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A Merry Holiday and a Party, or two, in Belize!

The last month of the year is finally here and to me “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Family gatherings during Christmas and parties till the sun rises on New Year; this is the season for all forms of enjoyment.

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Dennis Wolfe’s “Another Gringo in Belize” A collection of Jokes and Songs inspired by and based in Belize and her inhabitants

Our parent company, The San Pedro Sun, is a weekly labor of love that takes a mix of community/local news, national stories and even press releases to make up one well rounded newspaper. Included in that mix is the weekly Wolfe’s Woofer, which is a joke column featuring local, colorful characters. Sometimes, readers would come up to us and excitedly share their favorite part of the newspaper. “We love the Woofer!”

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Caribeville introduces Executive Chef Samuel Gonzalez

There are many great restaurants across Belize, each with its own unique flavors and cooking styles. If you ask many restaurateurs, the success of their kitchen strongly depends on a good leader who has a passion for the culinary arts. That is the case at Caribeville’s two restaurants, Rain Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace and Aqua Seafood/Sushi Restaurant and Steakhouse, whose aim is to offer the best of Belize with a proudly Belizean team. Leading their culinary team is born and raised San Pedrano, Samuel Gonzalez Jr.

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Laughing Bird Caye…forever in my heart!

Laughing Bird Caye National Park was the first island I visited in Belize at the young age of ten. I grew up in Seine-Bight Village located in the peninsula of the Stann Creek District and Laughing Bird Caye is located right off the coast of the peninsula via a 30 minutes boat ride. Since then, Laughing Bird Caye has always had a special place in my heart.

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Will you be the world’s newest diver?

Have you thought about getting your diving certification but didn’t want to waste precious vacation time sitting in a classroom learning the required material before getting into the water? Now you can arrive at your diving/vacation destination with a lot of that education already under your belt through the online Professional Association Diving Instructors (PADI) eLearning program.

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Cassava Bread- A Garifuna Staple

My Beautiful Belize recently had the unique opportunity to visit Sabal’s Cassava Farm as part of the 2019 Belize Tourism Board media familiarization trip on the southeast coast of Belize. Located at mile three on the Hummingbird Highway, right outside of Dangriga Town, this family-owned business has been operating since 1987 and produces cassava bread, starch, juice, and other deliciousness.

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Tasting my first Boil Up

I’ll be honest; when I wrote down my list of foods to try out, I legitimately was dreading the thought of Boil Up. Individually, each ground food is not my favorite. All-together, talk about overdose of least favorites. Then throw in fish? And dumplings (or boiled cake). Talk about nothing I would ever order for myself because of pre-conceived notions and experiences.

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Garifuna Settlement Day: Join the celebration

To the sounds of beating drums and festive dancing, we annually celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th. A day set to honor the arrival of the Garifuna culture to our Belizeans shores in dugout canoes back in 1802, the holiday celebrates with much pride and revelry.

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Iguana love you!

In Belize, I liken the iguana to our cute but pesky squirrel.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yes, I think iguanas are cute, even when they eat my flowers! And similarly, they have been and still are hunted and consumed by indigenous populations and remain a part of our cultural cuisine.Considered a delicacy, especially the developing eggs the female carries in March and April, the hunting season for iguanas is closed from February to June of each year as this is their breeding season.

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Pumpkin Sweets – Dulce de Calabaza

Stewed pumpkin sweet – this succulent treat is a combination of brown sugar and warm spices, stewed for a few hours, the brown sugar caramelizing into a syrup that’s full of flavors from cinnamon, star anise, allspice seeds, and of course, bits of the deliciously thick pumpkin flesh that falls apart throughout the cooking process. YUM!

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Manatee Fun for Kids in Action in Caye Caulker

The chance to snorkel and swim with gentle manatees in their natural habitat can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Belize. Kids In Action members had that chance to do so in Caye Caulker on fine Sunday, and their appreciation for the endangered creatures increased.

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