Saturday, October 28, 2017

Placencia takes 2017 Best Restaurant and Small Accommodation of the Year at the Belize Tourism Board Awards!!

CBC is still recovering from our excitement last weekend at the 15th annual Belize Tourism Board's, annual tourism awards - we were thrilled and honored to win Small Accommodation of the Year! The BTB Awards were unbelievably well done - professional, with fantastic food, emcees, and entertainment.

There are several categories in many areas of tourism (see below for all the winners!) We sat at a table with the other wonderful Placencia nominees, including Pam and John of Rumfish, who won Restaurant of the Year! And Lyra from Taste Belize, who was nominated for Tour of the Year (she will get it next year!!!) We had a blast and we represented Placencia (loudly &) well - coming home with Best Restaurant and Best Small Hotel in the country!!

Here are some fun images and videos from the night....

Restaurant of the Year was is Rumfish y Vino's big win!!
Here's a link to watch Rumfish's great interview that led to their win - on their 10th anniversary year!!!
Rumfish's team after the win....
Here are Laura and Dave about 5 minutes before the announcement.....yes our stomachs were in knots.
Here is the video of the win!!
Here is the CBC interview that occurred a couple weeks before the ceremony...this played at the ceremony over the din of our screaming.
Here are some other pictures from the night, we will never forget it!!!

Sue, exhausted from the excitement...gotta love Belize, along with the trophy we got an oversized Belikin bottle and a bottle of rum, which are now on display at both Rumfish and CBC!
Here's the logo that we will never get tired of seeing :)
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners...
Hotel of the Year: Grand Caribe
Tour Operator of the Year: Toledo Cave and Adventure Tours
Tour Guide of the Year: Estevan Choco
Hospitality of the Year: Ian Anderson's Cave Branch
Frontline of the Year: Leroy Welch
Minister Award: Philip Leslie
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mick and Lucy Fleming
Watch all the winners here!

Thanks to BTB for a night that meant so much to all of us; we will never forget it. And THANKS to all our guests, whose reviews and choice of CBC and Rumfish were a big part of why we both won!

Friday, October 13, 2017

2 super cheap, easy staples to make while you are in Belize!

I have these two things in my fridge constantly, and they are so cheap and easy. You can always find the ingredients, and even if you are here only for a few days or a week, it is nice to have some simple food in your fridge so you don't have to run out to eat every time.

If you go to any chicken, rice, and beans stand - you will often see a jar that has (delicious) onions and jalapeno/peppers chopped up and mixed together, that you can put on top of your food. It is SO good. I put it on everything - for example, if you were just here a few days on vacation but wanted simple snacks in your room, you could put this on eggs, nacho chips, or roll a tortilla and cheese with this (see below). It makes everything taste amazing.
Here's a pic from the actual jar I just pulled out of my fridge :) - made with red onions which turns them pinkish...
Here is the best way I've found to make it:

"Pickled" onions, Belize food stand-style
2 onions - white or red, or a combination
4 habaneros - I like it hot, but use less if you don't!
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
salt to taste
sugar or Splenda to taste

Cut up the veggies to the size you like, and throw them in a saucepan with the liquids - bring to a boil, then lower heat for several minutes until the onions are a bit soft. Add sweetener to taste when it cools down, then put in a jar or container and put in the fridge. It lasts over a week. You can find habaneros at farmer's market stands.

My Favorite Salsa
tomatoes - about 5-6 Roma
onions - 1-2, any combination of red or white
cilantro - one bunch (about a small handful)
small can of jalapenos - find at any local grocery store (or you could use 1-2 fresh)
juice from one lime

Coarsely chop and throw all this in a blender. That's my favorite and most easy way to make this, but you can also chop it all up if you don't have a blender.

FYI These are my favorite chips you can buy here.....


So with these two recipes, you can throw together so much easy, cheap, and fun food - get some tortilla chips, eggs, cheese, tortillas, (maybe some butter and Marie Sharps hot sauce!) and the ingredients above, and this is going to make you very happy - and you can always find these ingredients here. Here are a few of these ingredients that I just pulled from my fridge -

And here are some amazing combinations with those ingredients:

Same and above but put in a tortilla
Same as first line but put over tortilla chips
Tortilla+cheese+salsa for dipping (saute in butter or just put in the microwave)