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Having difficulty locating a couple of what we think of as common grocery store items. Have been to Romero, El Rey, PriceSmart, etc., but not finding them. Any assistance in pointers to available supplies would be appreciated.

  • oatmeal, the real thing, not the quick or instant cooking version
  • broth, either cans or cartons of beef, chicken or vegetable broth
  • English muffins
  • cinnamon-raisin bagels
  • corn starch
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1 hour ago, Bud said:

Having difficulty locating a couple of what we think of as common grocery store items. Have been to Romero, El Rey, PriceSmart, etc., but not finding them. Any assistance in pointers to available supplies would be appreciated.

  • oatmeal, the real thing, not the quick or instant cooking version
  • broth, either cans or cartons of beef, chicken or vegetable broth
  • English muffins
  • cinnamon-raisin bagels
  • corn starch

Have you tried Organica for oatmeal?  Often Deli Baru has the one called Old Fashioned, which is not quick cooking.  For steel cut oats, probably Organica is your only hope.

For broth, get the "Better Than Chicken (Beef, Veg)" brand sold by Finca Marta at the Tues. market, or order from their webiste.  It's the best  broth base ever.  You just add it to water. 

Price Smart was out of english muffins when I was there.  Deli Baru usually has Thomas, a more expensive but good muffin. 

Bagels - perhaps Mort can make you some of these? 

Corn starch is everywhere.  It is called Maizena.  I've never seen a lack of it since I've been here - yellow box.  They use it as a drink, so check other aisles than the one where you think it should be.

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34 minutes ago, Pat said:

Keith what is your message? None of the items you show have something to do with the original question that was asking for information. Is there a Riba Smith store in this area that I don't know about?

There is no Riba Smith store in our area, but you can order from Riba Smith online.  I've never done it, because I'm unclear how it is delivered.  Does anybody know?

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I've tried to figure out the RSmith online ordering only to be thwarted every time by something different.  I think they deliver through Fletes...operative word is "think".  Time to try again, I guess.  Maybe I'll get it done before their store in Davíd is operational.  They have the best flour tortillas in the nation...not the cardboard-like consistency of all the others.  And they consistently carry Grey Poupon. Deli Baru occasionally has the tortillas.

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2 hours ago, Pat said:

Keith what is your message? None of the items you show have something to do with the original question that was asking for information. Is there a Riba Smith store in this area that I don't know about?

You can order online and have your stuff sent here.

RS online offers over 16,000 items.

No doubt they will be opening a store in the new bus terminal Mall in David.

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The local bochinche is that Riba Smith is going to open a mini store in the strip mall that will be built on the corner of the Volcancito Road (across from CEFATI). However, at the snail's pace that Michelle Brewer is tearing down the existing buildings, we all might be dead before that happens.

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2 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

You can order online and have your stuff sent here.

RS online offers over 16,000 items.

No doubt they will be opening a store in the new bus terminal Mall in David.

Where is "here"?  Post office, eShop?  Where do they send it?

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3 hours ago, Penny said:

The local bochinche is that Riba Smith is going to open a mini store in the strip mall that will be built on the corner of the Volcancito Road (across from CEFATI). However, at the snail's pace that Michelle Brewer is tearing down the existing buildings, we all might be dead before that happens.

Penny

I do love the spanglish used in Panama.  It is funny and very interesting.   "The local bochinche...."  It is funny to hear that.   

Well.  Riba Smith is another chain of supermarkets that is also growing.  I know that the last they opened was in Chitre.  I visited it a couple of months ago and it was a little store with their variety of special products.   I hope that the managers of each store has a better training in inventory control and do their planning in time for having the products the consumers request at the quantities required monthly.

 

 

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Amazing help here. Thank you all. Isn't the Internet a wonderful tool!

Actually considering driving to Volcan to check out the Romero store per Dottie's and Maria's comments. It has been many months since we were last there. And then have lunch at that really great eatery whose name I can't remember -- on the right on the road toward Cerro Punta.

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Interesting day today. Based on the information provided here, we decided after breakfast to go to Volcan to shop at that Romero store. Got the oatmeal (less than $3.50), maicena (some boxes call it maizena), and some other food items. Still haven't found the broth, and of course there were no muffins, etc., but we did make major progress today.

As mentioned, we found the Romero store in Volcan to be clean, wide aisles, and a helpful staff (since we didn't know the locations of many things). Noticeably missing at that Romero store was a bad odor around the meat counter (that is good news). Also found some things not mentioned above, such as green beans that are not French cut style, etc. Stopped by Berard's as well, but decided not to go in, partly because we didn't have ice in the cooler.

We got to meet Dottie Atwater in person, and had a wonderful conversation with her. What a fine lady. She loves dogs, as does Marcelyn.

We then had lunch at La Carbonera Restaurant in Volcan on the road to Cerro Punta. Great food, good service and good prices. We ended the day with a drive through Cerro Punta, and then took the long route home through Concepcion and Bugaba.

Great day today. Many thanks to all of you for helping us add to our list of pleasurable experiences. And thanks to Dottie for being such a wonderful hostess.

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