Where it all began...

"Where do you want to go for lunch?"

"I don't know."

"Olive Garden?"



"No. Not feeling fast food."



Dan and I were getting bored with the chain restaurants. Same old blah, blah, blah. Ironically, that next Monday, my coworker told me about how he and his wife were tired of going to the same chain restaurants, so this year, they started exploring local restaurants. He raved highly about Gulf Coast Seafood Restaurant and told me that we just


to go. "Best seafood restaurant on the Gulf" is what he said.

Dan and I decided to try it out for our Valentine's Day dinner. It was amazing! As we chatted over dinner, an idea hit me. Why not start a blog about local restaurants in the Gulf Coast area? Even better, why not, explore the Gulf Coast and see what it has to offer?

And just like that "The Emerald Life" was born.

On a personal note~

No, we didn't meet over a common interest in food. However, we did meet back in 2007 in high school during lunch. Our friendship grew through mutual friends, and in the fall of 2008, we started dating. Dan proposed to me on Pensacola Beach in 2011 and we were married the following year. Our family has gone from two to four as we now have two puppies, Piper and Carl.

Christmas 2013

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