream career. Her vegetarianism arose in part from a lifelong love of animals, so she knew what her ideal Look Your Best at Any Age business options were: starting a vegan-vegetarian restaurant or working with dogs. As it turned out, she had a magic touch for both pursuits. SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE The Green Fox’s sun-splashed green-and-white interior and bleached birch furniture are as fresh and clean as its menu. Almost at once, she discovered the Willow Plaza space formerly occupied by Island Taste Jamaican restaurant in Grove City, and opened Green Fox Bistro there in October. The rest of the time, she volunteers for the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte, fostering long-term-resident, lost-cause canines. Often, after she’s fostered a dog, it is more easily adopted. And usually, after she’s fed people, they feel more refreshed and full of energy. The name for her bistro evolved from a private joke with her boyfriend. He likes to tease her, using the German idiomatic expression “Smart fox!” every time she’s right about something. SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE The Buddha Bowl nestles avocado slices, Asian quinoa salad, cucumber curls, bell pepper, cinnamon-curry roasted sweet potatoes, homemade hummus and roasted beet spread on a bed of fresh spinach, sprinkled with sesame and pumpkin seeds. And the green part of “Green Fox” speaks for itself. In this café, almost everything is organic, non-GMO, vegan, fresh and free of preservatives and North America’s Ultimate Tribute To GREEN | 21 Fleetwood Mac adno=54528228 JOIN US FOR A FREE SEMINAR Learn about the stunning, natural results of surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic procedures. New products and procedures can give you a fresh, natural appearance; most with minimal downtime! Face Lifts | Eyelid Lifts | Laser Skin Rejuvenation FDA-Approved Injectable Treatments Wednesday, February 7 th • 4pm • Sarasota 2601 S. Tamiami Trail Thursday, February 8 th • 4pm • Venice 1360 E. Venice Avenue Reserve your seat today! | 941.488.2020 John P. Fezza, M.D. Cosmetic Facial Surgeon Named “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Voted “Best Plastic Surgeon” in Sarasota, Venice & Manatee by the readers of the Sarasota Herald Tribune THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE PAYMENT, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE, EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. adno=718930 LIVE IN CONCERT Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER Venice, Florida 34285 Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. The six members of Rumours are professional musicians with experience across the spectrum of genre – folk, blues, country, rock, and everything in between. Rumours’ diverse background, coupled with a professional approach to the craft, has propelled them to their status as one of the most highly regarded tribute bands in the country. Songs you know and love! My Heart Purchase tickets online at: Or by phone: (863) 494-9362 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm All sales final. Please let us know at time of ticket purchase for special needs seating requirements. For Tickets & Information Visit: ADVANCE TICKETS: $ 27 General Admission, $ 35 Reserved DAY OF SHOW: $ 32 General Admission, $ 40 Reserved Concessions and adult beverages provided by: (863) 494-9362

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