In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
A couple of miles outside
of the town of Boquete,
is Mi Jardin. It's about a five-to-seven minute, $1USD taxi ride.
Not only is this a
manicured tropical botanical garden, (takes about 30 minutes to stroll around
the stone walkway) there is also a coffee bar and restaurant located there.
The entrance to Mi
A delightful way to spend
some time ambling around perfectly groomed trees, bushes, ground plants and even
a well stocked Koi pond, Mi Jardin offers a place to view the surrounding
mountains. There is no particular season that better showcases the native
plants, each month of the year something is blooming or grabbing your attention.
When you have photographed
the hand painted donkeys and the wondrous equatorial plants, it's time for a
coffee, a brew or some lunch.
The view from the
I went to Mi Jardin Es Su
Jardin on a Sunday morning, and after the pleasant walk through the gardens, I
decided to go up to the coffee bar and see what was cookin'.
As you can see, it's a
lovely view from here.
The seating is casual and
one can see the mountain views from about every table.
The beverage menu
I ordered a cappuccino and
even though it is marked $3 here on the board, I was charged $3.25 + tax.
The coffee was delicious
and I asked to take a look at the menu. There were some very interesting items
listed that I had not seen in town. It was so curious to me, that I asked about
the chef. Was the chef Panamanian? I was told she was, but was trained in
I take photos of the menu
and after my coffee, and immediately went home to let Billy know of my exciting
Billy decides he wants the
ribs today, so we hop back in a taxi, climb the stairs, sit down and
prepare to have a delicious meal along with our outstanding view.
I ask for the Executivo
menu and the waiter says that it’s not available, at least, not on Sunday. Billy
wants ribs, and the waiter points out that he can still order the ribs from the
regular menu. Good news. Then Billy says he wants a glass of white wine, and the
waiter looks into the refrigerator and says there is no white wine…
What??!! This is a
So Billy orders red.
I was in the mood for
something light and begin to order a salad, and the waiter says the two salads I
was interested in – the Cobb salad and the Strawberry Spinach - salad aren't
This is just not going
I try as best as I can not
to get upset or be too disappointed … and I order the fish dish. This apparently
doesn’t come with anything at all, just the fish on the plate so I need to order
vegetables to accompany my main course.
The ribs with a tangy
mango BBQ sauce and rosemary fries
Eventually, a young woman
comes up to the bar and talks with the staff. Billy lets her know that we came
back here especially this afternoon to have lunch because I had been here
earlier and looked at the menu and decided that Billy “needs” to eat here.
She can see that the
situation requires her intervention and offers me a glass of white wine and she
opens a fresh bottle of wine just for me. (Where was that bottle before?)
I return to her in a few
minutes and we begin to talk about the restaurant, the menus and her training.
Apparently, the Executivo menu is a Business Lunch that is only offered Tuesday
through Saturday, and today is Sunday. They are closed on Monday, so basically,
Sunday is a "nothing" day. Nothing happens, and they don't want left overs to
carry over to the following Tuesday. So the kitchen runs on a skeleton
My nut flour encrusted
fish with fresh vegetables
Then the chef offers that
if we come in on Tuesday, she will make us anything we want as a goodbye lunch
I thank her, go back to our
table and we wait for our meals to arrive.
My fish is perfectly
presented but I don't taste any nut flour or crust. Billy receives his ribs
(which were a bit cool) and the rosemary fries have no rosemary taste.
There is plenty of food and
Our bill, priced in
USDollars, with the Jubilado discount on the food
The meal didn't go exactly
as we had planned, but that is the way things go sometimes. We
have written before
that restaurant service in Panama can be a bit sketchy.
We would return to this
restaurant again, but never on Sunday. The Executive menu offered some
enchanting dishes and we would love to check them out. We believe we just caught
them on an off day.
Gorgeous garden with the
mountains as a backdrop
We have a saying that you
order what you want and you eat what you get. So, life goes on and we face
Walking out of the
Definitely go to Mi Jardin
for the garden walk and for a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Go during the week
if you want to eat at the restaurant, that way all the menus are working and you
will have a good selection to choose from.
Mi Jardín Es Su Jardín
+507 730 8267 Email:
Monica Caballero, Head
Chef, Cell: 507. 6416. 7166
Vía Los Naranjos, Boquete
District, Chiriquí Province, Panamá.
HORARIO/ OPENING HOURS
CLOSED ON MONDAYS Tues-Sat 10:00am - 2:00am Sundays 10:00am - 8:00pm
stories and photos of Panama, click
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.