Maisell’s Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant, El Valle, Panama

Maisell's Restaurant is on the main drag when driving (or walking) through El Valle.  Just down from the Public Market on the opposite side of the street you will find Maisell's in an unassuming, two-story building.  The sign is large so you can't miss it. There are a few places to park directly in front of the restaurant and street … [Read more...]

Cevichito’s Ceviche, San Carlos, Panama

Cevichito's, San Carlos, Panama

About three hours outside of Panama City, just at the town of San Carlos is a dive restaurant and bar called Cevichito's.  You'll know it by the large green building and the bus that is probably parked outside.  Cevichito's is a common place for buses making the drive from Panama City to points beyond to stop for a quick bite.  For under … [Read more...]

Melo Pet and Garden Supply Chitre

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Melo is most likely the largest agriculture supply company in all of Panama. They have agricultural stores in nearly every town where one can purchase anything from herbicide, animal medicines, fertilizer chemicals and feed. Agriculture is big business in Panama, as I often mention - crops and cattle are everywhere in Panama. There … [Read more...]

Panama Tacos – Taqueria Jalisco in David

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I have traveled to David and Boquete many different times. Friends of mine from both towns are always talking about the great tacos at Taqueria Jalisco. Jalisco's Mexican Restaurant is located just off the Interamericana on the highway towards Boquete. Every time I have driven by the restaurant it has been closed. Finally on my latest … [Read more...]

Quesos Chela, Roadside food in Capira, Panama

Quesos Chela

I’ve spent a large portion of my adult life living abroad and traveling the globe.  Throughout that time I feel that I’ve become a connoisseur of road food.  When you spend hours driving the open road or on busses, a stop at a local eatery is always a welcome break.  You never know who you might meet, what sort of information you will … [Read more...]

Pacific Coast, Fishing and the Freshest Catch Around, Pedasi, Panama

Pacific Coast, Fishing and the Freshest Catch Around, Pedasi, Panama

Being born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida I know and love fresh seafood.  So when the hankering for fish hit me I took a trip just down the road to Playa Arenal and waited for the boats to come in. Playa Arenal is the first beach you come to when driving through Pedasi.  Take a left at the filling station and follow the road … [Read more...]

Restaurante Portal Volcan Panama

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I enjoy eating great food. Exotic spices, fresh ingredients, elaborate recipes, who doesn't like these? But for me, if the food is simple, tasty and inexpensive - it’s just as enjoyable as the most elaborate pro-chef prepared meal. Lately, I had one of those nice inexpensive meals at the Restaurante Portal in Volcan Panama. The name … [Read more...]

What Do You Eat in Panama?

Eating in Panama

  Probably the number one question people back home ask is “What do you eat in Panama?”  It’s a great question. Grocery stores are everywhere in Panama and they are all stocked with very recognizable foods and brands.  Every town (even the tiny ones) have a “mini super” that sells all your basic groceries.  Some of them … [Read more...]

Sancocho, A Panamanian Classic

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Throughout my travels I've become very accustomed to a high starch diet.  In most parts of the world rice and beans are a staple with every meal.  Salads and veggies are a very American/European thing.  Unfortunately, rice, beans and plantains are not conducive to keeping a girlish figure. But in Panama, they love their … [Read more...]

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bugita Cafe, Bocas del Toro, Panama

I miss pressed juices.  Like real juices.  Cucumber, beet, ginger and apple.  Or Kale, spinach, apple and lemon.  Don't get me wrong, juices in Panama are great, because the main ingredients are always rum and sugar! I was so excited to stumble upon Bugita cafe in Bocas del Toro because they have juices! And they are willing to make … [Read more...]