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Must Try for Foodies when in Panama

Panama has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food and adventure. For most people, food becomes one of the most interesting things to try in any country, Panama included. So if you are a self-confessed foodie and would be willing to ditch your traditional food for a while, here are some suggestions of what to eat while in Panama.

  1. For a light and tasty breakfast, try the Panamanian tortillas. Familiar with Mexican tortillas? Panamanian tortillas are a bit different. They are fried, light to the taste, and perfect with some cheese and eggs. Want to cut down on cholesterol? Take them as is. Pair them with Panamanian coffee for a simple but tasty meal and you are all set.
  2. For a new food experiment try the Carimanola, fried yucca with exquisite eggs filling – a light and simple dish that is sure to indulge any foodie. The good thing about Carimanola is one is exposed to a variety of textures – crispy covering with a creamy and tasty filling.
  3. If you are ready for a more indulgent feast, try the ceviche, food found in various locations along Panama that boasts of fresh corvine, a sea bass variety doused in lemon juice and seasoned with spices. Ceviche has become a delight for any visitor that a lot of food establishments have included it in their menus.
  4. After an afternoon filled with tours and adventures, one may want to close the day with Tamales, a delicious dish made of ground corn dough stuffed with chicken or pork and spices. Not interested? You may have the Arroz Con Pollo, rice with capers, olives, peas and spices. This is that time when you let your diet go out the window and indulge in the oh-so-delicious treat.
  5. If you still have room in there, you may want to try some desserts like Raspados, or the more complex but equally tasty Tropical Food Batidos.

All in all, Panama cuisine boasts of simple, light, but tasty food. If you happen to visit, be sure to chalk these delicacies up in your itinerary and vow to not leave without trying them.

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