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Top 10 Best things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize

Top 10 Best things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize

I recently returned from a trip to Caye Caulker in Belize and it is safe to say that I absolutely loved it. It was paradise. So, if you find yourself in that idyllic part of the world then follow my guide below and you will be guaranteed to have a good time.

  1. Go Slow. That is the motto on Caye Caulker and you will see it plastered everywhere. This little island is located far, far away from anywhere and the perfect place to just relax and go slow.
  2. Strap on a snorkel or tank. Belize boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. You can touch a shark, swim with a school of fish and admire endless coral through the crystal clear water.
  3. Drinks at the lazy lizard. Google Caye Caulker and you will see a million photos of the Lazy Lizard, it was enough to make me book a ticket and it didn’t disappoint. Yes, it is full of tourists, but what is better than dangling your feet in water, listening to music, being surrounded by happy party people while downing some pina coladas? Nothing!
  4. Eat a Fry Jack. A Fry Jack is the traditional breakfast dish and it is a fried tortilla stuffed with your choice of fillings and hot sauce if you’re brave enough.  The best place to do this is Errolyn’s House and the best combo is pulled chicken, cheese, beans and eggs. One of these suckers will only set you back a couple of bucks.
  5. Go to the movies.  The ‘Bondi Bar’ has a lovely little outdoor movie screen under the stars where you can sit back on a sun chair and enjoy copious amounts of popcorn and local beer.
  6. Eat lobster. Lobsters are as cheap as chips here and are served straight from the sea to your plate. The best places to enjoy a lobster is at Terry’s Grill and Fran’s Grill, both located on front street and cooked on a street-side coal BBQ.
  7. Fly over the blue hole. After many discussions with many divers, the consensus was diving in the blue hole (Belize’s most famous attraction) is not amazing, because it just looks like a lot of dark water when you’re there. So the best way to experience it is from the sky, which is actually cheaper than diving. The joy flight run by Tsunami Adventures and they takes you over not just the blue hole but give you a your of ship wrecks, private islands and coral as far as the eye can see. Plus the pilot is a legend!
  8. Beers at sunset. There is a jetty not too far away from Terry’s Grill, at the end of Hattie Street near the spit – it is quiet, peaceful and the best place to set up shop with a few Belikins (local beers) and watch the stunning sun set over the water.
  9. Talk to the locals. The beauty about this island is that it is so small that tourists and locals blend seamlessly. They are all friendly, relaxed and always blasting Bob Marley.
  10. Get on a bike. The island is flat and relatively small, perfect for cruising around on a cruiser. It is a great way to get your bearings of where everything is, including Chinatown (yes, there is even a Chinatown!).

How to get there:
If you’re visiting from Mexico, it is a 4 hour boat ride from Chatamal – get there an hour early as you will have to come from customs. There is also regular ferries from Belize City and access by plane but that will cost you a pretty penny.

Where to stay:
All accommodation is pretty basic. If you are going in the warmer months, definitely book somewhere with aircon. We stayed at the Stoned Crab Cabana, which is a basic, self-contained little hut in a great location.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Review: The Standard Hotel, New York

Review: The Standard Hotel, New York

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The hotel has become an icon itself thanks to its patchwork of glass towering into the sky enabling you to view inside peoples rooms and vice versa. And as I mentioned, it is positioned above the beloved high line and more than an arm’s distance from any other buildings (very rare for NYC). Views in every direction, no matter what floor you are on, a bonus because there is nothing worse than forking out a few hundred for a nice hotel to look onto a barron parking lot or a brick wall.

The Hotel is home to the uber exclusive club the Boom Boom Room, the popular German style beer garden and The Standard Bar and Grill, home to potentially the best burger I have ever tasted. And I don’t take such claims lightly.

Restaurants aside, the hotel is quintessentially New York. The rooms are small but trendy and boast views of the highline right underneath it, the Hudson River and the never ending city skyline of Manhattan. Centrally located with some of the city’s best shopping and dining right at your door.

  • Service: friendly, casual and helpful.
  • Room service: A good variety of options, served quickly and good quality. Watch out though, it’s expensive!
    Rooms: compact but functional – you want to be sure you’re comfortable with any others staying with you, there is zero bathroom privacy. On the plus side, you can wash your hair while admiring the city skyline and highland below.
    Amenity: A roof top gym, pool, free wifi, plenty of dining options – the hotel has everything you will need.
    Best for: a holiday or weekender for couples or friends – not ideal for the business traveller as there are no meeting rooms.
    Price: It is expensive given it is not a luxury hotel but worth the money if you have it for the views and experience alone.
  • Location: The meatpacking district is central making travel uptown, downtown and Brooklyn easy. Some of the restaurants best shopping and dining is right at your door.

