I chose to combine my foodie adventures in Mexico and Belize for three reasons: (1) there is a good amount of overlap between the two countries (as they are neighbours), (2) I went to both countries in the same trip and (3) I didn’t have enough foodie photos to make two separate posts.
As mentioned in my country review and recommendations post on Belize, Caye Caulker, along with the rest of the country, has an interesting mix of English (everyone in Belize speaks English), Latin American (lots of immigrants) and Jamaican vibe, which make it unique. Therefore, it is normal that the food in Belize reflect these different influences.
The first meal we had in Belize was langoustine grilled on the BBQ (similar to a lobster but with tiny claws). Although not the best seafood I’ve ever eaten, it was a great first meal to my trip.
Although not food (debatable), rum punch was a very popular drink in Caye Caulker (all the restaurants and bars served it). After a nice and relaxing day exploring the island, we decided to treat ourselves to one. The punch is made with rum (hence rum punch), orange juice and others. Very tasty.
As mentioned, there are a lot of Latin American influences in Belize, because of its location. Therefore, we were able to eat delicious Mexican and Salvadorian street food, like tacos, burritos, nachos and pupusas (stuffed handmade corn tortilla – I like mine stuffed with cheese and pork). These were so good and so cheap too (for about $5USD we could feed two people for dinner).
Once in Mexico, we said goodbye to the pupusas and hello to traditional Mexican food and international cuisines. We enjoyed chicken fajitas, shrimp ceviche, pork tacos, beef tacos, chicken tacos, empanadas, octopus tacos, shrimp quesadillas and more! The food was just so good. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to photograph all of my food, as we often ate from street vendors and so my hands were quite busy already.
A special mention goes to something we ate (everyday, because it was so good) in Caye Caulker called: fry jacks. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of one, but here’s a Google images link of pictures of fry jacks in Caye Caulker. These fried pockets of yumminess (wow, that’s a word too?) were so good. You could pretty much put anything you wanted in them (from the menu board) but my favorite was just chicken, because their chicken was cooked in some kind of hot sauce and it was de-li-ci-ous. To make things even better, I would always top mine off with some Marie Sharp hot sauce. Just thinking about fry jacks right now makes me hungry. If I go back to Caye Caulker, this is the one thing I will definitely want to put in my mouth asap.
UP NEXT: a yummy recipe
*All photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device)