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Lower Your Blood Pressure with…Chocolate

Food & Drink By: Melanie Grimes for HealthNews.com - With one in three Americans suffering from high blood pressure, chocolate could be the new wonder drug. Harvard University studied a tribe of Indians from a Caribbean island off Panama who have perfect blood pressure numbers and a lower incidence of death from heart attacks and strokes, diabetes and cancer. The Kuna Tribe - What is their secret? The Kuna tribe members drink five cups of cocoa each day. Researchers are investigating the tribe, their diet, and the effect of chocolate on their health. They have discovered that chocolate has a relaxing effect on blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow due to the presence of flavanoids. Flavanoids are a type of antioxidant and chocolate is one of the best sources. Researchers suspect that the flavonols stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which increases blood flow and acts as a blood thinner. Nitric oxide also stimulates insulin production so chocolate may be an aid to diabetics, as long as the chocolate contains no damaging sugars. (more)
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Check Out The Dolce Coffee House on Via Argentina

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By Clyde Jenkins for Panama-Guide.com - I had a very, very pleasant surprise a couple of days ago. I had been given the name of a restaurant that had a book exchange and decided to go there, have lunch and exchange some books. Lo and behold, my old buddy Mike Hinton was sitting on the patio in front with his lovely wife Ilsa. The owner came out and gave me a big hug and a kiss, she was none other than Angel Bakx who I hadn't seen for a couple of years. As soon as I saw Angel, I knew the food was going to be great as I had had Thanksgiving dinner at her home the last time I saw her and it was absolutely marvelous. Now I could go on and on about all the lies that Mike and I swapped and the memories that Angel and I shared, but I'll try to keep this short and get right to the point, which is; You've got to try Angel's restaurant "Dolce Coffee House" on Via Argentina, right below the Subway restaurant. It has a patio in front with lots of ferns. Angel is Canadian from an Amish background, so you know that her food has to have the flavor of the countryside. I had the bratwurst with sauerkraut and it reminded me of when I was a kid and some of my mom's cooking (she was of hardy German stock). And then I finished off with homemade apple struddle where you could actually taste the apples and not just the sugar. The next time I go, I'll have breakfast with real honest to god hash browns. She makes her own soup and muffins. Dolce Coffee House is unique in Panama, there's no other place like it. It is a wonderful place to meet friends, both old and new. It's kinda like going home it`s so cozy and friendly. And strangely for Panama, the service is great. You can`t help but notice that Angel really cares for her clientele, she is truly a chef with a heart. And she has books, books and more books. She also has a lot of audio books. While I was there I was thinking that this is a great place for us old farts, but I noticed that half the customers inside were lovely young college students. There are seven table inside and four tables on the patio which suits me just fine as I am a smoker. She also has a full liquor license. I think the most expensive thing on the menu is $7.00. Dolce is closed on Tuesday, and open from 8 to 10 except on Sunday when it closes at 6. You owe to yourself to at least stop by and take a look. I think you may very well find a new favorite restaurant. Clyde.

Copyright 2009 by Clyde Jenkins for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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La Posta - Fine Dining in Panama City

Food & Drink The ambience in this elegant 1950s Havana Style house is classic Caribbean. La Posta has a gorgeous tropical décor, ceiling fans spinning over the rattan chairs, white tablecloth, colorful tile floors, palms and waiters in Guayaberas (traditional pocketed tops). Although elegant, the restaurant does not feels pretentious. There is usually Cuban music playing, and the shiny, hardwood bar stretching down one end of the dinning room is the perfect place to start with a cocktail. La Posta is the work of the New York restaurateur David Henesy, who did the popular La Vitrola in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. La Posta has become the “place to go” in Panama City. The menu is an innovative mix of Latin Ametican flavor with a good measure of European influence. David Henesy & Ruben Ortega Vieto (Chef) are passion with the development of local products, La Posta serves, filet mignon from Chiriqui, Cobia fish, from the Caribbean side of Panama, Yellow Fin Tuna (cached by hand) from Chiriqui and many other ingredients. Some of the most popular dishes are, for starters, Octopus Three ways, Tuna Sliders or the Chiriqui beef Carpaccio with sauted artichokes and hot pistachios. Main Course, Jumbo Shrimp passion fruit essence, home smoked bacon & hearts of palm, or the double cut chiricano pork chop, wood roasted and scotch bonnet pepper glaze. La Posta is very well priced for such a lovely experience. Is always better to make reservations. Reservations can be made by tel. 2691076 or 66784052, by email, reserv@lapostapanama.com. For additional information : www.lapostapanama.com

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Q: Breakfast at 4:00 am On A Layover?

