Susan’s Guide To Lafayette, Louisiana

My article first appeared in Coastal Lifestyle Magazine A different world exists in the Cajun country of South Louisiana. Lafayette, a city of 120.000, and about a two-and-half-hour drive from New Orleans has caught up with the Big Easy on culinary allure, showcasing exotic foods with distinctive French flavors. Chefs and business entrepreneurs have returned home…

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Alabama Festival Of Flavor in Foley- Come Hungry!

October is National Seafood Month and there’s no better time to experience what food the Alabama Gulf Coast is all about than during the Alabama Festival of Flavor (this weekend) on October 8. I’m getting my stretchy pants ready and looking forward to meeting some of the state’s most revered chefs and restauranteurs who will…

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Susan’s Guide To Paris

Story & Photos by Susan Benton   (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 gastronomic destination. A few years…

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The 7th Annual Hangout Music Fest Is Here: What You Need To Know!

  The Hangout Music Festival has an amazing lineup for 2016, and all tickets are now sold out. The festival is being held this year on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, with gates now open and performances beginning at 8:30pm (Due to weather)! The box office is open, shuttles are running for those that have shuttle…

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Susan’s Guide To The Pearl in 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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Farmer Profile: Heureux, It’s A Way Of Life!

What do a cattle rancher and a plastic surgeon have in common? It’s not a joke, but truly the love of good beef. For the last 15 years, Doug Boatwright has raised cattle on his farm in Holmes County just north of Defuniak Springs, along with horses, pigs and chickens too. Boatwright, who holds a…

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Caroline’s Quick Chicken & Dumplings

My daughter called me from the grocery store in Tuscaloosa today in a panic about what to purchase in order to make Chicken & Dumplings. Her cell phone was about to die, and she needed the info… pronto. She had decided that Sunday was the perfect time to have a go of it, and I…

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Susan’s Guide To The Florida Keys & Grouper Fritters

Though the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast attracts many celebrities, an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, and those seeking the sugar white beaches like myself who call the Panhandle home, a completely different destination is at the opposite end of the state and offers an exciting array of activities, cuisine and the most beautiful sunsets…

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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

I had a box of Bisquick in the pantry and decided I needed to try it out. I don’t normally have it in the house, but back in the 70’s my mom would make all kinds of “Impossible Pies” with the stuff, and they were often some of my favorite meals. I sometimes am called…

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Farmer Profile: Big Creek Farm in Laurel Hill, Florida

Living high on the hog is an understatement for the beasts that roam the over 1200 acres of Mark and Kasia Fortune’s family farm in Laurel Hill, Florida, dating back to the 1800’s. Mark says, “Though the property has been in my family for many generations, Big Creek Farm was just a seed planted fifty…

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