Late summer and fall are the rainy or hurricane season in Belize – and for much of the tropics. Tropical waves move in from the west and leave the weather map aswirl.
So while it’s been a DRY summer and thankfully dry for September celebrations, we are now getting a bit of rain. Over an inch fell early Wednesday morning, last night about half an inch and it’s been sprinkling and overcast during the day.
Wondering what EXACTLY that looks like on Ambergris Caye? Oh good. Were you wondering what docks look like in this weather? PERFECT. I took a few pictures yesterday while walking to town for lunch.
Caribbean Connections in town is also under construction. New owners and new name…and I think it will just be a straight coffee shop. No internet.
I made it to town just as the rain started coming down and had my stomach set on Briana’s Deli, a local restaurant on the Back Street. A friend just reminded me yesterday of how reliably tasty the food is there. But my eye was caught by another sign on my way around the corner…
At this relatively new spot – Boogie’s Belly.
Owned by a Belizean-American couple, this spot is super cute and has a very local menu. It was this item that caught my eye.
I LOVE sere – and it really was the perfect day for a soup. So I went in…they have a lovely sitting area.
I order the sere and took a seat. The best way to find out what a matilda foot is…is to eat it. I was secretly praying it was not an actual foot. While I adore most Belizean dishes, the very popular, supposed hang-over cure of “Cowfoot Soup” is not a favorite.
A hoof with a jelly consistency is just not my cup of tea.
My dish was served.
And delicious. It’s the only way I like mucous-y okra. You can see the FOOT just below the fish. It’s more of a matzoh ball (Happy Rosh Hashashana, by the way)…a mix of, I’m guessing flour and green plaintain. Nice non-jelly texture.
I even came up with an eye…and found another texture I do not enjoy. The thing is hard! Who knew?
And they served me this huge bowl. Conch and pigtail.