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Truffle Pig.

Lemon Chicken, Tomato & Haloumi Salad …

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Serves approximately 4.

What you need:

• 2 large chicken breasts, cut in half length ways
• 100g of haloumi, thinly slices
• Bunch of asparagus, cut into 4cm
• Punnet of mixed cherry tomatoes, all cut in half
• 2 large lemons
• 4 eggs
• 2 sprigs of rosemary
• 1 cup of basil leaves
• 4 cups of baby spinach

What you need to do:
• Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place chicken in an oven try and top it with one of the lemons sliced into pieces and rosemary and a dash of olive oil and place into the oven for 30-35mins
• While the chicken is cooking, blanch the asparagus and toss it with the basil, spinach and tomatoes
• Grill the haloumi until golden brown, squeeze with lemon juice and place it into the salad and dress the salad with the remaining lemon juice and serve into 4 bowls
• Once the chicken has almost cooked, poach the 4 eggs so the yolk is still running
• Remove the chicken from the oven and slice before serving into each bowl and placing the poached egg on top
• Enjoy!

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Truffle Pig.

Mexican beef and black bean dip recipe …

Mexican beef and black bean dip recipe …

Mexican beef bean dip

Hosting a party and want to wow your guests with a dip that tastes like desire? Well you have stumbled across the perfect recipe.

What you need

  • Can of black beans, rinsed
  • 100g of minced beef
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • ½ – 1 cup of grated cheese
  • Half a cup of sour cream
  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • Jalapenos (optional)

What you need to do

  • Preheat the oven to about 160 degrees
  • Brown the mince in a pan on medium heat and once cooked, add the beans and salsa, stir and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Place mixture in an shallow, oven proof bowl, cover the dip with cheese and place it in the oven for about 15 minutes
  • While the dip is cooking, mix the sour cream and shallots in bowl
  • Once the cheese has melted on the dip remove it from the oven (depending on your oven you might want to wack the dip under the grill for a couple of minutes)
  • Lather the sour cream over the dip and serve with corn chips
  • Listen to your friends “mmmmmmmm” with delight

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Truffle Pig.

Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best Salads in Bondi Beach ….

Best salad in bondi beach

Summer is a comin’ and if I know one thing for sure, it is that beer battered chips and burgers do not make for a good bikini body (god damn it!). So, here is a list of some beach-friendly salads around Bondi’s beach ….

Smoked Trout – Lox Stock and Barrel

This salad is as colourful as it is delicious. Rocket, mint, zucchini, cabbage and shaved fennel create a light and crunchy base with wedges of beetroot and crunchy candied walnuts adding to the texture. The warm, flaky trout is cooked to perfection with the honey buttermilk dressing lightly coating the ingredients to bring it all together.

Chicken Caesar – Le Paris Go

Sometimes the basic meals are the best meals. This salad is a standard Caesar with crunchy cos lettuce covered in a creamy dressing with Parmesan, bacon and juicy grilled chicken stirred through with a boiled egg on top. Crisp, creamy, filling and delicious.

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Meat Ball Salad – The Shop

These huge, plump meat balls are served with melted cheddar on stop and a leafy green salad in the middle with a generous helping of avocado. This is the epitome of a balanced meal – comfort food teamed with a bunch of healthy greens.

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Sashimi Salad – Soy Japanese

Leafy greens mixed with the signature Japanese salad of silky seaweed noodles make up bulk of the dish with thinly sliced sashimi of tuna, king fish, tuna and prawn on top drizzled in a miso sauce. Light, cold, fresh and healthy.

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Brown Sugar Salad – Brown Sugar

Roasted pumpkin and beetroot with crispy polenta tossed with lentils and goat’s cheese tumbled together and dressed with balsamic. The option is there to add a range of extras – the grilled chicken or haloumi get my vote.

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Truffle Pig.

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Best Bloody Mary Recipe …

Bloody Mary recipe

If you’re feeling hungover or after a cocktail that isn’t sickly sweet… Bloody Mary is the drink for you.

What you need:
4 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup vodka
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ice cubes
4 celery sticks
Tabasco sauce to taste
Ledge of lemon
Cracked pepper on top
A pinch of sea salt

What you need to do:
Combine the juice, vodka, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a jug.
Place plenty of ice in each cup with with a celerey stalk and wedge of line then pour the cocktail in
Crack pepper on top and add a pinch of salt.

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Truffle Pig.