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Laurel De Luca

A day on Sanibel Island

For FGCU students looking to get a unique experience from the typical Fort Myers Beach scene, Sanibel Island has cool places to eat, shop and visit. Once you’ve mastered the patience of getting over the bridge, there’s so much more to see of Sanibel than just the beach. As you drive down Periwinkle Way, the main road of the island, you can find nostalgia crammed in a never-ending store called Islander Trading Post Antiques. It holds items from past decades: cameras, creepy old family photographs, license plates from all states and advertisement props. Among the Flowers, a small cafe,...

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The best places to get an acai bowl

Ah-sigh-EE, the three-syllable word that troubles most of the human race. The acai phenomenon is similar to the gluten epidemic, everyone’s heard about it, but few actually know what it is. The nutrient-dense bowls incorporate the acai berry, found in the rain forests of the Amazon, with other fruit to make a smoothie-like texture. The bowls are usually topped with granola and tons of sliced fruit along with peanut butter or any other nut-butter. I went to the three closest places to get an acai bowl to find out which was the best. A few deciding factors went into...

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Naples restaurant provides a unique experience with organic food and clothes

Folk music plays in a courtyard where families have gathered to enjoy a meal in a hidden community of like-minded people. These people are the patrons of Food & Thought, a combination cafe, juice bar, grocery and clothing store in Naples. Each of Food & Thought’s components incorporates the ideas of simplicity, sustainability and self reliance while providing an inviting environment with live music. Food & Thought strives to provide organic services with a plethora of vegan options. The cafe’s order system is similar to Panera’s in which customers order up front and are given a number to sit...

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