Rosita asked about Lilliam and I told her that Lilliam was in Panama City, but I had a guest that was staying with me while her mother recovered from being shot in Potrerillos. Rosita said it was really getting scary in Chiriquí.
Rosita said that yesterday afternoon she noticed four young men watching her house. She said she going to have to start securing the house more during the day.
I live in a good area of David and everyone is getting nervous.
The other day, a friend and I went to Tops for lunch. I tried the taquitos, which were new to the menu. They were good, like my previous choices. Click HERE to see the original post for more information about Tops and directions.
Antonio Errante owns and operates Helados JTO in Boquete in the shopping area adjacent to the bridge that crosses over to the fair grounds. When my cousin was here from New York, this is one of the places we dropped into in Boquete.
While Lilliam and my cousin Joy were shopping in an shop next door, I slipped into JTO to take a look. One look told me I had to get Lilliam and Joy to have some ice cream before we left Boquete.
The ice cream took me back to the ice cream Lilliam and I had in Rome and with good cause. Antonio hails from Sicily.
The ice-cream was fantastic. If you visit Boquete and don’t stop in, you have missed a real treat.
However, the biggest treat for us was when Antonio took to the keyboard and serenaded the clients. I am including a short clip to give you a taste of the entertainment.
To get a taste of the fabulous ice cream, you will have to stop in yourself. Photos don’t do it justice.
Remember to tell them you learned about them on Chiriquí Chatter.
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.
Lilliam and I ate at Mezcla Gourmet the other day. We both had the beef burgers. Both liked them. Lilliam took half for her supper. We also tried one of the brownies. Very good. I came close to trying the cuatro leches (Yes, it was cuatro and not tres), but went for the brownie.
The real purpose for this update is to let you know that the organic market, that I wrote about in the first post, has been removed. The space have been changed to more seating.
I took a photo. I thought the seat cushions were neat made out of blue jeans. The cushions were very gentle on my bottom. Probably more information than you wanted to know.
Lilliam is currently in Panama City. She always leaves me with a list:
“Remember to keep the doors locked”
“Remember not to open the door for anyone”
“Remember not to take Koki out after dark”.
“Remember to turn the alarm on”
“Remember to take your pills and vitamins”
“Remember to drink your coffee – I put it here!” ( I get a headache if i miss a day of coffee in the morning. “Here is everything you need to fix your breakfast”.
Now you know why the ship stays on course. She always leaves me with plenty of food that is easy to prepare and I say “Thank you” and then do like I did this morning.
I get up and visit one of the breakfast options in David. Now why would I want to wash my own dishes?
This morning I decided to revisit Mezcla Gourmet. I remembered from my first visit that they opened at 7:00AM. I got there around 7:50 AM and they were still opening and said after watching their traffic, decided to begin serving at 8:00. I will adjust the times in the original post.
The owner was there and said he had had a lot of guests that said they had come because of the Chiriquí Chatter post. Thank you or letting him know.
He had read the original post where I mentioned that I hadn’t seen any pastries on the menu. He said after reading that, he had added brownies, tres leches, and I saw a nice cheese cake. All prepared by his kitchen.
Today, I ordered the Mezcla Omelette, which had a blend of vegetables, turkey, and cheese. I also ordered a hojaldra (fried bread – one of my Panamanian favorites for breakfast).
I also ordered coffee (I remembered Lilliam!) and it was excellent. I hadn’t noticed last time, but they have a special machine for their coffee drinks that they got from Panama City. It uses special pods for coffee, cappuccino, etc, and the flavor of this coffee was perfect for me.
I will have to try their cappuccino and brownie next time.
It was a great breakfast to start off my day. The omelette was almost as good as the ones Lilliam makes. You think I am crazy enough to say it was better?
Here is a photo of my breakfast this morning minus a photo of the coffee.
A Google Map to Mezcla Gourmet is in the original post.