By Susan Benton I prefer to use fresh Gulf seafood and organic produce and eggs, as well as read labels to avoid gluten due to my 2018 allergy diagnosis. However, you can follow this recipe as is with what is available to you, and it will be just as delicious. Gulf...
By Susan Benton Go to the beach every day, eat fresh seafood, and make lasting memories is probably on your vacation bucket list. South Walton and 30A are in a prime location to easily source the highly sought after briny bivalves of the Gulf. Oysters in the area typically come...
30A Olive Oil Co. Celebrates New Ownership Ribbon Cutting and Open House on June 27th Join 30A Olive Oil Co. as it celebrates new ownership with a ribbon cutting by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and an Open House to follow. Guests are invited to 30A Olive Oil Co.’s storefront...
By Susan Benton Seagrove Village MarketCafe has been serving up deep fried love on the corner of County Road 395 and 30A in the Florida Panhandle since 1949. This location once boasted the first official business in Seagrove – an Exxon gas station. Originally owned by the founders of Seagrove...
By: Hannah Neville La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar, located in Seacrest Beach is a favorite for both tourists and locals alike. Known for their house margaritas and guacamole, the menu features traditional Mexican food but with a local twist; chef’s specials and fresh seafood caught nearby. My fiancé, Chase, and...
By Hannah Neville Grayton Seafood Company is located on 30A – just after the four-way intersection that leads to Grayton Beach heading east toward Seaside. Tucked quietly away in the shops of Uptown Grayton, Grayton Seafood Company has been around for nearly four years, according to Kenny Griner the owner, who coined...
By Susan Benton New Orleans, aka the Crescent City is a fascinating place, known for diversity, culture, and its rich heritage. Put it all in a bowl to eat and enjoy, and you would have what is known as gumbo. Ingredients: • 1 gallon seafood stock, or water to make own • 1/2...
Thirty-A Filet & Vine is billed as a specialty grocery store, but the Santa Rosa Beach shop has become more than that in its first year of business. “We really feel that we have built a community in this shop,” owner, Paul Gill, said. “We love to bring people together...
By Dave White, SoWal Life Publisher I have driven past “The Melting Pot” on Highway 98 in MIramar Beach just about every day since moving to South Walton three years ago. I often wondered what was behind the name I had never heard of and hadn’t formed an opinion about...

The Best Chile Con Carne

By Susan Benton Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but I make my flavor packed version with black beans for added fiber, and to create texture. Since our kids were little and heading out to trick or...

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