But in order to cook, one needs to get the necessary ingredient. No Jewel. No Whole Foods. No Trader Joe's. No. Here in Placencia we have a variety of choices.
First there are the produce stands. These, we found, are the best bet for fresh produce. A quarter mile away there a stand that opens early in the morning til evening. And another quarter mile down the road, an even better stand, that operates out of a truck, with even longer hours.
Now the grocery stores do have some produce, but not as much or as good as the open air markets. The grocery stores are small and poorly lit. And, to tell you the truth, a challenge for a chef on a mission.
It's taken a while, but we've found six within a two mile walk. (Yes, we walk miles a day. No need for a health club here!)
Wallens, nearby with a half-way decent selection, exhibits some of the charm of the place, as evidenced by the signage.
Some things are hard to find--Dijon mustard for one, and thus the vinagrette suffered. Butter. We found it, but it's expensive! Yogurt. A search of all six stores until we found some plan yogurt, produced in Belize.
And that was an excellent accompaniment to the granola I made with local honey with floral and tropical flavors. The Chef pronounced it nearly foodgasmic.
But now it's time for dinner, so it's either choose a local restaurant, or a trip to the markets. Hmm. Which shall we do?