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Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Drink Along with Bruce Collier

I drank it straight, chilled from the refrigerator. The nose is similar to slivovitz or plum eau de vie. It’s smooth, low burn, with a slightly creamy texture and mouth feel. There’s a plummy (though dry) finish and lingering aftertaste...
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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Drink Along with Bruce Collier

The Loire is also known for its wines, particularly the whites. Summer is the ideal time to explore some of these. They’re easy to find, reasonably priced, and pair well with fish, shellfish, lighter meats, and cheese. Red wine is also made in the Loire, and it’s worth your time...
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Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Chianti: Beyond the Straw Flasks

Chianti used to be iconic, in the wrong way. To people of my generation, the name calls up images of straw-covered flasks filled with cheap red wine, served (often ice-cold), in neighborhood lasagna-and-pizza parlors. The empty bottles were then used as candleholders...
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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Our Fearless Beer Correspondent Reports from Miramar Beach

Rest assured, the fresh baked fragrance is more than a tease. The pizza here has an artisan look and homemade taste, cooked in a real brick oven that’s meticulously maintained to produce pies that don’t disappoint. And Grimaldi’s gets big bonus points for having an open view kitchen that lets you watch the pizzas being made in a superclean workspace...
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Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Joni Williams on Vinnie McGuire's in Destin

One of our all-time favorites is McGuire’s Irish Pub, where we’ve been going since as long as we can remember. And that precedes the location in Destin—the original is in Pensacola. They started out as a restaurant with well-prepared food that’s reasonably priced for the generous bounty they serve...
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Sweet Baby Jesus and More Must-Trys

At the Destin Whole Foods, this includes what is probably the best beer selection of any chain grocery store in the local area. For starters, Whole Foods has managed to magically pack a mind-blowing number of cans, bottles, singles, sixers and special holiday value packs in a not-so-big portion of the store’s rear aisle...
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Monday, December 4th, 2017

Just the Liquor Talking with Bruce Collier

Meet Beaujolais (BO-ZHA-LAY). For government administration purposes it’s a part of the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region of France. Wines of Burgundy are some of the most respected (and sought after) vintages in the world...
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Monday, June 19th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

The Brooklyn native has been in and around kitchens for more than 30 years, having learned his craft in the restaurant and hospitality business in New York, Salt Lake City and Pensacola, eventually coming here to Regatta Bay. It was at Regatta where he began offering cooking demonstrations to the public...
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Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Behind the Scenes at The Lobster Tail on Okaloosa Island

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Wynn has been visiting this area since age 5, when he traveled with his family on vacations. The holidays included visits to area restaurants, many of which are only memories (though Angelo’s, a favorite in Panama City Beach, is still in business).
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Corradetti started cooking 13 years ago at the age of 20. He attended ALMA La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, the world’s leading international training center for Italian Cuisine. “It’s the best school in the world,” says Corradetti. After school, he went on to...
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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, July 5th, 2018

Dining with Bruce Collier Checks Out the BBQ in PCB

The restaurant sits close to the roadside, with a good-sized open parking lot, a small fleet of businesslike meat smokers—some in use, some idling— outdoor seating (both open-air and sheltered) and an indoor dining area. Inside there’s a long serving bar, booths, free standing tables, and buckets of iced beverages...
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Thursday, June 7th, 2018

By Nikki Hedrick

When it comes to eating out, I’m guilty of landing in a slump—stuffing my face with the same options in the same predictable places. So although I’m including my favorites, I also sought out the opinions of my lovely Facebook friends. If I missed your favorite spot...
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Friday, May 18th, 2018

Dining with Bruce Collier at Shan Kishi

The restaurant is located in a heavily trafficked section of U.S. 98, near to large and small retail outlets. The dining room is rectangular, with booths and tables on either side, a decorative aquarium in front, and a sushi bar at the back. It’s done in brown and red, with quiet decorative touches on the walls...
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Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Bruce Collier on DeFuniak Springs' Tropicana Club

My pre-New Year lunch consisted of a Cuban sandwich, something I find very hard to resist anywhere I find it. It’s the genuine south Florida article, roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles. Chef Lemapu does a slight variation on the mustard, using a Creole mustard aioli in place of the traditional yellow mustard...
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Friday, February 9th, 2018

Bruce Collier Reports from Shunk Gulley on 30A

It was a weeknight, and they don’t take reservations, so we tried to get there early ahead of the crowd. The place was half-full when we arrived—me, my wife, and our newly seven-yearold daughter Grace (The Tiny Diner). A guitarist was covering some ‘70s songs, and we were taken to our table amid a buzz of eating and talking diners...
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Friday, January 26th, 2018

Bruce Collier Finds a New Favorite in FoWal

This area is blessed with an abundance of Korean places. There’s a welcoming, generous vibe about the cooking and the vigorous flavors—pickled vegetables, sesame, garlic, fiery peppers. Their love of beef would do Texas proud. Like their neighbors the Japanese, they never met a fish or a vegetable they didn’t like...
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Friday, January 12th, 2018

Bruce Visits the Twisted Grape Cafe & Wine Bar

My first thought was that it looked like a tea salon. There are tables and chairs of all kinds, mixed and matched, cushioned loveseats and a comfy-looking armchair. The aquamarine walls are decorated with framed photos and prints, and there are sturdy cabinets and shelves...
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Friday, December 29th, 2017

By Bruce Collier

My family and I visited 17 restaurants for review in 2017. They were Grayton Seafood, Café Organic, Bella Sera, David’s Catfish, Bamboo Jamaican, Pho Eva, Surf Hut, Black Pearl, Dewey Destin Seafood (Crab Island), Pazzo Italiano, Al’s Beach Club and...
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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
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