Food & Cooking

Chichicastenango: A Huge Colorful Market in the Mountains of Guatemala


Anyone who asks ‘What happened to the Maya people?’ has never been to Guatemala.  The indigenous people of the country who identify as Maya comprise 40% of the population.  And in some areas, the percentages are much higher, you hear the Maya dialects spoken everywhere and the dress is absolutely gorgeous. Chichicastenango (pronounced just likeKeep reading »

Antigua, Guatemala: The Food And the Restaurants


When I set out on my trip to Guatemala almost two weeks ago, I had no clue what the food would be like…but after living in Belize for 10 years, I could make an educated guess.  Beans and rice, for sure.  Chicken and chilies.  A mix of Mayan and Latin/Spanish influences. And lots and lotsKeep reading »

Guatemala’s BELOVED Pollo Campero: Is the Fried Chicken Worth the Wait?


From all the talk I’ve heard about Pollo Campero, I could only surmise that it is the very best fried chicken in Central America..perhaps the world.   The family owned chain has 350+ franchises included about 70 in the US…and I’ve heard people remember it with eyes tearing and mouths watering.  According to the empire, it’s “theKeep reading »

Saturday in San Pedro: A Farmers’ Market & Crocodile Hunting


Waking up to the height of the yellow sulphur butterfly migration, it was a gorgeous day.  Blue and sunny with hundreds of yellow-green butterflies flitting by.  Was I able to capture them on camera?  Hardly… A cocoplum tree in the front yard seemed to be a quickly snacking stop…there were about 50 on the bush…maybeKeep reading »

Belize Summer in a Bowl: Mango Crumble

Summer in Belize in a Bowl: Mango Crumble Recipe

Summer in Belize means FRUIT to me.  And there is no fruit nearer or dearer to my heart than the mango.  It is absolutely delicious…tropically fabulous…a dessert in itself.   Why, you may ask,  mess with perfection?  Gild the lily? Well…because sometimes, eating these orange beauties warm, with a brown sugar/oatie crumble on top with whippedKeep reading »

New Exciting Business: Belize Food Tours in San Pedro

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Now THIS Is a great idea.  FOOD WALKING TOURS in downtown San Pedro presented by Belize Food Tours.  In my mind, there are a few fantastic things going on:  1. Walking around the town is the way to see it.  The people, the fun signs, the small businesses, you get the feel of the charmKeep reading »

San Pedro High School’s 2016 Science Fair Totally ROCKS!

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I have no personal experience with science fairs…I’m not sure that Ridgewood High School, NJ even hosted one.  But I feel like I’ve been to a bunch…”Saved by the Bell” and “The Wonder Years”,  the bubbling volcano on “The Brady Bunch” and “The Simpsons”. Here’s something I didn’t know…the science fair at San Pedro, BelizeKeep reading »

All About DELICIOUS Belizean Food: My Take


I have lots of friends and readers ask me about Belizean food because well…as a global cuisine, it is not especially well known.  Sure, a Garifuna restaurant (Garifuna Flava in Chicago) was once featured on (the OH so irritating) Guy Fieri’s “Dinners, Drive-In and Dives” and Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” did visitKeep reading »

Fresh Organic Greens Grown on Ambergris Caye Plus a Super Fun Fact

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I had seen the large 2000 square foot greenhouse at Mahogany Bay Village on Ambergris Caye before… …but just recently I heard that people were getting deliveries of fresh organic lettuce and greens.  The company called Ambergreens Organic Aquaponics Greenhouse was up and running.  The very first of its kind on the island. I’d visited a hydroponicsKeep reading »