Thanks (for) giving – in Ambergris Caye.

With so many expat Americans living on Ambergris Caye, plus all of the Americans here on vacation ( already using the vernacular- previously would have said holiday) you would have to be a recluse ( John McAfee !!!) not to know that today is Thanksgiving Day.

Prior to coming here to live I knew that it is a national holiday in the United States and everybody eats turkey but that was about the sum of my knowledge. I don’t profess to know a great deal more but do know now that it’s origin is of a religious nature and dates back to the Protestant Reformation in England in the 16th century with the catalyst being Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. So now you know ( as much as I do!).

One of our neighbours where we rent our apartment invited us to the Thanksgiving dinner ( and it was a great dinner too) that he held but if you are here on Ambergris Caye on Thanksgiving Day and do not get an invite do not despair.

Why? Well because nearly every restaurant has a turkey dinner on the menu. And, if you don’t want to go out for the meal there are plenty of take-away places that you can go to. A Belizean friend of ours swears by Annie’s Pastries for his Thanksgiving Dinner and kindly allowed me to photograph it for you so that you can see what exceptionally good value you get for just BZ$15 (US$7.50).

Annie’s Pastries Thanksgiving Dinner.


Annie’s Pastries is located in Lagoon Drive and the telephone number is 226-2032. Detail you might like to put in your address book for next year. I have!

Annie’s Pastries.


Whilst on the subject of good value food – whether to ‘eat in’ or take-away, Briana’s Deli in Angel Coral Drive gets a big thumbs up. Exceedingly popular with locals (always a good sign for me) and expats alike you get great meals at a great price. I particularly like the chicken soup at BZ$11 (US$5.50) and the chicken, rice and beans at BZ$9 (US$4.50).


In a post the other day I mentioned that I was fairly confident that my wife would want to give a name to the coconut tree that we are going to cultivate on our veranda . Well, she has and it is now called Marley.

Marley the (baby) coconut tree .


So, how’s the build going? Well, today the guys had virtually completed installing the final sections of rebar and connecting the relevant sections together.

Rebar sections in place.



The forms were being assembled and being laid out for placement tomorrow.

The forms.


Barring rain the forms will be put in place tomorrow and the cement will be poured on Monday.


  1. Alan Slater says:

    First post on your blog, John and I am gobsmacked!!! Will be reading you daily, as your info is most interesting and useful. Just wanted to swap a comment with you regarding Thanksgiving…..just think…..if the founding fathers had shot a bobcat instead of a turkey, would we have been eating pu$#@, all these years?????? Inquiring minds need to know. Apologies offered in advance, John, but I could not resist!!!! Reply from an exwoad.

    1. Thanks for joining my little club Alan . Pleased to learn that you will read daily.

      As to your point re bobcats, I will need to research and then post accordingly!


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