Coleen

I live in Belize, Central America. I'm a blogger, graphic artist, and writer. Check out my personal website at: http://www.chlewney.com

Nov 252015
 

Good Day World! I’m a little behind in posting about the Best Restaurants in Belize that are not well known, I’ve honestly been very busy, writing! Wait – isn’t that what I do here? Well, yes. However, I’ve been writing during November for NaNoWriMo. More on that later. Now, back to our regularly scheduled weekly (or bi-weekly as the case may be) series on the Best ‘Little Known’ Restaurants in Belize. Today, I’m going to cover Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker is a small Caye, south of Ambergris, but it is a Diver’s haven, with so many dive locations merely a short boat ride away. Of course I must thank those who sent in recommendations: Ray Speckman, Sonja Jamison, Wendy Morgan, Dennis Gelinas, and Stan Richard, thank you for the input!

LazyLizard First, although it has been many years since I have been there myself, it is a landmark location on Caye Caulker, and everyone must go there at least once to have a cocktail! At the Split, the Lazy Lizard, is a must stop, if only just for the atmosphere and the drinks! “Fun, entertaining and a great place to meet other travelers from around the world. The drinks are affordable but it’s the people watching that makes this place enjoyable.”

Next, try Gilbert Diaz on CC (Caye Caulker); he will BBQ whatever fresh fish or seafood he has. You can find him waiting for the 4:00 water taxi from San Pedro. He has a Facebook page: Gilbert Diaz send him a message if you’re going to be on Caye Caulker and want him to cook up some fresh fish for you!

Also, Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen comes highly recommended as well: “Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen is not on a main street in Caye Caulker which might lead some to miss this wonderful hidden gem…The perfectly grilled fish and lobster were the highlight of dinner. The portion was generous and prices very reasonable. I was impressed that I could have a complete Lobster dinner for $12. USD! “

Then try Meldy’s, they can’t be beat! “This small local place is great for lunch (we didn’t go for dinner or breakfast). They serve tasty local food at really good prices and the people who run it are very friendly.”

Of course, there is a Habanero’s Restaurant in just about every town in Belize. No, it’s not a Belizean fast food chain, it’s just that the Habanero pepper sauce is a staple in Belize, so it’s a popular name for quaint little restaurants, up and down the country. The one on Caye Caulker is no exception and comes with good recommendations: “It was the beginning of lobster season when we arrived so of course we had to try the local delicacy! Our “small plate dinner”came with lobster tail, coconut shrimp, veggies and homemade bread. It was delicious and after three days I’m still thinking about it. The service was wonderful and the price was reasonable.”

You also have to try Syd’s. “ Syd’s, just one block in, has great fried chicken and conch dishes all at reasonable prices.” “I’ve come to Syd’s each of my 5 trips to Caye Caulker and love the food equally each time. I love the fried chicken and think it holds up to just about any anywhere!” “Syds is terrific!”

And last but not least Pizza Caulker: “Caulker Pizza! or was it Pizza Caulker! The guy who runs the place is a hoot!” “Have been to Caye Caulker twice now, and this is always a stop for some food and lots of rum punch.“

So even though Caye Caulker is small, it has some great little restaurants to try out. If you know of any “little known” Restaurants in Belize, or would like to have your restaurant featured, please contact us, (501) 629-2396, or email us: infoATdiscoveingbelize.bz (remove the AT and replace with @). Enjoy all the best kept secrets of Belizean dining!

And as always…Welcome to Belize!

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Nov 092015
 

Hello World! Last week I posted their first part of two on the little known, Best Restaurants in Belize, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. As I was writing, I found that I had so many recommendations for San Pedro, that I needed to split the article I two.

So today I am completing the “Best Restaurants in Belize”, Ambergris Caye, Part Two, and I will cover Caye Caulker next week.

As always, I mus first make a disclaimer about the recommendations – these recommendations come from the great folks who have been to these restaurants recently and highly recommend them. Thanks go to Sharyn Cerniglia and Janet Bateman – thank you!

The first recommendation was recommended twice and is for the Black Orchid Restaurant in San Pedro: “We loved the lasagna which is totally hand made. The beer battered fish was amazing. If you bring your own catch, they will cook it for you. Tom and Maribel were amazing host! Go! You will love it!” “There’s nothing else in San Pedro to compare this restaurant to. It’s the same price as many others, and ten times better. Excellent food, excellent drinks, great atmosphere.

Also highly recommended was Casa Picasso “Great food chef jeff and his team are doing great food try the lobster sliders and drinks jason is your guy love the owners thanks jackie and adam.” “The food at Wild Mangos was memorable. Their signature cocktail the Dammed Best Margarita, is indeed the best margarita of the island!! Try the mango glazed snapper with the coconut risotto… what a treat!!! My mouth waters just to think about it!!!! The restaurant has an authentic Caribbean feel and waiters are super nice. Highly recommend it!”

