Summer Tomato Pie

  Summer brings a bounty of wonderful tomatoes, and of those, ugly heirlooms are certainly a favorite. I grew up watching my Dad grow tomatoes, but now in his 80’s and living on top of a sand dune with my mother in South Walton, he has retired from growing the sweet and juicy fruit. I…

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A Review: Edward’s Fine Food & Wine

By Hannah Neville If you are looking for a place to dine in Rosemary Beach after a day in the sun, then Edward’s Fine Food & Wine is your go to spot.  Nestled in a cozy building with a fabulous courtyard, Edward’s has a very energetic atmosphere featuring live music with indoor and outdoor seating….

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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Maro Desjardins This hearty salad is healthy, delicious and satisfying.  It is easy to put together and makes for a beautiful presentation on a hot summer evening.  The creamy dressing is full of cucumber, fresh herbs and adds just the right amount of bright flavor to pull it all together.  Starting out with great gulf…

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30A Drinks: Summer On 30A

Shaken, stirred, infused or spritzed, nothing beats a great cocktail, and in South Walton we have some of the finest mixologists that are passionate about honing their craft. One of them is Corey Jernigan who is artistic with his creations, and during the Food Film Festival South Walton came up with a refreshing libation for The Local…

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A Review: Grayton Seafood Company

By: Hannah Neville Grayton Seafood Company is located on 30A – just after the four-way intersection that leads to Grayton Beach heading east toward Seaside. Tucked quietly away in the shops of Uptown Grayton, Grayton Seafood Company has been around for nearly three years, according to Kenny Griner the owner, who coined the phrase “Grayt…

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A Review: George’s at Alys Beach

Review by Hannah Neville George’s at Alys Beach is located in, as you guessed it, Alys Beach on Highway 30A, and it was established in 2008. The building that George’s resides in was formerly known as the restaurant Sandor’s, and it was relocated from Seagrove Beach to Alys Beach in April of 2008- (For those…

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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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Chef Frank Stitt’s Pickled Shrimp

  The best time to buy shrimp is right off the docks. Fortunately, we have fresh seafood on the Gulf Coast and fishmongers to buy from. I like to stop in to Destin Ice in Destin to pick up Stone Crab Claws, Royal Reds to boil, and white shrimp for this recipe, Pickled Shrimp. For…

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A Reviw: La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar

By: Hannah Neville La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar located in Seacrest Beach is a favorite for both tourists and locals alike. Known for their house margaritas and guacamole, the menu features traditional Mexican food but with a local twist; chef’s specials and fresh seafood caught nearby. My fiancé, Chase, and I ordered some drinks…

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The Gulf Okaloosa Island

Nestled on the corner of Marler Avenue and Siebert Drive is Okaloosa Island’s restaurant for seafood lovers: The Gulf. This two-story waterfront space, which is environmentally friendly and constructed from recycled, reclaimed and salvaged shipping containers, is a venture from Hangout Hospitality restaurant group — the corporation behind The Gulf in Orange Beach, The Hangout…

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A Review: NEAT Bottle Shop in Alys Beach

A “NEAT” SPOT By Hannah Neville NEAT Bottle Shop has become known for their creative selection of drinks and appetizers. Inside the space there are three different rooms. One room features a retail shop where you can buy bottles of wine, high end spirits, beer, bar tools and gift items, while another room contains a…

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How To Boil Crawfish: The Complete Guide

  Crawfish. One of the food world’s blessings bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for whoever decided that it was a good idea to pull a creature from the mud, wash it off and eat it. Though called a crawfish or seafood boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the…

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