Behind the Scenes: South Walton, Florida - 06/27/13

Our road trip to South Walton, Florida was the perfect way to kick off summer 2013. We lucked out with perfect weather for our two day shoot and got to meet a ton of cool people who were so excited to show me the best of the sixteen beach neighborhoods. Our 'eat' location, Vue on 30a, blew me away. It's located on the beach with a magnificent view of the water and the perfect location to enjoy a sunset. The executive chef,  Giovanni Lucio Filippone, is quite a character. He was born in France, grew up in New Jersey, and happened to be on Season 5 of the Fox show Hell's Kitchen. He was a very humorous guy, but it was evident that the culinary arts are clearly his passion. My favorite dish he prepared was a whole fish in tempura batter..  It was fresh, light and so phenomenal tasting, it could turn a carnivore into a fish lover with just one bite. The decor of the restaurant was contemporary and classy... yet the environment is laid back and suites families or couples on a date night. This place is at the top of my list as a potential wedding venue. I love it! Another place with delectable food and an atmosphere to match....Red Bar! We got to enjoy the band Dread Clampitt and it was a fun, high energy crowd. Not only that, the blackened grouper I got was AMAZING. That place should be a must stop when you head to South Walton..Heading outdoors, the idyllic gulf side beach of South Walton awaits with its mirror-clear turquoise water, foamy white waves and sugary sand made even more delightful by the bright sun we enjoyed during our trip. Grayton Beach State Park offers outdoor activities including trails to explore and beach hiking, my personal favorite, a relaxing and visually appealing way to exercise. You know your road trip location is a crowd pleaser when the entire crew comes to the realization that we should have taken vacation days around the shoot to enjoy more sun, surf, and sand time. South Walton, I will see you again this summer for some more fun- thank you for a wonderful experience!

 

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