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Perfect Spot for Afternoon Bevvie in Casco Viejo


View from street to waterside at Finca del Mar

Raise your hand if you like afternoon cocktails! I do! I do!  But, only when on vacation, of course!

While walking around the Panama’s old city of Casco Viejo, I was a tad parched so started looking for some lunch and a cold beverage when I stumbled upon a lil gem. Finca del Mar, located at Calle 2A Oeste, Panama City, is across the street from the water and shaded by several trees so is a nice place to hide from the mid-day sun.

I arrived around noon and they weren’t serving lunch, which was fine, figured I’d grab a drink and get out of the hot sun. We had some trouble communicating, which was my fault, so I just asked for a beer, seems universal enough. While drinking my beer, I noticed the bartender making a tasty concoction that looked much more enticing and seemed more vacation-like. Couple of grunts, nods and head shakes and I replaced the beer with a tasty daiquiri.

Strawberry Daiquiri at Finca del Mar

While waiting for the 2nd drink, another man came by with the menu. Confused, I started to look but didn’t get too excited because I had no idea what was going on. I was just told ‘no food’. It appeared as though the manager showed up and had decided they could start lunch a little early since there were a few others mingling around.

Unfortunately, there were no english subtitles on the menu so I had to guess. I fell in love with shrimp ceviche when I was in Costa Rica last year so figured it was a safe bet in Panama City. I wasn’t sure what the ‘de cordova’ meant, but I was sure hoping it stood for shrimp.


Fun bar seats at Finca del Mar

Without internet to google the translation, I hopped in a swing and enjoyed my cocktail. It took quite a while for the food to arrive but I was in no rush and was happy to just chill and watch the tourists stroll around Casco Viejo.

Eventually my food came out and oh boy, was I in for a surprise. Now, I am a simple girl. Not a huge fan of fancy foods, was raised on the basics. And basics are okay with me. A bowl of raw fish is not the norm in my world. Here, you be the judge. Check out this pic:


Oh dear, a bowl of raw fish!

Seriously, raw fish. My gag reflex was on over-drive, thinking back to the smelly fish covered in lemon my mom used to cook. Sorry, mom, but the house would smell for days. And I HATED it. And ps, mom, I may have flushed a few fishes down the toilet.

So, back to my story. I did what any mature adult does, and picked up the bowl and sniffed it. Surprisingly, no smell…at all. I convinced my brain to pipe the eff down and took a bite. Unbelievably, I did not die. Or gag. Or spit it into napkin. It was actually yummy. Very yummy.  I was super surprised and continually had to fight back my inner child telling me to flush it down the toilet so everyone thinks I ate it. Some of the bigger pieces were a little harder to take, but only because I was afraid.

So though I can’t say I enjoyed my meal, it was a struggle between my brain, my tastebuds and my fork, I can certainly say I survived. How bout that?!

Look at me all grown up, shrimp ceviche last year in Costa Rica…fish ceviche this year in Panama City. Can’t wait to see what next year brings!


Lunch at Finca del Mar in Casco Viejo


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