Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 28, 2013

Great vacations require great food

I enjoy traveling. As I pen this week's BBQ My Way installment, I am sitting in a condo in Panama City, Fla. We are here for my daughter's spring break. She's our youngest and is a senior in high school. As with our other kids, we felt it was a good idea to be around when they headed south for spring break. You know, just to be there. Watch one episode of any MTV show during spring break and you will understand why we do this.

Oh, and just in case someone reading this column thinks we are now a perfect target for a home burglary, don't waste the time plotting. By the time this hits the press, we will be home.

Anyway, for Liz and I, one huge component for any vacation is the food. If you were to look at our bucket list of places we would like to visit before we kick the proverbial bucket, it tends to be centered around food. And in Panama City, it's all about the seafood.

One thing I need to come clean on. We have always preferred Destin, Fla. We vacationed in Destin 13 straight years. You could almost consider us “Destin Snobs,” always looking down on Panama City and Panama City Beach as the “party towns.” Granted, there is a good deal of partying in Panama City during spring break, but we have found the beaches to be beautiful, and more importantly, the restaurants in Panama City blow Destin restaurants away. The fresh seafood shops also have more variety and better competition. In Destin it's either Sextons Seafood or Destin Seafood. There are so many more to choose from in Panama City. The traffic isn't as bad. Here's the bottom line. We are already talking about a return trip to Panama City.

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