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...
Join 30A Olive Oil in welcoming Napa Valley's Biale Winery to 30A with an exclusive wine tasting event! On Feb 13th, from 6-8pm, 30A Olive Oil will be hosting a sip and taste event at their shop in Inlet Beach. $15 pp, which includes wine samplings as well as...

A Review: Café Thirty-A

By Hannah Neville Cafe Thirty-A first opened its doors in 1995 and has been consistently serving the best locally sourced regional cuisine ever since. Located in Seagrove Beach on 30A, Cafe Thirty-A offers an upscale atmosphere with delicious food to tourists and locals alike. My fiancée, Chase and I, pulled up...
From our Family to yours welcome It didn’t take much for Pino Tozzi to decide to sell his successful businesses in Rome Italy, uproot his young family and emigrate to America. Just a vacation to Destin in 2005. Francesca, Pino and Wife Stephania’s second daughter, remembers the moment well. “When...
Shrimp, Red Potato and Turnip Green Soup: Fare for the New Year By Susan Benton, 30aEats.com I was invited by The United States Potato Board, the nation’s potato marketing organization, to create a fresh, light, natural and healthy recipe to start the New Year off right after indulging over the holidays. Most of...
1 C panko bread crumbs ¼ t paprika 3 bunch fresh spinach ¼ C grated Parmigiano Reggiano 1 T 30A Olive Oil Herbs de Provence Olive Oil 1 ¾ C whole milk 3 T all purpose flour 2 C shredded Gruyere cheese 1 C grated Fontina cheese ⅛ t ground nutmeg ¼ C grated Parmigiano Reggiano freshly ground black pepper,...
Mark Fressell is fond of saying, ”I didn’t quit my job as an engineer to make bad food.” Everything the owner of Crust Artisan bakery in Santa Rosa Beach makes is made from scrap. “No Shortcuts,” he says. Mark and his wife Kim, have built quite a loyal following...
Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Destin serves fresh local seafood and cajun and creole dishes. A.J. Tusa, Jr., brings his Crazy Lobster concept originated in New Orleans to Baytowne Wharf. Having been in the restaurant business for over 45 years, A.J.’s experience in his family restaurants started in 1905? when he...

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