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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Taste the Roots of Fusion Cuisine in Panama City

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4. Insider's Tip

The most refreshing Panamanian treat, an icy raspado, is served simply on the street.  

Panamanian cuisine may be globally inspired and experimental, but when it comes to dessert, opt for the simple, traditional raspado. On streets throughout the city, vendors hand-shave ice from immense blocks, pack it into paper cones, and top it with flavored syrups, like passion fruit, grape, strawberry, or orange. Don’t stop there: In-the-know locals will also ask for a liberal topping of leche condensada (condensed milk), miel de caña (molasses), or malteada (malted milk powder) for an even sweeter treat.

Published on Mar 27, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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