Savoring Paris One Bite At A Time

Story & Photos by Susan Benton Originally written for Vie Magazine   (Photo: Susan Benton Savoring Paris) For the culinary connoisseur, foodie, or anyone who loves to try new things, tasting exotic foods from other parts of the world is an adventure. For those, like me, who also love to travel, Paris is the ultimate…

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Apalachicola Oyster Facts, Oyster Myths & Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

Recipe Contributor: Caroline Coker Writers: Susan Benton and Caroline Coker Apalachicola, the old city on the “Forgotten Coast” that produces fresh wild oysters — not farmed — is not that far off, which makes our region the premiere destination for all things having to do with bivalves. Unfortunately, after the over harvesting from Hurricane Katrina,…

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Beach Eats: Grilled Royal Red Shrimp Kabobs & Gulf Shrimp Facts

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker I was born in Mobile, Alabama, but also into Louisiana’s seductive food culture, as my biological father grew up in the restaurant business in New Orleans, and my aunts and uncles were (and a few still are) in the fishing and shrimping industry, working in Venice (not Italy), Grand Isle, and…

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Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since my family and I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase some crustaceans.  With it being royal red season- the very deep water, salty shrimp caught…

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What Is Sustainable Seafood & Sheepshead Cakes Recipe

Recently, I was asked to appear on our local Gulf Coast television station that covers Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama, called BLAB TV, to discuss sustainable seafood, followed by participating as a speaker with a cooking presentation of Sheepshead at So Gourmet Pensacola later in the week. I was working with FloridaMarketMaker.com and UF|IFAS Extension, to get…

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Kiawah Island Resort & The Sanctuary Spa: A Trip To Savor

GulfCoastRestaurants.com Contributor If Kiawah Island Resort and The Sanctuary Hotel were across the globe, I would travel the world to arrive here. This is our second trip to Kiawah Island, and I do not plan for it to be our last—as it is one of the most special places I have ever visited, and it…

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A Luxurious Stay & Gourmet Cuisine: The Pearl of Rosemary Beach

In the heart of the bustling beach town of Rosemary Beach, Florida, stumbling onto The Pearl is like finding an oasis in the desert. This is a location of critical importance, as it is near the water’s edge, where one can replenish, refresh, and become renewed, at the full service luxury resort. Whether arriving alone, as…

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Take A Bite Out Of Baton Rouge

Nestled between Lafayette and New Orleans, with its rich history of French, Spanish, Cajun and Creole influences, creating a melting pot that blends residents with more than thirty thousand students attending Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge is a delicious, spirit filled stew, that really heats up during college football season. The landscape of Louisiana’s capital city has been altered drastically since my graduation from LSU in the late…

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Bud & Alley’s serves “Fresh From Florida” on the menu in South Walton

There is a reason people from all of the world come to visit South Walton. It is not just for our sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, welcoming eclectic neighborhoods, or amazing architecture, but also for the food. Fresh from Florida produce and Gulf Coast seafood are at the forefront, providing patrons with exceptional, flavor packed…

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Blab TV-The Daily Brew: Certified Organic vs. Inorganic

Blab TV, located in Downtown Pensacola on Palafox Street, asked that I take part in their round table discussion on their new morning show, The Daily Brew, so of course I said yes! I’m sharing in a conversation about organic vs. inorganic growing practices, and wanted to also include my notes with readers and viewers…

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Field to Fork: Twin Oaks FarmStand Opens In Shops of Grayton

“Broth is the new coffee”, says Renee Savary, owner of Twin Oaks Farm in Bonifay, Florida, and the new Twin Oaks FarmStand in the Shops of Grayton Beach. Though Swiss born Renee is a very successful “farmher” with incredible French style and showcases her handcrafted jams, jellies, fresh organic eggs, chickens, turkeys, brines, vinegars and…

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