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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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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If someone said they saw pink elephants, you'd ask what drinks had gotten into them. When people in Portland, Oregon spotted pink chickens -- it turned out it was because of the drinks the birds had gotten on them. Animal control officials picked up the pink pullets after they were spotted running loose in the city's waterfront park. Turns out the owner used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the birds. He says he released them for a while to "make people smile." He may not be smiling at the result. He got a bill for the time the chickens were in county care -- and a scolding about the dangers of releasing birds in public areas.

PIANO MOUNTAIN

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- You've heard of Mount Rushmore and Mount Everest -- but Mount Piano? Hikers who made the trek up to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains of California recently have come upon an odd sight: a battered upright piano, sitting on a graffiti-covered concrete slab. Turns out the piano was used for a music video. The video producer says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail last week. After the shoot, it was too dark to get it down. The video maker says while it seems people are happy to see it there, he will haul it back down if necessary.

SNACK RUN

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- We've all had those times: you have a craving for something to eat or drink in the wee hours, and hop out of bed to get it. In this case, the person with the craving in the wee hours was a wee lass: just 4 years old. And to get to the store, she hopped on a Philadelphia bus. Police say the girl slipped on a purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. in a downpour -- and boarded the bus. Driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in her seat as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie." The driver called police, who took the girl to a hospital where she was reunited with her mom. Authorities say the girl's family was unaware she had gone on her slushie run.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- It's a game of angry birds no one in Melbourne, Florida wants to play. Officials say ducks, geese, seagulls and other feathered friends are acting more like feathered fiends -- chasing people and tying up traffic in Wells Park. Animal officials say it appears the birds are losing their fear of people. And in some cases, that means people are gaining a fear of birds. City Manager Mick McNees tells the Florida Today newspaper three white geese chased him as he jogged in the park. He says he had trouble scaring the birds off -- but fears that an older person or child may not be able to. Officials have put up signs barring people from feeding wildlife to try to restore the balance of nature in the park.

 
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