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!