“Back to Basics” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

After all of the exertions of last week (going for the sympathy angle here) I have done (apologies for the language here) bugger all this week. This week I’ve got back to basics.

I’ve spent early morning ‘me time’ out on the veranda. The western, lagoon facing one, if you are wondering (and if you’re not it doesn’t matter because that’s still where I’ve spent it). Obviously it’s not just been me. Absolutely (doesn’t that sound terribly, terribly English) not. I’ve been joined by Mr iPad and Mr Black Coffee ( and no, I’m not a chauvinist). Oh, and Ziggy. But only only until he’s finished eating!

And, of course, I’ve had to go out for breakfast. Why? What? You expect me to make it myself? You obviously have NOT (sorry to shout) paid attention to previous editions or you’ve never found this blog before! If the latter, why had it taken you so long. And if the former, you must start paying attention.

On Tuesday, what with Estel’s Dine By the Sea being closed, a friend and I decided to give Di V’u a try for breakfast. If you’re not familiar with its location it’s at what was formerly Wet Willy’s dock.



It benefits from a very spacious dining area.



Some uncovered.


And a large seating area that provides protection from the sun.

There are some great views



The Lady Leslie getting ready for a trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker.


With all of this it was surprising that at 08.30 hours the restaurant was empty. We were the only people there!

So what to have?


We both ‘went’ for Huevos Rancheros with a side of bacon at BZ$28.


You’ll just have to trust me (or not), there was a side dish of bacon.

The service was exemplary ( but with only two of us in the restaurant it would have been difficult for it not to have been so) but I’m sorry to say that I’d only rate the food as OK. I’ll give it another go though because I’ve heard good reports. Next time though I’ll go for lunch or dinner.

Talking about food there’s a relatively new (around five weeks) Chinese take-away ( for non UK readers read take-out) in Boca del Rio (directly opposite Casa Pan Dulce) that’s well worth a try.


You might have to wait awhile for your order but it’s worth waiting for. And you can watch it being cooked in a well equipped and immaculately clean kitchen. Very reasonably priced too.

Also in Boca del Rio the Los Compadres bar has had an exterior facelift (no, I don’t know if the interior has had one. And even if I did I wouldn’t admit to it!).


Now Im intrigued. Are they going to employ some form of validation test? I mean, what constitutes a ‘big boy’?

The headline for today’s edition is based on the album released in 2006 by Christina Aguilera which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the UK Albums Chart.


  1. Jane says:

    Glad you’re doing well without Rose, John, and I love that you’ve tried a new place. Always appreciate someone else being the “guinea pig” before I waste my meager savings!

    1. Wouldn’t say its easy without Rose ( well at least not in print!)but nowhere near as problematical or lonely as I thought it would be. Do want her back though.
      I’ll give Di V’u another go but I’m not rushing to go back for breakfast.

  2. robert vernon says:

    John. I think the ‘ladies’ inside tell you if your a ‘big boy’ or not !!!! Did Tony’s bar , diagonally opposite DJ’s get the make over you were talking about a few months back? Hows the progress on the hotel next to our place going on? And finally , across from Wet Willy’s was the Sand Bar, that was being rebuilt , did that get finished and opened?
    I wonder if the new Chinese take away is the guy that used to be opposite us. His stuff was very good. But he had a poor customer manner , if you know what I mean . You seem to be surviving pretty well, cant call you a modern day ‘Robinson Crusoe’ , Rose really left you well provisioned !!!

    1. Thought that might be the case Robert. Think I’ll avoid the hurt and indignity!

      The new take-away is a husband (he does most of the cooking) and wife team. Doesn’t appear to be anything to do with Lee’s.

      Will post a photo of the ever growing hotel next to your place. It’s going up.

      Sandbar is now a hostel (with beachfront bar) that appears to be doing reasonably well.

  3. Wes Witt says:

    The stuffed fry jacks sounded intriguing.

    1. Not a big lover of fried jacks Wes otherwise I’d try them and let you know what they’re like. Think you’re going to have to try them yourself!

    2. Emily says:

      We had stuffed fry jacks at “De-tatch” in Placencia. SO GOOD! But they definitely have to be hot or they would not be good.

  4. Emily says:

    Going by the menu pricing, your breakfast should have only been $21 BZD ($15 for the eggs, $6 for the bacon), not $28, as you state. Did you include a beverage in that? I dunno, the photo looks pretty darn good, despite your mediocre rating. I’m a sucker for coconut French toast, though!

    1. We had coffee Emily and they must have applied tax. I know that the bill was for BZ$56. The under plate was very hot but the food, I’m sorry to say, was not. And the bacon was not the best looking or tasting.

      1. Emily says:

        That’s a shame, John. That’s a lot to pay for a not-so-great breakfast!

      2. I agree Emily. And I paid for his too!

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