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Sundancer7

Panama City, Panama Fri, 09/30/11 9:08 AM (permalink)
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.
 
Thanks
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
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    tiki

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    Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 09/30/11 4:23 PM (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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      Sundancer7

      Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 09/30/11 4:53 PM (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.
       
      Paul E. Smith
      Knoxville, TN
       
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        TJ Jackson

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        Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 09/30/11 10:04 PM (permalink)
        Some reading for you, Paul
         
        http://feistyfoodie.com/tag/panama/
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Panama City, Panama Sat, 10/1/11 3:17 AM (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
          Knoxville, TN

          You should see some exotic birds down there!
           
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            tiki

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            Re:Panama City, Panama Sat, 10/1/11 8:15 AM (permalink)
            Birding in Panama!! Cool! Have an awesome trip,Paul---and BRING BACK PICTURES!
             
             
             
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              Sundancer7

              Re:Panama City, Panama Sat, 10/1/11 9:10 AM (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.
               
              Paul E. Smith
              Knoxville, TN
               
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                Sundancer7

                Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 11/11/11 9:45 AM (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.
                 
                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN   
                 
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                  mayor al

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                  Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 11/11/11 1:49 PM (permalink)
                  Have a great time, my friend. I look forward to a trip report full of exotic foods and scenery.
                   
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                    SoulOnFire

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                    Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 11/18/11 10:37 AM (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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                      Sundancer7

                      Re:Panama City, Panama Fri, 11/18/11 2:04 PM (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.
                       
                      Paul E. Smith
                      Knoxville, TN
                       
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