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.
Casco Viejo, Panama City
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We arrived from
Panama City in
the afternoon and spent the first day getting settled in our hotel room and
scouting out our neighborhood for a convenient ATM and the little tiendas
and restaurants nearby.
The next day, we made our
first trip to
Casco Viejo, a UNESCO section of Panama City that is quite attractive and
hip. Visiting The Old Town is definitely worth the time for the photo
opportunities, the museums, the Presidential Palace, the souvenir shops, and for
the variety of restaurants and
Hotel and Rooftop Bar
After walking around town a
bit, it began to be close to lunch time. Our selections were numerous, so we
didn't know where to go. This one place had a Trip Advisor sticker on the front
door, advertising the fact that it won an award of excellence in 2014 so we
thought we would take our chances.
The name of the restaurant
Inside are high top
tables and chairs
A long bank-style couch
lined one side of the restaurant with low tables in front. There was a bar with
stools in the back and the rest of the restaurant had high top tables and
chairs. Music was playing and people were chattering. Large windows allowed lots
of daylight into the restaurant and provided everyone the opportunity to people
watch on the street while eating their meal.
There was also free WiFi.
Alexandra was our friendly
waitress and she played along with Billy's flirting, continuously making sure I
was comfortable with it. Alexandra and I bonded over our hand signals saying we
should "smack" Billy for his outrageous behavior.
With attentive service and
a welcoming atmosphere, we felt immediately comfortable in Tantalo.
It's the tropics, so the
heat and humidity outside is high. We ordered the national beer of Panama,
Balboa, and they were $1.50USD each.
Pierre de Janon Janson is
the chef and he describes his menu as a fusion of international cuisines, with
influences of Indian, Mediterranean and American recipes adding a Latin touch!
Prices are in U.S. Dollars,
as Panama uses the Dollar as their currency.
The seafood menu
As you can see, there are
lots of choices that sound delicious! Pierre has presented a very attractive and
bar with a terrific mural on the wall
artwork in Tantalo was quirky, fun and well done. The mural you see here
captures the view of a street in Casco Viejo that leads to the sea.
business people and tourists populate this favorite place and we hear it gets
jumpin' in the evenings with live music, shows and comedy routines.
Chicken chipotle panini
with plantain fritters
We ordered this chicken
panini and a Greek salad and split the two meals. Each order came with iced tea.
With tip, our bill was $13.50USD.
There was no shortage of
the Greek olives or Feta cheese. The salad was crisp, fresh and flavorful and
went beautifully with the chicken panini.
Artwork on the pillars
in the middle of the restaurant
Here you get a close up of
the unique artwork in Tantalo. The artist has smaller canvases for sale at the
Notice the large windows
and glass front door which bring in lots of natural light. Unconventional
lanterns hang from the ceiling.
Sam in his Panama hat
Our waiter, Sam, was
awesome. He had flair, a bit of drama and theater to him and was very attentive.
He practiced his English with us and made our dining experience fun.
If you make it to Casco
Viejo, definitely check out Tantalo. It will be worth it!
Esquina Ave. B y calle 8va, Casco Viejo,
Panama, Tele: 507. 262. 4030
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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.