A tasty welcome to Belize.
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Yesterday we arrived in Belize. It’s a beautiful country from the air and the ground. We landed at the international airport, and took a quick transfer to the municipal airport to catch a flight over to Ambergris Caye, our final destination.
(Read about our other Ambergris Caye adventures here and here.)
When we arrived at the municipal airport it was lunch time. With a few minutes to spare we dropped in here, The Hangar Cafe, for a quick lunch.
It’s two doors down from the terminal building, a small bar, with a few tables, overlooking the water. Not sure what we expected. Hungry and pooped, we were ready to get to our final destination, so quality of food was not high on the list. But boy were we surprised. There was no menu to order from. The kind waitress just kept saying “Beans and rice, chicken or pork or beef.”
Beans and rice. You know I like beans, but I could live off of rice and beans. I ordered the pork, while the rest of my family ordered the chicken. I could smell it wafting through the little space. It was coming from behind this curtained screen door.
I caught glimpses of aproned women shuffling back and forth whenever the door opened. The waitress soon brought our drinks and that was the first indication that this may be more than just an average lunch.
Extra tall, cold Coke bottles, the last of their stock. And I had ordered a water.
The food soon followed and oh, my, it didn’t last long, but was able to snap a few photos before it disappeared. Here’s the pork.
Tender, juicy, in a savory red sauce, served with a plaintain, potato salad and rice and beans.
Rice. Beans. Yum.
The chicken was cooked in a similar sauce and falling off the bone.
I wish I had the nerve to have asked the ladies in the kitchen if I could watch and learn for a while. Not that I had a while, our plane was departing shortly. We finished our meal and headed to the last leg of our trip. But boy, was that a tasty welcome to a country that I can’t wait to learn more about.
So have you had any tasty travels lately? Where to? I’d love to hear about em.
Sounds like an awesome layover! The food looks great and the ocean! Holy cow, beautiful!
My mom and dad took an amazing trip to Belize a few decades ago — they LOVED it. They took a tour of the rainforests with a group of other doctors and biochemists and their guide told them all about the medicines that came from the rainforest.
My “tasty travels” won’t start for another couple of weeks, but I’m looking forward to it!
You guys have fun! I can’t wait to see more updates.
Looks great so far…wish I was there!! Keep us posted 🙂
Can’t wait to hear (see) more of your tasty travels.
Looks like heaven!
Have an awesome vacation!Thank goodness my Mom had been big on travel. I went all over the place before I met my farmer husband. Now, well… let’s put it this way, in the first ten years of our marriage our big vacation was going to a cattle show in the next state over. I can’t imagine him basking on a beautiful beach, but I’d be quite content… I think I’ll just try your sherbert recipe instead!
Those little hole in the wall, creaky door, curtained kitchen dives are the BEST little surprises, aren’t they? Looks delicious!
Y’all have arrived and it’s beautiful! I’m with Kristen… some of the best places we’ve eaten were just like that… a little hole in the wall dive. Can’t wait to hear about more tasty treats. Wish you had smellavision 😉
Is that first photo a photo of the sea? The colour is simply mesmerising. And the colour of the paint in the restaurant! Your photography is beautiful. 🙂 Beans and rice and meat – sounds like simple heaven to me. 😀
Beautiful pictures from the airplane. I’m not a fan of beans but rice and plaintain have my name written on. When I travel I like to eat at the “hole in the wall” like this restaurant. Most the time the food is simple and good. Have fun. I’m counting the days to my vacation next week.
THAT looks delicious! What a good find!
Amy! I knew your camera looked awesome, but now I see that it IS awesome….your pictures are too die for! I’ve enjoyed browsing around on your blog and will for sure come back….. Hope you guys had a great trip when we left 🙂 (I’m going to forward your site to some friends and family…so they get a good look at what we did!)
One of my best friends just came back from Belize and she said the food was AWESOME! And I think she ate at this exact same restaurant! Yum yum yum!