Jim and Judi

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  • Real Name:
    Judi Rinker
  • Reason for registering:
    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
  • Location of primary residence:
    Outside of Panama
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  1. I've been making my own English muffins for a couple of years now using the recipe below. The process to make them takes a couple of days, letting the starter work and rising time, but your hands on time is minimal. They're better than any packaged English muffin and I estimate they cost less than a dollar for twelve. They also freeze wonderfully. http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-english-muffins-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchen-106360
  2. I make a paste with vinegar and baking soda (watch out, it bubbles up) then I just scrub the blocks with that. I used the same thing to clean the old hazy headlamps on our car and they're like new!
  3. I'm looking for a stand-up paddle board. Has anyone seen them for sale anywhere in Panama?
  4. Yes this had happened to us a couple of times so we are now careful not to run completely out of cash. We've also experienced the ATM not dispensing cash to us and having the funds deducted from our account. One call to Schwab and they credited our account the same day.
  5. We second Schwab. And the few times we have needed a large amount of cash, we have called them to have the daily limit raised for the day without issue. We use Chase for credit cards with no foreign transaction fees. In 7 years, we've never needed a local account.
  6. I need a new radiator cap. I've been trying for two weeks to check the auto part store on main Street but it's been closed every time I'm there. A fellow told he thought they were out of business. I thought there was a second store somewhere in town but for the life of me, I can't remember where. If not in Boquete, where's the next nearest one?
  7. If you have a smart phone, try the Hopper app. I got a round trip, Panama City to Chicago, on American for $259 over Thanksgiving. Best fare I've ever gotten! There doesn't seem to be one site that has consistently better fares though. It's hit or miss. I use kayak to check out fares available on different websites.
  8. We also use Daniel. He charged us $35 last time, but he's been reliable every time we use him and he takes excellent care of his vehicle, unlike a couple of other drivers who charged $25 and $30. Daniel's number is 6617-0570
  9. But... I'm so confused 🤔
  10. I stopped in to this place today and spoke with the owner. They carry Royal Canin cat food in adult, hairball and kitten formulas. While not my favorite brand, it's not a bad food and better than anything else available in town. It appeared to be the only brand they had. So I told the owner that if she keeps it stocked, I will buy exclusively from her shop. She assured me they will not let it become sold out. I sure hope so but time will tell.
  11. I had the same experience. The crazy thing is that if I ticket David-Tocuman and Tocuman-Chicago on Copa, as seperate trips, the total is about $200 LESS than if I ticket it as one trip. I haven't been able to get around this on my own online but I'm going to try Anavilma next time and see what she can do.
  12. Seasons pizza is exceptional. The best I've had in the area. I dislike overly cheesy and sauced pizza which Is all I can find in town. I like a rustic crust and theirs is delicious. I've also had one of the Thai dishes which was super spicy and tasty. The servce was outstanding. Friendly and attentive. Couldn't care less about the steps but, if one has difficulty managing stairs, it could be an issue. My only complaint? The cost of the wine! We would have loved to order a bottle but anything we would have ordered was $65 or over. From memory, I think most of the bottles were well over $80 and into the hundreds. When I asked about it, the server said that they had a sommelier who had chosen the wine and set the prices however she was no longer working there. I don't think that was a really rational answer and, until the prices come down on the wine, we won't be ordering any. This also means that we'll probably only go for lunch since we usually enjoy wine with dinner.
  13. Oh, wie schön ist Panama, my favorite kids book! I have a copy right here in the house.