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Murals of Boquete #2

Written on December 9th, 2009 by no shouts

muralwinestoreAfter beginning to research murals and looking for murals around Boquete, I was shocked to find so many in plain view on public streets. This one was on the wall of a building that once was a real estate office. If you wanted to buy a beautiful home in Boquete like this, you could come into this office.

A brightly colored mural was spotted on the main street of Boquete, just above the door of Sabroson Restaurante. It looks like they have an excellent chef, what a lovely way to advertise.muralsab

Several residents have murals painted on their walls by local artists. One of the finest I’ve seen is displayed in a corner of the Eickhoff home in Volcancito. The artist spent many long days creating this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. muralcindy

A colorful map of Panama was painted on a large wall of the local high school. It shows the locale of the various artists throughout the country.

If you want to see where polleras or sombreros are made, look at this mural.muralpanama

An announcement came out recently about a mural artist coming to Boquete to volunteer to paint a mural for a non-profit organization at no charge.

There are several organizations here that could take advantage of such an offer. The “Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction” committee represents 4 large non-profit organizations in Boquete. The annual auction is the biggest charity event in Boquete, and every year it gets bigger.

I’m thinking this might be just the project for “Bid 4 Boquete” in the coming months, if we could find a building with an available wall to paint. Do you have any ideas?

Vi’s Buns

Written on November 21st, 2009 by 2 shouts

bunsCinnamon buns are every man’s favorite breakfast treat, one that isn’t readily available in Boquete.  There are several bakeries that make cinnamon buns from cake batter, but not the real yeast dough and sticky frosting that are found everywhere in North America or Europe.   There is nothing better in the morning than a cup of Boquete specialty Cafe Ruiz coffee and one of Vi’s homemade buns.

When I agreed to co-ordinate this year’s Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction event, I never thought that by doing so I would meet Vi, the gourmet baker from Volcan who makes what I call “real” cinnamon buns.  Vi’s buns are yeast-risen, full of spices, big, fat raisins and frosted with classic butter icing.

I couldn’t begin to tell you the recipe for Vi’s buns.  They’re not exactly cinnamon rolls, they’re more hearty and are more flavorful.  But, I’m pretty sure that Vi uses the same icing recipe that I’ve used for years.  It’s easy to make and I always have the ingredients on hand.  The sugar here is named XXXXX Azucar Micropulverzada, it comes in a clear cellophane bag.

Here’s my Classic Butter Icing:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium sauce pan or saucier.  Add 3 tablespoons evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Slowly beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Add more sugar to get a consistency exactly right to spread on the hot buns when they are taken out of the oven.

Rather than to try to find a recipe to make buns the way Vi makes them, you could visit and order them directly from Vi.  She visits David regularly and will deliver them to you there.

Vi is donating some of her buns to be sold at the big Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction held at the Boquete Feria on Sunday, December 6, beginning at 1:00pm, thanks Vi.  I hope everyone will come to the auction and enjoy all the fine events, especially Vi’s buns.  See you there!

Papa’s Pizzelles

Written on November 7th, 2009 by one shout


For this year’s Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction, Papa Ricco, Chef of Papa Ricco’s Italian Restaurant in Boquete, is making pizzelles. Pizzelles are a European favorite, a crisp dessert loaded with flavor.  The batter is fairly easy to make, all you need is the baker.  I have a few models on the TBG Shops tab above, or click on a photo.

The annual Bid 4 Boquete Auction draws hundreds of donors, all looking for bargains and all hoping their purchases will bring joy and hope for a better quality of life to people living in Boquete and surrounding areas.  This year, donors will be able to enjoy this unique treat dusted in powdered sugar, for only 50 cents each.

Last year, the event raised $17,000, which was donated to 4 local charities, Lions Club, Handicap Foundation, Rotary Club and Buenos Vecinos, all worthy charities.  This year, the goal is to raise $20,000.  The  auction is on December 6, beginning at 1pm at the Feria Arco Iris Building.  While you’re there, you won’t want to miss getting one of Papa Ricco’s pizzelles.  If you can’t wait until December 6, stop by his restaurant, located at the entrance of Brisas Boquetenos.

If you have a pizzelle maker or would like to get one, here is Mario Batali’s,, recipe for making the batter for pizzelles:


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seeds


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 additional egg, or
  • 1/4 cup amaretto and an additional 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Note: You will need a pizzelle iron to make these cookies.


In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and oil and mix until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, fennel seeds, and optional ingredients if desired, and mix well to form a homogenous batter. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Heat the pizzelle iron until very hot. Pour 2 tablespoons of batter onto the iron, close it, and return to the heat. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is used.

P.S. If you purchase a pizzelle maker from this site, I’ll donate all proceeds to Bid 4 Boquete and announce it at the acution!  Thanks!

Gourmet Doggie Treats You Can Make

Written on November 1st, 2009 by no shouts


A very active group of Boquete residents, headed up by Ruby McKenzie, began the “Amigos de Animales Foundation” several years ago.  Their mission is to provide spay and neuter services to dogs and cats in the Boquete area.  Each year they set up several clinics, as well as providing immunizations and promoting the general welfare of animals.

Since it’s inception, Amigos de Animales provided services to over 2,000 dogs and cats.  Over 100 volunteers gave their time in this effort and they are raising funds to continue their efforts.

The Amigos de Animales Foundation printed 2010 calendars this year for the first time.  They are available for $7.00 at several locations in Boquete, as well as the Tuesday Morning Meeting.  This is a sample page of the calendar showing Cozy, Rico and Mocha, rescued by Dave and Erin Ross.  David and I designed and painted the wheelbarrow for the Bid 4 Boquete Charity Auction last year.  For more information, go to and

As a salute to this very worthwhile effort, I tried to find just the right gourmet treats to make for the next Spay and Neuter Clinic, scheduled for January 31, 2010.   I found the perfect place to find recipes for gourmet dog treats,  The Gourmet Sleuth has several such recipes and I selected the most delicious-sounding dog treat recipe I could find.   I hope your dog will enjoy these yummy snacks.Dog_Bone_Cookie_Cutters_1

Gourmet Doggy Biscuits
Homemade dog treats are fun to make and healthier than many of the store-bought versions.I N G R E D I E N T S
1 cup rolled oats (such as Quaker)
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup Boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chicken or beef flavored instant bouillon
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 - 3 cups whole wheat flour.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.

In large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine and boiling water; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheese and egg; mix well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition to form a stiff dough.

On floured surface, knead in remaining flour until dough is smooth and no longer sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2 inch thickness, cut with bone shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes on until golden brown. Cool completely. Store loosely covered. Makes 3 1/2 dozen large dog biscuits or 8 dozen small dog biscuits.  Your lucky dog will love these “Gourmet Cheese Biscuits” from the Gourmet Sleuth.

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