Oh my, it’s been one year since the birth of this blog, one busy and fascinating year full of challenging and creative events. Not only have I written about what it’s like to live in Boquete, Panama, but there have been so many new personalities that have entered my life.

This is me writing and writing about the things happening here in Boquete and all over Panama, the subjects seem endless.

The year in review includes learning how to use the internet, how to manipulate the latest version of a digital camera, and how to write short sentences that communicate what I’m trying to say. Yes, it’s been challenging, indeed.

Looking back over the past 12 months, I’ve posted 145 blogs, including 463 photos. The site has been enlarged by adding “side-bars” with ads and my own store for on-line shopping. If readers would like to purchase anything highlighted on this site, they can now click into Amazon and order the item(s).

The content is extremely varied. The beginning articles were about living in Boquete, making recipes and reviewing local restaurants. By the end of this first year, I am writing about cooking classes offered by Boquete Gourmet, trips to near-by gourmet establishments, the Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook, and Underground Dinners happening in or near Boquete.

The most popular blog, the one with the most readers was “Boquete’s Sushi Madness”, with the runner-up being “Challenged Again: Chinese Noodle Salad”. How do I know this? It was incredible to learn that Google Analytics keeps track of every single visitor to this site, where in the world they are when they click into the site, how they entered it, how long they visited and which of my blogs they read. Of course, that’s how I knew that the “Sushi-“ blog was so popular.

Now, how can I top this in order to continue to have visits to the site increase? Fans have asked me to write more often, to include more recipes, and to show new products and cooking ideas.

All those suggestions are really good, and I’ll try to keep them in mind as I begin my second year with the Boquete Gourmet.

This year, I also wrote and complied the Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook, in an effort to bring recognition and support to our local charities, residents and new-comers to Boquete. The book has been very well received, selling at The Bookmark Bookstore in Dolega, Felipe Motta in David and LaReina, Cacique Souveniers and Sugar and Spice Bakery in Boquete. Thanks to everyone purchasing the book, to my daughter Kirsten for developing the site, and to my husband David for editing every post. Your support is really appreciated.

You may want to buy several cookbooks about how Boquete residents cook today, including what coffees they are drinking. The $8 price makes the cookbook a wonderful gift for the holidays.

Looking forward to our next year together, I can only imagine what the future will bring!
Keep visiting often,
Cora