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Florida's ECHO Farm

As Thanksgiving nears we think about gratitude and our blessings. But did you know over 925 million people who go hungry every day around the world? A sad and tragic fact. But, take heart. There is actually a Florida farm doing something about it.

11/21/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida Gardening Tips: Dig In

While the rest of the country is preparing for colder weather, we in Florida are fortunate to have a much longer growing season – actually two seasons, fall and spring. Here are some gardening tips for your own home.

11/20/2013 By Robin Draper

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Clyde Butcher

I remember the first time I saw a Clyde Butcher photograph. It was a defining moment for me as my website Authentic Florida was beginning to take shape.

11/13/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida Lobster Mac and Cheese

I love the idea of an upscale meal that is “down home” and comfy. And that’s exactly what Authentic Florida Lobster Mac and Cheese is.

11/06/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida's Dry Tortugas

The Dry Tortugas is a rare combination of a marine wildlife refuge, a national park, and a 19th century historical fort in a tropical, exotic setting seventy miles west of the Florida Keys.

10/30/2013 By Robin Draper

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Fall Has Arrived in Florida

I hear things....because I finally turned off the air conditioner, opened the windows and can now let an authentic Florida fall into my home.

10/23/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida Homes

In Florida, we are more relaxed about our way of living because our weather creates an opportunity to design and dwell uniquely, incorporating “Florida” as we see and interpret our own unique space.

10/16/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida Sea Grape Jelly

Sea grapes, known for their green and purplish berries grow all along Florida’s coastline. But did you know the grapes can be made into delicious jelly?

10/09/2013 By Robin Draper

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Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka

It’s a good thing you don’t have to pronounce the name of this river to love it.

10/02/2013 By Robin Draper

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Mr. Chatterbox Takes a Day Trip

History, home cooking, and reform school--the day trip of Mr. Chatterbox's dreams.

10/01/2013 By Bob Plunket

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An Authentic Florida Bargain for $2: Rainbow Springs State Park

Looking for one of Florida's best bargains? Try Rainbow Springs State Park for swimming, kayaking or tubing down one of Florida’s most beautiful rivers.

09/18/2013 By Robin Draper

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Authentic Florida Reads: The Barefoot Mailman

With a name like The Barefoot Mailman, I just had to read this Authentic Florida book.

09/12/2013 By Robin Draper

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Embracing the Authentic Florida Life

As a Florida native, I love to discover the “hidden gems” of my home state. I also like to share basic ideas and “tips” for authentic Florida living

09/02/2013 By Robin Draper

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Florida's Coastal Nursery

For almost an hour we watched in amazement while a mother sea turtle dropped nearly 100 ping-pong sized leathery eggs into the cylindrical sandy hole

08/22/2013 By Robin Draper

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It's Florida Lobster Season

If you haven't been down to the Florida Keys to catch your own Florida lobster, don't fret--Robin Draper of Authentic Florida shares tips for enjoying it at home.

08/15/2013 By Robin Draper

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Chef Judi Tries the Paleo Diet: Week One

After a fried-clam-and-lobster bender in New England, Chef Judi decides to get healthy and try the popular paleo diet.

08/12/2013 By Judi Gallagher

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Cheeseburger in Paradise: Authentic Cabbage Key

Florida’s Cabbage Key, accessible only by boat, is a true authentic Florida getaway. If you are looking for a “real” Florida vacation, near Fort Myers and remote Florida beaches, look no further.

08/08/2013 By Robin Draper

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Modern Asian Influences in Fashion, Decor and Travel

Style editor Carol Tisch reports on modern Asian influences in fashion, decor and travel.

08/01/2013 By Carol Tisch

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Authentic Florida Blogs for Sarasota Magazine

Florida native Robin Draper is the owner of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle website devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures of Florida living.

08/01/2013 By Robin Draper

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Farm-to-Table Dining: A Visit to New York City's Blue Hill Restaurant

Chef Judi visits New York City's Blue Hill Restaurant and Farm, helmed by Sarasota native Chef Trevor Kunk.

07/15/2013 By Megan McDonald