New friends, local activities and fresh foodies
01.09.2014 - 01.14.2014 85 °F
When we first moved into our condo the rental agent started rattling off all the various activities that were available in the area. These ranged from Thursday night beach volleyball, to happy hours at a variety of restaurants, local fresh fish markets and two for one pizza nights. A little overwhelming at first but now that we have acclimated to the flow we've found some fun and interesting venues. Additionally, we've met a wonderful group of like minded visitors that are also living the daily adventure. We opted not to rent a car for the complete trip, only rent one when we planned to visit a different area of Panama; we walk, take local transportation or ride bikes. The shopping center is three miles away. We've walked, ridden bikes, taken a taxi and ridden with friends. So far that system works.
We have met a couple from Delaware who raise chickens, 27,000 at a time. They are one of Perdue Chickens largest providers. Unfortunately, they are leaving soon. We'll definitely hate to see them go, but that's the way it is. Together we have visited one of local fish markets. Not as big as the one in Panama City, but there was enough to accommodate our needs. We bought two red snappers @ 5lbs each for $3/lbs, had them filleted and then cut into eight meal size pieces. Additionally, we picked up a couple of pounds of large fresh shrimp. We've eaten the shrimp and one cut of red snapper....muy delicioso!!!
La Teca restaurant is one of the newer establishments here in Coronado. Their featured night is Tuesdays. Half price drinks and a $15.00 tapas menu. Healthy pours and good size portions of various tapas. We went there with the chicken ranchers, a Washington DC lobbyist, a writer, two Canadian couples and a real estate agent. A great spot for Tuesdays. La Teca is on Facebook for additional info.
Another interesting gathering spot, which is only two blocks from our condo, is Picasso's. An outdoor restaurant and bar. Wednesday is half price drinks (happy hour) from 5pm til 9pm. Additionally, they make a pretty good thin crust pizza. On Saturday mornings they have a community breakfast starting at 10am with local artists selling their wares, everything from homemade sausage to molas, the handmade fabric designs of the Kuna Yala Indians. And we must mention, the homemade goat cheese served with breakfast was the best ever.
However, our favorite gathering spot so far has been the roof area of our condo building. There is a beautiful pool, a lot of chaise lounge chairs, a bbq area and fantastic views. Usually every evening at cocktail time or after dinner there are is a friendly gathering of the residents sharing snacks, stories and friendship. You can't help but make new friends at this spot.