Taste of Belize: Costa Rica’s Neighbor Cooks It Up

A Taste of Belize is our Central American neighbor’s main culinary competition and industry trade event. It features the best this small Caribbean coastal country has to offer.

I’ve been traveling to Belize for over 30 years. I’ve written Frommer’s Belize for the past 15 years. I know and have eaten the cooking of all the chef’s featured in the video below. And, there’s always some Marie Sharp’s in my pantry.

Chef Rob served a homemade papaya ketchup alongside some fresh snapper that lives on in my memory forever. Chef Sean wowed me with his fusion recreations of Belizean classics when he opened the kitchen at Ka’ana Resort.

And well, you haven’t had gibnut  (agouti paca) till you’ve tried Chef Calbert’s gibnut.

 

Carl’s Jr. In Costa Rica

Carl's Jr. In Costa RicaOK, I just learned that Carl’s Jr., the U.S.-based fast food burger chain already has 6 restaurants in Costa Rica.

That’s right, they have six already and plan to open five more in 2013. Dios mio.

 

The Costa Rican expansion is part of a global push that has seen Carl’s Jr. outlets pop up everywhere from Brazil to New Zealand, and from Vietnam to Turkey.

I admit it, I’ve never eaten at a Carl’s Jr., either here or in the United States. Although I have found their sexy car washing ads clever and smart from a PR point of view.

Read the Tico Times article on this phenomenon here.

So what’s the deal, and what’s your verdict? Has anyone tried one yet? How does it stack up?

Ready, set, eat…

First post. Opening day. Sing a song. Do a cartwheel.

Things will be a little slow at the outset, but I expect this to be a busy, informative, interactive, interesting, at times irreverent, and very useful site.