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Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Food, Not the Cook. Although If You're Home Anyway...

When we say easy, we mean the old “if you can boil water, you can cook” kind of thing. Only we sub suds for water, specifically when steaming hot dogs or sausage, which not only makes them plumper but also adds flavor depth. Works great for boiled shrimp, too...
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Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Auchentoshan 12 Tops Our Guy's List, But You'll Want to Try 'em All

Nothing defines “acquired taste” for me like scotch whisky (they leave out the “e”). I tried hard to love it in college, barely touched it when I lived in New York, and only recently decided to try again...
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Monday, November 9th, 2015

Brew Review Veterans Day Special

To prove this point, a national polling company went so far as to conduct a (what else?) poll and found that only about 43 percent of Americans planned to observe this federal holiday...
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Monday, October 12th, 2015

Beer! Beer! Beer! Oct. 16 & 17 in Sandestin

Sure, we’ve noticed there have been a lot of local beer fests popping up over the past year. And make no mistake about it, we’re loving them all. But while we consider ourselves an equal opportunity beer fester, there are a few advantages to hitting the grandmommy of them all over at Baytowne...
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Friday, September 25th, 2015

Brews and More at Destin's Osaka Restaurant

We opted to sit in the sushi bar, which really does have a long bar stocked with sushi fixings as well as a couple of friendly sushi chefs who can chop like nobody’s business...
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

TailFins in Destin Takes It to the Next Level(s)

As it sat in the balmy open air, it took on an almost licorice-like aftertaste, which makes us think it’s best if downed while still well chilled if you dislike licorice...
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Friday, August 28th, 2015

A Critical Guide to America's Best Selling Spirit

Perhaps Red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy’s biggest failure is that vodka is currently the best-selling spirit in the United States. My father’s 1960s-era bartender guide’s vodka chapter listed three cocktails—Bloody Mary, Screwdriver and Moscow Mule...
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Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Aug. 29 Event Features Brew + Cocktails + Live Music

Like Oyster City, for example, which is almost local. They have a small, true craft brewery in nearby Apalachicola, where they produce small batches of what they call “nouveau American beer brewed in a traditional style” using locally sourced ingredients whenever and however they can...
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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, November 6th, 2015

Bruce and the Tiny Diner Do Sandestin

My family and I paid DIG a visit on a recent weekend. My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) loves a restaurant with plenty of outside space—the better to move around in—and she was happy to see that DIG offers both inside and outside seating...
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Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Home of the Pain in the Ass Burger

Red Door is a bigger place than it looks from the road. You have to go around the building to find the main dining area, much of which is open-air with a view of the docks. There’s a large, covered bar-in-the-round, with more seats, and a smaller room indoors where the restrooms are located...
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Friday, September 11th, 2015

Get Your Drunken Noodles on in Destin

The outside of the place is neat but not fancy. Inside is an excellent example of making the most of limited space. The walls are painted white with saffron accents. Tables are neatly spaced, there are tablecloths, and a long banquette along the back wall is covered with cushions and pillows for comfortable seating...
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Friday, August 14th, 2015

New Name and Location, Same Great Food

Joey’s sits in a shopping center in a well-traveled area of Niceville. There’s plenty of parking, though that night we had to wade through the water to get to the door. Inside the restaurant is warmly lit, the rectangular dining room offering booths and tables, including some high-tops near the back...
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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

The inside dining room is roughly square, open with a slightly elevated section and plenty of window seating. Tables are utilitarian-chic metal, chairs are lounge-style, and there’s a large bar for sippers (with a view of the patio). Floors are wooden, the walls are painted in weatherworn pastels and accents, and the décor is 100-percent beach themed...
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Dining with Bruce Collier

My daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner) climbed up on her chair and after she’d cooled off a little, began rocking back and forth to the recorded music. That afternoon it was mostly Caribbean and reggae-style tunes designed to wash off the dust of the day. She is a natural, unself-conscious dancer, something her mother and I are not...
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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Outstanding Seafood Pasta and More

Highlands House is just that—a house—with a second story reached by a giant staircase in the back. There lots of wood, the surfaces are clean and plain. The patio invites strolling, listening to the live music, or drifting sedately in the plus-sized porch swing...
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Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Best (Only?) Vietnamese Eatery in Destin

The restaurant is located in a row of businesses set back from the road. Once inside, the atmosphere is calm and quiet. The dining room is rectangular, with a service area in the back, glass-topped booths and tables with tablecloths. The walls are papered, and there are little decorative touches here and there, including a large fish tank...
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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