On a Sunday during my visit in Panama a my friend Estrella took me for a day trip to El Valle de AntÃ³n in the province of CoclÃ©.
The sun was up and I was so happy I could scream (I love The Cure), well we saw this truck flipped on the road, we don’t know what happened but I had to take pictures just because.
My romance with food startedÂ while stopping by Quesos Chela buying a Chicheme and a Chicha of Naranjilla (fancy name Solanum quitoense), we ordered one baked empanada stuffed with queso fresco, the thing my friends it’s that it is a huge effort to eat just one, but I knew once we were in El Valle we were going to eat many more things, and so it happened.
And then I was falling asleep and Estrella told me to take a nap, it’s very easy for me to get dizzy while driving into a valley, so once we arrived we went for coffee!
I wanted to try all their baked goods but if I did I wouldn’t have eaten lunch then, so I just ordered a cup of black coffee with a espresso shot & a piece of 70% Cacao Chocolate, Estrella of course had a Moccha!
Kiaroa Farms, I hope the next time I visit El Valle de AntÃ³n I get to stop by their farm, making Goat Cheese!
On our way to the Market! On this picture you can see how unpredictable the weather could go.
We so wanted to have lunch at La Casa de Lourdes but they had the restaurant closed since they were getting ready for a wedding reception.Â The Hotel Campestre doesn’t exist anymore, at the end we ended up going to Los Capitanes.
I ordered the German Parrillada, friendly price, great customer service, terrible sausages, they were not cooked properly, the smoked pork chop was pretty decent.Â I also wish they had a better side instead of frozen french fries or white rice.Â I gave my parents a gift to stay a weekend here and they had a fantastic time.
Estrella ordered the corvina a la plancha (I have to verify with her), I remember it wasn’t anything special and the same problem with the sides.Â It’s a shame but maybe the next time we will have a better experience.
This trip was on a Saturday, during the World Cup US lost against Ghana so it was sad, however I had a great time during my trip with Estrella.Â We ate a lot, we sang a lot of songs, we talked about life & silly things, and the best part is that we spent time as friends the whole day laughing and getting emotional just as two little girls would do if they’re left alone.
I went back to my folks home and I gave Estrella one of my tamales, I had Octopus Ceviche and finished the book I started in the airplane.