Casa Picasso

Belizean gratitude: Great googly lobsta!

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The Pannerifix Steel Band from our Lady of Guadelupe Music Program in Belmopan set the tone -- beautifully for the LobsterFest block party 2014 last night in Central Park. These kids just make you happy to be there.
The Pannerifix Steel Band from our Lady of Guadalupe Music Program in Belmopan set the tone — beautifully for the LobsterFest block party 2014 last night in Central Park. These kids just make you happy to be there.

Now that LobsterFest 2014 is in the books, isn’t it time we start planning for a few new festivals?

I’m thinking ConchFest, RainFest, CrocFest and MosquitoFest would be good starts.

Truth be told, there is a second, overlapping festival already under way, Dia de San Pedro. It started Friday at San Pedro Roman Catholic Church and includes a number of cultural events including an art and photo exhibit at the House of Culture, a lecture on the Caste War (Wednesday), ethnic dances and history skits (Saturday), as well as a boat procession and fishing rodeo next Sunday.

And of course much music, dancing and fireworks at the town’s football field on Friday and Saturday. Every celebration is an opportunity to showcase our dancing and singing children, our musicians, our favorite DJ’s.

Here is a story on Dia de San Pedro 2013 from last year in the San Pedro Sun.

But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Read the rest of this entry »

What you need to know about Belize in 33 insightful minutes

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A little San Pedroean watches a parade pass by her home on Pescador (Middle) Street.
A little San Pedroan watches a parade pass by her home on Pescador (Middle) Street.

Thinking about moving to Belize? You’ve got a friend in Ann Kuffner.

Well, we have a friend in Ann — and her husband, Mike. But you should get to know them, too.

Blogger’s note: The status of the video referred to in this post has since been changed to private. My apologies. You can still find Ann Kuffner’s writings on the International Living website and in their magazine. Some of her other videos on Belize are available by searching YouTube.

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San Pedro Saturday night: A magical tour through tapas and wines

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Flor from Wine De Vine previews the next wines that will be poured and how it fits in with the next course to be served at Casa Picasso during a special dinner Saturday night for about 120 guests.
Flor from Wine de Vine previews the next wines that will be poured and how it fits in with the next course to be served at Casa Picasso during a special dinner Saturday night for about 120 guests.

Quiz time, my little Luminosity-loving friends! Very simple and no time limit.

Match the Casa Picasso food serving in Column A with the appropriate Wine de Vine wine pairing in Column B:

Course                                                                                      Wine

1. Sashimi Styled Snook                                                       A. Protos Gran Reserva, Spain

2. Savory Cheese Custard/Heirloom Tomatoes         B. Bujanda Finca Antigua, Garnacha, Spain

3. Butternut Squash & Ricotta Gnochi                            C. Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, U.S.

4. Chocolate & Vanilla Pork Short Ribs                          D. Villa Antinori Toscano Bianco, Italy

5. “Cookies and Milk” Pie                                                       E. Qunita Do Noval, 2003 Port

Aw, I’m just messing with you. You don’t have to take the quiz because it has already been done for you. Here’s the menu from which the quiz was cribbed. Read the rest of this entry »

A Belize day-in-the-life: Sapotes, yoga, good food and friends

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Mayem Sapotes share the bowl with a couple of limes, bananas, tomatoes .... just another shopping day, with lots of yoga.
Mamey Sapotes share the bowl with a couple of limes, bananas, ginger, tomatoes …. just another shopping day, with lots of yoga.

So much for that laid-back island vibe.

Rose took three yoga classes  yesterday –and a hyper-energy dance class at Zen Arcade.

So, what’s a guy to do if he wants to see his wife? I took two of the yoga classes, too.

And that, my friends, constitutes a busy day here on Ambergris Caye. Well, with a bunch of other stuff thrown in between the classes.  It kind of feels like this video, (which was posted by Rebecca of San Pedro Scoop)  — a jittery GoPro bicycle tour up and down the same streets we cycle, filmed by Nicolai Hebert. Read the rest of this entry »