Lunch at Caliente’s and Mystery Fruit: Kinep
Lunch at Caliente’s is a great start. Caliente’s is a Mexican/Caribbean place right in the center of town on the water.
Things to love about this place: they are open all afternoon, (Most places in San Pedro close between 3pm and 6pm), they have killer margaritas (stop by on Fridays: they are half price), they are right in the center of town AND they give free chips and salsa. FREE CHIPS AND SALSA. That is huge here where freebie is a foreign word.
Here is a picture right off their back deck (some local guys cleaning fish and lobster).
I had margaritas, my friend had the shrimp tacos.
I like to live by the British soldiers motto: “Eating is cheating”. But then our UK militia are not always filled with such great wisdom. Their favorite shot when they visit Belize is called the “Stuntman”. It’s a standard shot of tequila with salt and lime. BUT, you snort the salt, drink the tequila and then squeeze the lime in your eye.
It’s also a great place to eat while you are waiting for the chicken drop on Thursday nights. It is right next door.
While I was drinking, a local vendor came by with a basket of plaintain chips, mangos and a local mystery fruit. Kinep. (Pronouced – “Ka-Nip”)
It’s in season in the summer…has a thin lime like skin that you peel off and a GIANT pit. You sort of suck the phlegmy, sweetish flesh off the pit…and there ain’t much. Kinda like a lycee fruit. It is certainly not moving onto my top 10 favorite foods list…or even top 1000.