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Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 10:51 AM EDT

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1,750 Tons of Beef From Nicaragua Being Imported to Panama

Food & Drink A group of farmers expressed dissatisfaction over the importation into Panama of 1,700 tons of beef from Nicaragua, planned for 23 March 2012. They say they do not agree with this shipment, and that Panama has good meat, the product of the large amount of breeding that is distributed nationwide. Also, they say those who will be affected by this action cannot guarantee that the price of meat will come down, as a benefit to the consumer. Meanwhile, Julio Ramirez, the Vice President of National Farmers Association (ANAGAN), explained that the importation of this beef is in compliance with the Free Trade Agreement of Central America, in which they agreed to an annual quota of 1,750 tons of meat. Ramirez said similarly Panamanian beef could be sent to Nicaragua, but in this case they will do the opposite. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: I love Free Trade Agreements. You can bet some "juega vivo" out there figured out that under the rules of the Free Trade Agreement he could buy 1,750 tons of cheap beef in Nicaragua, import it to Panama, sell it at the same going market rates (or cheaper), and make a killing. And of course all of the supermarkets will buy the cheaper beef wholesale and sell it to consumers at the same prices they are accustomed to seeing, also making a killing. But the rules of economics dictate that sooner or later someone, somewhere, is actually going to offer beef at lower prices to consumers - so they will pay a little less for dinner. Multiply times 1,750 tons - and that's a whole lot of beef - actually, about 1.4 million quarter pounders. Yum. Pass the ketchup. You want fries with that?

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NY Bagel Cafe's 50% OFF Promotion Sends Coffee Lovers Bonkers

Food & DrinkNew York Bagel, the legendary expat hangout in Panama City, known for great coffee, tasty meals, and comfortable, relaxing spaces, is teaming up with OfertaSimple. For the next 4 days, OfertaSimple.com (available in both English and Spanish) is offering 50% OFF a coffee lover's drinking pass –15 cups o' joe at half price, good for redemption anytime over the next 4 months. Treat yourself to strong and satisfying coffee. Share with friends. Use your pass within the first few weeks, or spread out the enjoyment over four months.

OfertaSimple.com launched just over a year ago and is quickly building a dedicated following in Panama. With offers never less than 50% off and at times inching towards 90% off, it’s no surprise the website already counts 124,000 Facebook fans and tens of thousands of members as loyal users. Past deals have included over 50% off at Royalton Resort, Playa Blanca Resort, Restaurante LaMar, Os Segredos Da Carne, Canal & Bay Cruises, Maná concert tickets, and Hotel Mandarinos in El Valle, to name a few.

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Seafood Prices Increase With Start of Lent in Panama

Food & DrinkThe demand for seafood and shellfish increases with the arrival of Lent in Panama. This year, hundreds of Panamanians and foreigners living in our country went to the Fish Market to find the best products for this time of year. Most people select seafood products according to their budgets. Many will say, "It's very expensive. Yesterday it was not at that price. Who will help us?" But this variation in the price of seafood is in harmony with reality. Higher costs for fuel and supplies have led fishermen to make changes in prices according to the season. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Lent (called the "Cuaresma" in Spanish) is the Christian observance of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The last day of Carnival - "Fat Tuesday" - is the day before Ash Wednesday, today. The whole idea of Carnival is to allow Catholics a chance to get their freak on for a few days before embarking on 40 days of self deprivation and denial, in preparation for Holy Week. "The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of penitence." Here in Panama it's traditional for people to "give up" beef, and instead they eat seafood. So, demand increases greatly, and so do prices. Most Americans don't realize this is why "Mardi Gras" is only celebrated in New Orleans. That part of the country was originally settled by French Catholics and not English Protestants. Carnival is a very "Catholic" tradition.

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Make Your Reservations Now at Primi for Valentines Day

Food & DrinkBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The new Primi restaurant in Panama City is accepting reservations now for Valentine's Day tomorrow evening. You can click on this link additional information about this restaurant, location, photos, etc. I've eaten there a couple of times with my wife, and we loved it. I understand they have created a special menu for Valentine's Day, and their normal menu selections are available as well.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Introducing The New Primi Restaurant in Panama City

Food & Drink Introducing the new Primi restaurant in Panama City. Primi´s gastronomic offerings definitely have Mediterranean and Spanish accents. The use of premium and fresh ingredients is the basis for the preparation of all the dishes. The remarkable - and organic – Panamanian produce is pampered with care and simplicity so that each product remains its original flavor, with the master touch of the kitchen. The restaurant has a cosy eclectic room, a modern bar and a cool terrace, several environments that allow for a range of options to the most demanding client. It also boasts two private rooms - bathroom included – for those meetings that require some privacy.

Primi is located on Calle 66, #73, San Francisco, in Panama City. Telephone: 396.8398. Primi is open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm lunch, and then from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm for dinner.

Note: Primi will be closed for Carnival celebrations, and will reopen on Wednesday, 22 February.

Please visit our website at www.primi.com.pa. Thank you for thinking of Primi. (more - photos, map)

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Fenicia Restaurant & Hookah Lounge in Panama City

Food & Drink Fenicia Restaurant & Hookah Lounge is a great choice for excellent food and atmosphere. We have a wide variety of dishes ranging from authentic Lebanese cuisine to some of the best sushi in town, as well as great American Angus steaks and much more.

