Three Secret Ingredients to Spectacular Food at Hamanasi

Three Secret Ingredients to Spectacular Food at Hamanasi


Three Secret Ingredients to Spectacular Food at Hamanasi
Adventure and Dive Resort in Belize

HOPKINS VILLAGE, Belize — Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, a multi-award-winning boutique eco-resort in Belize shares three reasons the meals at Hamanasi’s Singanga Restaurant are so unforgettable.

Meet Eliza, one of the chefs whose cultural heritage has greatly influenced her approach to cooking. Her mother is Creole; her late father was Mexican and her husband is Garifuna resulting in her knack for combining the best of all three tradition to create her own fusion dishes. “Mexican food is colorful and spicy, and it is corn-based,” Eliza explains “Belizean dishes are rice-based. Garifuna like ground starches like sweet potatoes and cassava and coco root.” The magic happens when she adds a touch of one culture to the food from another.

Eliza’s three years working at Hamanasi have been life changing for her. With only a 6th grade education, she is encouraged to come up with new ideas. Now as a kitchen supervisor she has the freedom to create her own dishes. Serving as a member of Hamanasi’s Green Team, Eliza makes sure she and her team not only work compostable food back into the kitchen garden; they also harvest seeds from fruits and vegetables to plant for the next crop. Sustainability is important to everyone at the resort.

Eliza and her husband, Martin, a Hamanasi dive instructor have 5 kids. Martin is originally from Hopkins and convinced Eliza to follow him back to his roots after they met in Corozal where they both worked in the hotel industry. Starting as a chef for staff, Eliza cooked all the meals for 120 employees. Before long she was transferred to the main kitchen and is now morning supervisor.

Hamanasi specializes in all-inclusive programs and packages that include reef and rainforest adventures. Diving is another specialty at Hamanasi with access to many iconic diving spots.

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About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast, just outside a traditional Garifuna village off the major tourism route. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
CONTACT: Dana Krauskopf
TEL:  1-571-405-7664
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