Foodie. Noun - food·ie: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads.
That’s how Merriam-Webster defines “foodie,” but you probably didn’t need a definition to tell you just how much of a food lover you really are! If you’re always one to seek out new flavors, hunt down hole-in-the-wall treasures and document your favorite meals with perfectly-composed photo keepsakes, you’re a foodie… and fortunately, Florida might just be one of the best places in the country to indulge that obsession.
Just read on to see why Florida’s a haven for foodies everywhere.
Influences from the South…
Take a quick skim of your menu the next time you stop by Peach Valley, and you’ll see—Southern influences are everywhere! From our Buttermilk Drop Biscuits & Sausage Gravy to our warm, hearty Chicken & Waffles, the impact of Southern cuisine and the comfort food tradition pervades throughout.
Of course, it’s not just Peach Valley. Southern charm in the way of hearty, comfort food cuisine can be seen throughout Florida, especially our upper half, where proximity to Georgia and the rest of the American South provides easy passage for recipes to make their way into the Sunshine State. If you find yourself craving some Southern treats, or simply want to discover a new spin on them for your food journal, the solution might just be closer than you think.
… and up North, too
Florida has something special, something that attracts people from all over the country—even those who want to make the state their new home! Many of those movers come from the north, from states such as New York—in fact, one study revealed that in 2012, up to 13 percent of households who moved away from the city chose Florida as their new home.
With numbers like this, it’s clear that Florida is a top destination—not just for people, but the food and culture they bring with them! Without this intranational exchange, we might not have local go-tos like New York-style pizza stops, bagel shops galore or even local menu favorites like our Corned Beef, Turkey or Blackened Fish Ruebens.
A uniquely Florida twist
Of course, even with all those influences improving our food scene, Florida has managed to cultivate a sense of identity that stems from our unique location—with Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean coasts, we have prime access to seafood and use it to liven up our favorite dishes (like our Shrimp & Grits or Blackened Fish Tacos). Proximity to these famous waterways—and the cities and countries that call them “home”—also has an impact on our flavor profile, enriching our palate with citrus, hot salsas and much more.
There’s year-round action to enjoy
Another feature that makes Florida such a foodie paradise is our year-round warm weather. While we love the endless sunshine for a lot of reasons, it has an effect on our enjoyment of food, too, allowing foodie staples like food trucks, pop-ups and other open-air features to thrive in winter as well as they do in summer. Day trips to explore new dishes (or to even garden, or go picking for some treats of your own) never have to take a hiatus, and that keeps our foodie scene thriving.
If all this talk about food’s worked up an appetite, don’t worry—we can help! Consider Peach Valley Café a perfect place to discover flavors fresh and familiar, stemming from Southern tradition as well as treats that are uniquely fresh, fruity and classically “Florida.”