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I’m Ready, Set & Blogging to Be a Star!

Written on September 19th, 2010 by 9 shouts

As you’ve noticed, I’m competing to be the 2010 Foodbuzz Blogger of the Year, which is a big stretch for me. It’s really quite amazing!

These folks look amazed, but they’re having fun learning new food skills together and getting to know each other - they are Boquete Gourmet readers!

Sure, I’ve been blogging for almost a year, it all began on September 30, 2009. It was then when I realized that this new life-style I was living at the top of a mountain in Boquete, Panama, opened up a world of opportunity in so many ways.

But, a year is such a short time to learn not only the ins and outs of blogging, but also how I could make a difference in my new Panamanian community by sharing my experiences with others.

The purpose of this blog is to share what defines me as a food blogger and to explain why I think I should be the next Food Blog Star.

First, my goals of blogging are not just to relate new, innovative recipes to my readers, but I want to communicate the whole, new life-style I’ve been living for the past 8 years. And, I want do it though the hearts of my readers. How is that possible? EASY - - through FOOD!

I’m passionate about food, it’s been my hobby all my life. I can’t visit a new place without trying the local cuisine and attempting to reproduce it in my own kitchen as soon as possible.

There are lots of ways Boquete Gourmet is different from any other blog on the web. My subject matter includes as many aspects of living in a foreign country as possible.

Not only do I blog, but I’ve tried to include as many of my readers in food-related activities as possible. These are all photos of Boquete Gourmet readers, the “real stars” of this blog.

Boquete Gourmet readers visit unusual, unfamiliar area restaurants, travel to neighboring communities together, enjoy Underground Dining events and participate in cooking classes taught by local cooks, bakers and International chefs.

Boquete Gourmet readers are getting involved in their new, foreign community, they try new foods, contribute recipes to the Boquete Community Cookbook and shop in stores unlike anywhere else in the world because of reading my blog.

Boquete Gourmet readers see what it’s like to share experiences across cultures, to dine out of their comfort zone, and to build a new, blended community together.

Everyone in Boquete enjoys pure, mountain water that makes the finest cup of coffee in the world. We all enjoy clean, cool air year-round, and the freshest, home-grown foods the rich, volcanic soil can produce. But, to learn each others customs and life-style through a food blog, is truly unique.

Finally, why should I be the next Food Blog Star? I’m passionate about getting people involved with each other, about sharing each others skills, and about “developing community” not only in Boquete, but in little communities everywhere!

As a “Food Blog Star” I will be able to invest $10,000 promoting “Build Community - Dine Together” throughout the world, helping to foster understanding and peace through man’s basic need, food!

Wish me luck -

Five Foodbuzz Friends to Checkout

Written on February 2nd, 2010 by 5 shouts

Over these last few months, I’m getting into the “Foodie” Culture of bloggers from all over the world. I’ve been recently selected as a Featured Publisher on, which is big honor for me.  I’ve made hundreds of “foodie” friends online during this time.

I’d like to share some of my favorites with you, as they are folks much like me, expressing themselves in a new and exciting way.

If you’d like to see my profile on Foodbuzz, please click this link and you’ll see what I mean about this exciting new hobby of blogging. You’ll see hundreds of interesting blogs and you can “graze” from one to another by clicking “next” at the top of the page.

My very favorite food blog is, written by Greg Henry. Of course, he has been a personal friend of mine for many years.  Greg presented his “Hollywood’s Golden Age” cooking class in my kitchen last month. He has many awards for his creativity, lovely photos and “far-out” recipes.

Then, another favorite is, written by Drick Perry.  Drick calls himself a “home-style” cook specializing in southern Gulf-coast dishes from Alabama and Louisana.  His Bananas Foster and Christmas Morning Strata are a couple of my all-time favorite recipes.

Lori Lynn is writing an amazing blog, Lori’s photos have received much recognition internationally. I’ve tried to follow some of her techniques, but I have lots to learn. Lori’s also an excellent cook who uses interesting and unusual recipes.  She is a finalist in this month’s Foodbuzz 24-24-24 contest.

Don’t miss, by chocolate fanatic Tammyjo Eckhart.  I started to read her recipes and couldn’t quit.  She writes a “Saturday Sacrament” that showcases here favorite chocolate recipe for that week.  It’s a very fun blog, so have lots of time when you open Tammyjo’s link, especially if you love chocolate!

Last but not least, is, by fellow foreign foodie friend, Rachel White.  Rachel lives in Tokyo and you’ll see some similarities between her blog and mine.  She has written me that she would love to present a cooking class in my kitchen.  I have especially invited her to visit Boquete and to cook in my kitchen.  Maybe she’ll recipricate, Tokyo here I come!

If you love food and cooking, you’ll find lots of inspiration from any of these friends of mine. You’ll find hundreds of similar sites written by experienced food writers from all over the world on, but I think I’m the only food blogger from Panama. If you find another “foodie” from here, please let me know.  I’ve been having fun posting articles about Boquete, never realizing how many new friends would come my way. 

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