Placencia, Belize

I'm not putting much work into this vacation food blogging. I just wanted to share the pictures handful of notes I took.

Shrimp-stuffed French Toast - $19 Belize, $9.50 USD, from now on all in USD

Shrimp-stuffed Squid with a Spicy Mango Rum Sauce - $9.50 

Nut-encrusted fillet with peanut, coconut, curried watermelon reduction, mashed potatoes and spicy black beans - $14

Sassy Shrimp Pot with Placencia shrimp, tequila-caramelized pineapple, fried banana, spicy red coconut curry, and coconut rice - $12
The food had its moments, but this place would've been out of business in the U.S. in no time with the mishandling of dishes here. Tourists like its super fun menu, the casual elegance of the place, and the difference from the rest of the restaurants on Placencia. But you'll get tastier food elsewhere.

The Green Parrot:

This is where my fiance and I stayed while we were on this island. They had complimentary breakfast (and there's hardly anywhere else to get breakfast on the island than where you're staying), and we tried lunch there once too.

Fish Tacos with cheese, apparently. Not advisable. Also their salsa sucked, but there's awesome Belizean hot sauce on the table. Make sure you buy some from local stores before you leave (and pack them in your checking luggage).

Ceviche - Always a good call!

Stuffed fry jacks

So that was up there. A delightful (read: flat, sunny, smooth roads, 20-40 minute) bike ride, or a cab, or a two and a half hour walk brings you to town:

Above Grounds:

A treehouse coffee shop called Above Grounds. Now if that ain't the cutest thing ever. They have the standard coffee shop stuff. I had an iced mocha because the chocolate came from local cacao and all, but it didn't taste special. As far as coffee shops go though, there's nothing wrong with it. They have a few paltry breakfast items (bagels, crappy pastries) and they do a couple juices. There's a balcony outside.

Sweet Dreams Bakery and Cafe:

This is where I would go more often for coffee and breakfast. I tried the Honduran espresso, which the owner said was the best he'd ever had, and he'd been all over the world. Maybe if he had the machine to do it ristretto it would be, but if he thinks his was the best, I wish I could introduce him to the espresso at several places I know.
It was quite good for non-ristretto, though, very smooth. Fun anyway to have Honduran espresso in Belize on an Italian machine made by what seemed to be a French man and his Swiss daughter.

I didn't try the pizzas, sandwiches or breakfast sandwiches, but I did get one of their fresh made "bets cinnamon bun in the world" cinnamon buns - it was dense and sweet, a lot like monkey bread, but I have had better or at least as good. I'm not sure about all their best in the world claims at Sweet Dreams, but best in Placencia for sure. There was also a chocolate muffin made with Swiss chocolate. 

Some Jamaican Lady By the Ocean:

If you go all the way through town to the waterfront, there's a Kriol or Garinagu or something woman cooking up food in a hut, and the smells waft all around, tempting passersby. She'll invite you to partake. She has a bench set up there, so just sit back and wait for a container of hot homemade Caribbean food. You'll get whatever she's got cooking, and it will me more than enough food for anyone. We got jerk chicken, with beans and rice and slaw and grilled banana and oranges. It was delicious.

And then she threw in these coconut macaroons she makes. I don't remember the price, but it was pretty darn cheap.

Brewed Awakenings:

I'd been seeing signs here and there for seaweed shakes and wanted to see what that was.
It turns out the seaweed part was just like a health "booster" that could be added to any of these awesome flavors. I think I had a custom one anyway. It was delicious, with espresso beans and chocolate and banana and who knows I forget. They're also super nice there.

We went to this place because of our gibnut hunt, but they didn't have any that day.
Ah well, I'll try snook!" I thought.

Barracuda in Traditional Creole Sauce - It was overcooked so long that the fish was rubbery and had no taste. The sauce was okay.

Snook Fillet in Hot & Spicy Coconut Curry Sauce - Ditto, sadly. It was sad because I wanted to try this new, to me, fish snook, but overcooked and drenched in sauce, there's no discernible taste left. the sauce was okay. Honestly, I would skip this place. they also don't serve alcohol.

Tipsy Tuna:
The Tipsy Tuna and the Barefoot Bar are two cute beach bars with fun drinks and food, dancing at night, and all the things you see listed here.

A nice chips and salsa trio at Tipsy Tuna

Grab a drink or a book and soak it all up.

There are several other places to try. These were just some of my experiences. Now on to San Pedro, Belize.

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