I always get a kick out of finding American-style comfort food outside the States. When I was in Nice, France, I found myself looking into the windows of an “American” bistro and gawking at the French folks washing down burgers with glasses of Cote du Rhone. (And why not? When you think of it, ground beef is still beef, and beef loves to mingle with red wine.)
Last March, when I was strolling around the sweaty agricultural city of Santiago, Panama, I encountered a cafe, owned by an American expat, serving creative comfort foods such as candy sushi and smoked pork tacos with pineapple-cilantro salsa. Such dishes could be considered unusual even if they had turned up in a restaurant of increasingly trendy Panama City.
So how was it? The story, Trading Peaches for Mangoes: Comfort Food at Cheesecake Plus in Santiago, Panama, is over at The Panama News.