Next is the Blue Water Grill: “As an appetizer we ordered the pork dumplings, which came with an savory peanut sauce. They were almost like pork fried wontons… so yummy. The grouper on plantain cakes was absolutely devine. It was so well seasoned and cooked to perfection.” “We split a few tapas and were really pleased. We split, the sticky shrimp, lobster sliders, and chicken satay after starting with a Caesar Salad. Everything was so good! We really liked the sticky shrimp! To finish it all off we had the Deconstructed Caye Lime Pie! Another winner.”

Hidden Treasure: “This is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant. It’s in an odd location , off the beaten path and in a residential area . We were the only ones dining that evening. The food was amazing, everyone said it was the best meal all week. The ambience is lovely, and the service was excellent.” “This restaurant is beautiful and great for couples. The setting is outdoors yet slightly formal. The food is amazing. Unusual specialty tropical cocktails. A little pricey but well worth it. Service is awesome too. Just bring your mosquito repellent.”

And last but not least is Elvi’s Kitchen. I’ve been to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye on many different occasions, and almost always stop in at Elvi’s Kitchen. Their food is just plain good!
“Awesome place to eat! Had the seafood pasta and it was fantastic. The ambiance is really cool and the food was great. Definitely a must try while you’re here.” “We stopped in for dessert while exploring San Pedro. Staff was friendly, location was unique with sand floors. We had coconut ice cream and coconut pie. The ice cream was tasty, but the pie was crazy good!!! The waitress said that Elvi comes in and makes all the pies herself. You could tell it was homemade with really high quality ingredients.”

If you’d like more information on cooking Belize style, you might be interested in these books: How to Cook a Tapir: A Memoir of Belize (At Table) or I Belize You Can Cook.

And as always… “Welcome to Belize!”

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Nov 022015
 

Hello World! I know, it’s been almost two weeks since I posted, sorry ’bout that! We’ve been drying out after the storms, trying not to be eaten alive by the hordes of mosquitoes the storms brought, and I’ve been very busy – *writing! More on that later. Today I’m going to continue with my series on “Best little known restaurants in Belize.” This time I’ll be covering some of the restaurants on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

Again, I must give thanks to those who sent me recommendations: Sam McAm, Sonja Jamison, Sharyn Cerniglia, Janet Bateman, and Liz Hull.

Although it has been some time since I was out to Ambergis Caye, I would highly recommend Caliente’s, where they have some of the freshest, tastiest guacamole I have ever had (other than my own, which I must say is spicy and delicious!)

Next is Aba Isieni Restaurant in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. “Very good jerk and fry fish, thoughtful plating; very popular for take out.” “Great Local and Affordable Food.” “Small family owned and operated restaurant. Good selection, Amazing food, very reasonably priced. Highly recommend.“

Then try El Fogon, they serve authentic, traditional Belizean food. “One of my favorites for lunch or dinner.” “Worth stepping off the Main Street to find.” “We ate here twice in 1 week. The kids loved the mango chicken and you can’t beat the lobster! We liked that the location was off the main strip.”

Estel’s: I must admit, I love Fryjack’s for Breakfast, and Estel’s Estel's Restaurant, San Pedro, Belizehas such a great beach-side atmosphere, it’s a must-try for any visitor to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. “For breakfast or lunch…especially their Sunday BBQue!” “Breakfast all day – The view is great-right on the beach. You have to eat breakfast there, it is a moral imperative (ok, maybe not but it is really, really good).”

Waruguma’s: “Serves lobster burritos topped with half a lobster tail!” “Delicious lobster, chicken burrito and pupusas! Prices are reasonable compared to some of the others on the Caye. You’ll find it on Back Street. Only downside during the day is no AC – it’s an open outdoor restaurant but not a problem at all in the evening! Try it – you won’t be disappointed!”

El Patio: “They make a mean fettuccine Alfredo!” “One of our favorite restaurants.” “We visited off season and weren’t too sure about this restaurant – only one other table was occupied – be we are SO glad we tried it. Best meal we had in San Pedro! The lobster thermidor was unbelievable – fresh, creamy and melt in your mouth. I wish we has found this restaurant earlier in our trip.”

Wow, I have quite a few more for Ambergris Caye alone, so this is going to be a two-part post! I’ll post the rest of the Ambergis “Best little known restaurants in Belize” in a couple of days, along with the ones for Caye Caulker, and then on to Belize City and Orange Walk.

As always, if you have any recommendations, comments or questions, please feel free to post below, or email us at info AT discoveringbelize.bz

*Note on “writing”: Recently I had the opportunity to write a short story and submit it for publication at FitCat Inc. for their publication of “Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes.” So to help boost my chances, I’ve started a blog about my Belizean Rescue cats and their ‘Pals” (the dogs) that are all also resuces. If you’re interested you can follow their adventures on Tumblr at: “The Adventures of “Cat-paw-tain” (Captain) Malcolm Reynolds and his Crew of Rescue Animals in Belize” as well as follow our Discovering Belize page. If you like us, please remember to “Like” and “Share!”

Thanks, and as always… “Welcome to Belize!”

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Oct 212015
 

Good Day World!

Belize Hurricane Alley I was going to write about the best “Little known” restaurants in Belize for the cayes, but there is something else that is very important to discuss today. The weather here in Belize. Most people are aware that Belize is in Hurricane Alley. Although Belize has seen its share of hurricanes, the most recent Belize storm October 2015 was not a hurricane, but has done a fair amount of flooding and damage across the entire country.
 

Belize Storm, October 2015This storm started about a week ago, on October 15th – at least it did here in Corozal, and it rained fairly steadily until yesterday afternoon, October 20th, 2015. It stopped and only sprinkled or rained off and on the rest of the day. Today it has only sprinkled, and I saw… Blue Skies this morning!

 

Consejo Road October 2015
So Belize went from one of the driest “Rainy Season” on record, to flooding in a matter of less than a week. Two years ago, we were building our new home and the Consejo Road flooded – it looked like the Consejo River, however, that was over the course of about a month of rain in 2013. Hopefully, we won’t have rain for the next two months as we did then. According to the National Hurricane Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) the storm that hit wasn’t even categorized as a Tropical Depression – it was just a storm coming across Central America from the Pacific, that “Sat” over Belize and much of Central America and Southeast Mexico for several days!
 

Belize City Flooding October 2015
It left flooding and did severe damage across Belize. It devastated several homes and families. This kind of storm can do much more damage than a hurricane, which typically will move on after a day or two. Hurricane force winds and driving rain can do a lot of damage, but continuous rain can flood homes, cause disease and kill people and animals.

   

Belize has a good resource for information and assistance: Belize National Emergency Management Organization which issued advisories for this storm and assisted many families that were stranded by rising flood waters. All of Belize BelizeCityFloodingOctober2015 was hard hit with this storm – which didn’t even get named! If you know of people who need assistance, please contact Nemo to get them the needed assistance. Telephone: (501) 822-2054/0995; Emergency Line: (501) 936.

Note: We are sending love, strength and good wishes to all the families that were hit hard by this storm. If you would like to help these people, please contact the Coordinator at NEMO by emailing with your intent to donate: nemohqbmp@nemo.org.bz and they will let you know how to make a donation.

Please don’t let this deter you from visiting Belize though, just check what the normal weather pattern is for the time of year that you plan to visit, ask the residents of the area you plan to visit what is the best time of year to enjoy this beautiful country – and Welcome to Belize!

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Oct 132015
 

Good Eating World! I’m continuing on with my posts about the “Best ‘little-known’ places to eat in Belize.” This week it’s the Stan Creek District Restaurants I’m covering. If your favorite restaurant in the area is not on the list, please be sure to leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page with your favorite Restaurants in Belize, in the Stann Creek District, Belize.

Again, I need to thank a few people for their input and suggestions, so first the thanks go to: Wendy Burkett, Sam McAm, and Marc Auger. If I’ve missed any one, please forgive me, there were so many responses with so many great restaurant suggestions from so many places in Belize, it’s hard to cover them all!

Belizean Fries with GravyFirst, Ivy’s Restaurant in Dangriga. “Her prices are Excellent and Everyone loves her chicken! She deep fries it in a habanero infused oil. Ivy is from China so also serves Chinese food. My fave is a shrimp or chicken stir fry with cashews. I think she just calls it Cashew chicken? And on top of all of the delicious, cost effective meals, Ivy is a wonderful person! My husband loves her Steak Sauce (gravy) over fries. (It’s not on the menu! She thinks my husband has strange ideas.) Ivy is a good sport and puts up with him. She is a genuinely kind, good hearted person.“ – Not strange at all, my husband loves gravy over fries too!

Next let’s take a trip down south a little to Innies Restaurant in Hopkins. “Marva’s on the beach; this is how damned good her hudut is. Probably the best or at least memorable meal I had in Belize. Facing the beach at the drumming centre; down to the right or towards town. She will even open up for you if closed (just go to her house and call out) and the menu varies by what fish she has that day. Her sister’s onion relish is to die for.”

There’s also the Pickled Parrot Bar & Grill in Placencia: “The prices are very reasonable and the food is good! Plus they have 2 great dogs who run around and are very friendly. Pickled Parrot is just one of those places were it’s easy to feel comfortable, and I’ll certainly be back next time I’m in Placencia.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with Omar’s Restaurant in Placencia “they will take you out fishing
and then cook up your fish for lunch. Best freshest fish lunch in Belize. Bring your own beer.”

“We happened upon his place and he was closed but he and his family still fixed us up with a fantastic breakfast on our 2nd morning in Belize. We came back later and watched the independence day parade from his open-air deck.“

For the Best, but little known restaurants in the Stann Creek District, Belize. Let us know what YOUR favorite restaurant is for the area. Leave us a comment below, and we’ll try to add it to our list. Please like us on Facebook and share our blog if you find it interesting or useful!

And as always…”Welcome to Belize!”

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