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Feb 1, 2017

For Generations, Cresta Bledsoe’s in-laws have foraged for shark teeth on Ponte Vedra Beach. Upon first viewing their huge assemblage, she considered the fossils’ ancient history and how they conjure memories from the seashore. “They’re a connection to something bigger than you,” she says. That idea seared in her mind, she contemplated turning the natural […]

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Nov 24, 2016

Each winter Tampa overflows with pirate-themed parades and revelers. Can’t get to The Big Guava this January 28th? We discovered a treasure-trove of Gasparilla social secrets from Andy Huse, a University of South Florida associate librarian and archivist. “The Tampa elite, around 1904, wanted a Mardi Gras, without the religion,” Huse explains. “They made up […]

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Nov 24, 2016

Yo! Ho! Ho! And two bottles of rum, one blonde and one dark, to concoct these Gasparilla-themed drinks. Blow your hearties away with these jolly recipes featuring Papa’s Pilar—a fine spirit made in Florida and inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s sense of adventure. Winter in Florida Serves one 1 1/2 ounces Papa’s Pilar Blonde 1 ounce […]

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Feb 13, 2017

Mixologist Joe Nicol of The Ice Plant, St. Augustine explains how to make a favorite Shrub, out of grapefruit. Hint – it’s not something you plant in the yard. But it does use sun-riped Florida citrus. Flamingo’s Sassparilla Punch Recipe calls for Grapefruit Shrub.

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