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Happenings in the 'Hood

New friends, local activities and fresh foodies

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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!!! IMG_2418e_edited-1.jpg

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. IMG_2579e_edited-1.jpg

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. IMG_2595e_edited-1.jpg

Posted by rhislop 13:09 Archived in Panama Tagged restaurant red panama pool shrimp snapper coronado_beach picasso's Comments (0)

Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Our Anniversary:)


The walk about continues. We walked from our residence to Casco Viejo on Thursday. We wanted to have lunch at the Cafe Per Due, so we put on our walking shoes and headed out. The day was slightly overcast, but no rain. It took us about 1.5 hours to arrive at the restaurant. Lots of stopping for photography, window shopping, and people watching. It should have taken about 45 minutes. The Cafe Per Due has a very unusual sign above their door. A very clever wind chime and business advertisement, water, coke and beer.

Currently, the Casco Viejo area of Panama City is a mess. Many of the streets are torn up as new utility services are installed and the old bricks are getting replaced. New streets are laid by hand to keep the tradition of the neighborhood. Back breaking work. Car traffic in the area is almost impossible. Walking around the narrow crowded streets is the best way to travel.

The security/law enforcement personnel are everywhere. There are the tourist police (to help tourists), traffic police, quick response cops(two on small motorcycles carrying machine guns), traditional blue suited police, highway police, and then lots of private security guards at buildings, malls, etc. The quick response guys in the picture were talking to a undercover cop when I started to take the picture, he jumped out of the shot and stood away until we left. You can see in the picture these guys carry a bunch of gear.

Another motorcycle we saw in Casca Viejo belonged to a Colorado person, or at least had CO license plates. They were expired, but then who's checking?

Yesterday was our anniversary, yeah! We celebrated the day with a fine dinner, good scotch and vodka, each others company and working on Kryss's website. Still needs a little tweaking but getting lots of hits and wonderful comments. Today we are going with friends to an ex-pat July 4th celebration, bbq, fireworks, beer, etc. Should be fun and we don't have to walk to get there. Today's sunrise brought this view...it will be a beautiful day!

Posted by rhislop 05:40 Archived in Panama Tagged restaurant towers panama cafe per trump due policemen Comments (0)

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