I mentioned in my previous post, that I was going to visit a new Venezuelan restaurant, that I learned about from one of Dario’s students.
I was able to go yesterday evening. Sabore’s opens at 5:00PM and closes at 11:00 PM or a little later. This will make it a little tough for some of the CC readers that do not live in David. However, for those that live in David or who are visiting Chiriquí and spending time in a local hotel, this will be a treat.
The restaurant is owned and operated by a Venezuelan family. Sabore’s (Flavors) has some typical Venezuelan dishes (that you will only find here) and the rest of the menu , while not necessarily Venezuelan, is prepared with a Venezuelan flair.
The restaurant itself is a small restaurant with outside seating. It is clean, the food is tasty and best of all, it is a friendly place run by friendly people. There is nothing I would call fancy on the menu, just good eating.
I got there at 5:00PM and they were just getting ready for the evening crowd. I ordered quesadillas, which is obviously not Venezuelan, but was very tasty. I was prepared to order Cachapas, which is Venezuelan, but the specially made new corn tortillas were just being made and I decided they would be on my next trip with Lilliam.
I was told that one of the Cachapas, that many resident Venezuelans come to get, is the one with Queso Talita, which has a Venezuelan cheese. It is specially made by another local Venezuelan and only available here. It is pictured in the center of the menu under Cachapas.
Another item on the menu, that is Venezuelan, is the pepitos. You will think of them as sandwiches, but I am told the style and flavor is typical Venezuelan.
I wish it was located a little closer to me, but I enjoyed myself enough that I will definitely return.
Before I left, I stopped and talked to the owner and chef. He recognized me from the past when I had visited Mrs. Mendozas, a Mexican restaurant (he was one of the owners, if I remember correctly). Mrs. Mendozas is now Gallardo’s.
I took this photo so you can get acquainted with the nice folks that are going to take care of you when you drop in. Remember to tell them you learned of Sabore’s from Chiriqui Chatter. Here is a Google Map.
Sometimes I just want to go where all the missing socks go.
Never trust a man that says, “Trust me.” and never trust a woman that says “It’s fine.”
Today, I visited my friend Dario Quiroz and his students that are learning conversational English. It has been a while since I had stopped in to see Dario and it is always a pleasure to be involved with his students.
I met four students today. Three are in the photo above. and one came a little later and I didn’t get her photo. However, I may get her photo another day because she has a new Venezuelan restaurant and I may drop in to give it a try. She said all the food is typical Venezuelan.
The students are Anise, Stephanie and Sasha. I hope I got their names right, but if I didn’t they can comment and correct me.
Dario’s students are always the best. While English is taught in the school system and is mandatory, it is not necessarily a desired course by the students.
The students, that go to Dario, want to learn English because they see that it will help them to get a better job. There isn’t anything I enjoy more than helping students learn. It is always beneficial for students to hear English spoken by a person speaking his/her native language.
Most Panamanian teachers, including Dario, will have a Panamanian accent, when they teach English. That is to be expected. Dario has always gone out of his way to try to get native English speakers to visit his class so the students can practice hearing a non-Panamanian accent.
I enjoy these conversational sessions. You might too. If you think you might like it, see if there are any english conversational classes and volunteer to participate. You will be surprised how good you feel for helping the youth of Panama.
As you can see from the photo above, today I visited the new location of the Civil and Family courts for Chiriquí. They are now located in Cadena de Frío. One end contains the public market and the other end now contains the courts listed in the photo above. In my previous post, the area that was vacant is what now contains the court system. The courts moved within the last three weeks.
I was requested by the Embassy to visit the court in reference to a juvenile case. While I can’t and wont discuss the case, I have a few observations that are pertinent that I can share.
First, I could never have participated in discussions for a case like this, when I moved to Panama. Neither the judge nor the social worker I visited today spoke English. Also, when we visited the family setting all communication by the social worker was in Spanish. Some of the participants spoke English, but being able to understand Spanish was mandatory.
Now while many may move to Panama and never learn Spanish, I feel that gaining a respectable capability in the language of the country is required. The language of Panama is Spanish. If you are going to live here, learn Spanish or at least learn as much as you can. Panamanians will respect you more and appreciate your being interested enough to make the effort to learn.
My Spanish is not great, but I can understand the majority of everything I hear as long as it isn’t spoken to fast.
When I got to the offices this morning, I was given the current files of the case. Obviously this was all in Spanish. In 2003, that would have been 2 inches of paper with writing on it that I could not understand. Today, I amazed myself how much I could understand.
Next, I would like to say that I was very impressed with the professionalism and concern that was shown by all involved in this case. The interest of the involved juvenile was their sole focus and they took their jobs very seriously.