My doctor has long been after me to eat less meat and more fish. It’s easy to rationalize ignoring his heartfelt advice — which is what most of us do with doctorly advice, when you think about it — in Columbus, Ohio, which is more than 100 miles from any substantial body of water. It’s not exactly the fish capital of the world.
In Belize, though, there is no viable excuse or rationalization. So, I’ve been eating seafood until it’s coming out of my ears. Ceviche. Grouper. The whole red snapper shown above, complete with head, eyes, and little bones that you pick out of your mouth. And lots of shrimp.
It’s all fine, I guess, and I suppose I’ve added a few minutes to my lifespan by adhering to doctor’s orders. But to my mind the highlights of my Belizean culinary experience so far were the stewed chicken I attacked on Tuesday and a flavorful jerk chicken sandwich yesterday.
Nothing satisfies like meat.