The natural refresher
photo by Eric Jackson
For those of you who have been here enough to notice, it's actually hard to find juice at the stores. Yeah, yeah, every grocery store sells these cartons of jugo de this or that --- but if you check out the ingredients by reading the label or by taste, you will realize that invariably you are dealing with some sugared concoction that may be flavored with concentrated fruit juice, something that in many countries can't be sold as "juice" due to consumer protection laws.
But there are exceptions, and the most prominent one is agua de pipa --- coconut milk --- drunk through a straw fresh from the chilled coconut.
Some people like this stuff and others don't, and some of the latter really need to put it into their diet for medicinal purposes, as coconut milk rates up there with cranberry juice and pear nectar as one of the things to drink to soothe ailing kidneys.
This particular kiosko is next to the entrance to the Hotel Taboga on Taboga Island, and agua de pipa isn't the only thing on the menu. The lady also serves up a tasty and economical fried fish and rice lunch, among other things.
Editor's note: A production error kept readers from being able to link to the dining page in the last issue of The Panama News until the last few days of the cycle. That's too bad, because it was an archaelogical retrospective on this country's taste for seafood. See that story by clicking here, understanding that it will take you to the previous issue so that to get back to this one you will need to head the back button on your browser rather than use the links on the page that comes up.
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