Since we were already on the western edge of Belize, we decided to take a short trip into Guatemala, especially since my friend had never been to Tikal before. I had a few years ago, because it wasn’t going to hurt me to visit again. On the way to Tikal, we stayed in Flores, Petén for a night or two, not very long at all. Flores is actually a small (almost) island in the middle of a lake. It’s the strangest town because there are cobblestone streets, it’s quite touristy, and yet very much not so in certain parts. From the pictures, it looks like we spent the most of our time eating in Flores. That’s probably true … eating and enjoying the beautiful lake!

Read about our other Belizean (and Guatemalan) adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruinssan ignacio eats

A Flores, Guatemala photo adventure:

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{belize} san ignacio eats

October 17, 2017

During our time in San Ignacio, we were able to try out a few different local restaurants that were just so delicious. Of course there were the places along the pedestrian street where clearly all the tourists go (and we visited as well), but we were glad to find a few local places that showed off the local cuisine focused on various seafood. I especially liked seeing how the cole slaw-like dishes here were different than in other parts of Belize and in general there was more Guatemalan influence than say, on the Northern Cayes where we were before this. The refried beans were a clear indication of that. One local restaurant owner was so nice that when we found out they served fresh fish on other nights, we told him we would come back the next night and he actually saved us some! Yum!

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sightssan pedro eatssan ignacio atm cavingsan ignacio poolssan ignacio cahal pechsan ignacio rio frio cavingsan ignacio caracol ruins

A San Ignacio, Belize photo adventure:

{belize} san pedro eats

October 9, 2017

No matter where I go visit, one of my favorite things to do is try all the local cuisine. Of course, there were lots of exciting things to try and eat while I was on Ambergris Caye’s San Pedro for just a couple of days. We arrived late in the evening one night and hadn’t eaten a full meal for many, many hours so the only place we were able to grab one interesting grilled cheeses was at a pretty touristy spot next to our hostel. Despite clearly being tourist-oriented, the grilled cheeses were tasty. The rest of the time, we were able to try some more local eats like conch sausage pizza, fried chicken with rice & beans and beans & rice, fried shrimp, morning johnny cake sandwiches, and even delicious local Belize coffee! Yum!

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobstercaye caulker non-lobster eatscaye caulker sunset • san pedro sights

A San Pedro, Belize photo adventure:

Came across an article on defunct restaurant chains, I actually had some work history with a couple of them on that list.

Gino’s Burgers & Chicken – combining burgers and KFC fried chickens. It’s definitely ahead of its time. Today, combined chains or co-located chains are all over the landscape.

I got my first job at a Gino’s, making $1.60 an hour.

Also, worked at Howard Johnson’s. HoJo, known for its iconic orange roof, had over 1,000 restaurant/motels dotting American highways and suburbs. Sadly, the same report also said, as of 2017, there is only one Howard Johnson’s still in business

Others that I have dined in – Bennigan’s (casual dining and sports bar, a few are still around) and Ponderosa Steakhouse (it’s steaks were not that memorable).

Still others I have seen, but don’t remember if I had dined in them.

Burger Chef – at one time, rivaled McDonald’s.

Of course, there is more to eat on Caye Caulker (and the rest of Belize) than just lobster even if the lobster was so amazing and I could have eaten it for every meal. There were many types of other seafood grilled or made with various interesting spices. There were delicious versions of rice & beans or beans & rice (different, I might point out). There were also delicious things called Fry Jacks that we would eat in the mornings. Kind of like fried dough, these Belizean creations were stuffed with any number of fillings like ham, cheese, eggs, beans, etc. And of course, there were the various types of Belikin Beer that we just had to try including my favorite, the Stout; as well as a variety of island-inspired drinks made with rum including Belize’s very own “Panty Ripper”.

Read about our other Belizean adventures: belize city firstsbermudian landing baboonsbermudian landing eatscaye caulker splitcaye caulker waters • caye caulker snorkelcaye caulker lobster

A Caye Caulker, Belize photo adventure: