September is definitely the most festive time to be in Belize, and Belizeans certainly know how to celebrate BIG! It’s the time when work slows down and everyone looks forward to the different patriotic events and colorful festivals celebrated countrywide. The entire country shows off their national colors – red,white and blue, and those living abroad come home as visitors flood the country join the month long festivities.
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- 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
- 4 ounces ginger root, grated
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Although Belize is known for its beautiful sunshine, from time to time, we do get rain. If by chance you are here and this happens, here are some suggestions for rainy day activities:
1. PRIVATE COCKTAIL CLASS
Hone your cocktail skills with a lesson from one of our own master mixologists. Join for a tasty lesson in creating a unique blend of local cocktails and refreshing versions of classics.
Mango Season is in full bloom right now in Belize, so we’re giving you the recipe for one of our favorite Ka’ana cocktails: the Mango-Jalapeño Margarita! Have a little taste of Belize at home!
We call it The Refresher! One taste and you’ll see why…
Every culture has their own unusual ‘delicacies’ and Belizeans are no exception. Maybe due to the mix of cultures that settled here; the escaped Africans slaves as well as the German Mennonites, Maya (and more) over the years who brought their own customs and traditions. Mash that into one melting pot and you have a plethora of bizarre!
1. Meet the Gibnut or Paca, also affectionately known as the Royal Rat (since served to Queen Elizabeth II on her Belize visit some years ago). Many Belizeans will tell you its a must-try delicacy. Check out Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern gibnut feast here.
The jade head was discovered at in the Belize District’s Mayan site of Altun Ha in 1968 by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada. The head, along with forty other objects, had been placed within a large tomb that was located below the stairblock on the Temple of the Masonry Altars. At the center of the tomb were the remains of an elderly adult male. This elite person was likely an important ruler of the site during his lifetime and may have commissioned an artist to produce the large carved object. We do not know the exact date that the head was carved, but analysis of cultural remains within the tomb suggests that the burial, and accompanying grave goods, were deposited in the structure sometime between 600 and 650 A.D.
Carlota, Candy and Mirsa are our most pleasant (not to mention the loveliest) of our servers here at Ka’ana. I dodged them while they took a well-deserved break out by the fire deck. They were as always, happy to speak with me and definitely willing to pose for the camera
Do you have any specials you personally prefer from our menu?
Carlota: I love the glazed pork chops – the way these guys prepare it so juicy and tender makes your mouth water – its really good!
Candy: I love lobster – when its in season I will definitely always have it and recommend it.
Mirsa: I definitely love the shrimp-chorizo wrap, when I eat here this has always been a favorite and I always recommend to guests as well.
What do you guys love most about your job here at Ka’ana and what inspires you?
Carlota: well to tell the truth, I honestly love the natural beauty of the place. I love going about my work and hearing the birds singing early in the morning, the trees and nature in general; knowing that guests are enjoying it.
Candy: I love interacting with guests. I love serving them new things and seeing them enjoy it and knowing that I contribute to their happiness.
Mirsa: I love seeing guests happy as well,showing them what I can about my country and helping them to get the best experience ever really makes me happy.