The Diary of a Connoisseur


We talked to Cara Araneta about her delicious meals while at Ka’ana. Here are picks of some of her favorite dishes!


Cochinita pibil is a traditional slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península. The sweet and savory pork was perfectly seasoned and melted in my mouth! The pineapple chunks added a great balance and a hint of citrus.

Shrimp Fettuccine

This hand made fettuccine paired perfectly with local shrimp and red snapper. I got my carb fix and seafood on!

Craboo Gelato

This gelato is made with craboo, a local fruit found on the grounds at Ka’ana. It tastes like a combination between a blueberry and vanilla. The pairing is flawless and tastes delicious!


Dukunu is a corn mixture made by the ancient Mayans of Belize. Its main ingredients are roasted corn and coconut milk. This was one of my favorite dishes, the mashed potato-like texture with the crunch of the bacon balanced perfectly. The guava jam was a tasty touch.

Red Snapper on a Cedar Plank

This was a perfectly light and balanced dish. I loved the presentation of the fish sizzling on the cedar plank. The aroma was lovely.

Grilled Fish

I ordered this multiple times while I was there. It’s fresh grouper with black bean salsa with cilantro oil on top. Great flavors and textures!

Shrimp and Chorizo Wrap

This was a great lunch. A perfect balance that is equally healthy and delicious.

Coconut Macaroons

This night time treat was the perfect end to my day at Ka’ana!

Watermelon Juice and Mango Infused Vodka

I had the watermelon juice every morning. The watermelons are grown at Ka’ana’s organic garden. It’s so refreshing and the perfect start to my day!

The mango infused vodka was a unique cocktail I enjoyed at dinner.