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You Can’t Miss Dolega’s Book Store

Written on December 22nd, 2010 by no shouts

Dolega is about 20 minutes south of Boquete, a small, hot town with an amazing book store, The Bookmark. Owner-operator, Harold Munn is the guru of all books written in English. These books have been hand-carried to Panama by world travelers seeking to learn everything they can about what the world is like from every perspective. His assortment of titles is amazing!

Harold gives a credit for each book turned in to be sold at The Bookmark, and the credit can be exchanged for new books, or otherwise very used books.

The Bookmark is a very cozy house converted into a multi-room “Barnes ‘n Noble” style reading room-book store with areas well marked in order of interest.

Of course, the section I love are the shelves containing the cookbooks that have made their way into the highlands of Panama, by being carried in some explorer’s luggage, or shipped down to Chiriqui in a huge container along with everything the new resident could pack inside.

These shelves are packed with real treasures. The prices are very reasonable, from $1 - $22 for a classic, including Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

I found Louise Price Bell’s “Kitchen Fun, a Cookbook for Children” for $1.50. It’s full of simple, delicious recipes, including Rice Whip, made with whipping cream, crushed pineapple and cooked rice. Louise’s Fairy Gingerbread recipe will be in an upcoming blog. It’s a recipe you won’t want to miss.

Harold also offers my “Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook” at a reasonable $8.00, including a limited edition bookmark.

Be sure to stop by Harold’s Bookmark Book Store the next time you’re driving through Dolega, Panama. If you bring Harold a book, you get a credit toward your next purchase. A real “win-win”, the spirit of Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Cora

Choose a Gift for Your Kitchen Now!

Written on December 10th, 2010 by no shouts

Would you like to choose a gift for your kitchen this season? If you live in Panama and you know someone coming to Panama soon, maybe they would be happy to bring your gift with them when they come. Maybe you will be visiting friends or family during the holidays, and you could have your gift sent to them in time to bring it back to Panama with you.
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Anyone on your gift-giving list would like any of these delightful, culinary gifts for these holidays. Just click on any item highlighted in blue for a complete description and follow the instructions to have your gift sent anywhere in the world.

1. Expresso Coffee Machine This is the best buy of all five gifts. I’ve listed it first because you can stop right here and order this fine DeLongi Retro pump-driven expresso machine, an original $210.00 value for only $81.75. It has a swivel-jet frother for creamy cappuccinos or lattes and all the features a connoisseur of fine coffee would appreciate.
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2. Glass Covered Pedestal Cake Stand Every cook needs a 13″ pedestal cake plate with an 11″ high glass dome to showcase their treats. I recommend this one because the 2 pieces can be reversed to become a punch bowl. The price is right at only $23.73. If you have seen Martha Stewart making or presenting her cakes, you have seen her collection of cake stands. Try serving guests pies, sandwiches, cakes, cheeses or snacks on this stand and listen for their righcompliments!

3. Fondue Pot This Rival stainless steel fondue pot makes the perfect gift. Reduced to $29.99, it’s reasonable enough to send to friends you think would love cheese or chocolate fondue, who wouldn’t? A fondue pot is always fun at a party. My granddaughter loves to dip fruit into the melted chocolate. This 3-quart pot comes with 8 long, colorful forks. fonduepot

4. Pizzelle MakerCuisenart Papa Rico uses this Cuisinart pizzelle press to make his special dessert treats. Everyone loves eating them, especially when they are dusted with powdered sugar. I am thinking how good they would be with a light dusting of my Christmas Green Orange Dust mixed with sugar. Papa Rico uses his secret recipe for his batter, but here is mine. The reduced price is right at $37.83.

5. Pizza Pizzazz Pizza Oven Pizzaz Your family and friends would really enjoy having this unique kitchen appliance and it’s so much fun to use. The lucky recipient can easily prepare the exact pizza to their own tastes. For only $42.99, it will bring hours and hours of fun and delicious, “designer” pizzas. Don’t miss my blog with the best crust recipe to use in this oven.

Whenever a special occasion arises, remember these suggestions and your gift giving will be so easy. Click on the links highlighted in blue and go directly to Amazon to order your gifts today!

