Volume 21 | July 2016

The Consulate of Belize

in Flor ida


                                                                                                                                                                                   The Sleeping Giant  

Hon. Consul General's 
Monthly Message

Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize  in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida
Welcome to our monthly newsletter, where we bring you human interest stories, current events and information on Belize!

The Consulate of Belize in Florida is proud to announce that in addition to processing Belizean Passports and Emergency Travel Documents, it is now issuing Identification Cards, facilitating many Belizeans living in Florida with the opportunity to hold an official ID from Belize. Acceptance of these cards at U.S. offices and other institutions, however, depends on their discretion. 

Enjoy reading about our Belizean Star of the Month!  If you are aware of a Belizean residing in the United States who is making a positive impact on the lives of others while contributing to their native country, please submit their story to us so that we may feature them in our newsletter. 

Please remember to share with us your contact information so that you can be abreast of all the updates and news on Belize. Visit our website at www.belizeconsulflorida and register!

See N Taste Belize News!

Thanks to the overwhelming support we received from you at See N Taste Belize 2015 held in Miami, Florida, we quickly outgrew the venue at Florida International University! We have finally identified our new and exciting See N Taste Belize venue where See N Taste Belize will come back bigger and better in 2017!   Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7th, 2017 and stay tuned for more details in the coming months!


Grand Discovery at        Xunantunich

There have been more remarkable discoveries at Xunantunich including another panel. It is a lot to condense in one story so we have split this feature series into 3 parts. The first part is about the discovery of a tomb with the skeletal remains of a Maya ruler. The archaeologists say the tomb probably dates back to the Late Classic Period but more tests need to be done to confirm the time period.

Dr. Awe told us that they plan on conserving the tomb, making a replica of the skeletal remains and later installing a Plexiglas so tourists can get to see the tomb from above.


                                                 Story courtesy of: 7newsbelize.com





Forces of Nature
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Belizeans Honoured by the Queen 
    Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Belmopan. June 28, 2016. Eight distinguished Belizeans were honoured for their dedicated and outstanding services to their community at a ceremony held today at the Belize House in the City of Belmopan. The insignias were presented by the Acting Governor General of Belize H.E. Mr. Carlos Perdomo on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
Receiving the insignia of a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George was Mr. Michael Bowen for services to business and industry. Mrs. Eleanor Hulse and Mrs. Dilicia Feinstein received the insignia of an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; Mrs. Hulse for services to education and Mrs. Feinstein for services to business and the community. The insignia of a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was given to Ms. Emelda August for services to nursing; Mrs. Sarita Westby for services to education and the community; Mr. Juan Nunez for services to education and sport; Dr. Aaron Lewis for services to science; and Mrs. Janet Gibson for services to environmental protection.


 The San Pedro Sun 


A Diplomatic Timeline of Events  
 Belize/ Guatemala

Fellow Belizeans,

Please find a useful timeline link below that highlights major diplomatic events between Belize and Guatemala, starting from 1946 to present day.

Click Here:

For more information, please visit http://www.mfa.gov.bz/.
Janine Sylvestre Vega
Hon. Consul General of Belize in Florida
Trade Representative of Belize in Florida

 Belize On Top of Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Survey
Every year for their World's Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure Magazine asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe - to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Belize once again shines in the 2016 awards with top destinations like Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia showing a strong presence in the top lists.
The top five resort hotels in Central America include Matachica Resort & Spa in Belize, where it says T +L  readers could see the barrier reef from their thatched-roof casitas or the private hot tub outside their villas. