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 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!”

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!

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!”

Oct 062015
 

Last week I wrote about Restaurants in Belize, in the Cayo District, this week, I’m continuing with the “Best ‘little-known’ places to eat in Belize.” I’ll cover the Corozal District today. However, first I have to add a recommendation that I missed last week for the Cayo District.

Coffe in BelizeIf you are an early riser (I am, and I LOVE my morning coffee!), my thanks to Gordon Glenn for this recommendation of “Mike’s” in San Ignacio. Kitty corner from the San Ignacio farmers market, you’ll find “Mike’s” for breakfast. “If you are an early riser, Mike and Jackie are serving real brewed coffee as early as 5 am!” All I can say is “Ahhh – fresh BREWED COFFEE!”

Now, back up north to Corozal. There are quite a few good “little known” restaurants here in Corozal. I could name many, and I’m sure my friends in this area could add to my list. (Please leave a comment with YOUR favorite Corozal restaurants!) I’m going to start as if you were driving to Corozal from the south – entering Corozal heading north on the Northern Highway.

First along the route of little known restaurants in Belize, in Corozal, is my favorite Chinese Restaurant. I admit, I’m picky when it comes to Chinese food. I like “Authentic” Chinese food, and I hate to say it, but most Chinese restaurants in Belize serve just basic Chow Mien and Fried Rice. You can get that any where! As you enter Corozal, at the round-about, take the right-hand split (1st Avenue) and follow the coast-line. On the right-hand side of the road, about a half mile, you’ll see a large restaurant/pub right on the ocean-side; the “Jam-Rock” is a good place to eat, watch football games and socialize, but I’m talking about the restaurant directly across the street: the “Wood House Bistro” Chinese restaurant. If you want really good, authentic style Chinese food, you can’t go wrong, the food is great. When you ask for “Spicy Chicken” (their version of “General Tso’s Chicken”) – be sure to specify how spicy you want it – it can be SPICY! They also have some awesome hors-d’oeuvres that are SO spicy, you have to ask for them as “Mild” or you won’t be tasting anything for a week! However, as long as you like spicy – they will serve it up that way!

Keep following the shore-line – you’ll end up at another split where the Mirador Motel sits, go straight (on 4th Avenue) and drive north for another half mile or so. When you get to the Corozal Park (on the left) and see the St. Francis Xavier Church on the right, go one block (just over the large Pedestrian ramp) to CJ’s Shack on the right-hand side. I’ve been there for breakfast when I just couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted. CJ said he’d make me a veggie omelet – that omelet was TO DIE FOR! CJ’s has so much to offer, and if you don’t see it on the menu – ask! He’ll whip you up something special – guaranteed!

Next, we’re going to cut across town (see map) to a little-known literal “shack” that has some of the BEST hamburgers! Look, anyone can make a burger, right? Heck, when I go out to eat, I almost never order just a burger – I can make my own hamburgers that are better than anything you can get from any restaurants in Belize, with the possible exception of Habanero Grill. They are normally only open in the evenings – from 4:30 on, but if you don’t want to cook and are in the mood for a great Burger – check them out!

Buccaneer's Palapa Restaurant, Consejo BelizeNow back across town to 4th Avenue heading north. 4th Avenue turns into “Consejo Road.” Follow Consejo Road all the way north to Consejo Village. Consejo Village is the northern-most village in Belize, and it is only two miles across the Chetumal Bay to Chetumal, Mexico. As you enter the village of Consejo, the very first building on the left at the speed bump, is “Buccaneer’s Palapa Restaurant.” Buccaneer’s is a small, family run business with fantastic food, great people, cozy atmosphere and plenty of cervezas! If you are out in the Consejo area, stop by and say “Hello” to Maria, Karina, Lupe, Alicia and the rest of the family. Tell them “Coleen sent you, from Discovering Belize!”

I’m sure I’ve missed some really good, off the beaten path restaurants in Belize – Corozal area, but if you’ll leave a comment about your favorite place, I’ll include it in the next set.

And as always – Welcome to Belize!

*Note: If you have a restaurant you would like featured, please contact us at info@discoveringbelize.bz

Sep 292015
 

Local Belizean Food

Great local Belizeian Food

A couple of weeks ago I asked our Facebook readers what topics they’d like to read about on my blog. Last week it was Condos in Corozal. I will be adding more information about Condos throughout Belize as I get it (if you would like to recommend a Condo for sale or rent in your area, please contact us at Discovering Belize. Today’s topic is near and dear to my…stomach! How about some Restaurants in Belize: Recommendations for “Best local food that you would not hear about from the hotels & resorts.”

I received so many great recommendations that I am going to have to break this down by district and write several different posts about all of the many great local Restaurants in Belize. First though I must give credit where credit is due. Today, I’m going to be writing about the Cayo District, and San Ignacio in particular. A big “Thank You” to Kathryn Epler, Bob Jones, Cheryl McConnaughey and Martha Scott. Your input and suggestions are much appreciated!

The Great Mayan Prince Restaurant Bar & Grill in San Ignacio. “Prices are cheap and have great food.” They are located on Benque Viejo Road, off the Western Highway. They serve Breakfast, Brunch, Buffets, Burgers, Sandwiches, Seafood and Vegetarian. They take reservations, but walk-in’s are welcome. If you are in the San Ignacio area, give them a try. Local Phone number: 501-824-2588.

Bel Mex Restaurant on Bullet Tree Road. “Turn on the road that has the sign that says Car Wash (just 2 streets before/after the double street.) Bel-Mex is right across the street from the car wash…on the corner of Car Wash road and Bullet Tree Road.” “our FAVORITE spot! Great prices, great food and great service! Wife is from Mexico, Husband from Belize (hence, Bel-Mex). Tacos al Pastor to DIE for!” “ Great little place with excellent prices. Carlitos and his wife are super people. Great little place with excellent prices.”

Cenidas behind courts in San Ignacio. They have great local food and come highly recommended on Trip Adviser: “Good location, right behind the center of downtown, great food at very reasonable prices, Fresh juices, great service and atmosphere makes you feel like at home. Would go back anytime and definitely recommend it to locals and tourists!!“

Tolacca Smoke House in Santa Elena. The place is located just a wee bit up the Cristo Rey road – maybe a block – on the left side, just off the Western Highway. “Great food at a good price. I’ve brought groups here twice so can say that not only are the ribs delicious but so are the pork chops, the steak, and more! Bonus is that he’s got a great playlist – jazz, oldies, newies, etc. Note: if you plan on bringing a group, give him a ring and the heads up on the people and the order.” Click here to download their Menu. Local number 501-620-5787. “Lovely place & the staff is eager to see you happy.”

If you plan to be in the Cayo District in the San Ignacio area and are looking for a great place to eat, try one of these local restaurants, and tell them you saw it on “Discovering Belize.BZ” If you have any suggestions for restaurants in Belize, please comment below, or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you! Tell us what restaurants YOU love, and we’ll add them to our list!

Next week – I’ll cover the great local restaurants in the Corozal area. And as always: “Welcome to Belize!”