Home cooked desserts are also fun times. This little beauty is a S'mores dip...chocolate, marshmallow, grahams to dip in. Sara made that little gem. I will be copying her - but I'm gonna slip some peanut butter chips in mine.
So I'm not sure this is a new place (new owners at least), but certainly new for me - Island Buzz Cafe and Grill. So happy I found this place; thank you to my friends over at 365 Belize for their write up that got me moving that far south to try this place (not that its far south - it's right by Island Academy (but that's way outside of my normal 3 block radiu); for a much more professional review of this joint check out their post.
I originally tried this place for breakfast with Laurie (aka Tacogirl.com) and was floored with the attention to detail in the food. I can't tell you how long it's been since I've had a proper croissant. Flaky, layers, amazing. Lunch with my brother the next day was just as staggeringly delicious. Yes my fellow San Pedronos...a great sandwich is available on this island - no more going to Caye Caulker just to visit Paradiso Deli. I had the special, a meat ball grinder, and my brother did the Philly. From bread to ball and even over to cole slaw and potato things...greatness. Attention to detail that you can taste. Even the blackberry cobbler (not pictured cause I ate it) was PERFECT. No doughie grossness; a crisp flaky layer with great black berries just below. I can still taste that meatball, slightly crisp exterior with juicy tasty interior. The will be having lobster specials now as well...they only have 3 table so I don' know where everyone will sit, but we'll sort it. They also do box lunches and such for events.
Finally got south and tried Black Orchid...despite the lack of menu prices on the website I broke my rule and went. So glad I did. My brother and I started with some meatballs - amazing. Great choice. I'm gonna actually call this a meat salad so our meal appears healthier. What we really came for was the steak. We're simple men - meat, potato, rum. I went with a bit of a surf and turf option and was happy for it. The shrimp was good...the steak was great. I think Eric's official review was - "You can tell this was marinated in love...I don't even want to swallow." I couldn't say it any better than that. So - natural question - I love Casa Picasso, I love Black Orchid. So which is my favorite? Now I know what parents mean when they say they can't choose a kid...ugg. Well...both. I think about it all, from the great reception, caring owners, joyful faces and service, atmosphere, FOOD, and I can't pick a clear favorite. There are items that each does better than the other. I'm not going to say them though - I think both of these places stand atop a big heap together and should be experienced by the masses.
<---That is Eric's "pure steak joy face". Really I don't know when I've seen him near as happy as when he's eating a great filet. On a separate note I was lucky enough to attend Red Cross welcome dinner at Casa Picasso, which is of course and mainstay favorite of mine. I had, you guessed it, the filet; and I must stay Chef Jeff is doing an amazing job at CP; he's really killing it in this dudes opinion. Back to the food. My neighbors on both sides had some Bacon Jam Mac & Cheese for dinner; dear Sara Jean was kind enough to let me dip my filet in her left overs - so we're talking a perfectly cooked amazing filet with cheesey bacony friends all having a party with your taste buds. It was likely one of the greatest things that has ever been in my mouth.
I've noticed that I have many many "thoughtful/emotional" blogs 1/2 way written. I never seem to able to finish them; largely for fear of causing "innocent people" some sort of emotional distress...but I'm working on them.