2013 Panama Vacation Raffle

At our Summer Lawn Program, we officially started the 2013 Panama Vacation Raffle. (View Flyer)
  • The raffle will run until December 20, 2013
Raffle Prizes

1st & 2nd Prize
•    1 Round trip ticket on Copa Airlines from Los Angeles to Panama
•    2 All Inclusive Day passes to the Royal Decameron Golf, Beach Resort & Villas in Playa Blanca, Panama
3rd Prize
•    1 week stay at a Beach Front house in Las Tablas, Panama

Raffle Drawing (Must not be present to win)

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: Hall of Nations, Balboa Park (2191 West Pan American Rd San Diego, CA 92101)

For more information, contact: Walter Amedee (619) 207-7342

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2013 Summer Recap

As we say goodbye to summer this weekend, we would like to thank everyone who attended our events, especially our Lawn Program. This year we reached over 2,000 people at our summer events; view our Facebook page to see the pictures.

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Alimentos de Nuestra Tierra: Patacones

Patacones are made from green plantains, a starchy banana that grows in abundance on the Isthmus of Panama. Plantains are used frequently in various dishes from pies to soups, throughout the countries nine provinces.

In Panama, plantains can be prepared several ways:
  • Salty fried green plantains (Patacones) eaten as a snack or with lunch
  • Very ripe fried plantains eaten for dinner
  • Baked plantains sprinkled with cinnamon eaten with dessert

In order to prepare patacones, green plantains are thickly sliced and deep fried until crispy. They are then smashed flat and salt or pepper are added to taste.

These crispy treats are sure to please your palette all day long during our Summer Lawn program activities. 

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Alimentos de Nuestra Tierra: Cocada

Today, we will share a tasty dessert called Cocada. Cocada is a baked coconut dessert made with grated coconut, condensed milk, water and sugar.

Coconut is abundantly found in Panama, but it is believed to have originated on the Pacific coast of Panama.

Coconut is used in a variety of ways; the milk is used in rice, its oil is used is various lotions and salves, coconut water is drunk to quench thirst and the dried pulp is used in cocadas of course.

The traditional cocada is usually brown with a round shape but you can find cocadas in a variety of shapes and colors. Some cocadas will even include raisins and rum.

On August 11, 2013 at Balboa Park from 12 - 4 pm come enjoy a Cocada or two. These sweet bite size delicacies are the perfect ending to a traditional Panamanian meal.

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Alimentos de Nuestra Tierra: Hojaldres

Hojaldres or known to some as hojaldras are Panamanian fried bread. Typically eaten during breakfast, this doughy treat is flattened and deep fried.

They can be sprinkled with sugar, served with a side of eggs or freshly sliced mango and don’t forget a cup of our world famous coffee, Cafe Duran.

Be sure to visit the House of Panama at our Summer Lawn Program on August 11, 2013 from 12 - 4pm in Balboa Park and don’t forget to stop by the food booth and get your hojaldres.

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Happy 24th Anniversary

24 years ago today we were accepted as an official member of the House of Pacific Relations, allowing us to share our music and culture with the residents of San Diego.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and participated in our events throughout the years, your support has meant a lot. Over the last 24 years we have accomplished so much, we have:

  • Participated in over 150 community events 
  • Donated thousands of dollars to various charity events both in the United States and Panama
  • Awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school seniors throughout the United States
  • Our dance group, Sonares de Mi Tierra has participated in over 30 community events and private parties in San Diego County, Los Angeles and Mexico
  • Last year we even raffled two round-trip tickets to a beach house in Las Tablas

Consider making a $5.00 donation today to keep us going for another 24 years (all donations to the House of Panama are tax deductible).  We really appreciate your continued support.

Do you have any great stories from the last 24 years, share them below.

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