Winner of most recent contest of Best Pizza in all the Beaches, Trattoria Fiorentina was competing with local pizza places such as: Luna Rosa, Picasso Bar & Restaurant, Dominos and Carlitos. This restaurant is fairly new and is continuing to make changes to satisfy the customer.
The Coronado Golf and Beach Club, Golf School for Children is hoping to create future golf professionals to represent Panama in national and international tournaments. The Club began offering training to boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 15. The school which began in August of 2010, is currently training 17 children all of whom are boys.
Working alongside the future professionals is Victor Varano. With 11 years experience working in children's golf schools, his expectations for the future of golf in Panama are high. With his coaching, children develop not only a good understanding of the basic rules of golf, they also learn life skills. Once Victor determines a child has control of their swing, they are ready to compete in tournaments, if they wish to do so.
A benefit was held for the SOS Children's Orphanage last Saturday 20th August at Picasso Restaurant and Bar. The evening: A Night of Music was organized by Bobby Henderson and John July. The goal: Raise funds for Christmas hampers, birthday presents and activities for the children.
The format was simple. Bobby Henderson and John July laid out a list of 100 songs. Listeners requested songs to be played from the list. When the boys played the song, the requester would place a donation in a glass pot.
The evening was a success. An amount of $212 was raised from songs, plus a generous donation of $85 from Picasso Restaurant & Bar brought the total collected to $297, which has been rounded up to grand total of $300. All the funds collected will be used for the benefit of the children in the houses we support.
"Thank you to the Picasso for allowing us to stage the event and to all of you who came along and supported us (for dancing, playing the tambourine and singing along......you know who you are!!) and making it a very enjoyable and successful evening. John and I actually managed to play 42 songs." Said Bobby Henderson.
Every time I hop in the plane and fly out to Contadora I feel like a kid going to Disney World. The whole experience from the moment we leave to the moment we return back to Chame is something I will never tire of. The Pearl Islands make up an archipelago located 50 miles from Panama City or 90 miles from Chame Airport. Contadora which is translated to Accountant acquired its name as Contadora is where the natives counted their pearls before selling them to the Spaniards. Early in the 20th century an underwater epidemic wiped out the pearl oysters, almost to the point of non existence. Contadora is the 5th largest island in the Pearl Islands and is the hub of tourist activity. Coral Dreams is the featured dive shop on the Island and offers Whale Watching, Snorkeling and Diving tours daily. If you are looking to spend a few days; there are a few Bed and Breakfasts and one hotel on the island to choose from. The accommodations are not five star but this is what adds to the charm of the island, the unique blend of old and new offering a definite unique south pacific experience.
A great day was had by all!
One of CASA’s (Coronado Area Social Association) mandate is to have social activities for its members. Sunday, a mini-bus left with a group around 11:30 to go to the President Remon Racetrack in the city to spend the afternoon. This racetrack has been called the "The Cradle of the Best Jockeys of the World", due to the many world-famous jockeys produced there, the most famous being Lafitt Pincay Jr. who at the time of his retirement, on April, 29, 2003, totaled 9,530 wins. (There is a bust statue of him on the track). This is the only racetrack in Central America.
Once arrived at the Hippodrome, we were ushered up to the air conditioned Club House where there was a table ready for us with a clear view of the track. We ordered a nice lunch and drinks (at quite affordable prices), making this a very comfortable and pleasant experience, racing forms in hand we were ready to start making our bets or just check out the action.
It happens more often than it should. Someone beach reveler will drive their car on the beach at low tide. It just seems like a fun loving, beach-party type of thing to do. Unfortunately, when Pacific tides change, cars are easily swallowed.
Well, the next time you drive your car on the sand in free spirited fit of freedom loving fun, here's how to get yourself out.
Located on the beach at the end of Punta Chame, the restaurant is run by Punta Chame Villas. This is a casual, friendly, true drop-in neighbourhood type restaurant. The restaurant is attached to the Hotel Punta Chame Villas, who offers a beach day pass for use of the hotel's pool, washrooms and change rooms. Good prices and great food. It's worth the drive to Punta Chame. Click here for restaurant and room specials.
Sometime in the last 5 years, Playa Blanca residents woke up and realized there was a garbage dump site growing out of control in their backyard. The site which is 5 or 10 hectares large has been used as a dumping spot for garbage trucks for years - more than 5 years, in fact. It's just that nobody noticed for the longest time.
In the last 10 years or so, land around the dump has been bought by developers, who have created luxury resort projects. Playa Blanca, Royalton (the former Nikki beach) and even Buena Ventura, are some of the new developments within smell range of the dump site - which receives garbage from 2 - 3 trucks a day. The residents of Playa Blanca are the dump's closest neighbors.
