Remember when you were eight years-old? I do. I am keenly aware of the freedom that is being “eight”, as I watch my daughter, Ellie. I am ...

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The hammock and breeze

I can think of at least 5 good reasons why you should drink out of a bag: 1.) Extremely portable 2.) Easy to produce 3.) Easily recyclable 4. Can be f...

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The ideal and the toucan

Adriana Ah is a Mayan chef. The Mayans in Belize come from three different backgrounds: Yucatec, Mopan and Kekchi. All are distinct as a single Mayan ...

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The Mayan Calendar Girl

I finally went for my doctor’s appointment. I had been putting it off for weeks.  The physician, lets call him Dr. Coco Nuts, had approached me on ...

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Dr. Coconut at your service

Calbert Santiago is a winner. Yes, he has won the Taste of Belize two times, showcasing his inventiveness with Mayan/Belizean-meets-haute-cuisine tech...

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Calbert has a full plate

“You add the pork fat.  Let me show you.  It’s my secret weapon.”  Ada Vargas went back to the kitchen and brought out a seatbelt length of p...

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More meat than you can eat

Groups of guests fill the Black Orchid Hall ready to eat full plates of stew chicken and rice-and-beans. The smell of the coconut rice and savory spic...

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The orchid on the river