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Hockey in Belize? Why not? Go Buccaneers!

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San Pedro Buccaneers and Withrow Park (Toronto) Tropical Knights  come together for a group shot at the end of the tournament. Two things that I heard and liked a lot: "Wait until next year!" and "We'll bring more teams!"
San Pedro Buccaneers and Withrow Park (Toronto) Tropical Knights come together for a group shot at the end of the tournament. Two things that I heard and liked a lot: “Wait until next year!” and “We’ll bring more teams!” At San Pedro High School.

They called the tournament the inaugural Caribbean Coconut Cup and the grand prize was an artfully carved and lacquered Belizean wood-and-coconut trophy.

The program cover described it as an “International Friendly Ball Hockey Tournament.”

And it was indeed friendly — after the games. At Wayo’s or some other fine beachside drinking and socializing establishment.

During the games? Read the rest of this entry »

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Doing stuff we haven’t done before, Part 4: Roasting beans

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Back Street coming through. A 30-pound batch of Caye Coffee's dark roast bean is ready for cooling last Saturday.
Back Street coming through. A 30-pound batch of Caye Coffee’s dark roast bean is ready for cooling last Saturday.

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Like I always say, you can’t live without it and … well, you can’t live without it.

After nearly 40 years as a newspaper writer, I know what a really, really, bad cup of coffee tastes like. And that’s 40 years straight-up black – no cream, no sugar. Don’t soften the bad news for this guy’s taste buds, buddy. Read the rest of this entry »

With a snip of the ribbon, Cafe Valentino opens for business

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Valentino de Caliz and his sister Celina, who will serve as manager, open Cafe Valentino for business last night at The Hotel.
Valentino de Caliz and his sister Celina, who will serve as manager, open Cafe Valentino for business last night at The Hotel.

It is official: Last night Valentino de Caliz, with his sister Celina beside him, cut the red ribbon across the door and Cafe Valentino in The Hotel was open for business.

Celina will be managing the new cafe, the first coffeehouse north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge here in San Pedro, Belize. The tasty selection of breakfasts and lunches will be the responsibility of chef Celia. Valentino, himself a busy musician here on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, said he will maintain a steady presence at the cafe. Read the rest of this entry »