2012 – The Best Is Yet To Come

It always amazes me to watch the fireworks that are set off during the holidays in Panama. Typically they are set off by ordinary individuals and the cost of some of the displays is staggering.

From our vantage point in David, I could look in a 360 degree circle and see fireworks going off everywhere. Random firecrackers have been going off for days, but as midnight approached the real show began.

We did get a frightened visitor during the festivities. A bird flew in the back door to get away from all the explosions and bright lights. He flew to every room trying to figure out how to exit. He finally became tired enough that I was able to pick him up. I could feel his small heart beating rapidly.

When the fireworks subsided I set him free. He entered the new year with a little anxiety and a hope that 2012 would be better than the year that had driven him into the apartment.

I guess he shares a lot of the hopes that many of us have. 2011 was a pretty tremulous year. The economy sucked, many retirement visions were put on hold, new worries arose for many of our grandchildren. We saw world rulers die, get treated for cancer, toppled or killed. We saw Panama’s previous dictator return to Panama to a residence in prison. We saw many U.S. troops return home from various world locations. Continue reading

ALI BABA LEBANESE Restaurant- David

Restaurant Review By A Chiriqui Chatter Reader. I haven’t been to the restaurant yet, so I have no opinion, but this review may help others.

RESTAURANT REVIEW…ALI BABA LEBANESE…DAVID, PANAMA

LOCATION IS AV. SEGUNDA ESTE ESTE NEAR THE NATIONAL LOTTERY OFFICES AND NEXT TO PIPOS SPORT BAR. PHONE 777-1234. OWNER/MANAGER MR. BASAM

REVIEW TITLE – ALI BABA! NEW, CLEAN AND DELICIOUS!

Ali Baba is a new Lebanese Cuisine restaurant that I chose to have a New Years Eve dinner party for 6. The table was impecabbly set up by the waitresses who meticulously attended to us the entire 3 hours we were there. The atmosphere is clean and spartan with a wall TV playing Arabic music videos and decorative tiled tables and hookahs all about in the Arabic style. At this time, Ali Baba has no liquor but we were invited to buy wine next door at Pipos Sport bar and have drinks on the terrace which is adjacent to Pipos.

We decided to have cocktails there and our appetizers (Entrada mixto $10) which were a fresh, hot and scumptious mixture of fried kibbe, holiday special falafel with Arabic garlic sauce, fresh made salads fatouch, hummus, babaganoush, labne and pita bread. We especially liked the salads because they were fresh made and not thinned out like another Arabic place in David I ate at recently. Continue reading