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THE ROCK Declares Two Top Winners

Written on January 26th, 2011 by 2 shouts

THE ROCK, a “Food for Senses” restaurant, sponsored the “First Annual Recipe Contest” yesterday in Boquete, Panama.

The contestants came with their carefully-designed creations, and using the restaurant’s professional kitchen for finishing and serving, presented their dishes to the judges, Executive Chef Heiner Gellenberg and me. The winner(s) will be featured in The Rock’s new menu, as well as in 9°80° Magazine.

It was a surprise and honor to be asked to help judge such worthy recipes in this very important restaurant, located on the banks of the mighty Palo Alto River.

Georgiann Evans, Irene Bentley, Juan Linares, Jennifer Sayers and Bev Walker submitted their recipes to the panel, knowing they were to be evaluated based upon creativity, flavor and originality.

The panel was amazed by the entries, a complete Ceviche Bar, Chocolate Box Cake, Baked Rosemary Onion, Salmon and Spinach Shell and Artichoke Cakes, just to name a few of the recipes designed by these very talented chefs.

After much admiration, tasting and consideration, the undisputed winner was Georgiann’s beguiling Grown-up Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Even after naming each contestant a winner, Heiner and I kept thinking of that sandwich, along with Irene’s Chocolate Box Cake. We decided that both of these recipes rose above the other winners to be the top dishes in the contest.

Every contestant listed above will enjoy their recipe being featured on The Rock’s menu over the next few months. Maybe the two top winners will remain there for many months to come, I certainly hope so. Both recipes far exceeded the judges’ expectations, each one truly titillated our senses!

Be sure to visit The Rock in the near future, their acclaims have been heard throughout Boquete, Panama and Internationally. You won’t want to miss tasting Georgiann’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich, for grown-ups, of course.

Thanks Heiner, for including me in this most challenging of assignments, especially when we had to choose a winner from all these delightful, eye-catching entries. It was difficult!

Don’t miss tasting them at The Rock soon.
Cora

Christmas Dinner at The Gran Hotel

Written on January 9th, 2011 by no shouts

The first thing to know is that I got braces on my lower teeth last month, December 7 exactly. I’ve been suffering ever since then, especially when it comes to dinner time.

My teeth began to bother me several months ago. It seemed that every time I wanted to chew something, my lower lip would get caught between my teeth and it became a big concern. I know this is way more information than you wanted, but that’s why I decided, along with my dentist, that something had to be done.

Well, the solution was easy - - get braces to straighten my teeth so I wouldn’t keep chomping on my lip. No problem - I thought the price charged by my orthodontist was reasonable, so I decided to get the job done. If you want to know any particulars or to see a photo, please let me know.

Anyway, the braces went on quickly and they didn’t hurt at all during the first few days. The only problem was that I couldn’t chew anything!

I could not have imaged how difficult it would be to find foods soft enough to swallow without chewing. As of December 7, cream soups and mush became my regular diet. The braces will stay on for eight months, so I’d better get used to them, right?

Sometime after December 7, David and I decided to go to Costa Rica for the Christmas holidays. I didn’t think of how it may be difficult to get foods I could eat in Costa Rica, especially when I couldn’t chew. The only foods I could eat had to be pulverized, such as cream soup, mashed potatoes, guacamole, milk shakes and soft dishes like that.

For Christmas dinner in San Jose at the restaurant of the Gran Hotel de Costa Rica, I brought a pouch of prepared mashed red beans and took it to the hotel’s chef. I asked him to prepare my Christmas dinner using my beans and his mashed potatoes. This is how it turned out, a wonderful, tasty holiday dinner!

I’d say I was very lucky to find such a talented chef in a far-away country on Christmas day. Notice that the fresh basil the chef used to decorate the presentation was micro-wave dried, a very clever chef, indeed!

“When given lemons, make lemonade”, right?
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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