On Saturday, the Spay the Strays Group held another clinic – this time in Chame. We were lucky enough to have many new, enthusiastic volunteers who joined with our dedicated “old-timers” to make things go smoothly. With only one vet and his vet tech, they were able to spay and neuter 36 animals in just 9 hours. That brings our total since 2007 to 1,753. The bad news is that we have 59 animals still on a waiting list! That’s because the local people definitely understand now and appreciate the difference that pet sterilization will make in the quality of the lives of the animal and its owner.
Panama Guide/TVN Noticias
Rangers of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), together with members of the Fire Department from Bugaba and environmental volunteers, managed to control a forest fire in the Volcán Barú National Park in the province of Chiriquí. The forest fire occurred in a place called Cerro Pelota, in the town of Potrero Seco, in the Volcán Barú National Park, affecting about seven hectares of protected areas.
2 cups (500 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) softened butter2 cups (500 mL) finely grated carrots
2 cups (500 mL) drained crushed pineapple
1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped nuts
3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
4 tbsp butter
2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Pinch hot red chili flakes
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
Summer has come to Panama, vines are flowering and seed pods are emerging. One particular vine with purplish flowers and brown seed pods that you may find on the border of your property is Mucuna prurita, aka cowhage, cow-itch, horse-eye, nipay, oyo de venado, velvet bean, Hell Fire Bean, and (in Panama and much of Central America) pica pica. The fine hairs on the seed pods dislodge with touch or a faint breeze causing intense itching if they land on your skin. Consider judicious use of broadleaf herbicides such as Roundup™ and Scythe™ as well as gloves, long shirt, and long pants when working with pica pica.
What better Health and Wellness tip to start with but one that I challenges me the most - Water.
"You should drink 8-10 glasses of water a day" oh my. I have tried, I have gagged and I have forced it down my throat but after 3 glasses I need some flavour/flavor. All my life this has been a huge challenge for me. I know the benefits, I know why we should be drinking water and that all makes sense and I get it! However brussel sprouts are good for you too and there is no way I am putting even one of those in my mouth.
Reminiscent of the drawings of Dr. Zeuss, the Frank Gehry-designed "Bridge of Life" BioMuseo is under construction on Panama's Amador Causeway. The building, without a single ninety degree angle in site, has been in the works since 2004 with an original completion date of 2006. Now, with a September 2010 completion date scheduled for the building and September 2011 date for completion of exhibits the BioMuseo is giving tours of the construction site.
On a rainy Friday afternoon I took the tour along with a dozen others. Starting in the visitor center, the staff presented an overview of the museum's purpose, unique construction, and progress. Then we donnned hard hats and vests to explore the world of Frank Gehry. Located between the Pacific and Panama Bay the museum will have a gorgeous view of the city and ships passing in and out of the Panama Canal.
This is a traditional Panamanian drink, served at Christmas and New Year celebrations. It can be made with or without rum.
- 4 big cans of evaporated Milk (315 grams each)
- 2 big cans of sweetend condensed Milk
- 6 beaten eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1 1/2 Cups of Water
Last week a group of residences from the Coronado / San Carlos area went on a tour of the Presidential Palace in Casco Antiguo. Thanks to Mayra Davidson and Sheila Scott. They compiled and sent in all the required information and got a tour date of October 21st at 1:45 PM.
Palacio de las Garzas (Heron's Palace), is the official name of the presidential palace and named for the herons that inhabit the entrance of the palace. Construction of the building was started in 1673, with the addition of a second floor in 1922 and the Official Presidential Residence, on the third floor, was added later.
November: Month of the Mother Country in Panama
November is the month of the Mother Country in Panama. Three days after starting the month and two days before the end, Panamanians celebrate important dates for the consolidation of Panama as a free and sovereign territory. The most important dates that Panamanians celebrated during this month are:
Panama. Every year on the 21st of October the people of Portobelo, Panama and pilgrims from around Panama and the world celebrate the Black Christ Festival. The festival centers around a one ton statue of a black Christ, carrying a cross. The Black Christ is said to have arrived in Portobelo as early as 1658. Stories agree that statue was carved in Spain although there are a number of versions of how the statue arrived and where it was originally going. The central theme of the stories is that there was an epidemic at the time of its arrival and Portobelo was saved when people prayed to the Black Christ.
This segment is a continuation of Divorce in Panama - Part I, what you need to know about getting a divorce in Panama.
5. See Divorce in Panama – Part 1 if you have not already read it.
In our last article we talked about marriage in Panama. This is the first of two articles about divorce in Panama. If your marriage is registered in Panama you need to be divorced in Panama.