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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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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Emeril Lagasse Opens Restaurant At Grand Boulevard Spring 2017

Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality and Author, Emeril Lagasse will be opening a restaurant at Grand Boulevard! Eric Linquest, president of Emeril’s Homebase, has confirmed that Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant group, based in New Orleans, has partnered with Grand Boulevard to open a restaurant in the Town Center. “We are looking forward to being a part of…

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Timber Creek Distillery & Bourbon Blending Kit Giveaway

I thought I knew most of what went on with the regions food + drink scene, but I missed out on the fact that we have Timber Creek Distillery located on a family farm just north of Destin in Crestview. Finding the presence of a high-quality craft distillery located in the backwoods of Northwest Florida was music…

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Willie’s Armadillo Eggs

I judged The Big Green Egg Fest last weekend aptly called Eggs On the Beach at Seascape Resort. One of the teams had a delicious popper that caught all of the  judges attention. It reminded me of how great this recipe is, and how much I love it. I don’t make it often for good…

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