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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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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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

When the white walls of the homes and businesses at Alys Beach become flanked with works of art called Digital Graffiti, what to wear becomes part of the event as well. The ladies pictured above are in cool, comfortable outfits, with shoes that easily glide over the pebbled walkways that might otherwise become dangerous when admiring…

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A Review: Grits & Grind

By: Hannah Neville Grits and Grind is located in Seacrest Beach, specifically in the same location as La Cocina Mexican Bar & Grill, and it is open daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Grits and Grind serves Southern style breakfast foods as well as libations that are perfect for any morning occasion, and they…

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Seafood Gumbo

We consume quite a bit of gumbo in my family, so its only natural that I would judge the Sandestin Gumbo Festival now in its 29th year. It has become one of my favorite winter events in South Walton. There is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of seafood, or chicken & sausage gumbo….

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Farming Our Local Waters: Trey Nick of Nick’s Seafood

As a food writer and blogger living by the waters edge of the Emerald Coast, one of the first questions people ask when they visit our area is how they can be certain that they are buying or being served fresh seafood. It would appear that answer would be a simple, but many restaurants do…

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Cypress Cattle & Produce Company & Boiled Peanut Recipe

  Northwest Florida is well known for its sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters that draw in millions of tourists each year, but what most are not aware of is that Walton County is also rich in agriculture. Heading north from 30A in South Walton to the city of Ponce De Leon, you…

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