Thanksgiving in Panama
It is so wonderful to learn new things. We have learned so much about Panama and have much more to learn. Several people in Panama do celebrate Thanksgiving. The grocery stores carry (as I have said before) all the fixins. I think most people think of Thanksgiving here as another way to party.
In Boquete, there were several restaurants that had special Thanksgiving menus. We belong to a blog called www.boquetening.com. They send out email notices of upcoming events in town and nearby communities. Two weeks ago we got the flyer from one of the fancier hotels in town saying they were going to have Thanksgiving dinner. So we emailed back our reservation for 6 PM. We had no idea what to expect.
Yesterday it was rainy all day off and on. We put on our best duds and walked out the door and down to the main highway to catch a cab into town. Luckily it wasn’t pouring as it had been earlier in the day. I wanted to look nice not like a drowned rat. Our cab took us to the front door of our destination, Oasis Hotel and Restaurant. You can visit the site.
It has a open air restaurant next to the Caldera river. They had big open fireplaces with fires going, soft lights. When we entered we were greeted by the owner and seated. The white linen tablecloths and lovely music were just the starters to a perfect meal and delightful experience. All of the attendees were mostly gringos and there were probably about 35 people in all from the time we arrived at 6 to when we left at 7:30. We also glanced at their room rates and found out they only charge $55 a night. This would be a great place to stay in Boquete.
Our dinner was a buffet style. There were beautifully created dishes. We had a choice of :
- Turkey-wonderfully done not dry
- Mashed potatoes with homemade gravy
- Pumpkin sou-flee-very wonderful
- Green beans with an exquisite cheese sauce
- Sliced cooked beets with another tasty sauce
- Zucchini with a bread crumb crusted cheese cover
- Rice dish with mushrooms-yum
- Tossed salad with blueberry dressing
- Mixed Vegetables-carrots and broccoli
- Apple pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Cheesecake with blueberries
This all you can eat treat was $20 each. We both went back for seconds, it was fantastic. We wondered, what are they having for Christmas dinner???
They do indeed have Black Friday here. While we are not going to participate, the radio ads have been going nuts. The bigger stores and malls are definitely having Black Friday sales. Who knew!!