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As the de facto tour planner and group leader, I’m very pleased with my group who gathered to visit Panama. Bloggers arrived from New York, Toronto, Vancouver, The Netherlands, Texas, Italy, Germany, Dubai and me from Fla-la-la. 🙂

They brought some luscious dishes. But they didn’t stop there. I encourage you to click through to the individual blogs…you’ll find interesting dialogue, personal remembrances, historic information, original poetry, fashion and a lively musical video that will make you want to shake your booty.

Val of More Than Burnt Toast in Vancouver arrived first with Johnny Mazzetti pasta and a very informative post about the history of the country and this dish.

Mary (affectionately known as Giz) at Equal Opportunity Kitchen in Toronto gave us a glimpse at the traditional garb and a sweet empanada filled with baked apples.

My friend Norma of Platanos, Mangos + Me! in New York ‘mixed it up’ with a ceviche mixta. Don’t you just love those cute avocado hearts?

Anamaris of Chef It Yourself is originally from Panama and she told me was going to bring her ‘A game’ to this stop on the tour and, boy, did she! She did a classic Guacho de Mariscos (Rice + Seafood) and a contemporary Langostinos con Caramelo de Maracuyo, Chayote y Aire de Coco.

Oz, from Kitchen Butterfly in The Netherlands, made a French-inspired Panamaian bread called Pan Micha. She also wrote a lovely thematic poem that is worth the click over to her blog.

Torwen of Torwen’s Blog joins us for the first time with a vegan polenta-based tamale de olla. She’s in Heidelberg, Germany. 

I’m also delighted to welcome Sally of My Custard Pie in Dubai to the tour. She made a tropical smoothie of pineapple and mango.

Cinzia of Cindystar in Lake Garda, Italy was a constant companion in past tours. I’m happy she’s traveling with us again. For Panama, she made ceviche and a pineapple-lemon punch. She also posted a muy caliente music video.

And, in case you missed it, FOODalogue presented the carimañola with an updated inside-out twist.

It’s not too late to join us. Hop on at any point.

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22 Comments, RSS

  • Belinda @zomppa

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    January 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Wow! I’m ready to pack my bags and visit every single one of you! These dishes are spectacular. Those scallops are poppin’!

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

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    January 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

    What a fabulous tour of Panamanian cuisine! I absolutely adored the food in Panama when we visited a few years ago and we even had a Panamanian dinner party when we got back. I will most definitely join you sometime this “tour”!

  • bellini

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    January 12, 2011 at 8:25 am

    So many gorgeous dishes Joan all in one place. I love travelling with you virually, See you in Alaska.

  • Anamaris

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    January 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

    These look great, I’m surprised no one made some arroz con coco, which is very common in Panama.
    I’m really excited to read all the posts, though I had already started because I was so impatient!
    Hasta la proxima!

  • Katie

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    January 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    The tropical flavors pair well with the weather we’re having today here in Argentina – hot and muggy! It’s interesting to see how the strategic location of Panama and the subsequent building of the canal have influenced the country’s cuisine by introducing dishes from France, the U.S., etc. Great inaugural first stop on the tour!

  • norma

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    January 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I am so honored to be part of your tour and to share it with these culinary giants and having a great time to boot.
    See you in Alaska!

  • A Canadian Foodie

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    January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    What a trip! Gorgeous food and some similar themes that make this really informative.
    Thanks, Joan!

  • Erica

    says on:
    January 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Wow!!! What a wonderful list of recipes…I love this tour!

  • cinzia

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    January 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    wonderful start, joan!
    I am very impressed by Micha Bread, gonna try it soon.
    but first I’ll read ceviche mixta recipe, to see what’s different with mine…and will learn more about it, think it’s really a lovely dish for any occasion.
    let’s get our suitcases ready with ski equipments to fly to Alaska!

  • Jenna

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    January 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Wow! What a fun blogging project! I just checked out Norma’s ceviche (yes, the avodado hearts are adorable!) and am about to check out more. I love broadening my culinary horizons. =)

  • Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog

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    January 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Ready to travel around that wonderful dishes…that sweet empanada is glorious 🙂



  • Torwen

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    January 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    What lovely recipes and presentations! I see, I have to learn a lot about food presentation (maybe my family is just too greedy; once a dish is out of the oven everyone wants to wolf it down immediately – no time for nice decoration *hehe*).
    I’m glad I’ve joined this culinary tour 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful idea and the hosting of course.

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen

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    January 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    oooh….can’t wait to take this tour! These dishes look incredible!! Off to check out the bloggers. Thanks for sharing!

  • 5 Star Foodie

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    January 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Wonderful dishes from Panama! I’m especially impressed by the traditional and contemporary creations of Anamaris. Excellent!

  • lisaiscooking

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    January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for this food tour. Everything looks amazing, and I love all the seafood! This is the next best thing to hopping on a plane.

  • Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    January 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Joan – This is a wodnerful thing you’re doing and I have got to join you soon 🙂

    chow! Devaki@weavethousandflavors


  • Ben

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    January 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    What an amazing array of recipes. Now I want to visit Panama 🙂

  • redkathy

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    January 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This Panama is awesomely delicious Joan! Truly a crew of talented traveling chefs here. Can’t wait for Alaska

  • Jonny

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    January 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Gah! This totally passed us by! I mean, the whole culinary tour thing. We enjoyed it so much last year that we’ve got to get back on board soon. Your carimanola looks freaking awesome, by the way! I know it’s not really a competition, but if it was, you’d get my vote for that!

  • Jonny

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    January 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Incidentally, you very kindly asked to see a picture of our kid. I linked to one in our latest post with you in mind. How’s that for a craven way of driving traffic to our blog…?

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