Panama City, Panama

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2011/09/30 09:08:23 (permalink)

Panama City, Panama

I will be traveling to Panama mid November for a combination business/pleasure trip.  I have never been in that country before although I have been to the next country north in Costa Rica.  I understand that safety is not much of a issue there and I will be staying in a Marriott hotel shich is relatively safe.
 
I am not familar with Panamanian food.  If anyone has been there I would appreciate any advice that you may give.
 
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Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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    tiki
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/09/30 16:23:48 (permalink)
    Paul--you should find some "Ropa Vieja"--a stew with shedded meat and onions and peppers---really good stuff---and "patacones"--made of plantains-and verytasty with pico de gallo--and they LOVE seafood there--(i have a Panamainian buddy that cooks a lot!)--ceviche is big there and seabass--and the biggest side dish is arroz con guando--or rice and peas--like in jamaica where i was---its cooked with coconut water. Guando is a bean actually not a pea--from africa. Have a good time!
     
     
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/09/30 16:53:34 (permalink)
    Thanks Tiki.  What you suggested was listed as favorites in the Fodor's travel guide I purchased.  I am going to work some and bird some and tourist some.
     
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    TJ Jackson
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/09/30 22:04:14 (permalink)
    Some reading for you, Paul
     
    http://feistyfoodie.com/tag/panama/
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/10/01 03:17:00 (permalink)
    Sundancer7
    Thanks Tiki.  What you suggested was listed as favorites in the Fodor's travel guide I purchased.  I am going to work some and bird some and tourist some.
    Paul E. Smith
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    You should see some exotic birds down there!
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/10/01 08:15:39 (permalink)
    Birding in Panama!! Cool! Have an awesome trip,Paul---and BRING BACK PICTURES!
     
     
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/10/01 09:10:15 (permalink)
    Tike and TJ:  Thanks for the advice and I will bring back lotsa pics and sample lotsa Panamanian food.  One of the best birding spots in the world.
     
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/11/11 09:45:29 (permalink)
    Iwanago and myself will leave Sunday AM for Panama.  It is sorta of a long flight.  About five hours from Atlanta but we lucked out and are riding first cabin.  We will have a couple of cocktails to calm our nerves as we fly over Cuba.  We get into Panama City about 10:00PM and will have a adventerous drive into the city of about two million folks.
     
    We will take other posters advice on sampling a lot of the food offered in Panama whick will mean a lot of seafood.
     
    I will report back on our return.
     
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/11/11 13:49:15 (permalink)
    Have a great time, my friend. I look forward to a trip report full of exotic foods and scenery.
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/11/18 10:37:46 (permalink)
    If you read this and are still in country, I can recommend a couple places that are not "tipico" food but excellent nonetheless.  For great pizza, try Napoli's or Italia.  Rincon Suizo/1985 is great for German/Swiss.  Manolo's or Nicko's for breakfast. Finally, for the very best in "tipico" food, hit up El Trapiche on Via Argentina.
     
    Hope I got to this on time, lol.
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    Re:Panama City, Panama 2011/11/18 14:04:51 (permalink)
    There are several Nicko's here and I discovered it was very good cafeteria food.  Where it gets sorta funky is in some of the small towns.  I was in Coronado at the Coronado Beach and Golf club and the Sea Bass was very good.  I was in Gamboa and the cerviche was outstanding with sea bass, octopus and shrimp.
     
    I never knew what a true jungle was like until I was here.
     
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