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Monday, September 25th, 2017
“A girl that was working here couldn’t show up for work one day, and I was outside working taking money at the door. They said, ‘Can you bartend?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not good at it, but I can do it.’ So they stuck me in there and I’ve been behind the bar ever since,” says Mikey.
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Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

What's Brewing with Our Fearless Beer Correspondent

Though there are a variety of ways to cook with beer that involve batter and a deep fryer—which is way too much mess for lazy cooks like ourselves— the recent Hurricane Irma-induced temperature crash reminded us fall (a/k/a football season) is almost here...
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Friday, September 15th, 2017

Bruce Collier Reports from Beautiful Crestview, FL

Timber Creek Distillery sits at the end of a dirt road, on 1,400 acres near a stream called Juniper Creek. There’s a grand timber house (Timber Creek Lodge) with a beautifully carved front door, but the distillery action is in another building. I was greeted on the road by co-owner and master distiller Aaron Barnes...
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Monday, September 11th, 2017

Saturday, Sept. 16 with Big Pre-Events Thursday and Friday

On Thursday, enjoy a “Grande” pairing dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Harborview Room. The menu, put together by Emerald Grande chef Jimmy McManus, looks so tempting…just reading it made us swoon...
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Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Bruce Collier Explores "The Water of Life"

Aquavit is distilled from grain or potatoes, and flavored with caraway, anise, orange or lemon peel, angelica and other spices or flavorings. As juniper is with gin, so caraway is with aquavit, the predominant flavor in most versions. There are aquavits for Christmas and other holidays, with special flavorings.
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Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Joni Visits the Downtown FWB Hot Spot, and It's Better Than Ever

There is now a lot of parking directly off the side entrance, which is where you’ll also find a lovely breezeway with outdoor seating. Inside, there’s way more space than the old location, and it’s filled with plenty of tables and a full sized bar...
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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Joni Williams Hits the Road

Turns out, this is a most charming area of Mobile, filled with one-way streets, treelined avenues and the breezy Southern-style architecture of days gone by. Five is particularly handsome, with its rich-looking wood, window boxed greenery, open-air sidewalk seating and classic brick walls inside and out...
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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Joni Williams Reports from Niceville

We showed up around 7 on a Saturday to find the regular and overflow parking lots already packed. Likewise, a good-sized crowd was taking over the front decks, and we had to move fast to find available seating inside the small pub. You’d expect flustered, but...
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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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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, 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, September 22nd, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Ciao Italia sits on a corner overlooking U.S. 98 East, easily visible from the road. The restaurant is spacious, with plenty of windows, indoor and outdoor seating. The dining room is an elongated rectangle, with a bar/ lounge (and piano) a semi-private dining area, and tables for small and large parties...
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Friday, August 11th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier Visits 30A

The restaurant sits just off the road, a yellow-buff structure with plenty of windows and several shaded outside tables. We ate inside, in the main dining area. There’s a smaller dining space in the bar/lounge, complete with a pianist. Table sizes vary. The walls are whitewashed brick, tables are wooden, with sturdy...
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Friday, July 28th, 2017

Some Sweet Sweet Potato Chips and More on Okaloosa Island

Sure, they are popular gathering spots for summer visitors, and yes, they fill up fast, and finding a parking space demands patience and cunning. But my family and I have had great success of late. Mostly it’s a case of clearing one’s schedule and getting there early...
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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Bruce Collier and His Crew Check Out Pazzo

They accept reservations but I can never estimate driving times during summer, so we took a chance without one. The place was more than half-full when we got there at 6:15, and completely full within an hour...
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Friday, June 30th, 2017

Dining with Bruce Collier

Inside, the restaurant is plainly furnished (but clean and well-maintained), with a sign pointing diners to the order counter. There are some framed photos and mementos on the walls. They have printed menus, but when the line is forming, it’s a good idea to read your choices off the blackboards hanging over the counter...
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Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Black Pearl on Okaloosa Island

The restaurant is basically a rectangle, with a bar to the immediate right of the entrance, an inside dining room, and an open-air dining area with spacious frame windows looking onto the beach (with the fishing pier off to the right)...
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Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits Everyday Gourmet to Go in Fort Walton Beach

Montalto started out working at a luncheonette—Mary Jo’s—with its owner and chef, her grandmother. She cooked with her grandmother and worked behind the counter. She held on to her grandmother’s recipes, collected others from friends, and eventually compiled them into a cookbook called Recipes Without Reservations...
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Friday, May 5th, 2017

Bruce Collier Visits the Surf Hut in Destin

As the name indicates, it is a hut—a rather big one, with wide open spaces, expansive windows, and plenty of view of the white beaches out the back. We ate there early on a weekend, and scored a nice four-top next to a window...
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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Around the World in Destin with Bruce Collier

I was alone, and my plan was to take a long reconnaissance of the prepared foods section—something not practicable when accompanied by my daughter Grace (the Tiny Diner). I’d scope out the options, choose my lunch, eat at the market, then get some takeout for later...
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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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