Panamanian food


While I like to think of myself as a Fearless Eater, blithely scooping the unknown and untried into my market basket and then my mouth, the truth is I am pretty chicken-hearted. And although I’ve never fancied myself a second Anthony Bourdain, lustily chowing down on blood soup and fried worms, I did feel intrepid faced with fruits and veggies. […]

Strange Fruit



Christmas Creche in Iglesia de Santa Librado 2013
Here in Panama, especially in the Azuero, Christmas is treated more as a holy day than as a visit from Santa. Remembrance of “the reason for the season” is emphasized, and it is a family day. Families gather, close friends visit.  Where there are small children gifts change hands on Christmas morning.  Where the children are grown, gift exchange is […]

Merry Christmas in the Azuero



I have just found treasure.  One of my neighbors is a pastry chef famous throughout the Azuero for her cakes.  Vanessa de Cano, a lovely young Panamanian, runs her business from her home in Villas del Cerrito where she produces elegant cakes for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  Such a cake, covered with fondant […]

Resources in the Azuero: Pastry Chef in Las Tablas