Embracing the Authentic Florida Life

Robin Draper

  I always try to keep things simple. Why complicate life? I have learned that by keeping my ideas, concepts and routines simple, my life doesn’t get sidetracked with unnecessary clutter that makes me feel overwhelmed. Simplicity helps me feel grounded. And that’s good. So that’s why Authentic Florida is dedicated to sharing simple and delightful […]


Grilling Pizzas With Authentic Florida

Robin Draper

  Authentic Florida is grilling homemade pizza using fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market.  Pick up fresh cheeses, tomatoes, herbs and whatever toppings are available that day.  And remember, keep it fresh from Florida! Grilled Pizzas Recipe adapted from the Barefoot Contessa. Serving size: Six pizzas Ingredients For the dough: 1 ¼ cups warm (100 […]

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Photo of the Week: Incoming Tide and a Venice Sunset

Bobbilynn Hollifield

This week, take a minute to appreciate the unique sunsets we enjoy here in Venice, Florida.


Authentic Florida Reads: The Barefoot Mailman

Robin Draper

  With a name like The Barefoot Mailman, I just had to read this Authentic Florida book. One thing we all love about Florida is that we can walk barefoot–especially on the beach. I consider it one of the true joys of Florida living. How would you like to walk the beach for a living? […]


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

Robin Draper

  It’s not too late to enjoy one of Authentic Florida’s favorite getaways! Shimmering shades of aqua blues and emerald greens reflect above and below the crystal clear water. I glance down to the white sandy bottom with patches of river grass as I quietly paddle under a thick green canopy of Sabal palms and […]