Beach Babes

6.26.2013

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Seaside epitomizes everything people crave about summertime: scorching sunshine, white picket fences lining the sandy beaches, whicker baskets propped in front of all the pastel bicycles cruising the sidewalks and sno-cones as a standard snack.

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Upon my arrival into the Panama City airport, I was saddened to find out I missed one of chef Jimmy's gourmet meals of roasted grouper (the local favorite fish around these parts) with a brown butter lemon sauce, wild mushroom risotto and toasted pine nut pancetta and shallot roasted brussels sprouts.

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I made it in town just in time to finish the remains of his second meal: yellow curry brown sugar slow-roasted pulled pork with a rainbow pepper medley jalapeno lime cilantro slaw. For all the sauce lovers out there, it came alongside a North Carolina vinegar sauce and a Tennessee white horseradish sauce. Finally, there were poblano smoked gouda grits.

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My first full day here we did a little bit of everything, starting with a game of Cecilia pool, a variety of the classic game in which my 9-year-old niece makes her own special rules and Sam and I follow.

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We spent the rest of the morning in the pool, as many folk were still recovering from the sunburns they had built over the first few days.

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The boys scattered for a round of golf at the Jack Nicklaus course nearby, so the girls seized the opportunity to go shop in the town.

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I was here several years ago with friends and the town has maintained the same charm--with the food trailers framing the post office which has become a local landmark and popular spot for a photo opp for vacationers like us.

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The outdoor stall shops make for a shopping experience unlike any mundane trip to the mall.

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Each stall is color coordinated, making the clothing all the more aesthetically pleasing and tempting to buy.

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As the ideal family vacation spot, kid stores are a plenty.

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But, it was the famous Frostbites snow cones more than any toy shop that bribed the little ones into coming into town with us.

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Throughout the year, I'm always in and out of town, barely squeezing in a visit with my little nieces and nephews. It's been a treat to all be under one roof in just the small amount of time I've been here so far.

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They've put my former gymnast to good use as a pool handstand judge. Today, we'll spend a full day at the beach and then celebrate Lindsey's birthday at dinner in the town.

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Just like we celebrated baby Emily's 1st yesterday. Happy birthday to you both!


3 comments:

Regine Karpel said...

The snow cones look yummy!
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Mollie Williams said...

What sweet memories y’all are making!

Carolyn said...

cute, cute.