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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Ahh, the Water of Life...

Armagnac is distilled only once, in a column still, at around 104 proof (52 percent alcohol) It is aged in oak barrels of differing varieties, local preferred. Most Armagnac is bottled at around 80 proof, though there are...
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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A Visit to Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in Navarre

Tucked away in a standalone set of buildings off Highway 87, about 10 minutes north of the Navarre Beach sign and its infamous quote, this family-owned brewpub is a little off the beaten path. So when we walked in around two-ish on a recent Saturday— usually a slow time for pubs—we expected to see a lot of empty chairs...
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Canadian whisky must be mashed, distilled and aged in Canada, aged for at least three years in “small wood” (barrels not larger than 700 liters), be at least 40 percent ABV (80 proof) and “may contain caramel and flavouring.” That last part is called...
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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Meet the Team That's Taking Poppy's to the Next Level

Mongogna recalls that their earliest gig together was working for a plumber. Chris stuck with the trade and got his own independent plumbing business. Jason moved over into the thriving New Orleans food industry. Cracking the restaurant business was not easy for him, says Mongogna, until Hurricane Katrina provided a break...
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Congrats to Chef T on His Promotion

Submitted by Jill Tanner:“I get to use my craft to express myself through food. That’s the best part.” – Chef TChef Teofilo Tundidor, known as Chef T, was recently promoted from Sous Ch
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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Behind the Scenes at HarborWalk's Stunning New Restaurant

McManus hails from Brooklyn, and has put in 32 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He is a member of the New York State Chefs Association, the Beehive State Chefs Association, American Culinary Federation, American Academy of Chefs, and other organizations...
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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Time Out Sports Bar Gets a Delicious Makeover

I had never had the pleasure of meeting Chef Cordoves (I rarely meet chefs of restaurants I review), and was happy to get the opportunity, coinciding with Cordoves’ move to the Groovy Grouper Grill, a recently opened restaurant located at Destin Commons...
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Friday, March 29th, 2013

French Culinary Institute Grad Leaves a Delicious Mark on 30A

“I always cooked,” says Pitchford, adding “I learned in self-defense” in response to her former husband’s habit of inviting guests for dinner. She picked up her first “serious” cookbook at age 20. Several decades in the corporate software world convinced her she needed to find something else to do...
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Friday, November 11th, 2011
Jeffery Beaudoin (a.k.a. Chef Jeff) has been chef at the Lazy Gecko Deck Bar in the Village of Baytowne Wharf since early fall, but it’s definitely not his first culinary rodeo. The New Orleans native (he still retains a trace of the characteris tic Crescent City accent) has been work ing in and for restaurants since age 15.
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Friday, December 23rd, 2016

...And the Restaurant of the Year Is...

My Just the Liquor Talking column this year touched on gin, mezcal, blended Scotch, Florida distilled spirits, bourbons for under $20, Canadian whisky, and Armagnac. Research, as always, is arduous, but the column has opened my eyes to some spirits I might otherwise have ignored...
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Friday, November 18th, 2016

High Praise for the New Burrito Del Sol in Destin

My family and I ate there on a recent Saturday (the menu is the same all day). Parking was a snap, in a lot off the main road. The building (recently and extensively renovated from that of the previous establishment) combines Old Florida with a touch of...
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Friday, October 7th, 2016

Boshamps Has Beautiful Harbor View, Fresh Seafood... What More Could You Want?

Boshamps’ new owner has added to the original structure, constructing four decks and a covered patio bar. The main building has its own central bar, several dining areas, and a little five-table rear balcony with a view of the docks...
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Friday, August 26th, 2016

Not a Leprechaun in Sight

Is sushi Irish? No, and there’s no attempt here to make Japan’s most famous culinary export fit into an Emerald Isle theme. On the contrary, McGuire’s Sushi looks like a straight-up sushi bar and restaurant. With the exception of the children’s menu, I didn’t see even a hint of green about the place...
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Friday, July 29th, 2016

Destin's Baguette Bistro Earns High Praise

This area has plenty of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dining spots, but Vietnamese places are pretty rare. Vietnam was colonized for some years by the French, who were finally shown the door...
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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Vue on 30a and Chef Giovanni Offer a Unique Multi-Course Dining Experience

The restaurant’s celebrity chef has designed a delicious multi-course dinner menu infused with colors and tastes that showcase the beautiful fall season. The dinner will be paired wines from Duckhorn Vineyards— named “Winemaker of the Year” by San Francisco Chronicle...
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

World Class Wine Meets America's Best Chef

Submitted by Sarah Brazwell: Santa Rosa Beach's Vue on 30a presents a JUSTIN Wine Dinner on Wednesday, July 16, at 5:45 p.m. With the most spectacular view in South Walt
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Locals Serving Locals

Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan opened Jackacudas Seafood and Sushi at HarborWalk Village on March 4. Surrounded by family, friends and over 200 guests, the proud team invited all to experience their inn
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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A Night to Remember at Our 2012 Restaurant of the Year

Submitted by Lauren Gall: Vue on 30a recently announced that the restaurant will host a special couple’s dinner with a specially selected menu for the upcoming Valentine’s Day celeb