One thing that I absolutely love in Placencia is the organic vegetables that you can get. We don’t have everything here like in the rest of the world. Most of the vegetables are from San Ignacio (in the Cayo District in Belize) and now they also buy from Mexico. The vegetables here are very nice.
I do not generally like chicken but in my 17 years in Belize, I love the chicken because it is delicious. You cannot even compare it to the chicken that you get in America, Canada, or France. The chicken here is also organic. You feel the muscle and everything. The pork here is very delicious. To me, Belize has the best chicken and the best pork. It is not the same however when it comes to beef.
The fish and the seafood such as the conch is delicious. When you are in Placencia, what you might miss food with fancy spices that make it somewhat extraordinary, but as for me, I like the “slap slap” fish, which is just a boiled fish or nice piece of pig tail. “Slap slap” is a term that they use when you do not overcook the food. You just put it on the pan, sear it, and then turn it to the other side so that the outside is already cooked but the inside is still very soft. It is very good.
Other than Belize City and Placencia, I have lived in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and many other places, and by far, I found that Belize has the best food.
I love them all the grocery stores here in Placencia, but we already have way too many here. The majority are Chinese stores. After that, we have stores owned by the Wallens family, which were the first people who opened a market in Placencia. They were hippies when they came to Belize around 1971.
One of them is a pharmacist. We have a real pharmacy in Placencia because of Ms. Wallens. Ms. Wallens was so intense and determined that she succeeded in growing some tomatoes and vegetables. They also have a hardware store. I love them because they are a part of the history of Placencia Village. That’s how they started. That’s also how the markets in Placencia started. At the time, they were the only ones to sell wine, cream cheese, and other international products. Nowadays, their markets still exist but there are now many other markets and Chinese markets.
After you live in Belize, you will learn to buy a funky looking broom, which might last you only one month but that costs you only $1. You know that it won’t last long and that in one month you are going to buy a brand new one. It is the same with the food and everything else. You get accustomed to that kind of life. We do have everything that we need here in Belize, bukt perhaps not what you are used to.
Belize is a great place in many ways because it is off the beaten path and you are able to get by here in almost any circumstance. We can have another world war but if I am in Belize, I would still be able to catch fish, find red beans, I will eat rice and find my sugar. I might even find some rum and get drunk and forget about the war, but we will survive.
(Pictured: Belize rice and beans.)