After getting settled in Placencia, there were a few things that I had to get the first day: Watermelon Juice from Above Grounds, Kombucha from Brewed Awakenings, and The Fish Sticks(lightly fried fish filet strips) from MOJO’s. After the first decent night’s sleep in a week or so it was nice to get some real rest..but I always get too excited to sleep so I end up getting up early.
There is no better way to start your day than a glass of Kombucha and a view of the ocean with birds chirping away..Once again. This is the definition of paradise.
We wanted to head into town for lunch, so Tipsy Tuna it was. Owned by an ex-pat (American moved abroad) couple from New Jersey, the atmosphere combined with the awesome staff and nice ocean breeze makes it one of the best places for lunch in town(Not to mention an awesome $5USD Lunch Special) . It’s so cool to constantly hear laughter and joy in the air regardless of where you are at.
After a nice lunch we headed down the Placencia sidewalk to show Birdie and Jeanne some more of the village while we figured out what the rest of the day had in store for us..then I remembered that Faizal, the owner of MOJO’s and Fusion Beach had invited us to lunch at Fusion. We hopped on the golf cart and headed north to an incredible beach front bar and grill with a huge pool and extended patio, a great place for an afternoon of drinks and lunch.
I have always had a passion for cooking, so Faizal pulled me into the kitchen and I had the opportunity to watch one of Placencia’s best chef’s do his thing and get some videos(will be posted at http://bit.ly/GrassfedYouTube). Growing up watching people like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern lead me to always have the vision for owning a restaurant as well as traveling the world food blogging(it will happen, I promise) so this was the first true experience in this field for me.
The first meal that Chef cooked was Lionfish Sashimi with a cucumber apple salad and wasabi sauce. Sashimi is thin sliced raw fish, many people are afraid to eat raw fish but it was really good. The wasabi flavor mixed with sesame oil and rice vinegar made for an unusually delicious taste. The most interesting thing about the meal was the story behind the Lionfish. They are an extremely invasive fish that destroys reefs and many of the best dive spots. I have a good friend who does underwater dive work and she has experienced first hand the extreme damage that they do, I am inquiring about a guest blog post from her so stay tuned for more information on Lionfish.
The second meal was perhaps one of the best meals I have had this trip, Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast with Quinoa and Molé sauce. The Quinoa was prepared risotto style with red wine and a fantastic mixture of spices and seasonings. Most baked chicken that size tends to dry out but the moisture and tenderness of the chicken breast followed by a hint of feta was so good(I am not a fan of cheese but this was well prepared and made it worth it). To top the dish off the Molé sauce was made up of crumbled cookies, chocolate, onions, cinnamon, nutmeg, & dried chili peppers.
Later in the evening I met some of my parents’ friends that are working in town for a few months: Freddy, Christina, & Joseph. Each from 3 different countries, they all had such different stories, opinions, and outlooks on life. This is my favorite part of traveling.. meeting people with similar desires(seeing the world) and picking their brains on everything from health, life, and the culture of life in their homelands.
I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to see where all of this takes me, only my first full day in Belize and it just keeps getting better. I find myself in a situation where I stare off into the ocean and find my eyes watering out of joy and happiness. Life is good