Quesillo Not For Me-o: A Dairy Bomb in Nicaragua

I’m pretty sure it was my love for cheese that cost me a job on James Patterson’s publicity team. I sat in his Park Avenue publisher’s office for a final interview a handful of years ago and upon being asked what I would do with my life if money were no issue, replied that I […]

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Ambergris Caye=Giant, Seafood-stuffed Burritos

Much has been written about Belize’s Ambergris Caye, a 25-mile-long isle located along the country’s northern Caribbean coast. (Fun fact: Once a peninsula, Ambergris became an island when the ancient Maya dug a canal between it and Mexico centuries ago. Let me restate that: They dug an island. Without a backhoe.) Much has been written […]

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Belize Eats: Fry Jacks

I fell in love with hot, fried heaven on a plate. It happened in Belize. It was amazing.

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2 Excellent Reasons to Visit Belize: Caye Caulker & Lobster Fest

“No shirt, no shoes, no problem.” A refrain you see all over Belize, it’s nearly a mantra on the island of Caye Caulker. It’s a great notion, and I love the sentiment behind it. But as someone who can’t stand sandy bare feet and who has to bathe in sunblock to avoid crisping like bacon, […]

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Guatemala Eats: Fiambre

I really wanted to like fiambre. A cold salad of chopped meat and pickled vegetables served on Guatemala’s Day of the Dead, it’s what turkey is to Thanksgiving: what everyone eats on the holiday, vegetarians aside. Fiambre is tradition, and I love traditions—particularly those involving food. So this year, on November 1, I made sure […]

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The Thing About Belikin Beer

“Well, the thing about Belikin beer is that it’s perfect.” This was the response of Oswaldo, one of our Belizean waiters, when I noted that the company Belikin seemed to have a lock-down on the Belize beer market. The implied logic of his statement made sense: When you already have perfection in a bottle, why […]

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What to do Next: Eat Like a Local in Guatemala, Honduras & Belize

A while back, I mentioned that I freelance for a travel company here in Guatemala, but I never really talked about what exactly I do. Please put down the gun. I swear that I’m not going to bore you to death with a job summary now. I would, however, like to share with you one […]

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