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Belize Jewel Series: Marva of Laruni Hati Beyabu Diner in Hopkins, Belize

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Some of you might remember my story last year about meeting Marva - owner of Laruni Hati Beyabu Diner in Hopkins - while I was a BTB Road Warrior in Belize. You might also recall how she empathized with my plea to experience Garifuna food and opened up her place and her kitchen, even though she was on vacation for a month, and let me watch, photograph and experience how to make hudut from scratch. I learned a lot from her about the culture and the current dynamics in Belize with the Garinagu people and the rest of the country.

Well, you can guess the first thing I did when I returned to Hopkins last week. I went to see Marva.

It took her about a half second to remember me, and then she proudly pointed to her framed Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence – it came in the mail just two weeks ago, she said. Was it you? she asked. I smiled. I’d like to think I brought Marva some customers from my blog piece last year! But I’m pretty sure it’s just that more independent travelers discovered her wonderful beachfront setting and how amazing her cooking is, and her spirit.

I spent a good hour catching up with her, schedule be damned (for once) and returned again later- she made hudut just for me on my last Saturday there.

She’s a real gem in Belize and if you’re in Hopkins, make sure to stop by and have a cheap plate of really good Garifuna food, and other local specialties. Tell her I sent you!  And don’t mind the random Trip Advisor rankings, which I think placed her at number 10 – she’s #1, in every way.

On a separate but related note – I’m super pleased to share my latest publication news: “Garifuna Life in Belize” for BBC Travel, published just yesterday.  I hope you enjoy it!


Note: The above photo of Marva was taken with my i-Phone. 

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Bonus Postcards: ‘Tings’ For Sale (#FriFotos)

Raw nutmeg, anyone? - Gouyave, GrenadaSaturday market - San Ignacio, BelizeSpices on Spice Island - St. George's GrenadaFresh tacos at the Saturday market  - San Ignacio, BelizeAfternoon shopping - St. LuciaSpicy grilled corn at the Shilin night market  - Taipei, TaiwanOriginal jerk cooking - Boston Bay, Portland, Jamaica Fresh catch - Monkey River, BelizeHerbs for all ailments - Negril Beach, JamaicaMobile shop - Montego Bay, JamaicaSeafood shack - Montego Bay, JamaicaBeach wares - Negril, JamaicaFresh sugar cane juice - GrenadaJamaican menu - West End Negril, Jamaica

Oh the things you see for sale abroad! They are among the most fun to photograph and tell you so much about a place. Here are a few from Jamaica, Grenada, Belize and  Taiwan.

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