AND - - if you’re in Boquete, Panama or nearby, stop at LaReina Department Store, Sugar & Spice Bakery, Cacique Souvenir Shop, The Bookmark Bookshop, or Felipe Motta Wine Store and pick up copies of Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook, the best gift of all!!

Thanks, Cora

Quick - Vote Again for Sippitysup.com

Written on December 8th, 2010 by one shout

Yes, SippitySup writer, artist and Boquete guest chef, Greg Henry is still in the running for Food Blogger of the Year. The grand prize is $10,000.00 and Greg just might win it all!

His site is http://www.sippitysup.com/.

If you would like to see one of the best food bloggers on the web, please check out Greg’s site. He won Round #8, and has entered #9 as one of the 12 best food bloggers on the internet!

Greg has received 8 trophies so far, including one for his Chocolate Pumpkin Tart, that won Challenge #8.   Click here to see his new entry, “The Hollywood District is on My Beat”, which tells about Greg’s visit to the famous District Restaurant in Hollywood. His critique is very intriguing to read, and it includes lots of menu items, prices and descriptions of what Hollywood’s ordering these days.

This is Greg’s entry into Challenge #9, after which there will only be 3 bloggers remaining.  Will you help SippitySup.com win this 9th Challenge?  He needs our support from down here in Boquete, where Greg presented his “Golden Age of Hollywood” cooking class last December.

You may find several of Greg’s recipes in the Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook, on sale at Sugar & Spice Bakery, La Reina, and several other locations in Boquete.

If you like Greg’s site, and you like what he has done so far in the Foodbuzz Competition, please go to www.foodbuzz.com, and click on Greg’s heart in the box with the black and white photo of the District Restaurant.  The heart will turn red with your vote.

This is the same competition I was in for the first 2 challenges. Thanks again for everyone’s vote. Since my second challenge entry, Greg continued to win trophies week after week, and now has just entered Challenge #9!

Best of luck to Greg, he’s my favorite food blogger ever. And Greg, please plan to come to Boquete again, we’d love to have you share more ideas with us down here. We’re all rooting for you!

ora

Vote Now for SippitySup.com

Written on November 30th, 2010 by one shout

Yes, SippitySup writer, artist and Boquete guest chef, Greg Henry is still in the running for Food Blogger of the Year. The grand prize is $10,000.00 and Greg just might win it all!

His site is http://www.sippitysup.com/.

If you would like to see one of the best food bloggers on the web, please check out Greg’s site. He has received 7 trophies so far this year, including one for making a very creative food video. You can see his video by clicking http://www.sippitysup.com/foodbuzz-challenge-7-foodie-film-festival/. It’s quite professional and really funny.

You might like to try his crab cakes after you see him make them. They look easy to prepare and really good.

As many of you know, Greg was a host chef at my kitchen a few months ago. He presented “Golden Age of Hollywood” recipes from several of the famous Hollywood star restaurants, including Romanoff’s Chocolate Souffle.

This photo was taken in my kitchen during his class, and it shows Greg’s expertise by making Panamian Patacones, only Greg served them with caviar and sour cream, Hollywood style. You may find several of Greg’s recipes in the Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook, on sale at Sugar & Spice Bakery, La Reina, and several other locations in Boquete.

If you like Greg’s site, and you like what he has done so far in the Foodbuzz Competition, please go to www.foodbuzz.com, and click at the top of the page where it says “Project Food Blog”.

This is the same competition I was in for the first 2 challenges. Over the past several weeks, Greg has won trophies for the first 7 challenges in this contest and has just entered Challenge #8!

So, once you get into the competition section of the Foodbuzz site, click on Challenge #8 Piece of Cake - CAST YOUR VOTES. Find Greg’s entry for SippitySup, see his photo of Chocolate Pumpkin Tart, and click on the heart in Greg’s box and it will turn red. Doesn’t his tart look like a dessert you’d love to taste?

Best of luck to Greg, he’s my favorite food blogger ever. And Greg, please plan to come to Boquete again, we’d love to have you share more ideas with us down here. We’re all rooting for you!

UPDATE! At 3pm on Dec. 3, we find that SippitySup.com WINS AGAIN!!!
Congratulations Greg!

Keep checking foodbuzz.com for Greg’s next entry!

Cora

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