Friday, July 31, 2009

Thank God for kids

Photography by Goode Green

I think you know by now that we love having little ones around. I want you to know and I will probably say again and again that kids are welcome here. I actually went to a store in Destin this week and they had signs everywhere, one of which said to watch your kids carefully, then another one that said something about kids not touching anything and another about the cameras watching your every move. Sheesh! Never mind that they have Hello Kitty purses and things that yell "touch me" at every turn. So this is all just a looong way of saying to bring 'em on, because kids are welcome here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cheesy grin

Nothing like a classic beauty indulging in a good old fashioned slice of cheese.

Photography by the classic beauties at Goode Green

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Do you see what I see?

Photo by Goode Green

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Restaurants we love

Stinky's amazing Peanut Butter Pie

It's funny how often people ask us if we eat pizza all the time. The answer is yes, but man cannot live on pizza alone. The truth is, we have always been big foodies who enjoy trying all types of cuisine. We are so lucky to have great restaurants on 30A {particularly my husband because I am not a great cook!}. And while there tons of good eateries in our little area, we thought it would be fun to pay homage to our personal faves.

Borago - This is our most frequent date night spot. We've been Borago fans for years, and it's because they're deliciously consistent. It's funny because it seems to be "cool" to sit at the bar, but we are ever the nerds in the dining room with all the tourists. We just have so many good memories in that room. We also love watching the chefs at work. Michael, Mark and their team provide what we consider the best Italian food on 30A. Some of our faves are the scallops appetizer served over polenta, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Chicken Piccata {we sub grouper}, Linguine with Tomato Sauce {simply perfect} and of course, the famous Bellini Martini.

Our sweet friends the Goods visited from Dallas and loved Borago

Friend Anna {and former Miss Alabama} celebrating her birthday {I love that she will want to kill me for telling everyone she's a big beauty queen}

La Botana - Nice people, great food and gorgeous decor. Owned by Phillip & Jane Solomon, this place is so much more than a wine bar. The Mexican food is served on small plates {less guilt}, but the flavors are anything but small. The Chile Relleno is seriously to die for and the Tres Leches Cake is heavenly. We are so in love with the blue sofa there that we may just have to steal it. Swede, the manager, is determined to help you find your favorite wine and dish and is such a gem. There's almost always great live music, special events or discounts, so check out their Facebook page for more info.
Gorgeous friend Stephanie {owner of DejaVu} on our favorite seat in the house

Paige York, Susan Massey {designer} and Jane Solomon {owner}

Stinky's - Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably been there or at least heard of it. The name is strange, but this place serves the best seafood in town. You can select your fish and its preparation, and no matter what you choose, you will be happy. This is a very no nonsense place with a very deliberate aptitude for service and quality. It's perfect for date night or dinner with friends. You won't go wrong no matter what you order, but make sure you try the Peanut Butter Pie for dessert. Have mercy.

At the former Stinky's location which is now Lake Place

Cafe Tango - If money were no object, we would eat here weekly. Tango is fine dining in a tiny room that feels much more like the living room it probably once was. It is a quaint slice of heaven owned by two of the nicest folks, Paja & Walter. As far as we can tell, they do zero advertising, but are usually 100% packed. Their wine list is extensive, yet we were thrilled to find a bottle we loved for a great price. They make all of their salad dressings and let me just tell you that the Parmesan Ranch is completely cravable. Our favorite dishes are the Chimichurri Steak {oh my goodness!} and seriously, any of the fish dishes. You will find yourself saying "Oh my gosh" frequently during your meal. It is that good. {Wish I had a photo of this cute place, but I don't, so call 267.0054 and make a reservation to check it out yourself!}

So there you have it for round one of our "Best of the Best" restaurants. Stay tuned for more local faves.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Broken record

That's right. I don't care if I sound like a broken record for saying how much I love our employees for the 19th time on this blog. Case in point: Here is the vehicle driven by Jordan, one of our favorite summer helpers, who is proud enough to don a PBTS magnet on her car.

Also love these boys for being proud to be "Cheesy." We have the best employees on 30A!

Monday, July 20, 2009

We love messy mouths

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


You may have heard the story of Jason Thompson, a beloved local soccer coach who is fighting a very rare form of cancer. Jason is currently undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. His family and friends are desperately trying to raise the funds for his medical treatment. If you would like to help, here's how:

  • Attend the fundraiser for Jason this Saturday at Senor Mojitos.
  • Donate an item for the silent auction by calling 850.543.8690.
  • Donate money online quickly and easily here.

Please pray for Jason as he embarks upon the toughest battle of his life and consider helping if you are able.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Precious Petunia

We had so much fun at our photo shoot with Sheila & Hayley. I have to admit that while the kiddos were incredible little models, there was another star of the show. Petunia the beagle entertained the little ones, posed for the camera and restrained herself from eating all of the pizza. How could you not love her?

Photography by Goode Green

Monday, July 13, 2009

And the winner is...

Rebecca Sullivan!

Thanks to for selecting our winner and huge thanks to everyone who participated in the contest on our blog and Facebook page. Come by to claim your $100 gift certificate, Rebecca. Oh, and you'll be happy to know we're bringing back trivia night starting in August or September. We love that you asked, so stay tuned.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Not so fast

We have much in our lives to be grateful for, but nothing will ever eclipse the love we have for our little one. We thank God for giving us such an incredible gift three years ago today. Happy birthday, princess. {For the record, it's true what they say about it all going by too quickly.}

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bummed the 4th is over?

Well, then let's have a little contest! Leave a comment on this post and we'll enter your name into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to Pizza by the Sea. Good luck and have a great week! {UPDATE: We have people registering on Facebook as well, so feel free to submit your entry there.}

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Have a great 4th!!!

Photography by Goode Green

Friday, July 3, 2009

Feed your happy face!

This photo from our recent shoot perfectly captures our motto, "Feed your happy face!"

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Get fresh

Ever tried our Queen Margherita Pizza? It is a customer favorite and a refreshing summer treat. We top our crust with olive oil, Mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil. Another great summer option is the Rabbit Food Pizza which is loaded with fresh veggies. We are proud to use only the highest quality produce available, and we hope you notice the difference. Check out our full menu here.