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Hot Mediterranean Nights in Parus - Belly Dancers

Food & Drink Please join us on Friday April 9, 2010 for Hot Mediterranean Nights in Parus. Belly Dancers from 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Delicious mediterranean cuisine. Cocktails made to your desire. Many many SURPRISES all night. Do not miss this!!!! Saludos, Restaurante Parus.
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Hey - Ya' Gotta Eat Anyway, Right? Panama-Guide Luncheon Today at Pangea

Food & Drink By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Reminder; the luncheon is today at 12:00 noon. See you there. You are cordially invited to attend a luncheon of friends at the Pangea Restaurant in El Cangrejo, today, Wednesday, 7 April 2010, at 12:00 noon. There will be a special executive menu available at $9.95 for those who RSVP. Anyone else can show up but you might be ordering off of the regular menu, depending on the level of attendance and participation. This invitation is going out to clients, friends, and customers of www.panama-guide.com. The plan is to hold this kind of an event about once a month or so. The idea is to create a forum that is casual and informal, to generate opportunities for cross-talk among friends and acquaintances, with no speakers, agenda, or sales pitch. Basically, come on out for lunch and you just might meet someone interesting. Please RSVP by sending an email to don@panama-guide.com - so I can give Gary at the restaurant an idea of how many people are going to show up. See you then.

Copyright 2010 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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Latin Jazz Night at Parus - Every Friday

Food & DrinkLatin Jazz Night. Tonight and every Friday night, enjoy the best Latin jazz, blues, and swing live while you enjoy the delights of Russian and Mediterranean cuisine and the most delicious cocktails at the Parus Restaurant, Terrace, and Lounge Bar. You can enjoy the best ambiance in Panama City without the high prices. Friday, March 19, free entry. We are located on Calle 50, diagonal to McDonald's. Once you know where we are you're not going to want to leave. For reservations please send an email to restauranteparus@gmail.com.

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Flavored Gourmet Coffee and its malcontents

Food & DrinkPosted by Scott Lush - Do you prefer whole bean Ethiopian Organic Sidamo light roast, or Candy Cane Flavored Decaf ground? To purists, they're at opposite ends of the spectrum. The Ethiopian Organic Sidamo should brew a classic cup with floral aromatics and essenses of citrus, berry, and nut. It's brewed light in order to preserve the origin character of an Ethiopian Sidamo. Maybe it's dry processed to add some earthiness and wildness to the cup to complement the other flavors. It drives like a Lexus. The Candy Cane flavored coffee ought to taste like...well...something hanging on a branch of the Christmas tree next to the flashing lights. It drives like a Mini Cooper S. Ethiopian Organic Sidamo appeals to experienced drinkers with a catalog of coffee tastes in their mind, Candy Cane decaf appeals to everyone ages 10 and up!

Backstory: This is the reason that purists raved over and gave awards to the Panama Hacienda Esmeraldo Gesha Varietal. It gave them the unexpected flavor of a classic Ethiopian coffee from Central America. It's what an Ethipian Gesha coffee plant tastes like when it's grown in Central American soil. It's like Opera fans seeing a new interpretation of the Barbier of Seville. To most everybody else, it has all the appeal of....opera. Or it's like Miles Davis fans finding a lost studio recording from the 1960s. To everyone else, it just sounds like Jazz. But to the purist, it's nirvana.

A lot of coffee purists say that coffee should be purchased whole bean, single origin, and ground in small quantities for each brew. On the other hand, everyday coffee drinkers purchase blends and flavored coffee, ground for convenience. One is brewing coffee to build up their catalog of knowledge and experience, the other is trying to get in the car by 6am to drive to the office.

Some terrific roasters on our site appeal to the coffee cognoscenti and have never carried flavored coffee, like Ecco Caffe, Chazzano Coffee and Kickapoo. Other terrific roasters carry flavored coffee in more flavors than Baskin and Robbins like Latitude 32.5 Roasters, Higher Ground and IronBrew.

Can both kinds of coffees exist on the same website? I've sampled hundreds of coffees and have an opinion.

I love both single-origin gourmet coffee and flavored ones. It's wonderful to listen to John Coltrane jazz with audiophile headphones, and then other times I like to crank up some Britney Spears from my car radio. It would be fun to drive a Lexus (if I had one!) with burled wood interior but also nice to hug the curves with a Mini Cooper S-series. It's nice to drink a rare Bordeaux wine but other times I like 3-Buck Chuck wine from Trader Joe's.

Flavored coffees allow a variety of flavors not available naturally in coffee of course, including Hazelnut, Banana Creme, Irish Coffee, and Kona Coconut. The more I try single-origins the more I love variety in my coffee and new tastes. How can you resist flavors like that!

Editor's Comment: Pardon me for pointing out the glaring error in the article - it's Hacienda La Esmeralda. "Esmeraldo?" Obviously, the author has a clue... Stick to the candy canes, they're sticky anyway.

