Trading Peaches for Mangoes: Comfort Food in Panama’s Interior

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.


About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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