As promised, here is a look at the food we ate while in Belize! I am a serious foodie, and when it comes to traveling, food is one of my favorite parts of my trips. We opted to make our own breakfasts during the trip and generally had eggs and toast every morning. The eggs were purchased in market near the resort and were found non refrigerated in a box with egg crates. You could choose how many eggs you wanted, put them in a bag (so not safe), and pay 25 cents per egg. Where did the eggs come from? I noticed an empty chicken coop behind the store and wondered why there weren’t any chickens until I noticed they were just hanging out free roaming nearly on the street. Such an interesting experience to actually see where your food is coming from, although these chickens hanging out by golf cart fumes didn’t really make me overly excited haha. Another thing different from the US was that the cheese could be found unrefrigerated in some stores, and milk was also unrefrigerated! Being on an island most of the food was imported, expensive, super processed and shelf stable. The refrigerators were usually not all that powerful (plus the power goes out a lot!), vegetables are hard to come by, and Marie Sharp makes a hundred different types of hot sauce that everyone on the island uses. A positive difference from that of the US was that the Belizians are super resourceful. One restaurant we went to even used coconut shells as napkin holders.Waste is not really an option, and it really makes you more away of your own personal habits.
The most common Belizian dish we found was stewed chicken with rice and beans. If we weren’t eating rice and beans, we were eating coleslaw. If we wanted vegetables, we were eating coleslaw. And if we wanted a side dish for our meal, we were definitely scoring big with coleslaw. I should mention that coleslaw is one of the only veggie dishes I generally refuse to eat (besides ones containing fennel). 🙂 When we got home I loaded up on everything green!
We received a welcome rum punch when we arrived at the resort.
We went to this awesome restaurant, Waraguma, where I got to try pupusas! I am sad I didn’t take a picture of the lady making them at the front of the restaurant, on the street. Most of the restaurants on the street don’t have AC so they don’t really have a door to walk into to enter the restaurant, it is more of a large open wall. I had one pupusa filled with beans cheese and pork, and another pupusa filled with cheese and pumpkin (which ended up being more like squash). Pupusas are made with corn flour and stuffed with cheese and other ingredients. These were served with coleslaw, and a tomato water type sauce that you pour over the pupusas. They were wonderful!
Ryan got a lobster burrito which had so so sooo much lobster and was delicious as well.
For lunch one day we checked out this authentic Belizian restaurant, El Fogon, which ended up having some of the most flavorful food I’ve ever had. These little beauties are salbutes, which are like fried corn tortilla pockets topped with slow cooked shredded chicken, coleslaw, peppers and tomatoes. Amazing!
The other dish we got there was the classic stewed chicken with coleslaw, plantains, coconut rice, and beans. The coconut rice was so awesome, slightly coconutty and cooked perfectly. The chicken was spicy, tender, and so flavorful. I need to figure out what kind of seasonings they use!
Check out where some of the food is cooked!
View from the Palapa Bar.
Rum Punch to go in cute little sippy cups!
We had some people working at the resort machete open a couple coconuts for us!
The night we went to the chicken drop we had coconut curry with chicken at the restaurant Caliente.
We also couldn’t refuse the bacon wrapped shrimp in mango rum sauce.
Island drinks! A pina colada and a dirty banana was another splurge. We didn’t really drink out much because it was so pricey!
Snacks for the plane included plantain chips which came with a little packet of hot sauce…so good!
Well that’s just a look at the food we had in Belize! Sorry for the long post haha <3