We needed to take a road trip by car from Boquete Panama to Panama City. It was prudent to spend the night in Santiago, about half way. We stayed overnight in the Hacienda Hotel, a very nice place. We ate there also, and that is where the rambling starts and stops.
The Hacienda is a Mexican oasis in Panama, but its restaurant has an Italian flavor with a few Mexican items on it. I revel in trying new foods and reading a menu always has it’s surprises, especially when people try to translate it. This Spaghetti section left a lot of room for interpretation.
I had no problems with the first two items, the third the Sea and Earth did bring up visions of soil and salt water but I have seen surf and turf on menus before without a question. Spaguetti al Cartucho, Bag Spaghetti however left me with a blank expression. My Spanish / English dictionary translates cartucho as cartridge, not too helpful. Fortunately my Spanish has improved greatly, so I asked and was told mushrooms and Shrimp in olive oil, sounded good but what of the bag or the cartridge?
It arrived in a closed foil bag or aluminum cartridge to keep it warm and tasty which it was.
Now who wants to try the Pork with the large oyster?