Tropical Education Centre: An Isolated Spot!
Here we were, staying in accommodations at the Belize Tropical Education Center (TEC) in the middle of nowhere and they also had a great restaurant on the premises! We, along with our 'Caye Caulker' friends from Saskatchewan, Canada turned up at about 6 PM, where we chatted with two other couples (one from Alberta, Canada and the other from Washington, USA) while waiting for the start of the meal. The TEC has a large dining area on the bottom floor of it's Office/Teaching building with Belizians looking after the cooking in an adjoining kitchen. It was not long before the ladies brought out our individual plates, all heaped with the same delicious ingrediants!
Favorite Dish: The meal consisted of roasted chicken and a cob of corn, along with just about every other type of vegetable that you can imagine! Washed down by glasses of orange juice and water, as well as lime merangue pie and coffee for dessert, it was an excellent feast before we headed out for our specially guided Night Tour of the Belize Zoo.
The next morning, we were back again for our 7:30 AM breakfast so we could do a day tour of the Zoo before the cruise ship passengers arriving from Belize City flooded the place. This was another excellent meal of scrambled eggs with onions, bacon, toast, coffee and juice (as well as choices of fresh fruit, cereals and pastries). You do not get a menu choice here, but there are enough different things served at each meal that I'm sure most people would be able to find something to keep them going till the next meal! We had pre-paid for both these meals upon check-in at the TEC, with the dinner costing US$15 and the breakfast US$11 (for two people in both cases). It was great food with a very convenient location for us to be able to do the activities that we wanted while there at the Zoo!Related to:
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Local Street Venders: Roadside Take-Away
When we arrived to pick up our rental car at the International airport in Ladyville, the rental car man came rushing back to his office when he saw us - said he had been trying to buy some local roadside food for his lunch before we came (we were a half-hour early). Once the formalities were completed for our rental by shortly after noon, we asked him where we could get something quick to eat before we left the airport area (after all, we had only had a cinnamon bun and a coffee each for breakfast before we left 'Ambergris Cay' on the morning water taxi ride to Belize City). Among other things, he mentioned the simple roadside food stand that he intended to use, so we drove over for a look.
It seemed to be a family affair, with a mother and her daughter looking after the food available in a small stand behind the pick-up truck, while the father looked after the drinks section of coolers in the box of the truck. The food offerings looked quite presentable, so we decided to get something quick and hit the road!
Favorite Dish: We both bought some roasted chicken breasts with a mixture of beans, rice, tomato & spicy salsa sauce as well as bottles of Orange Juice and water for a total of US$6.50. They gave us styrofoam containers for it as well as some plastic utensiles and we then drove away to find a more peaceful location. After driving a few miles north toward Crooked Tree, we turned west onto an excellent secondary highway leading to Burrell Boom. It was not long before we came to a nice spot in the countryside where we could pull off the highway to park while we ate our first feast on the mainland (second photo). It was not exactly like roadside picnicing in Portugal, but the food was good and we did not get sick!!Related to:
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Bull Frog Inn: Belmopan's Best
Our final meal on this leg of our trip was at the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan as we were headed southeast on the Hummingbird Highway, after finishing up with the Belize Zoo and Guanacaste National Park. The Bull Frog Inn is quite a nice establishment, located on the eastern edge of Belmopan's 'ring road' - we and our accompanying friends liked the looks of the place as soon as we set eyes on it. The front right side of the restaurant features a roofed open seating area, where it is possible to enjoy the natural warmth of the tropical air while you have your meal. We did end up multi-tasking here, getting on the telephone to Hopkins as we used our phone cards to try to line-up accommodations for the four of us using information from my print-outs of VT tips and the 'Moon Handbook for Belize' that I was carrying. In the end, we received a few outright 'sorry we are fulls' but never did make contact with anyone at The Whistling Seas - so we decided to press forward anyway after the meal!
Favorite Dish: Despite a great looking menu, Sue and I elected to keep things simple here, ordering one Club Sandwich with fries and one without. Along with two Belikin beers and a very nice Lime & Water drink, the total meal cost came to US$15. The food and service were both good, no complaints. It was about 2 PM by the time we finished with our various telephone calls and headed out again for the Hummingbird Highway, in search of somewhere to spend the night! But first, before hitting the remote areas of Belize, we made a little stop at the Brodie's department store for some supplies - located on the street next to the Bull Frog Inn (see my 'Shopping' tip for details).Related to:
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