the owner Frank and his wife Dilcia
The first course was salad with raspberry vinaigrette and bread. A huge platter held the entree of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and dressing. And for dessert a local favorite of fruit cake drizzled with a sweet glaze was delightful. In the U.S. fruitcake has been a long time joke present given for the holidays, said to be used as a door stop and rarely eaten. In Panama "torta de frutas" or fruit cake is a common dessert baked fresh and similar to U.S. version of banana bread, but with candied fruit instead of fresh. Frank the owner of the restaurant and his wife Dilcia trained their staff to serve up a great meal is a nice atmosphere.
As with most of these expat luncheons, by the time we said our good byes to friends it was time for dinner. On the way home we stopped by a friends house to pick up some home-made bug killer. He claims that a mixture of Borax combined with water and honey put out for the bugs to take back to their den, will eliminate the critters. I'm skeptical since I don't want to have the suckers over for dinner, just make them go away NOW. Other than these itsy-bitsy "crazy ants" as Clyde calls them, bugs have not been an issue in Panama.
Back at the casa we munched on some left-overs for dinner before relaxing on the couch for a night of nothing on t.v. Always nice to spend time with old friends and make some new ones too. Just another perfect day in paradise, here in our new life in Panama, along the gringo trail.