Let’s get moving!

I’m sure more than a few of you have noticed a slight slowdown in the number of updates going on the site. This actually isn’t because I have little to say, rather, it has to do with the fact that I’m moving. That’s right folks, in just a few weeks this blogger will be posting live from sunny Florida, rather than snowy Nebraska. The reason for the move is simple: Got a job offer that was hard to refuse (also, happens to be near my family). This will be a challenge for me, though, as Northwestern Florida isn’t known for its food scene. In fact, I don’t think it has one.

The first thing I looked for was a Whole Foods, but the nearest is 4+ hours away. Yikes. The closest thing I could find was the Fresh Market, but even that is over an hour away. I’ve luckily stumbled upon a few farmer’s market type things, such as Off the Vine and Zen Garden Market, but I dunno how they will work. I also recently got in touch with the people at Twin Oaks Farm and was told that Seaside has a year-round farmer’s market as well (again, about an hour away). We’ll have to play it by ear for the first few months, but hopefully I’ll be able to locate what I consider the necessities:

  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Pasture Butter
  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Locally Grown Produce

If I can locate these things, I’ll be just fine. The other things I need to find are some decent regional markets, namely Asian and Hispanic. Luckily some of the things I’ve grown to love up here (Penzey’s and The Tea Smith) allow you to order online, so I don’t have to miss out.

So, anyone out there know of some great restaurants in the Panama City area? Good places to get local food? If so, please comment and help a soon-to-be transplant out!

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3 Responses to Let’s get moving!

  1. Nancy Nancy says:

    There are lots of wonderful eats within a 60 minute drive of Panama City (and probably some there also, but I don’t know about them).

    We visit the nearby city of Destin annually, and spend the time eating our way through local fish, seafood and other goodies.

    I blogged our most recent trips here:
    http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2008/03/fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-florida.html

    http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-fl.html

    http://funplayingwithfood.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-fun-playing-with-food-in-destin-fl_25.html

    Also, I recommend that you check out http://www.sowal.com for more, up-to-date food and restaurant info.

  2. Lainey Lainey says:

    you’ll have great access to seafood. i was in apalachicola last year for work–the BEST oysters. verandas had an amazing chef when i was there (i believe he used to work at daniel in nyc, if it’s the same guy.) i almost died tasting his tuna steak. magnolia cafe is also pretty good.

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    There’s a little veggie stand on Hwy 77 near the Target called Tanya’s Market. She has pasture butter and fresh eggs.

    The Seaside farmer’s market is fine, but mostly for yuppies. The stuff is pretty expensive and several of the vendors just buy conventionally-grown produce from farms in the Southeast, not organic stuff or homegrown. (Some of it is local, but be sure and ask.)

    That said, they have a great milk vendor there with fresh local milks and cheeses.

    Good luck!

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