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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

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A Weekend at Hyatt Coconut Point

Chef Judi takes a mini-vacation to the Hyatt Coconut Point to experience all its restaurants have to offer.

07/01/2013 By Megan McDonald

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Exactly What To Do in Sarasota This Summer

We've scouted out some great things to eat, see and do while the snowbirds are gone and the Sarasota is ours.

06/27/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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Voyages of a Lifetime

Voyages of a lifetime: The five luxury cruises every Sarasota traveler must take.

03/01/2013 By Megan McDonald

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Food and Wine Weekend at The Gasparilla Inn

Chef Judi spills the beans about The Gasparilla Inn's annual food and wine weekend in Boca Grande.

01/14/2013 By Megan McDonald