The Thanksgiving Restaurant & Recipe Roundup 2017

  Cooler temperatures and the holidays bring family and friends to the beach. While activities together are always important, so is the need to eat good food, and together is the way we like to do it! I’m grateful that my parents are doing better after their accident last December, and that my son, daughter,…

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Thanksgiving In Seaside & Oyster Dressing Recipe

As seen in The Seaside Times Fall in South Walton is a time to celebrate cooler temperatures, less crowded beaches, local cuisine, and to appreciate family and friends during a Thanksgiving week spent in Seaside. For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and…

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A Day At Grand Boulevard & Dinner At Emeril’s Coastal Italian

Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Originally, Emeril was not entertaining the idea of opening a restaurant in his adopted home town of South Walton where he lives with his family. But, many like myself were thrilled when he reconsidered. Emeril’s Coastal Italian…

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The Best Fresh Fish Tacos #NationalTacoDay

It doesn’t get any tastier than using fresh seafood in tacos, and here along the Florida Panhandle we have an abundance of the best in the Gulf. One of my favorites has become the invasive species called lionfish. They need to be speared by a pro, but can be bought and cleaned at the local…

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Chef Wesley True Joins The Gulf As Executive Culinary Director

Bravo TV Top Chef contestant, Wesley True, has brought his culinary talents to the Emerald Coast. True has joined the team as the Culinary Director for The Gulf Okaloosa Island and The Gulf Orange Beach  True is widely known from his appearance as a contestant on season 13 of Bravo Network’s Top Chef, hosted by Padma…

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4th Annual Bay Breeze Patio Eggs On the Beach Competition at Seascape Resort Sept. 30th + Gulf Coast Restaurants Judges Announced

Bay Breeze Patio has announced the panel of honorary judges for the Fourth Annual Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition set for September 30th at Seascape Resort. They include Shane Quinlan, the Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Coastal Italian; Chef Giovanni Filippone of Vue on 30A; Chef Dominic Damiano of Clemenza’s, Fat Clemenza’s and Mama Clemenza’s;…

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Long Pond Eggplant Rounds

My Dad became an at home chef when he retired from the Navy after 30+ while we were living in New Orleans, though he has always enjoyed cooking, and grills the best burgers and flank steak to this day. Dad found himself interested in many things upon retirement, however, none caught his attention like cooking….

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