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi Don. Love the Panama Guide. Look forward to reading daily. I've got a 3.5 hr layover at 4 AM on a Tuesday. Looking for someplace to grab a bite at that time of the morning between PTY and Albrook. Any suggestions? Can't wait to get back to some tropical weather. Starting to cool down here in Colorado. Thanks in advance, Joe" Thanks, Joe. If you're arriving in the middle of the night and then connecting to the interior out of Albrook, I would suggest hitting the Niko's Restaurant in Balboa for an early morning breakfast. They're located relatively close to the Albrook airport and like all Niko's they are open 24 hours a day. It's kinda hard to describe where they are if you don't already know so I'm going to have to give you some Panamanian style driving directions. (more)

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Tapas Aragon in El Cangrejo

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By Clyde Jenkins for Panama-Guide.com - I had written earlier about the difference between just eating and fine dining. So when Don Winner asked me to do a review of Restaurante Tapas Aragon, a Spanish restaurant located in El Cangrejo on Calle D, about a block from the front of the Hotel Veneto and next to what used to be the Expat Center, I was gearing myself up for finding a category somewhere between the two experiences. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. Gina, my hot little Colombiana novia (age 50) and I were greeted by the owner Miguel Sastre last Friday night. I was mildly surprised, the place is small, but simple and elegant. No pretensions or ostentation, just simple understatement. There are only seven table inside which makes it very cozy and intimate with two more tables on a patio, which is a big bonus for smokers like me. (more)

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Popeyes hopes third time is charm in Panama

Food & Drink qsrweb.com - Chain Leader: Popeyes is hoping food industry veteran Jey De Leon is the franchisee who can build the concept's brand in Panama. De Leon's company, Landmark International Holdings, is the third owner of the six-unit franchise since the Cajun chicken chain opened its first restaurant in Panama in 2001. De Leon has agreed to open 10 Popeyes over the next four years. To succeed, the chain particularly needs to boost brand presence and take advantage of the country's economic prosperity.
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Rino's Ristorante - Fine Italian and International Cuisine

Food & Drink It’s been over 40 years since Mr. Alberto Tamburrelli, a humble Italian immigrant, arrived to Panama planning to offer this country the finest of Italian Pastry. With lots of dedication and effort, the Tamburrelli family and all their collaborators, “ Dulcería Capri” (Spanish for Capri Pastry Shop) became what is known today as Tamburrelli Pizzeria & Pastry. The oldest son, Rino, has decided to put all his culinary influence and his particular style to the restaurant that bears his name.
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Mongolian BBQ at Shamrock with the Elks and AMSOC

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Back when the US military was operating in the former Panama Canal zone they used to hold regular "Mongolian BBQ" nights at both the Albrook and Rodman Officer's clubs. Tonight at the Shamrock Restaurant in Ancon the Elks Club has invited the members of the American Society of Panama to participate in a kind of first ever joint party to recreate some of that fun. If you've never been to a Mongolian BBQ, the concept is basically a kind of like "create your own stir-fry" by selecting what you want to eat from a wide variety of raw materials - and they cook it up for you right in front of your eyes (it's great and fun.) If you're not interested in the whole Mongolian BBQ thing the restaurant will also be serving their regular menu. The party is tonight, 8 August 2008, starting with a happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30. There will be music provided by DJ Wolff starting at 7:00 pm. The Elks Club and Shamrocks is located in Balboa is located across from the St. Mary's church and the cost is $5 per person (sounds too cheap, I don't think that includes the food.) Normally in a Mongolian BBQ they weight the raw materials before its cooked and the price you pay is based on the weight. In any case, even if you're not a member of either the Elks or the AMSOC, it might be a good opportunity to come out and meet some people.

Copyright 2008 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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Gourmet Coffee Eats Into Panama Forest

Food & DrinkBy Andrew Beatty (Reuters) - PANAMA CITY - Panama's gourmet coffees fetch record prices for their prized flavors but the strong demand is convincing some growers to clear land illegally and plant in one of the country's few protected highland forests. Last month, Panama's Environmental Protection Agency discovered 40 acres (16 hectares) of clandestine coffee trees nestled deep in the Volcan Baru National Park, sparking fears that more forest could be cleared as prices rise. The nature preserve is ringed with coffee farms growing the country's "geisha" beans, often described as the champagne of coffee for their subtle jasmine-like taste highly sought after by boutique roasters from North America, Europe and Japan. (more)
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Seafood Market Closed Monday for Cleaning

Food & Drink Panama America - The municipal Seafood Market in Panama City will be closed this Monday, 5 May 2008, for cleaning. The work will start at 6:00 am and will continue until 6:00 pm, and during that time the seafood market will be closed to the public. The dates for these cleanings were decided during a meeting held between the administration of the market, the vendors, and the municipal office of Health.
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