Easter Coming! What to do, where to go

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Easter holidays are almost here, meaning family brunches, crazy kids running around looking for eggs… and this year, running around learning jazz! come with your whole family, leave your car with the valet parking and enjoy Casco at its best.

Here is what is going on:

On the “brunch” department:

I love Las Clementinas brunch. You feel cozy at the “secret” garden, and you can just let the children run around.

Las Clementinas Easter Easter Las Clementinas Spanish

American Trade Hotel Brunch:

On mother`s day, the ATH had a team painting faces and doing activities with children. I always enjoy how children at the beginning are so shy… and then their “true self” comes out. No worries! you just relax while they tire the staff out (instead of you).

Easter American Trade HotelOn the Jazz department: at Danilo`s Jazz Club

Every Sunday starting at 4 p.m. , Danilo`s Jazz Club has a special jam for children. The whole program is very didactic and fun. Any age applies! plus… they get special parking rights!!!

childrens jazz day

La Casona Goes Veggie!

Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo, Panama

I`m so glad that new Options are opening for those looking for a healthy meal. Open for lunch, La Casona at Calle 5ta has transformed their space into a vegetarian café. They also have a juice bar, with smoothies and energetic combinations using kale, ginger and tropical fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy!

La Casona Calle 5ta kale juice la casona

When it really matters.

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Last Sunday, Casco Viejo`s community came together to help a large number of families victim to an accidental fire. In a matter of hours, lists and donations were organized, by 6 a.m. on the following day a team was in place with tasks, headquarters and social media strategies.  It made me think a lot about Casco Viejo, and its true value. The value of a place is tied up to its community, to its ability to work together and get through difficult times when things get tough. Somehow this doesn´t make it to the “real estate” analysis, but it should, because striped from  high end finishes, double panned windows, nice facades and sidewalks, what really matters is the strength of the human web that not only connects physically in the same space and time… but feels connected to each other.

The strength of Casco are its Casconians. And note that by Casconians I mean every Casco lover out there, we are all connected, and this trial was the real proof of it: people came from everywhere to help. Thank you so much to each and every one of you. To the NGO`s who were coordinating and working their heads off: Aprojusan, Fundación Calicanto, AVACA. Amazing. To all the businesses that didn´t even flinch in pulling out their contacts and see who knew who so that we could get what we needed. Super Thumbs Up.  To all the volunteers … you rock!!!

en acción repartiendo

 

 

 

New! Bistro Paula Nani, Peruvian Food in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Cute restaurant with water views, located at 3rd Street and A Avenue, right in front of the Arco Chato. A small window towards the street offers “to go” fresh juice and water. Behind, an outdoors terrace overlooking the beach (Casco`s only “beach front” restaurant).

Owners tell me that they`ll be open 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. until dinner. You can follow them on their Facebook page, and make reservations at tel. 209-6392 or 209-6204.

interior beach view casco viejo cafe at casco viejo panama cafe casco viejo exterior

 

Fitness in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

5:58 a.m. and I already feel my dog`s axiety rising. She knows my alarm goes off at 6 a.m. but still starts stretching at 5:30 ish letting me know she won´t allow for a minute past 6 a.m. to go out.  Don´t get me wrong, I love working out in the mornings, but just in case there is ever a day I don´t want to do it… well, there is always Chispa.

This time I decided to take photos along the way, for those considering moving to Casco and asking themselves about gyms and options to keep fit. Most Casconians love to be outdoors.  In the morning, you see people walking Las Bovedas, but if you like jogging probably you`ll be heading to the Cinta.

6:10 a.m. I`m ready, leach in hand with plenty of bags, we are out. First stop, the “cancha” by the Presidential palace. Already the Presidential police is having fun, playing soccer or sometimes basketball.

football or basketball

Some of them have decided to work out at the Plaza V Centenario, right below.

police trainingI was too early, but usually around 6:30 a.m. you can see some people practicing Tai Chi here

tai chiFor those who like tenis, a small jog or 10 minute walk will warm you up:

tenis off to tenis

And for those who like light equipment, right next to the tenis field:

park equipment

Coming back, you can always stop at the fish market and get fresh catch of the day.

passing by fish market

6:39 a.m., after walking, jogging and dragging my dog …I`m back at Calle 4ta.  Enough cardio, it is time to get serious. TLG Gym is at the end of the street, into the Santa Familia building.  Here John has a crossfit training for the morning and also does personal training. No machines and no need for them!  Kettlebells, weights, strings, ropes, medicine balls, boxing and jiu jitsu equipment.  Twenty minutes of any of that and you have earned your breakfast!

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Casco Station Marketing Seminar: How to market your business through content generation.

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Saturday, March 29th, at Casco Station! Ana Maria de la Guardia (Business Bachelor from Perdue University) will be giving a crash course at Casco Station on how to generate business through creating content. Casco Station is located at 5th Street and A Avenue, entering by Madrigal.

When: Saturday, 29th

Where: Casco Station

Hour: 1 p.m.

Duration: 5 hours

Language: Spanish

Cost: $50

To book and see more details of the event CLICK HERE.

FAE Theater Festival`s 2014 Agenda

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Flash posting! So many things happening! this weekend, the Theater Festival will be on until next Wednesday. Here is what is playing where:

FAE FESTIVAL

and here is their Facebook page, just in case!

But the best part is the Street Theater photo gallery… can´t miss that!

International Film Festival 2014

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Starting April 3rd until the 9th, Casco Viejo will be home to the IFF Panama 2014.  Amazing movies will be shown at the National Theater, Teatro Amador, Teatro Anita Villalaz and at the Plaza V Centenario. Films from all over the world, if you like experimental / independent movies that make you think, cry, laugh (and all of the above at the same time) you can´t miss it.

It is impossible to post everything that will be shown here. So please navigate their website. Two links: one for the full website (here you`ll find the movies and explanations of what is what), and the second link has the schedule, showing you what is where.

Enjoy!

General link: http://iffpanama.org/en/peliculas

Schedule link: http://iffpanama.org/sites/iffpanama.org/files/imagenes_incrustadas/grilla-iffpanama2014-media.jpg

 

 

Panama`s cuisine featured at New York Times

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

We`ve often mentioned that Panama`s strongest feature is diversity. Geographically, biologically and culturally. This is finally showing in an exciting new Panamanian cuisine, where young chefs are doing what they do best: research, discover, mix, create, re discover.

This week, the New York Times took notice! here is the article:

In Panama City, Mixing Global and Local Flavors

Turkey hash las Clementinas

 

Casco Viejo Smiles and Flowers

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

“We all smile in the same language”, this  mural receives you at the Santa Familia Community Center in Calle 4ta and was painted by artist Jacqueline Brandwayn.  So true!

Mural Casco Viejo panama

Speaking of smiles and things that have a language of its own…. isn´t this beautiful?

Casco Viejo Panama spring Casco Antiguo Panama Casco Viejo flower carpet