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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Availability of basic ethnic grocery items on the Panama forum on August 29, 2014:
Dad775 initially posted:
I'll be coming down there to live for 6-12 months. I'm an avid cook and and was wondering what the availability of various ethnic staples would be if any? I plan on spending some time in PC, Coronado area, and David/Boca Chica. I'm aware of the large Asian population there and I assume that there are some Asian markets in the bigger cities? Looking such items as Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Seaweed for sushi, Wakame, Miso, Korean pepper paste? Anyone know of the availability of this stuff, or should I bring it? I'm just looking to lighten the load for traveling. I assume Parmesan and Mozzarella is available in the regular grocery stores too... And Mexican products? Looking forward to all that shrimp and fish down there! Thanks for any input.
MaryAnnR replied 1 hour ago with:
You are welcome. I asked a neighbor about the seafood. He said, "The Fish Market at Casco Viejo" in PC is good. Fish and other seafood caught that day are served.
Dad775 replied 4 hours ago with:
Thanks MaryAnn! I appreciate the info!
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MaryAnnR replied to the thread Shipping items ahead on the Panama forum on August 29, 2014:
GlamBabe initially posted:
Has anyone shipped their clothing and other misc. things prior to shipping all of their belongings? Such as sending things ahead to your hotel rather then dealing with huge suitcases at the airport. If you hsve done this successfully please let me know what service you used and if it was less expensive then dealing with the airlines. Thanks!
MaryAnnR replied 6 hours ago with:
Yes, Copa from Orlando, FL to PTY.
Panama2017 replied 6 hours ago with:
Did your husband fly Copa?
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Does anyone know?
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janetsf replied to the thread Quality Restaurants on the Panama forum on August 29, 2014:
janetsf initially posted:
wondering what people's thoughts are on the often short lived restaurants in PTY and Coronado?
janetsf replied 20 hours ago with:
And yes that is exactly what I mean re: a pop up! A temp resto with a prix fix menu et al. Will keep everyone posted! Do they use eventbrite or another event ticket selling app in panama? Thx everyone!
janetsf replied 20 hours ago with:
Thanks for all the recommendations!
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volcan357 replied to the thread Boquete vs El Valle on the Panama forum on August 28, 2014:
morganlane initially posted:
As I understand it, they are similar...both have an expat community and are nice places to be with better weather than the coast. We are flying into Panama City in October and I would like to hear what you love about either or both. We are looking for a place that is not in a city but close to a city and not on the beach but reasonably close to the beach (preferably the Atlantic side) and we want cooler weather...the less humid the better. Thanks.
volcan357 replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Boquete is more developed with more permanent residents. El Valle is more like a summer resort town in the USA. Many of the property owners in El Valle live in Panama City and go there during vacations or the weekends. Many of these vacation properties in El Valle are older properties and have large yards with attractive mature plantings of trees, flowers, etc. There seems to be fewer new homes being built in El Valle as compared to the Boquete area. I think in is somewhat more expensive to buy a property in El Valle as compared to Boquete. Boquete is close to David which has very good shopping facilities whereas from El Valle it is quite a bit further way for shopping. To me El Valle is more attractive than Boquete but less convenient and more expensive. There are nicer beaches within driving distance of El Valle than Boquete. I live in Volcan which has a similar climate to Boquete and El Valle so that is another option.
morganlane replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Humidity I can deal with, though I would rather not. The mold is a no go since I got aspergillosis in Mexico from the mold there. I'm very sensitive to mold ever since.
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retireoverseas posted Cat furniture on the Panama forum on August 28, 2014:
We are moving to El Valle with 2 cats. They spend a lot of their time on their cat trees here in the States, but it would cost at least $600 to transport these pieces Panama. Each piece weighs about 60 pounds and is about 5 feet tall. They are wood underneath and covered in carpet and rope. Can we buy cat trees in Panama City or elsewhere? Or does anyone know a carpenter in El Valle or nearby that could build them? We can supply the materials. Thanks!
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snyderman replied to the thread Visiting Panama Looking for a Guide on the Panama forum on August 28, 2014:
pfjordan initially posted:
I will be visiting Panama in a few months. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a guide service for a day or 2 to get the lay of the land. Many Thanks
snyderman replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Hi We do day trips & transport all of our drivers are english speaking & ex pats . Visit www.Panamaroadrunner.com 507-6886-0603 Thanks , Denise
snyderman replied on August 28, 2014 with:
contact Panama roadrunners 507-6500-9463
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snyderman replied to the thread best place/ quakers on the Panama forum on August 28, 2014:
mjudy initially posted:
Hi, Im moving to Panama, hopefully in October 2014. I know it's a big place, but any suggestions on where to live? It will be me and my 17 yo daughter. I work online, so anywhere with an internet connection, pref. close to the beach......and a real bonus would be a quaker group! Hope to hear from you all soon :)
snyderman replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Coronado is where I live.6 minutes to beach-6 minutes to town with 4 markets and banks - One hour plus to Panama City with major medical facilities. Look at my home on TryPanama.com(the one on the golf course) (lots of gringos and lots of diverseness)
GlamBabe replied on August 28, 2014 with:
We are still considering the beach, could you please PM me the info? I appreciate it, thanks! We should be in country early Oct, possibly sooner.
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panamama replied to the thread Wine tasting in PTY? on the Panama forum on August 28, 2014:
wbrown initially posted:
Are there any wine tasting/buying groups in PTY? There was a wine club here a few years ago, started by 4 local chefs, but when I tried the URL I got a message that the site wasn't available.
panamama replied on August 28, 2014 with:
sign me up!!!
snyderman replied on August 28, 2014 with:
I'm interested
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jscissell posted water supply on the Panama forum on August 27, 2014:
We r very concerned about moving to Boquete due to the lack of water during the dry season. I read past posts and it doesn't sound like it is getting much better. Any progress lately?
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