People often talk about “German potato salad.” But there is no pure “German potato salad.” We have different types that differ from region to region. In the north of Germany, a variation with mayonnaise, onions and pickles is mainly prepared. In Swabia, the potato salad is served warm and...
Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting Features Local Mother-Daughter Artists Shelter House’s 4th Annual Palate & Palette Dinner will be held Feb. 1 at Legendary Marine’s showroom in Destin. Proceeds will support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Shelter House, Inc. is the state certified...

Christmas Morning Strata

By Susan Benton, 30AEats.com The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas morning. Serves 4 to 6 people. Ingredients: 8 slices bread, preferably an Italian style deli loaf, cut 1/2 of an inch thick 1 pound plain, sage or hot...

Turkey Day Feasts

By M. Shaye Smith We’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving as an American holiday for 156 years. Established by Abraham Lincoln during one of America’s darkest times in 1863, shortly after the devastating Gettysburg battle during the Civil War, in both good times and in bad, Thanksgiving has always been a gathering...

Dining For A Cause

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its 7th Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Community Outreach programs on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the East Bar and Courtyard. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) -...
By Susan Benton It’s my favorite time of year at the beach, October! That means cooler temps (still waiting), smaller crowds, and lots of festivities! Following their most successful auction to date, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has grand plans for the return of Harvest Wine & Food Festival to...

Bloody Mary Gazpacho Recipe

By Susan Benton, 30aEats, Gulf Coast Restaurants Note: This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled as needed. Serves 8. Ingredients: 1 quart low salt, no MSG tomato juice 5 whole Roma tomatoes, stemmed and seeded, diced 2 large celery stalks, finely diced 1 hothouse cucumber, seeds removed, finely diced 1 whole zucchini diced 1/4 cup Extra Virgin...
The dictionary cites several definitions of tailgating such as driving too closely behind (another vehicle) and “tailgate” as “a board or gate at the rear of a vehicle that can be removed or let down (as for loading). Here at Bay Life, we prefer this one: host or attend...
On the beautiful Destin Harbor Boardwalk With a hometown feel, the Destin Seafood Festival has had the privilege of celebrating the Destin community for 41 years. This year’s Destin Seafood Festival will feature nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, and plenty of local and regional food vendors. The...
By Susan Benton, 30aEATS.com Royal Reds Shrimp are one of the most valuable and tasty seafoods found in our coastal waters. The primary species of Florida shrimp harvested are brown, white, pink, royal red and rock shrimp. Each has its own season, is prevalent at different depths of the Gulf and salinity...

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