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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Quetzaltenango (Xela): My Favorite Guatemalan City

My favorite city in Guatemala has many merits, not least of which is that it makes me want to stand in the middle of an empty field and belt out its name. On paper it’s called Quetzaltenango, but most people simply refer to it as Xela, an abbreviated version of its original K’iche’ Maya name, […]

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