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Because it’s strange and beautiful and hot, people from everywhere converge on Florida and they bring their cuisine and their traditions with them. The Zest celebrates the intersection of food and communities in the Sunshine State.

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The Zest Robin Sussingham, WUSF Public Media

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Because it’s strange and beautiful and hot, people from everywhere converge on Florida and they bring their cuisine and their traditions with them. The Zest celebrates the intersection of food and communities in the Sunshine State.

© 2020 WUSF Public Media. University of South Florida. All rights reserved.

    Season 2 Finale: Disney Dining Tips and an Announcement from Robin

    Season 2 Finale: Disney Dining Tips and an Announcement from Robin

    Move over, Mickey. These days, the main attraction at Walt Disney World just might be the food. A Disney expert guides us through the theme park's dining scene, from chicken nuggets to guacamole with grasshoppers.

    • 26 min
    Sipping Sunset Gin at St. Petersburg Distillery

    Sipping Sunset Gin at St. Petersburg Distillery

    This Florida distillery takes its location in the Sunshine state seriously! We take a trip to the St. Petersburg Distillery, which uses iconic local ingredients like oranges and sugar cane in their Florida-focused spirits.

    • 23 min
    Coffee Talk: Writer Tamara Lush on Her Java-Inspired Mysteries

    Coffee Talk: Writer Tamara Lush on Her Java-Inspired Mysteries

    Associated Press news reporter Tamara Lush has covered her share of crime and mayhem in the Sunshine State. Now she brings those skills under the pen name Tara Lush to writing crime fiction with Florida's brewing coffee scene as a backdrop.

    • 22 min
    Rebroadcast: The Buzz on Florida's Honey Bees

    Rebroadcast: The Buzz on Florida's Honey Bees

    Local honey, bee colleges, fake honey… We revisit Robin's 2019 conversation with Dr. Jamie Ellis, a professor of entomology and director of honey bee research at the University of Florida. Learn why the health of Florida's honey bees impacts every single one of us.

    • 42 min
    Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening 101

    Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening 101

    Just in time for Florida’s fall planting season, an expert offers tips for growing your own food.

    • 25 min
    Writer Heather McPherson on What You Don't Know About Florida Food

    Writer Heather McPherson on What You Don't Know About Florida Food

    Florida is not just beaches and Disney World – it has serious agricultural cred. In fact, it’s the birthplace of America’s beef industry. We learn lots of surprising food facts when Robin Sussingham chats with Heather McPherson.

    • 27 min

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