Month: April 2016

Feel Molafied

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Feeling molafied is actually a made-up thing. In Panama, you see the mola everywhere–to the point that you have been overrun with them, thus “molafied.”

The mola is a distinctive artisanal product of the Kuna Yala (or Guna Yala) indigenous group that inhabits the San Blas island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean near Colombia, technically a part of Panama, but actually an autonomous region. The mola is the most recognizable product of Panama other than, perhaps, the “Panama hat,” which in reality is from Ecuador.

If you travel to Panama (and you should) you should try to get to the San Blas islands, difficult as it is. If you can’t get there, at least visit the store I will describe. Here’s the story.


Quirky Quarter Quite Quaint

6 dollar bread and butter

The question of the night was, “Is Jefferson Boulevard part of the Bishop Arts District?”

The answer: If you’re from the upscale Dallas, Texas, suburb of Plano, “Yes.” If you live in the Bishop Arts District, “No.” You see, it’s all a matter of perspective.

But if you live in Plano, Bishop Arts District might as well be Paris, France, because chances are you’ve never heard of it or never been there. This unique part of Dallas may as well be a foreign destination to many living in the metroplex.

This area of Dallas is a “close-in” location, meaning it is easily accessible from downtown Dallas. A new free trolley will connect this area to the McKinney Avenue trolley system downtown. And when it opens, frolicking Dallasites will have a whole new playground to enjoy.



Making a Cuban

Tobacco sweatshopMostly ladies work in sweatshop conditions to make Cubans

 It’s nearly impossible to go to Cuba without getting taken in by the Cuban cigar culture, even though many other places make better cigars according to contest judges. Even so, the allure to your friends back home of getting something they can’t normally put their hands on will, no doubt, lead to requests that you bring some home for them.

From start to finish it can take up to five years to produce a “Cuban,” as these coveted cigars are affectionately known. It starts with the tobacco plant that grows from September to March during the dry season. Too much water is not good. It grows mainly in the westernmost province where the soil, cooler mountain climate and excellent quality tobacco seed converge.