Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A visual tour of Placencia Village on a beautiful, perfect Tuesday morning!

In chronological order, starting North of the village at Caribbean Beach Cabanas, and ending at Above Ground Coffee House (yum!). Especially good if you are stuck in a blizzard today.

The shore in front of Caribbean Beach Cabanas.....wow.

 Heading towards the village, South, from Caribbean Beach Cabanas...

 Love these lights.....great "free" lighting idea

 A must do-Rick's Cafe. Awesome pizza!

 Pickled Parrot....for all your Sports Tiki Bar needs.

 Inside Above Grounds....looks like a Treehouse!

 The veranda at Above Grounds....does not suck.
I couldn't help but take all these :). I hope it brightens up some days for people heading down!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Reviews of Fusion, Tranquilo, Lost Reef Resort, and the perfect weather this week!

It was a gorgeous week! Clear water, mostly clear skies, people were everywhere on the beaches this week. Today, Sunday, has been cloudy but no complaints after this week we had! Here are a few shots of the crystal clear skies we saw:

Dave got home on Tuesday, and it was so nice out, I got him to change right into his trunks and head to Fusion. It did not disappoint! There were several groups there enjoying drinks and the great pool. It looks like Miami beach, you will NOT be disappointed to spend an afternoon here, we are planning on taking a large group of our friends there in a week! Don't miss the mojitos...wow. Here are a couple pics of what you see as you lay out:

Also on the list this week was Tranquilo. If you want a truly unique experience for you or for your guests, GO THERE. We called Geof on our way to the pier, and we easily found the little boat "3 Things" that takes you to the Placencia Caye dock--about a 2 minute ride. Oh, we saw this on the way to the restaurant in the 2 minutes....no filter....(this is a dolphin, not a great white.)
Geof, the manager, was so warm, gracious, and welcoming! 
The sunset we caught was perfect, and Geof even took us on a fun little adventure to see a bit of the Caye and the development there. Some great history there already! The staff were great, and Dave loved the margaritas. At sunset you get a free sunset shot--AWESOME...I drank it like a drink, it was so good. We both had the tuna and the shrimp puppies, and both felt it was one of the best dishes we have had in Placencia. It was a really quiet and relaxing evening, so special and truly unique. This is a MUST DO and we will be taking our friends there as well! Look at these images!!

The menu....GET THE TUNA!

The weather was so nice yesterday we continues our outdoor activities...starting with breakfast at De'tatch. You can't go wrong, it is a classic, but just to reiterate....look at this fun!

We then took our kayaks up to Maya Beach and found a spot to launch, This was not as successful as the rest of the weekend....lol. The wind picked up and we were fighting waves on the lagoon for about 90 minutes before we gave up, not really going anywhere ;). I did get a lot of seawater in my face/mouth. Dave told me afterwards, that he saw a really strange reptilian creature raise his head up out of the water, and figured if he told me in the moment, that would have ended the fun earlier. He was right. He did see two dolphins too--although just the fins, so perhaps we were being circled by sharks as well as alligators. We decided to head up to Riversdale, before we disappeared into the lagoon, to see Lost Reef Resort, as we have heard good things.

Lost Reef Resort is what I imagine when I think of Belize :). Rustic little beach cabanas, a bar that looks made from a ship, a cute little pool with hammocks, pelicans, dogs, and iguanas walking around. Earl the bartender was so great. The weather calmed down and we had a perfect afternoon there. I recommend this highly as a rustic little afternoon getaway!!! Check these out...

And finally, anyone who wishes I would post more Sticks pictures...(Just me perhaps)...I have decided the dog does enough memorable things to warrant his own little Facebook page :). He just makes everyone smile, so for anyone who finds this kind of entertainment worthwhile, here is his new facebook page :)
Sticks at De'tatch...being pensive perhaps, about the possibility of success with his new page.

Can't wait to see our Cleveland friends in less than a week!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Some tropical pictures to lighten the winter!

Look, I don't want to be smug, but it has been GORGEOUS here recently. The weather has cleared up, it has been really warm and comfortable, and the beach and water have been pretty sea grass free!! So why not a positive post with a few pictures? OK!

Let's start with a real stunner, I stole this from Lee Nyhus :)...this was taken from Tipsy Tuna today, they built a new second story eating area overlooking the beach...if this doesn't cause you to make your plane reservations I don't know what will!!
Although I have spent 90% of my days in the last two weeks painting/urethaning/cleaning/etc the casita, to get it ready for its first guests....Sue and Sharon showed up this past sunny Friday and convinced me to go to the Mariposa pool with them....look how upset I look!
We had a great time....my pictures I took of the pool didn't turn out, but here is what it looks like (via google)....

Here are some delicious shrimp fritters from their menu (I ate 80% of this plate. Plus dinner.) She also has great wine! It is such a fun place to spend the afternoon, or for dinner. I should note, Sticks is only allowed in the dining room at certain times :)
Have to thank Sharon for this coconut drink....THIS is what I am working towards lol!!! Mine are still sloppy and don't sit up :)
My poor husband has been in Cleveland to work on a few projects...and I have really been enjoying his weather updates from up North....here was one of my favorites!! It was LITERALLY 115 degrees warmer here that day when you took into consideration the wind chill and the heat index....!!! (Yes, that DOES say wind chill -21.)
Here are some of the horrible things I have had to look at while he has been vacationing in the snow....

Also, one thing I keep hunting for is new things I can make with the ingredients available here. You can find ALMOST everything, but not quite like the US, and it is helpful to find good staples that are always available. I came up with two things that would be good for those that live here and also visitors...
#1--YUM! Throw a bit of coconut oil in a pot with a lid. Put it on a burner, put some popcorn kernels in, and voila! Until I hear otherwise, coconut oil is supposed to keep you alive and young looking forever. This is also really cheap!
#2--I had a few random ingredients and wanted pizza. I also realized I didn't know how to use the oven in the new place. I am convinced if I mess with a gas appliance, I am capable of blowing buildings up. So, having to wait until Dave returns for the oven lesson, I threw some corn tortillas on a pan, put some tomato sauce on top, then a bit of cheese, tomatoes, and green onions. I let it sit on the pan for a few minutes, and this was like wayyyy better than it even should have been!

Also--you really only need the tortillas, cheese, and sauce, and these can ALWAYS be found easily. Pizza is easier to find now than when we first were here (Galley delivers now YAY!) but this worked for me. I am sure the poor visitors get sick of eating out every night, so here ya go! Pizza without an oven :) Also good on a hot day when you just don't want to turn it on.
Finally, a totally gratuitous chihuahua picture. I have been taking too many pictures of the dog, because I was certain Dave missed him as much as I would if I were gone (he doesn't. But I like taking the pictures.) This one was just a real gem....Sticks's vet said chihuahuas have bad teeth and it would do him a lot of good to have them frequently brushed. Anyone who has tried to brush their dog's teeth, knows what a treat this is for both of you. I feel that I captured the mood of this interaction here:
Dave returns in a day and half, yay! And, probably due to the above mentioned weather in Cleveland, we have three group of friends from Cleveland coming in the next 6 weeks and I CAN'T WAIT to have fun down here with them!!!!