Chef Jim Shirley of Great Southern Cafe in Seaside

One of the most beloved restaurants in Seaside is Great Southern Café. Known for their fresh local seafood and produce, fun loving staff, and a happy hour that is perfect for people watching on the side deck, the chef and owner is Jim Shirley. As a member of the state board of directors of the…

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Seaside: Cool Off with these Summer Eats

Brutal summer temps are unavoidable in the South. But with Seaside’s breezy beach to stroll, a plethora of refreshing swimming pools, and amazing restaurants with sweet and savory delights, you will feel chill in no time. The languid heat of summer is not an ideal time for pot-stirring, or for toiling over a Bolognese sauce…

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Egg Salad Supreme

Egg Salad is simple to prepare, and brings back a flood of memories from my childhood. In my early years, family vacations included long drives to visit my relatives in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. We’d set out in the family truckster, the name I gave my my parents olive green and gold station wagon with…

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Lionfish Tacos

There has been so much talk about eating Lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. Many…

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Shrimp & Grits Festival | February 29 on Destin Harbor

  The Destin Harbor’s newest event is bringing you family fun along with amazing food and drinks. Featuring local restaurants as they compete for the best shrimp & grits dish on the Emerald Coast, I’m excited to be asked to judge this first and soon to be annual event! Enjoy amazing food, great drinks, live…

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Emeril Lagase Hosts Taste Of The Race February 28 in Seaside, Florida

The Seaside Neighborhood School is situated in the heart of 30A and the annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K is this public charter’s lifeblood. Funding from the race energizes the school and empowers participation in unique elective classes such as gardening, music, culinary and fine arts, an award winning robotics program, advanced placement classes as well…

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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 Market Shops 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival!

The Market Shops 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity Walton County is taking place on Saturday, November 2nd from 11 am to 2 pm in South Walton, Florida.  This year’s festival welcomes many favorite restaurants, bars and culinary artists from around South Walton and Destin. Get your tickets here! Who’s ready to #EatDrinkBMary? Dubbed…

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