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St. Patrick's Day at Pangea in Panama City

Food & DrinkThe Pangea restaurant in Panama City is holding a St Patrick's Day Benefit for Fundcaion Guyacan on Wednesday, 17 March 2010, at 7:00 pm. The menu will feature all of the traditional Irish fare, to include Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, dessert and one Guinness. The cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Entertainment will be Irish folk songs by Michael Taylor at 8:00 pm. Proceeds from this event will be used to buy school supplies for the children in Parita. Gary Doherty, www.PangeaPanama.com, Panama 6675-4210, US 608-386-4412, Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ybtg8mz

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Sushi Rolls with a Panamanian flavor.... Veneto’s Sushi Lounge

Food & Drink For all of those people who have never tried sushi because they don’t like the taste of raw fish, you’re in luck. Veneto’s Sushi Lounge, known as one of Panama City’s top sushi bars has a new special, with a local taste, no seafood included! The Sushi Lounge is proud to announce 3 new Panamanian style sushi rolls, with a twist of local flavors! Imagine having chicken and plantain, skirt steak, or chorizo and chopped pork all with local herbs and spices, mixed and rolled for your delight.

Panamanian Roll – Shredded Chicken & Plantain

Parillero Roll – Skirt Steak & Onion topped with Chimichurri Sauce

De Interior Roll – Chopped Pork & Chorizo Sausage

These three new rolls can be found exclusively at Veneto’s Sushi Lounge Open from 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM, so don’t to pass on this opportunity to sample these creative and delicious sushi rolls. Below is a video of these sushi rolls being presented on the Travel Panama television program on Channel 45.

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A Taste of New York: New York Steakhouse at Veneto A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Food & DrinkThe New York Steakhouse at Veneto A Wyndham Grand Hotel has an ambience unlike any other restaurant in Panama City. It is sophisticated, but comfortable and capable of providing exclusive space for the executive meeting or a quiet location for a couple's anniversary. Chef Kalych Pedro has recreated themes of some of the best steakhouses in the United States and has succeeded. From the excellent cuts of Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef to the personalized service, everything about The New York Steakhouse at Veneto A Wyndham Grand Hotel is top notch.

The full menu follows below: (more)

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Demand for Fish During Lent Driving Up Seafood Prices

Food & Drink With the start of Lent, Panamanians are stocking up on their supplies of fish and seafood. From very early in the morning, many shoppers will head out to buy Sea Bass and Corvina, the favorite fish in the Panamanian diet. Prices have remained relatively stable, thanks to monitoring that is in place by the Consumer Protection Authority since 12 February 2010. Medium sized Red Snapper can be had for $2.00 per pound. Small Corvina are about $1.75 per pound. In addition, Sierra and Cojinua are at $1.25 per pound. In the case of other seafood, a pound of shrimp can cost up to $4.50, red shrimp are at about $4.00 per pound. Shrimp prices are inflated thanks to a fishing ban that will remain in place until 11 April 2010. It is expected that the price of seafood could increase with the approach of Easter. (Source: Telemetro)
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What? No "Monkey Meat" For Carnival? Now that's just wrong...

Food & Drink The sale of the traditional meat and sausages on a stick - always a favorite of street vendors during Carnival - is causing a controversy in Chitre and Penonomé after government authorities in those cities announced restrictions against those to engage in this business. In Chitre, the Carnival Board decided to ban the sale of these products, because they think the sticks might be used as stabbing weapons by criminals. Meanwhile, health authorities in Coclé announced they will be vigilant of these vendors, because there have been cases where sticks that have been discarded by customers have been reused by the vendors, putting the public health at risk. Those who are caught in this unhealthy practice will be shut down and assigned fines and penalties of between $5,000 to $10,000 dollars, officials warned. (Source: El Siglo)

Editor's Comment: I consider the traditional "carne en palito" or meat on a stick to be a kind of Carnival survival food. You can ask the vendor to basically cook the crap out of it (literally) and if it's hot enough then hopefully any potential bad stuff will be killed off by the heat. When I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base back in the 1980's there was a Don Lee restaurant on Farfan. Health inspectors on base made a surprise inspection and they found about a dozen Coatimundis hanging in the freezer. When questioned, the workers at the restaurant very seriously responded "What, those? No, we don't feed that to the gringos - we take that home..." The place was closed on the spot. When eating "carne en palito" it's best not to ask too many questions - just make sure it's well cooked, wash it down with another beer, and hope for the best. Here, kitty kitty...

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What's New This Week at Pangea

Food & Drink By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "What's New for You at Pangea ... January 25 - 31. Art Exhibits: Paintings from Galleria Arte Consult (Carmen Aleman). Limited edition minaudier by Linda Masquefa. Mon Happy Hour 5pm - 7pm, Drink specials. Tues Happy Hour 5pm - 7pm Drink specials. Wed International Night 5pm - 9pm, drink specials. Wednesday Meet Someone New, DJ Long Dayz Journey 5pm - ??, Thur Happy Hour 5 pm - 7 pm, Drink specials, Fri Happy Hour 5pm - 7pm Drink specials, Sat Special BRAZILIAN Menu 5 pm - 10 pm, Samba in Disco, Sunday Lunch and Live Music on The Patio 1pm -3pm, Reservation Required. Sunday Live Music by Panamanian Trio Boca'bierta, www.PangeaPanama.com 392-7359 392-7366 info@pangeapanama.com."

Panamanian Trio Boca'bierta

Copyright 2009 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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