Fenicia Restaurant & Hookah Lounge is distinguished as having the best hookahs in town with a menu of over 35 flavors that our customers enjoy every day. We not only offer an extensive menu of food and hookahs, we also offer a diverse selection of national and international liqueurs, beers and wines. Every day we have promotions and events, such as our world renowned DJ Jamie Van Goulden every Saturday from 10:30 PM and on, bringing you the best live mixes. (more - photos)

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New Panama Food Box Delivery Service Started

Food & DrinkBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Chris Burillo from Panama Food Box Delivery brought our first load of fresh fruits and vegetables over to the house this morning. I handed this off to my wife Rossana, because she knows what we have in the house, what we need, and what she wants to cook with. Rossana is a "soup wizard" and cooks up any number of wonderful recipes. She ordered up a mix of half fruits and have veggies for soups, and she made a good point. It's hard to stay on a diet and eat well when you run out of something and have to make a special trip to the grocery store to pick up just one missing ingredient. She's really happy with this new service -we're ordering about $20 bucks worth of fruits and veggies every week. It's certainly convenient, that's for sure...

Contact: Chris Burillo - Visit their website: www.chrisburillo.com. Email Chris: cburillo@chrisburillo.com or call cell phone 6493-5524.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Panama Food Box Delivery

Food & Drink Introducing Panama Food Box Delivery: The first food box delivery service in Panama City. We offer a collection of different food box combinations, including tropical fruits, vegetables and roots. You can order food boxes for yourself only or as a regular fruit and vegetable supply for your whole family. To ensure freshness we select your vegetables and fruits the day before the delivery, and in some cases the very same day! It tastes better when it’s fresh!

Food Box Options: We currently have 18 fruit boxes, but you can customize all of them by replacing any item for another or adding additional items. It’s your choice! Just let us know what you want in your box.

Food Box Add-ons: Add-ons are really a bargain! Check out this week’s add-ons:

How does it work? Ordering with us is really simple:

  • Step 1: Check out our food box collection in our website www.chrisburillo.com !
  • Step 2: Choose the food boxes you are interested in and call us or send us an email requesting the boxes you want. Remember to mention if you’d like any add-on to your box.
  • Step 3: We will call you to go over your order and to take the delivery address information, and that’s it! You have placed your order
  • Step 4: Make your payment in cash the day of the delivery.

Thinking about throwing a boat party? – Surprise your guests with fresh green coconuts, pineapples, papayas, and citrus fruits while touring the Panama Bay! Kick-it-up another botch and order strawberries and cherries too!

Contact: Chris Burillo - Visit our Website: www.chrisburillo.com. Email me: cburillo@chrisburillo.com Mobile (on-the-road): +507 6493-5524

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Panamanians Save Money At Local Produce Markets

Food & DrinkStreet markets have become an option to save a little money, faced with the rising costs of basic food items. Some people have told TVN news they want the government to freeze the prices of basic food items, or to re-establish price regulation. For their part, producers (farmers) asked for more support so they can stay in business. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: These "free markets" are basically just places where the farmers sell their products directly to consumers, cutting out the middlemen of store owners. They are established with the support and help from the government. These kinds of things started during the administration of Martin Torrijos, probably because he thought he could do some economic harm to guys like Ricardo Martinelli, who owns a chain of supermarkets. Surprisingly, Martinelli has greatly expanded the program because it's a good thing for the poor in the country. There are not many people giving Martinelli the credit he deserves for these kinds of programs, and other similar types of projects as well, that have a direct and substantial impact on the day-to-day lives of the poorest people in this country. Martinelli "gets it." The rich have the money, but the poor have the votes. Most of what he's doing in this administration are things aimed to help them, not the rich.

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How Much Should I Tip in Panama?

Food & DrinkBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi Don, really appreciate Panama-Guide! I was wondering if you would do an article on "proper" tipping practices. We have lived in Panama for a couple years and I am still very confused on it -- I want to be kind and not a rude gringo, but I also don't want to be a stupid sucker throwing away money. I searched the archives, but didn't find much. I think many would appreciate your help on this subject. Thanks for your consideration, and keep up the great work. MD."

Editor's Comment: Great question. In the United States people generally tip more than in Panama. But at the same time in many places the cost of food or eating out is less here than there. I can only speak from personal experience because there really is no accepted standard - some Panamanians tip more, some less, some not at all. About 10% seems to be about the standard, especially in the larger restaurants and places that cater more to rich Panamanians and foreigners than poor locals. So, I sort of start off at about 10%, but then adjust that depending on the level of service provided. If the service sucked, then I have no qualms whatsoever with getting up, paying my bill, and leaving with no tip whatsoever. If the service was excellent then I'll leave more than 10%. Restaurant workers and people in the food service industry work really hard and they count on the tips to make ends meet. At the same time, in my opinion anyway, tips should be both earned and deserved. The jobs in bars and restaurants that cater to foreigners are most sought after, because the service personnel know they are better tippers. The bottom line is - just do what feels right - and you can't be wrong no matter what. And of course if the waitress is smoking hot, then all bets are off. Just hand her your wallet - which would be cheaper than marrying her. (grin)

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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