April 23, 2013 in Bright and Shiny
As part of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa’s discovery of the Mar del Sur (South Seas) 500 years ago, artists from 65 countries have been invited to participate in the dressing up of Panama City through sculpture, street art, paintings and videos. Read More…
March 27, 2012 in Gastro
Masterminded by the immensely talented and multifaceted designer, Annie Chajin, press, bloggers and photographers were collected at Las Clementinas Boutique Hotel to witness the unveiling of ‘El Pasaporte’. Holders of which, are entitled to a free drink on the 30th March at any of the 19 participating restaurants between 4 -11pm.
To qualify for this free passport – key to fun and entertainment – you need to have totted up a $50 bill at any one of the 19 establishments in Casco Viejo, Panama that are taking part. With a weekend and a bit in between, it’s gonna be easy peesy!
Passport holders also get free entrance to the Habana Panama after party and anyone who has collected the 19 stamps, enters to win a FABULOSO prize.
Now, checking the media throng gathered for this evening, I’m not even going to get a look see at this surprise PRIZE and I am such a lightweight, but I do have an ace up my sleeve: Mr. P. Now, how to keep him hopping between venues! The dream of a possible Chajin design piece is going to certainly keep me focused!
February 13, 2012 in Gastro
When Mr. P decided out of the blue to take four of us out to the new creperie in Casco Viejo, it was a smouldering 30c in the sun. We all had stories to tell, most of them were of eating soggy crepes in freezing weather, so this was going to be a new experience.
Traditionally decorated, in Breton red with cream, this creperie is pleasantly uncluttered, with a small bar in a corner, ideal for solo eaters! They do sweet and savoury crepes with a choice of buckwheat or wheat flour and salads. Not so much of a crepe fan, Mr. P chose a fish rillete salad, which he confirmed was fresh corvina, with a good portion of well seasoned salad.
My buckwheat crepe, ‘Atlantel‘ consisted of smoked salmon, sour cream, lemon, dill and salad and was so generous in the fillings, I had to share. Julie, thwarted by her non-sharing husband and hoping for half of something sweet, was forced to make one of those last minute bad decisions and ended with a rather dry ham one. Whilst a very pleased Andy enjoyed all to himself, a ‘Degener Mat’, cheddar, minced beef and homemade onion confit with home made tomato cavier. The crepes are deliciously thin which I love, and if cash and hunger were in abundance I would have downed one of their chocolate specialities. I’ll be back to use their free Wi-Fi and partake in one of my female sweety fixes with or without Mr. P.
Before departing though, we were all treated to a glimpse of the house speciality, the humongous ‘Aroak Atao’ (see below) with potatoes, raclette cheese, bacon and prosciutto with mixed salad being served to the neighbouring French table with wafting smells of the Swiss Alps – über YUM!
February 13, 2012 in Gastro
Blane’s stunning fiancé
Tina of Tina’s Supper Club
Some FAB young ladies in investment
Clara looking glamorous in chartreuse with Jean Pierre
Master Chef, Sundip
Although the streets of Casco Viejo look like a mini version of London’s M25 with massive road works everywhere, they are a testimony to Sundip’s expanding fan club and the popularity of the venue that a huge crowd clambered into SUPER GOURMET for the 7:30pm kick-off for the 1st Indian Night. Poppadoms, lime pickle, Bombay mix, and Chai tea as a starter kept us from getting too pissed whilst awaiting the main course! Like any great humongous party there were laughs, tears and smoking, with Sundip mostly anchored to the kitchen floor. Overwhelmed by the sheer popularity, things got delayed and Mr. P got a wee bit put out, especially when he got NO PRAWNS and I got TWO!
The mistake was corrected and THE NIGHT WAS FUN even though I was nursing a post-route canal HANGOVER!
January 16, 2012 in Bright and Shiny
Take 1- An overhead projector. Take 2 – Indie films in ‘version original’ (The Debt). Take 3 – A chatty cosmopolitan audience. Take 4 – Fresh pineapple and maracuya (passion fruit) juices with or without alcohol. Take 5 – Great fusion food.
AND IT’S KIND OF A WRAP!
It’s just the best retro vibe ever! It’s one-of-a-kind on Tuesdays. It’s Film Night at DIABLO ROSSO in Panama.