Putting on pants for a real night out in Ambergris Caye

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Sunset on Friday from the lagoon-side patio of the Hotel in the Tres Cocos section of San Pedro Town, Belize.
Sunset on Friday from the lagoon-side patio of the Hotel in the Tres Cocos section of San Pedro Town, Belize.

I put on pants yesterday.

For the first time since we arrived in Belize, I set aside the daily uniform of shorts, sandals and T-shirt for a pair of khaki slacks, Hawaiian print shirt, Padres baseball cap and oh yeah, sandals.

The occasion?

No. 1, Rose dolled herself up. I mean looking hot. Walking beside her in T-shirt and sandals just seemed so wrong. (Thump chest.) Respect!

Looking back toward the Hotel's patio from the edge of the lagoon, shortly after sunset on Friday.
Looking back toward the Hotel’s patio from the edge of the lagoon, shortly after sunset on Friday.

No. 2, last night was the grand opening of Molly Malone’s pub in the dignified but empty edifice just up the road called “the Hotel.” Like the “W” only “the Hotel.”

The place has been one of the great curiosities for Rose and me since arriving here in San Pedro.

Such a grand looking hotel, nicely maintained and apparently still unfinished and so, of course, quite empty. It sits on the lagoon and faces the ocean t probably one of the narrowest sections of Ambergris Caye. How could something so promising sit so forlorn?

On the patio of the Hotel in the Tres Cocos neighborhood at the grand opening on Friday. That's Valentino on guitar, nailing a Chris Isaak tune.
On the patio of the Hotel in the Tres Cocos neighborhood at the grand opening on Friday. That’s Valentino on guitar, nailing a Chris Isaak tune.

So we were pretty intrigued when our friend John East broke the news that the pub and restaurant, at least, were opening. Or, as John points out (at the very end of this blog item), re-opening — because they were in business a long time ago for all of a few weeks or maybe months.

At any rate, not long at all.

John does a great job covering the opening on his blog, with tons of pictures that show the potential of “the Hotel.” We must have missed John and his wife, Rose, by mere minutes when we arrived. Well, I wouldn’t have wanted to get in the way of the working press ….

 

Inside Molly Malone's, an Irish pub that has reopened in the Hotel, just north of the San Pedro bridge in the Tres Cocos neighborhood.
Inside Molly Malone’s, an Irish pub that has reopened in the Hotel, just north of the San Pedro bridge in the Tres Cocos neighborhood.

We got there just in time for the lagoon-side sunset. Confirmed my suspicion that the Hotel’s patio will make a great gathering place for sunset drinks. The landscaped grounds with a little cove, island and footbridge just beckons for a stroll, Belikin in hand.

Naturally I had to go to the lagoon edge in the hope of seeing my first Belize crocodile, as I’d heard a whole family of crocs had been born not long ago a couple hundred yards north of the hotel property.

No luck. But there will be plenty of sunsets on the patio in our future, I’m sure. This place could be like Mallory Square in Key West — sundowner parties, anyone?

Rose at the bar in the newly reopened Molly Malone's pub in the Hotel, San Pedro. How could I not dress up to go on a date with this beautiful woman?
Rose at the bar in the newly reopened Molly Malone’s pub in the Hotel, San Pedro. How could I not dress up to go on a date with this beautiful woman?

The pub itself  is just a real comfortable place to sit and sip a stout. Rose looked around at all the heavy dark wood accents and cozy surroundings  and mused, “I know where I’ll be sitting when the rainy season arrives!”

We passed on dinner, as ours was waiting for us at home, but the menu has a nice pub food feel to it. John East has a photo of the menu in his blog post.

A couple of the liqueurs featured by Picasso Spirits in Molly Malones. Onthe  left is Grand L'Orange, at right, Moka.
A couple of the liqueurs featured by Picasso Spirits in Molly Malones. Onthe left is Grand L’Orange, at right, Moka.

Picasso Spirits  provided the “free shots” advertised for the evening. The Ambergris Caye liqueur company is owned by Peter and Carla Seely.

Picasso Spirits has been around since 2008 but Peter and Carla are really turning up the heat now with new branding and marketing. Their liqueurs, like Moka and Grand Limon, are made from Belize and Ambergris-sourced products like cane sugar, lemons, coffee beans,  chocolate and herbs.

Speaking of turning up the heat, their habanera pepper-cinnamon-local brandy infused Spark liqueur sent me reeling back in time, to the days when me and da guys would put two or three Fireballs in our mouths and the first one to spit them out was a loser.  Hold in the heat! Manly-boy stuff.

Peter, if you come up with liqueurs that are reminiscent of Necco Wafers and Bit-O-Honey bars, I’m all in!

Sally, the Molloy Malone manager and Peter Seely of Picasso Spirits discuss the finer points of building a chocolate mojito.
Patty, the Molly Malone manager, and Peter Seely of Picasso Spirits discuss the finer points of building a chocolate mojito.

We watched as Peter and bar manager, Patty, built a gorgeous looking chocolate mojito using his liqueur.  And wouldn’t you know, there was enough left over for two hefty tasting glasses that materialized in front of Rose and me.

While soaking in the Gaelic ambiance of the pub, we met a nice couple from Colorado who own a condo at Grand Caribe, just up the road. Mark and Rosemary are avid scuba divers who have made some 300-plus dives all over the world in just the past few years. It is always thrilling to hear the ways that people have taken control of their lives and stepped out of the ordinary.

We’ve been fortunate to meet quite a few adventurous people like Mark and Rosemary here on Ambergris Caye. Rose said it best, “Ex-pats are just a different breed of people.”

There is another section of the hotel’s ground floor that is now open, called the Library. If you are the quiet type who just wants to curl up with a light beer and a book, this is your spot.

But I’m holding out hopes that some morning in the near future those nice, but empty, display cases will be filled with pastries, muffins and cinnamon buns and a big pot of coffee will be brewing in back!

Of course, the big hope is that the hotel itself will be finished and filled with happy visitors.

Well, this was a great start.

Or, restart.

Any way, that would give me another reason to dress up in real pants.

Part of the newly re-opened library in the Hotel. Some day, perhaps, it will make  great coffee shop.
Part of the newly re-opened library in the Hotel. Some day, perhaps, it will make great coffee shop.
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12 thoughts on “Putting on pants for a real night out in Ambergris Caye

    Chris said:
    April 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    One should always wear pants when leaving the house.

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Chris, that is so Oscar Wilde meets Albert Einstein!

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    Monkey Dave said:
    April 6, 2014 at 7:39 am

    But what about the spots coat, Bob????

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    Monkey Dave said:
    April 6, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Sports coat

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hi Dave! As were were winnowing down our luggage one last time at Susan and Brian’s home in San Francisco I made an impulse decision to leave the sports coat behind. Along with things like shoes and ties ….

      Of course, now we plan on attending a family wedding n England in July … and I can’t decide which T-shirt is my most formal …

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    Susan Moore said:
    April 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I am so happy for you two….living life vicariously through your adventure! Reading and loving your blog every day…or every entry. Thanks for your input, too, Rose. I really appreciated hearing your input.

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    Susan Moore said:
    April 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Oh, yeah. But next time….drop the pants.

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    seely said:
    April 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Nice meeting you both the other night. Thank you for the kind words on your write up and glad you enjoyed our products. Peter (Picasso Spirits)

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Likewise, Peter. And we enjoyed learning about your business and sampling your liqueurs. Best of luck to you and Picasso!

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    seely said:
    April 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you and great blog to follow.

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