Visitors often tell us that their favorite part of Belize is her people. They talk about how friendly and open Belizeans are, welcoming them warmly to our shores and showing them the absolute best of Belize. With that in mind, we present to you some of those friendly favorites.
Chances are, you will meet them during your travels and experience the warmth and hospitality that make them stand out to us too!

Eli Chi:
“Life doesn’t always go as planned,” says Eli when asked how he became a chef. He started off as just a dishwasher, but always wanted more out of his career. Eli set his goal to one day become a chef at a well-established restaurant; a goal he has now achieved.
The sous chef at Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace and Aqua Seafood and Steak House, Eli is passionate about his life in the kitchen and proud of where his culinary journey has taken him. “It took me many years to actually start cooking in the line of a restaurant, but it was all worth it. The experience I had from cooking at home when mom wasn’t around was what helped me to get the position I have today. My passion is now preparing outstanding and commendable dishes.”
While his favorite types of cooking are Caribbean and Italian, Eli does not shy away from experimenting with flavor from all types of cuisine. For Eli, the kitchen life offers “a life time experience and one of the best jobs anywhere.”
Visit Rain and Aqua at Caribeville and enjoy a fine dining experience. If you enjoy the food, ask for Eli, he is sure to give you a Belizean Smile!

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. She loves sharing her adventures with her daughter Inori, hoping to encourage her to lead an adventurous life and enjoy the beauty of the world around her. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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