Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Quesos Chela is a take-out place in Capira, and on the weekend it's busy. The queues are chaotic and, if you don't have experience getting in line for things in Panama, daunting. My advice, just relax, look around, figure out more or less what want (two or three people will probably push in front of you while you do this) and then really get in line. When you are really in line, pay attention, and keep moving to the front with determination (very similar advice could be given about driving in Panama). If you don't hesitate, the line will move quickly, if you do hesitate, people will butt in front.
Buy some cheese. The cheese here is all mild, fresh cheese. I like wedges of the big, round, fresh cheeses (plain. or with herbs or olives). These seem tastier to me, and have better texture than the cheeses that are prepackaged. The vacuum packed cheese always seems a bit rubbery. The bread is delicious, crusty and chewy. Don't make the mistake of buying just one of anything!
So get out of the climate controlled comfort of your car and get into a hot, pushy line to buy some cheese and empanadas. I promise you, it's worth it!