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Where to Find Good Seafood and My Favorite Healthy Snack From Cayo, Belize

Whether you live here or are planning to cook on vacation and want to enjoy some good Belize seafood, Grace Shrimp on Barrier Reef Dr. (Front Street) has you covered. I have passed it by a zillion times and never stopped in, then finally one day I decided to give them a try. The shop is closer to the beginning of front street on the left hand side. Just look for the blue sandwich board sign right before the Cigar Store on the left hand side, walk down the lane and you will find the store on your right.

It is small but they have a good selection of fresh frozen seafood in their 3 big freezers. I was very happy to find both black and white de-veined shrimp in a variety of sizes in the $20 range. I also bought conch and snook both in $15 BZD range the first time, and have already been back for more shrimp.

Anyone have any good tips on cooking conch? I did not do such a good job of it. When I looked it up online I read that it will get rubbery when it goes into the pot and that simmering it longer will soften it up again. Maybe I was impatient that day, but it never seemed to soften back up again.

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Grace Shrimp down a lane on the left hand side of front street.
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Shrimp, conch and snook.

I was very sad to find out yesterday that I was about to buy the last 2 packages of my new favorite snack. I never thought in a million years I would be talking about gluten free rice cakes, but with this food plan I am on this is one of the things that does not give me pain. I add fresh all natural Belize made Peanut butter which you can find at Big Tree. It is made in Cayo, Belize, is super tasty, and all it has in it is peanuts and a pinch of sea salt.

I told 2 different people at Super Buy that I had slowly bought them out of all their stock, and the packages I was holding were the last two. One wrote it down in her stock book and one didn’t, neither could guarantee if there were more on order or if I would ever see them again. I did not even care that there was a cheaper price scratched out and a more expensive one written in and bought them anyways. I went straight to Evelia at Greenhouse, as she is carrying a larger amount of gluten free options. I showed her the packaging and asked if she would be able to get plain ones and she said she would do her best.

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Notice the cheaper price crossed out and a higher one written on the package?
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All natural peanut butter sold at Big Tree in San Pedro made in Cayo Belize – I buy the mid sized jar at $14.50 BZD.

8 thoughts on “Where to Find Good Seafood and My Favorite Healthy Snack From Cayo, Belize

  1. tacogirl says:

    Ezekiel bread yum. That is one of the things I miss is good health food store bread Charlotte. We used to have a few choices within a 10 min walk from us in Toronto.

  2. Charlotte says:

    I’m not too sure. Ezekiel bread here is about 7.00 bucks per loaf, so the rice cakes seem a bit steep.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Sorry, no conch cooking tips. I don’t think i would attempt it although I love it. My mom makes an amazing conch soup as well as conch fritters. Expensive rice cakes, even with the exchange.

  4. tacogirl says:

    Thanks for the offer Kathy. I will email you if I need it but hoping to solve it in country so I can just get on with life lol. One of the downsides of living here is when you find a product you like, once it runs out you may never see it again, depending which store it was in. Then they look at you like you are from Mars when you go back one day and try and explain what you are looking for and that they used to sell it.

  5. Kathy Chavis says:

    If you need some rice cakes in June I will have room in suitcases to bring you some. We have a Whole Foods and another health food store Tidle Creek. Just email me.

  6. tacogirl says:

    Eliminating Gluten is one of the first things recommended for anyone suffering with IBS Emily.I did pound it with a jar and rolled it. I like your idea better and will try that next time. Graces is easy to miss but well worth finding.

  7. Emily says:

    Ah, so you think you are gluten intolerant? That could definitely explain the gastro- issues you were having. Hope the new diet helps, Laurie! And hope you can get your hands on more gluten-free rice cakes. Sound really bland, but you need to eat what agrees with you! As for conch, I’ve read that it should be pounded with a mallet before cooking. The one time I bought it there, I cut it very small and marinated it in tons of fresh lime juice and made ceviche. It was very tender that way as the lime juice tenderizes it. I never tried to cook it. Wish I’d known about Grace’s when we were on the island — looks good!

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