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Tuesday Talks at BCP -- Chef Juan Linares on How to cook and eat well in Panama


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10:30 in the BCP Theater
Tuesday, August 8 – Chef Juan Linares will speak on Market Cooking in Chiriqui. Learn to use local produce. What to do with plantains, chayotes, papayas, etc.? What are the beef cuts in Panama and how to cook them? Eat fresher, better, and cheaper. Chef Juan specializes in market cuisine using the local ingredients, (which are abundant)  to produce very attractive dishes at competitive prices There will be tastings. You can read Chef Juan’s blog at http://latinamericancook.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, August 15 --  Benefits the V.A. Doesn’t Tell Vets About. Shameful as it is, the V.A. does not tell veterans, or the widows of veterans, about benefits which are much needed, especially as we age!  The V.A. website even misleads you about whether you can qualify!  J.R. gave a wonderful talk in early June for those with service-connected disabilities.  Betsy Barbeau will now provide all veterans and widows of veterans who served during any recognized war with information about a V.A. benefit that is awarded for ailments, infirmities, and/or disabilities that are or are not service-connected!  If you are 65 or older, you could qualify.  If you are under 65 and on Social Security Disability, you could qualify. For widows there is no age restriction.  Come hear about what they are not telling you!
Tuesday, August 22 – Open Forum and Newcomers Meeting. Come with your questions, complaints and discussion topics. This is an open meeting where you can discuss anything you want or ask any questions you want. We will have a few “old timers” on stage who can give you some advice about navigating all topics/problems about living in Panama. Want to know how to navigate a governmental bureaucracy maze or where to buy a certain item? Want to know how other folks overcame problems in getting their residency visa? This is the place to find the answers and suggestions.
Tuesday, August 29 – Hospice presents “Being Prepared”. What do you want people to do with your stuff? Does anyone know how to reach your family back home? How would a friend or family access money to pay for you to be admitted to an emergency room, pay for an ambulance ride or worse yet, pay the morgue? Come to the Being Prepared presentation and start thinking about what you need to get your plans in order. It really does make life easier to have a plan.
Tuesday, September 5 – Magda Crespo, local insurance expert will talk to us  be about how to use our medical plans in Panama, and the differences of how insurance is handled in Panama. She will speak on deductibles, co- payments and so on.  And she will address the fact that our doctors do give us the "gringo price" and how to avoid it.
Tuesday, September 12 – Dr. Maria Ruiz will speak on the history of coffee in Boquete in general and the history of the Ruiz family in particular. Cafe Ruiz is one of the largest producers of coffee in Panama. Maria will explain how coffee production started in Boquete, what's the picture for coffee right now and what she projects for the future. Dr. Maria Ruiz has more than 30 years of experience working in the Panamanian coffee industry, including growing, green processing, roasting, tasting, and product development. She has participated in many activities at a national level as a representative of the private sector. She has also represented Panama in international forums such as the Specialty Coffee Association of America, Specialty Coffee Association of Japan, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. Currently she is the CEO of special projects with Casa Ruiz, S.A., in Boquete, Panama.
Tuesday, Sept 19 – Oct 3 – Vacation for Tuesday Talks
Tuesday, October 10Dr. Jennifer Daniels will speak on home remedies that work and potions you can mix at home to maintain your independence and why you should want to. Dr Daniels is a long-time resident of Panama and was trained in the US as a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician.   During her 10 years of medical practice she quickly realized people would be better off staying home than submitting to medical intervention.   Dr Daniels then applied herself to developing home remedies that are safer and more effective than the drugs she had been trained to recommend in medical school.  Dr Daniels will share many of these healing potions during this presentation.
Tuesday, October 17 – William Oates is a Boquete resident and an amateur sommelier (“a trained and knowledgeable wine enthusiast and connoisseur”).  As a retired physician he is interested in the healthful benefits of moderate wine consumption. He will talk to us about what wines are available in Panama at a good value. The presentation may include a blind taste test by audience members.
Tuesday, December 5 – Boquete Medical Associates
To suggest a speaker or topic for these meetings please email BCP Tuesday Meeting
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