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Cathy Salustri
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All you have to do is just keep swimming.
All you have to do is just keep swimming.

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Detours & Diversions – The Other Side of Tampa Bay: Paradise in the Sand
“Anna Maria Key, lying to the south of Tampa Bay and separated from the mainland by Sarasota Pass, one of the many sand and shell islands bordering the west coast. It rises but a few feet above sea level and is covered with mangrove swamps, palm savannahs, ...

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Detours & Diversions – Fort Lauderdale's Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Forget tickets to Tahiti. Don't worry about getting transportation around Easter Island. If you're craving a taste of Polynesia, look no further than Fort Lauderdale's Mai Kai restaurant. While other "dinner and show" experiences in Florida promise Arabian ...

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Finding Florida – Oysters, Mullet & Margaritas
So one of the things I do – and one of the things I love to do, even though when I did my first one I kind of dreaded it – is talk to people about my travels across Florida and how the Guide to the Southernmost State  is perhaps the best guidebook to Florid...

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Florida Drinks: The Sour Orange Margarita
Behold: The Sour Orange.  One of my passions is Florida (as evidenced by, well, everything I do, but if you need more proof, check out my Florida-only blog, Finding My Florida .) I love Florida so much I have a master's degree in it. Seriously. I went throu...

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Detours & Diversions – The Citrus Place: A Slice of Orange Heaven
He's just so damn happy to see you.   Florida is the third largest beef-producing state east of the Mississippi. We grow most of the houseplants sold in the country. The Sunshine Stateleads the world, certainly, in theme parks.   But oranges are Florida’s l...

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Why I Love Dogs More Than People (Subtitle: the Bitch With the Kate Spade Bag)
Stinkyfeet is sick. She's been ill for a few weeks now, and while we're all hoping it's nothing serious (and the tests we're doing keep ruling out the truly awful things), it's still a lot of trips to the vet and the vet hospital. I should add that her illn...

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 I bought a dresser from a junk store along Central; it cost me $15. I brought it home, covered it with shells and sand spray paint, and saved myself several hundred dollars. That was, of course, quite a few years ago. Today, Central Avenue is  the  place t...

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Old Florida Food Comes to Tampa?
An article in today's Tampa Trib has my attention: http://tbo.com/dining/new-eatery-will-harken-back-to-true-old-florida-20140726/ Florida food is apparently hip now. I guess that's a good thing. Here's what I wonder, though: how does one open a Florida res...

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Honest. It's the best whole wheat bread I've ever made.

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Hard Candy – It's Tradition
Every Christmas Eve my dad’s mom used to make fish. It’s an Italian tradition; some people call it Seven Fishes, but my family just called it “the antipasti,” as in “I’m going to make the antipasti for Christmas Eve.” I won’t delve into the glorious stench ...
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