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Snapshot of a sign of a restaurant at El Dorado called Woods and Charcoal. Obviously their main dish is barbecued meat. I like the combination of colors. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Sign of a place where they sell pets for the family. The animal on the left of the picture is an iguana. Wikipedia defines this animal as a large herbivorous tropical American arboreal lizard with a spiny crest along the back; used in Central America and South America as human food. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Iguanas are highly sought out in Panama, specially in the countryside for their delicious meat.  People who eat them say they have a taste similar to chicken.  I stay away from eating iguanas.  Besides not being very attractive, I feel they are similar to snakes.  I’m all for a barbecue steak anytime.  Good Day.

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Snapshot of a small and elegant restaurant at MetroMall in Panama City, Panama. This is my favorite place to buy my stuff; excellent shops, high-quality merchandise, friendly workers, super clean place and perpetual surprises for customers. Oh, good ice cream too. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

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Snapshot of two attractive young women waitressing for a small red restaurant at a local mall in Panama City, Panama, MetroMall. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

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My wife Aura, and the Twisters visited El Machetazo last Saturday  in an effort to buy some groceries and other stuff for the house.  It was getting late and there was no time to prepare a formal lunch.  On the way out, they noticed a small restaurant that looked like a black choo-choo train.  Here they sold patacones and roasted chicken.  Yummity-yum-yum.

That was our quick lunch; modest but very tasty.  The Twister love patacones and so do I.  Below are a couple of pictures of the small restaurant outside El Machetazo in Panama City, Panama.  Here we go.

A young woman attends the customers in search of tasty patacones and roasted chicken in Panama City. Take a look at the rich golden color of the patacones towards your left. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

The restaurant's chef posed for the camera and displayed a pleasant Mona Lisa smile. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

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A typical "fonda" or restaurant for the low working class people in Panama. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

Fondas in Panamá are the undisputed favorte gathering place for most construction workers and taxi drivers.  It’s their water hole to calm their hunger and thirst.  You can buy a generous portion of white rice, fried green plantains, red beans, a  cabbage and tomatoes salad, fried chicken and a Coke or chicha for approximately $2.00.  Fondas are scattered all over the city, specially near construction sites.  Good Day.

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Photograph of a young woman cooking with a huge flame of fire at a food court at a local mall in Panama City, Panama. First time I see such a huge flame in a restaurant. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

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For those of you are not familiar with the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, let me explain that Canajagua is the name of a hill in the Province of Los Santos located roughly in the middle of the country.  This area is known by meteorologists as the dry zone of Panama with scarce precipitation during the year.  In Spanish, this geographical zone in the Azuero Peninsula is known as the “arco seco”—the dry arc.

Canajagua Hill is located in the Province of Los Santos, the cradle of Panamanian folklore. Its maximum height is 830 meters (2,723 feet) which is why it’s known as the “Sentinel of Azuero”. From this high mound you can clearly see the Azuero coastline, from Isla Cañas, Iguana Island, the Rock of La Honda, to the blue waters of the Gulf of Parita.

In the mid-60’s, local authorities built a road to the top of the hill, which was opened to businessmen to promote agricultural projects.  The results were highly detrimental to the area, since large forests were destroyed due to excessive logging.  About 60 percent of the area around Cerro Canajagua was deforested and the land converted to grasslands which have since been used for cattle fincas.

However, local environmentalists and government authorities are currently spreading the word of ecological awareness in an effort to gradually reduce the cattle ranches on the slopes of the hill.  It is expected that  the area will again be covered by forests.   At its peak, you can also find about seventy radio and television antennas, given its strategic position.

Below is a photograph of a restaurant found at Casco Viejo which bears the name “Goodies of Canajagua Restaurant”. I thought it was a good idea to explain the meaning of Canajagua and why it is important to restore its surrounding forests.  We have to take care of our fragile planet.  I’m sure you will agree with me on this issue.

Photograph of a worker's restaurant at Casco Viejo which serves typical Panamanian dishes at very affordable prices. The name Canajagua means a lot to the people of Azuero, specially from the Province of Los Santos. Photo ©Omar Upegui R.

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