Food in Pedasi is less expensive than in Panama City. The produce in Pedasi is fresher than Panama City, as well.
In order to compare the prices for food in different places, I have something that is called the "Pasta Salad Rule", which is how much it would cost me to make pasta salad somewhere. To make my pasta salad I use pasta, tuna, mayo, eggs, onion and pepper. Here in Pedasi, you can buy the ingredients to make pasta salad for US $3.50. In Panama City, it's going to be almost the same, between $3.50 to $4. In Costa Rica, all ingredients cost me $8 the last time I made pasta salad. In the United States, ingredients for pasta salad costs between $4 to $5.
Here are some other prices for food in Pedasi:
- A dozen eggs is $1.65.
- A bottle of beer is 40 cents.
- Dekel owns a bakery. We make really nice home baked bread. In Panama, you sell the bread by the pound, which is a little bit more than a loaf. In Pedasi, one pound of white bread will cost approximately $1.20.
Pedasi is a fishing town. You can get really cheap and fresh fish. It's difficult to buy it from the actual stores because fishermen basically control the businesses. They usually sell their freshly caught fish for $2 to $3 a pound.
I get pasta, Coca-Cola, oil and eggs at the supermarket. I usually buy produce from delivery carts that go around town, which serve all the restaurants as well as the regular people, who also buy from the carts when the carts stop in the street. It’s nice. They sell onions, pepper, and fruits, which are all really fresh, and much cheaper than if you buy them in the supermarket.