When I first sat down to write this post and started loading the food pics from last week, I had to get back up and have a snack. They literally made my mouth water. *Sigh* So may I recommend you start reading at your own risk, preferably with a full belly!
I couldn’t decide on just one day of eats to feature, because each day had a whole lot of delicious. So today’s WIAW is more of a What I Ate Week than What I Ate Wednesday. A hodgepodge of prime Panamanian dishes and desserts delivered to the comfort of your computer!
Panamanian Spreads, Snacks, and Sweets
Okay so technically this first breakfast was eaten on US soil, more specifically LAX airport, but it was so dang good so I’m counting it. If you’re ever at LAX, find the taco truck (inside the airport) and order the steak breakfast burrito. Want to maximize your share of fluffy eggs, perfectly cooked rice, black beans, and juicy steak? Get it in a bowl like I did!
Airport food is always ridiculously expensive – like nothing under $11 – so I was WAY impressed to find something that tasted not only decent, but delicious, for $9 that also filled me up.
This arepa is one of my favorite things to eat when I’m going out for breakfast in Casco Viejo, the scenic, historic part of Panama City where my brother’s hostel is located. Find this fluffy corn tortilla topped with melted munster cheese, scrambled eggs, and ham at Super Gourmet!
Another Panama staple / favorite of mine? Papaya! I’ve yet to find any quite as downright GOOD in the US so I eat it like crazy when I’m there. More than one morning during this trip I had it over natural yogurt and with corn flakes.
Lunch & Dinner
Saved the best for…first. Cause these nachos and steak were NOT about to wait until last! Jairo treated me to a steak dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe. Except we take our steak dinners come with a giant ass plate of nachos. Cause that’s how we roll. These two dishes actually served as our dinner and the next day’s lunch by the pool. So dang delicious.
Next up, eats from the family picnic at Parque Omar. My sister-in-law made chicken and diced potatoes, and Jairo and I brought turkey, munster cheese, and tortilla chips. I haven’t been on a picnic in ages and this just felt so peaceful and full of joy. Good food, family, and love. And cheese. What more could I ask for?
Another one of my faves from the week was this arroz con pollo rice with chicken and veggies paired with a fresh side salad. The rice was SO filling and perfectly flavored, and the salad was crisp and with a great olive oil dressing.
Finally, I just had to share this mushroom and swiss burger that I got from Slabón, home of Panama’s BEST burgers, even though it’s unaesthetic AF. Juicy meat, tons of melty swiss, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and mayo. Served bun-less to make it GF and with a sweet side salad.
Snacks & Sweets
You can consider these tasty little morsels as a snack OR sweet treat, and I eat them as both. And I’ll be eating them as both for the next month or so cause I brought like three bags back in my bag lol. Toffee coated peanuts covered in sesame seeds. OKAY YES.
Somehow this marg is the only sweet drink I snapped a picture of. But don’t you worry there were also piña coladas decked with pineapples, minty mojitos, and blue Hawaiians in my hand.
And because I know everyone is going to ask…
If I worked out on vacation. If I balanced “clean” meals with
“cheats” “treats”. The answers are not really, and no. I exercised once in the form of a short run along the ocean with my older brother, because I LOVE that trail. The rest of the week was spent in pure relaxation. Surrounded by yummy Panamanian eats and sweets and not a single calorie was counted or macro given a crap over. Intuitive Eating brings peace. And a peaceful relationship with food yields happiness.
No questions today, just eager to hear your thoughts on the above ^ AND find out which breakfast, lunch, dinner, or treat you’d want to try most!
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