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Dining In Panama: 3 Of The Best Restaurants You May Choose

Panamanian Cuisine

Panama is a country sandwiched between two continents, North and South America, therefore it has a rich variety in its cuisine. Various kinds of regionally occurring fruits, vegetables and herbs are found here, which are extensively used for cooking in the country. Maize, rice, wheat, beef, chicken, pork and seafood are typical food items served in the Panamanian cuisine. You can find the flavor of the Caribbean’s cuisine as well as North and South American cuisine in Panama. Just like the native cuisine, Chinese and Spanish meals are also well served in the country. Corn is used in most of the food items in the region and the usage of corn also differs to most Latin American countries. The food occurring natively in Panama is significantly low on spice. You might find quite a few hot sauces in numerous restaurants here, but they are certainly not much picante. The Panamanian drinks are particularly famous, as well as the desert served after the main course meal. As the country is also sandwiched by sea and ocean, seafood covers most of the non-vegetarian proportion of the Panamanian cuisine.

Finding a good place to eat, especially in urban localities, is not much difficult. You can find numerous food joints serving from French cuisine to sushi in urban Panama. Arabian food can also be found quite easily in the urban region of the country. Outside the urban region of the country, the majority of food joints serve local food in conjunction with seafood cooked in the native style. Food is not much costly in the city, as you can find a plate of quality food for $1.25 to $5.00 in a humble accommodation. You can find quite a few Subway’s KFC’s and Wimpey’s in the region, but the local food is by far much better and cheaper than these fast-food joints. Here are a few places you must give a try while visiting Panama:

La Posta

Located in the capital of Panama, this restaurant is one of those places in the country where you can find amazing meal at prices like never before. The great lighting inside the restaurant is good enough to read the menu and sets you for a romantic date without getting too harsh on your eyes. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and late night romantic dinners. The restaurant is also quite great for business meetings as you can serve your clients with some great Panamanian, French and Chinese cuisine. Ambience and décor are also nice, so you get quality food served in great accommodation. The place also takes good care of the noise, so that you don’t have any disturbance while talking with your clients or friends while eating. The tables are plentiful but still the place gets crowded at times, so reservations are requested, which can be done through phone calls or on the restaurant’s website. The restaurant won’t get much on your pocket as it is quite cheap. Its itineraries vary between a price range of $10 to $60. Don’t forget to help yourself with the amazingly refreshing Panamanian drinks once you get in here.

Maito

Another great space to relax and eat in the Panama City, this restaurant offers a wide range of plates for lunch, dinner and after hours dinning. You can take your clients for a meal here, while it is not a bad place to hang around with your friends after a tiring day at the beaches in the city either. The restaurant specializes in local cuisine and offers some great amenities for couples. The food is presented in an amazing way. This home-like place also has provisions for open dinning, where you can have a great view of the outdoors while you eat with your friends. Reservations are preferred as the restaurant may get crowded due to its popularity in the city. You can find numerous tourists dinning in here along with the locals. The price is also reasonable for the great amenities they offer. The price range varies from $20 to $50, which is way too less than other comparable places around the globe. The restaurant is more known for its presentation of food along with the great service. Don’t forget the wine while you visit the place.

Segundo Muelle

It’s the best place to dine in while exploring Panama. Serving Peruvian cuisine only for dinners, the restaurant is also one of the costliest in the country. The restaurant is especially famous for the seafood, which is served with the blend of Peruvian and Panamanian cooking styles. The fresh seafood served here is by far the best served anywhere in the whole country. You can find the very rare and best amenities in the restaurant which makes the $30-$150 price range of the restaurant look very affordable. The restaurant is famous for Tiradito de Corvina, which it serves on personal requests. Do check out this dish while visiting the restaurant.

Rohan is a travel enthusiast and has written extensively about tourism in several countries. He has recently planned a trip to Ghana with Palace Travel after getting influenced by the tourism there.

Panama and you, the tourist

When you are a tourist in a new place, you normally let a tour guide help you out with places to visit. If you happen to be going to Panama, do not fret. This article will be your guide as you unravel Panama, a land abundant in fish, trees and butterflies – and a whole lot more.

Here are some of the go-sees when in this marvelous country:

  1. Go you feel like getting in touch with your inner historian? A visit to the Casco Viejo ought to do the trick. Casco Viejo is a Spanish colonial sector that has been around for more than 3 centuries. It showcases the Spanish era in the country and makes one get in touch with the Spanish era that the country has undergone.
  2. Once you are done visiting a historical place, it is time to explore nature and its fine offers. If this is what you have in mind, you may want to pay a visit to Ancon Hill and Metropolitan Park. Ancon Hill boasts of a terrific view of Panama’s pride, the Casco Viejo, Panama City and the Panama Channel. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Park boasts of the only rainforest in the world to be situated within a metropolis. Thus you are sure that you will be able to have a wonderful nature treat with these two locations.
  3. Hungry after the hike and nature trip? Get a taste of Panama by taking a tour of Panama City’s restaurants. These places have been rated as the best when it comes to Latin American cuisine, thus you are sure to have a gastronomical feast once you pay them a visit. Want to have a bite? Try the ceviche, sancocho and sushi. Not only that, but the seafood fare is also mouthwatering.
  4. Wrap up your day with a tour of the nightlife in Panama City. Casinos and clubs are where the parties at, so better bring a friend and enjoy the night away talking to amazing people or trying your luck at the casino tables. Who knows, Lady Luck may come with you and you get some dollars richer.

 

Are you ready? Pack your bags and be onboard the next flight – to Panama.

Panama – the unexplored oyster of the Pacific

Places have their own stories to tell. They have histories that may lead to the way that it is today. These stories alone pave the way for a place to endear itself to a person’s heart, tourist or otherwise. In addition, it also becomes an interesting story to any newbie or visitor.

Panama, for instance, has a lot of stories to its name – all interesting. So how did Panama get its name?

It is said that when the first settlers of Panama came, a lot of butterflies were in the area. Thus, it was named Panama since it means “many butterflies” in one of many indigenous languages in the area.

Another theory is that the country was named such because of the vast number of trees known for the same name in its location.

The most common by far is that Panama got its name from Panamá, a word that means “an abundance of fish”. When Captain Antonio Tello de Guzman  explored the Pacific area in his exploration in 1515, he came upon a fishing village and thus sent word about its existence.

With the many theories to its name, one can not help but mix and match, so to speak. To date, Panamanians believe that their country got its name from a general term which means an abundance of fish, trees and butterflies. Well, if you can’t decide, you just mix them all together, don’t you? That way, you have a better meaning to a single word.  Not only that, but you have yourself a legacy, a way to hold everything together, in such a way that you preserve tradition and the beauty of where your place got its name.

Even with this very beautiful theory of how Panama was named as such, other people still believe that Panama comes from the word bannaba which means far or far away.

Even with these varying stories, Panama remains to be an oyster in the Pacific region, a place not often traveled to, but is a joy to visit. It certainly has a lot to offer, with the varying cultures and festivities, and don’t forget – though it is far bannaba (far away), it is still a land with an abundance of trees, fish, and butterflies. Who wouldn’t want that?

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