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BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES

Posted By: watt

BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 08:25 PM

I have looked several places but have not been able to determine whether it is okay to bring in food for our own personal consumption while we are there. I think there is some limit on booze and cigs -- any limits on anything else? Any advice is appreciated.
Posted By: margarita

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 08:38 PM

Search this message board for lots of info about meat.
No fresh agricultural products.

Do you have a particular food item you are wondering about?
Belize it!
Posted By: susangg

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 09:03 PM

Bring FOOD to Belize? One of the all time great food places in the world? You gotta be kidding, right?
There are about 50 restaurants (counting all the little stands) in town...and little kids come around selling home made meat pies, coconut tarts, bread puddings, etc..
Yum yum....
Unless you need special food due to an unusual medical problem, there is no reason to bring anything edible to San Pedro.
Furthermore, food is fresh. Very little processed food there...its all real, made from scratch. No hidden ingredients (just calories and nobody tries to hide those!)
Posted By: watt

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 09:13 PM

Well, now I feel like an idiot. When you rent a condo with a kitchen you feel like you have to stock it -- it's the woman thing as you might have guessed. I will defintely take your advice and do it there and forget worrying about packing anything other than swimsuits, sunscreen and bug spray [Linked Image] I just read that some of the 'basic' goods are expensive and am trying to keep costs down so I can spend it on the fun stuff -- like in the bars!!! Thanks for the info.
Posted By: watt

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 09:19 PM

I have never participated on a board before so I hope that pink round face icon is a 'smiley face' as it was intended. Although, it does look more like a 'kiss my ass smile' and I certainly am not taking that tone [Linked Image] -- Hey, I am almost on vacation (28 days to freedom)!!
Posted By: susangg

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 09:22 PM

If you can afford to rent a condo in San Pedro, you can afford to eat!
You can easily save money by avoiding the "trendy" gringo restaurants that travel agents like to recommend and eating at local places. There are many threads on food on this message board so do a search. I like the ladies on the street (safe, delicious and cheap) who sell food in stands, Papis Diner on the north end of town, The Reef and Ambergris Delight on Middle Street, Ruby's Cafe for breakfasts and desserts and quick snacks, and a bit more expensive but great: Jambel's Jerk Pit for REAL jerk everything.
If you are cooking in, avoid buying products made in the US. Get locally produced staples (rice, sugar, salt, spices, coffee, tortilla chips) in plastic baggies at the little markets, and look for products made in Mexico for the best prices (there's a 100% price difference, for example, between cereal from the US and cereal from Mexico, same for cooking oil, anything in cans, etc.
Buy produce from produce stands not markets (its usually better and cheaper.)
Get beer by the case from the Belikin distributor, much much cheaper than buying bottles in stores, same for soft drinks, your condo manager should be able to help you do that.
Posted By: roo1788

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/09/02 11:14 PM

susangg - You rock! Thanks for the great advice and direction. That is why I love this board.
Posted By: kcbc

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/10/02 01:00 AM

I bring my own food in.

Four reasons why. Don't go to AC, I'm the cook, my village has none of these wonderful resturants or grocery stores and the Belizeans enjoy something different.

List of what I bring.
Canned hams, tuna fish, mayo, catsup, salad dressing, spices, coffee, salad dressing, Lipton Rice and Noodle dishes. Pasta, spag. sauce, peanut butter, popcorn, candy and gum. BBq Sauce, mustard, etc. etc.
shelf milk.

NO Fresh fruits or veggies are allowed.
Posted By: paluxy

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/10/02 03:05 AM

Watt-that puts ou in on the 6th of June doesn't it? How long r u staying? There r a bunch of us hookin up down there from 6/10-6/20, u r welcome to join in the festivities, the more the merrier!
Posted By: watt

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/10/02 03:51 PM

We will be there the 7th through the 15th. I read that a bunch of you were meeting at the chicken drop on the 12th(?) (Wednesday). Is that right? Also, any spots left in the cave tubing excursion? What is the story on the volleyball game and Deb's party? We would love to hook up and party!!! Anybody interested in chartering a boat to do a day trip and hitting some of the unihabited cayes and snorkeling? Any advice on who to contact to do this? There have to be tons of great guides with boats.
Posted By: aqtpie2

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/10/02 04:02 PM

Watt:

When we go, we stay in a condo with kitchen also and we bring staple foods. For example when we get up and are too hung over to bike to town I bring cereal packs (buy milk there) or cereal bars. Other things we take:

Pasta/rice - to make when we cook up our fresh catch
Mac & Cheese - to make when our lazy butts don't want to walk to town to get lunch or mid afternoon snack.
granola bars - to eat before we go diving
candy bars to freeze and eat when we get back from diving.

Then buy the rest - veggies, butter, salsa, fruit, fresh goods from kids on bikes in the AM. But I like to take our staple foods for when we get a little lazy or too pooped to go to town. We do eat in town almost every night though (and re-stock misc. items while we are there, ie slasa chips, limes). The stuff we take is just for munching

have fun
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: BRINGING IN FOOD FROM THE STATES - 05/12/02 11:07 PM

I brought my own coffee and snacks for my room at Banana Beach. Oatmeal for breakfast, cheese, crackers, salami, popcorn, wine. I love to eat on AC, but also enjoy my room with an ocean view once in a while.
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