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The foodie reason: Why 2007 is Panama’s year! edit

Jan2007_1 Panamá is an easy country to fall in love with. The tropical bounty, gifted by our location and climate offer a spectacular opportunity to experience some of the most exotic and unique produce that mother and father nature have to offer, ranging from the complex herbs and seasoning of the tropical forest used by the indigenous tribes to the organic farms of vegetables and edible lowers.

From my terrace, in an 80-year-old building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I can see all the lights that at night silently invite you to visit the hot spots and restaurants. Sometimes, if the lucky mood arouses, the flashy colours from the casinos will hypnotize you. The new ones showcase with endless luxury the glorious tropical-delicious and international food at very reasonable prices. Now you are warned.

Guac_1_1 Panama City is full of energy and excitement, with unlimited options to having an epicurean adventure every time, including the delight that would be to eat one of the creations from the internationally famous chefs that have found home in this land.

Of course, Panamá can be approached in a hundred different ways, but for those who don't already know it well, there are three emblematic places that you might want to visit, three snapshots that will give some perspective on the heart and soul of the country.

First, the Chiriqui province, where the coffee plantations and most of the dairy farms are. The weather is outstanding, and the fresh wild trout served are simply scrumptious.

Pescao_1_2 Second, the Panama Canal and the Gatun Lake, there you will enjoy the most unique fishing experience. At the end of the day, your guide will help clean the fish so you can take it and cook it for dinner.

Kun_1 Third, take a trip to islands of San Blas or Bocas del Toro, the less explored path of the Caribbean, where the turquoise waters and the simplicity of their people embrace your hunger for adventure and the most incredible food. People say their tribal concoctions are magic, let’s find out!

Un abrazo,

Chef Melissa

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • January 10, 2007
  • 8:06 am


Picture of Alejandro Alejandro said on...
01.11.07 at 02:58 AM |

“Panamá is an easy country to fall in love with.” I completely agree. I fell in love with Panamá when I had a chance to visit two years ago (after many layovers at Tocumen, en route between LAX and LIM). I concur with everything you say, but you left out the most important reason Panamá is so easy to fall in love with: the warmth, friendliness, and hospitality of its people.

I always remember this saying: ¡Mi nombre es Panamá! My name is Panamá!

Un abrazo.

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.11.07 at 08:59 AM |

Gracias Alejandro! It really sounds better coming from you! Un abrazo,

Picture of Grethel Grethel said on...
01.12.07 at 05:29 AM |

Las fotos invitan a comer pescado fresco,  espero poder disfrutar de un buen plato como este pronto, ya que estaré de visita en Panamá dentro de unas semanas.
Un abrazo

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.12.07 at 10:41 AM |

Gracias Grethel por la visita! Fantástico que vengas a Panama…Un abrazo de año nuevo!

Picture of Paz Paz said on...
01.13.07 at 05:08 PM |

I would love to visit Panama one day!


Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.13.07 at 05:11 PM |

Dearest Paz, I just know you will love this place! You will see smile

Un abrazo,

Picture of Desert Chicano Desert Chicano said on...
01.14.07 at 12:12 PM |

I just may have to visit Panama now someday.


-Desert Chicano

Picture of melissa_cookingdiva melissa_cookingdiva said on...
01.14.07 at 01:03 PM |

Sr. Desert Chicano, after reading @your blog your comments about the nasty weather up there, I know…you would enjoy the bright warm days we are having here right now! Thank you for your visit,

Picture of Priti Singh Priti Singh said on...
02.07.07 at 09:48 AM |

Hello. My name is Priti Singh and I’m a Research Scholar and Writer from New Delhi.  I write to you as the author of the coffee table book “The Islands and Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar.” I happened to come across your site and wanted to bring to your notice the publication of such an exquisite, informative and engaging book. The book of course is sui generis in the sense that it is the first of its kind on the place and unlike a regular glossy. It is extremely exhaustive - detailing every aspect of this very unique archipelago which in all probability is the last bastion of primeval mankind and one of the few places left on earth that remain un-spoilt by man’s rapacity.

The islands were devastated by the Dec. 2004 tsunami that ravaged large parts of Southeast Asia. The book serves to spread a good word about the place and its people and goes a step further in trying to do its bit to help revive tourism there (as 60% of the island’s population is directly/indirectly dependent on the industry) that was badly hit by the catastrophe.

“The Islands and Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar” illustrates and showcases all the wondrous facets of the archipelago and contains some very rare archival images and documents that give it an engaging edge. The book has been well received and features in the Nov.2006 issue of the Incredible India magazine. The foreword of the book has been written by the world renowned wildlife photographer Mr. Rajesh Bedi (whose brilliant images of the place and its aboriginal tribes form an important part of the book).
If interested, you could go to http://www.prakashbooks.com or alternatively contact me or Mr. Gaurav Sabharwal, Director, Sales and Marketing - Prakash Books for further details. Ph. 91-11-23247062-65 Fax. 91-11-23246975
Looking forward to a favourable response.
Thank you and Regards,
Priti Singh

My Blog – “Edit Page India”
Link - http://ideas4romindia.blogspot.com

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