Category Archives: Dining Out

Restaurants (Fine and Fast Food)

El Pecado Del Sabor

Recently I received a comment in French, describing a new restaurant in David called El Pecado Del Sabor (The taste of sin). Last week, I decided to try to find it and was successful.

I had hoped it might be another possible Sunday lunch option. Unfortunately it is only open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Maybe when Lilliam returns, we will try it out.

I cropped one of the photos that may give a hint of the origin of the name of the restaurant and the type of food. I thought this took a lot of thought. you will see the background shows Adam and Eve in the garden of Edan and Eve is reaching for the apple.


You will also notice peppers and olives lend a devilish tone to the photo. If the food is as good as the thought that went into the photo, we will be in for a treat.

Since it will be a while before I get to check it out, you may beat me there. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us how it is.

It is at the intersection of 4th oeste and Calle K norte (not far from the David Ballpark). I got there by turning right on the forth corner after crossing the new InterAmerican Hwy bridge.

You can see there is a large outdoor eating area and I assume inside area as well, but until I go, I can’t be sure.

If you stop in, tell them you heard of them from Chiriquí Chatter.

SmokiN Mamma’s Revisited

It has been about 10 months since I last visited. SmokiN Mamma’s. I had been so disappointed in the pulled pork on my last visit that I hadn’t returned.

Well yesterday I wanted a burger for lunch and Natalie and I made SmokiN Mammas’s out burger stop for the day.

A pleasant surprise was seeing Paula, who I had first met at Verona Pizza. She was always very attentive there and one of the things that SmokiN Mamma’s needed was a good person attending the client’s.

Natalie and I ordered burgers and Onion Bites. I am happy to say both were very good. The burger was still $7.00.

If you stop in, say hi to Paula and tell her that read about her on Chiriqui Chatter.


Fun with Friends

Michael, Ellena, Patrick, Roxie

For the last several years, Lilliam and I have had an annual get together with a Chiriquí Chatter couple and their children who come to Panama to check up on their farm close to Santa Marta.

I forget where they came from the first time we met, but I remember in 2011 that they had just escaped from Libya. That was quite a story.

Currently they are in Scotland, where Michael is working as an engineer. He is planning his next move and one of the places he is considering is Qatar, where I seem to remember he had worked before. He said the temperatures can get up to 150 in the daytime there.

I am happy to be in cool David.

On this get together we went to Mar Caribe in Pedregal. It had been a long time since Lilliam and I had eaten there. Our food was good and reasonably priced. We all had more than we could consume. The place was packed when we had finished eating.

I have committed to a BBQ at our house in David for next year’s visit.

Photos of our food:

La Italiana Ice-Cream in David

IMG_0094I am sure you have seen the street venders in David or Boquete pushing their push carts down neighborhoods selling ice-cream. Normally they are selling treats on a stick.

You may not be aware that next to El. Campion in downtown David, there is a La Italiana ice-cream store. While you can get ice cream on a stick you can also get cups and cones of ice-cream.

I tried it and it was very good and the price was better than any other ice-ream location in David. If I remember correct it was about $1.50 for a large cone.

If you stop in, tell them you heard about them on Chiriquí Chatter.


Cuatro’s Mother’s Day Menu

Menú del día de la madre / Mother’s day menú

Queso blanco asado al culantro con pan de maíz

Grilled local white cheese in coriander oil served with cornbread B/. 7

Rollos fritos de pollo y frijoles negros con emulsión de ají criollo

Chicken and black bean spring rolls with sweet pepper emulsion B/. 8

Croquetas de pulpo y yuca con mayonesa picante de ají chombo

Octopus and cassava croquettes with spicy habanero chili mayonnaise B/. 8

Ensalada de lechugas mixtas con aderezo de cebolla dulce, pepitas de marañón y aceite de coco orgánico
Mixed lettuces salad with sweet onion dressing, cashews and organic coconut oil B/. 7


Filete de res al café con puré de zapallo asado a la naranja, tocino glaceado
y reducción de vinagre balsámico
Coffee rubbed beef tenderloin with roasted squash puree, orange, braised bacon and balsamic vinegar reduction
B/. 20

Chuleta de cerdo a la parrilla con puré de papas al aceite de oliva extra virgen y salsa de miel de caña
Grilled pork chop with extra virgin olive oil mashed potatoes and sugar cane syrup glaze B/. 18

Risotto de langostinos y maíz nuevo con aioli de cilantro

Prawn and fresh corn risotto with cilantro aioli B/. 22

Gnocchi de otoe con hongos, tomates cherry, aceite de trufas y queso Grana Padano

Taro root gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, truffle oil and Grana Padano cheese B/. 16


Postres a la carta / Desserts a la carte

Tayrona Restaurante & Parrillada Revisited

For yesterday’s Sunday lunch we decided to go to Tayrona Restaurante & Parrillada. On my first visit, Lilliam was in Costa Rica, so this would be her first taste test.

The government is currently requesting that all restaurants avoid using their air conditioners during certain hours to conserve energy. Sunday that was the case in Tayrona, so we chose to sit on the terrace.

The restaurant had ceiling fans and it wasn’t bad. There were four of us. I took photos of the terrace/bar area we were in. There is another terrace area in the front and and I assume it also had fans. The one in the front has a buffet setup on weekdays at lunch. Continue reading Tayrona Restaurante & Parrillada Revisited

SmokiN Mamma’s Revisited

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On March 31th, I made it back to SmokiN Mamma’s. I had returned two times before and it had not been open at the 12:00PM opening hour. One of those days, I ran a few more errands and returned around 12:25PM and it still wasn’t open. No sign on the door reflecting a late opening.

On March 31st it was open. The menu had changed and it had a few new items. I was pleased to see pulled pork on the menu. I ordered one and also ordered the onion bites. They were as good as I remembered them.

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I can’t say the same for the pulled pork. It looked good when it came to the table, but went downhill from there. The pulled pork was EXTREMELY dry and over cooked. I don’t know when it was cooked, but appeared to be rewarmed from a previous day. I ate it, but was extremely disappointed.

I never ask for jubilado discounts from new restaurants, but chose to ask this time because of the poor quality of the sandwich. I went to the counter and told the waitress that I needed my bill with the jubilado discount.

I returned to the table to wait on her. She brought the check and had not included the jubilado discount. I pointed out that she had left off the discount. In a huff she grabbed the ticket and walked off only to return to ask for my pensionado card. I gave it to her.

She returned with the check and had given the discount only for the pulled pork. I paid it, left her the 10% tip (I shouldn’t have) and left.

It will most likely be a while before I go back. I am not sure I think the burgers are as good as the Buffalo Wings Factory and I have never had poor quality meals at Buffalo Wings Factory.

I should mention that Natalie ordered one of the SmokiN Mamma’s burgers and said it was as good as our previous visit. It may have just been a bad day for pulled pork.

Parrillada Willhouse

Parrillada Willhouse opened at the end of January, but I didn’t get by until February, and I am not getting toy post done until March. Whew!

It is under new owners and the current owners previous restaurant was Mi Tierra Colombiana.

Same food as Mi Tierra Colombiana had before, just a newer and better location. HERE is a Google map. It is just down the street from the Casino.

I had my standard Fried Shrimp and Lilliam and Natalie shared a combination platter. If you stop in, tell they you heard of their move from Chiriquí Chatter.