The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World
To New Yorkers (present or former), The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World means only one place—Windows on the World, crown jewel of the World Trade Center. It was a place they loved or loved to hate. It transcended all controversy on 9/11. Roston starts his story on that last day, then backtracks, chronicling restaurateur Joe Baum’s stubborn vision of a gastronomical palace in the sky. It’s birth revitalized downtown; its demise brought the city together to move forward. The decorations and food didn’t please everyone, but if you could afford it, you went, until it vanished forever.
– Bruce Collier
Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
St. Martin’s Press
The rise, fall and spectacular recovery of the guitar god, told mostly by the people who were there. The authors—guitar freaks in their own right—focus on celebrating the man and his music rather than dwelling on the (SPOILER ALERT) tragic ending. One of the most readable music bios of the year.
– Chris Manson
In Memoriam: Harold Destin
By Charles Morgan III Harold Destin died last week. He had lived in Destin for 64 years. Harold’s father, Chubby Destin, ran the Shooting Star for many years. His mother...
By the Numbers: 12Eleven
By Nikki Hedrick With an influx of regular gigs in the Destin area, 12Eleven have steadily made a name for themselves in the region. The average member age is only 22...
Fun Facts About the Harbor Boat Parade
By Chris Manson This year’s event, happening Sunday, Dec. 15, on the Destin Harbor, is the 33rd annual boat parade sponsored by the Destin History & Fishing Museum. It starts at...
G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro: Have a Round at Marker 21
By Bruce Collier G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro in Fort Walton Beach has been open just a few months. The restaurant sits on the harbor, at the Marker 21 Marina....
Where to Spend Your Happy Hours
Baxter’s Bar & Grille 605 James Lee Road Fort Walton Beach 850-812-6868 When: 3-6 PM and 10 PM-Midnight daily. Closed Mondays (for now). Drink Specials: $3 wells, $2 drafts. Camille’s at Crystal...
Adopt, Don’t Shop: Tigger
Lorraine Whetsone from PAWS in Fort Walton Beach writes: “Meet Tigger. This handsome Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society since March. He needs to be home...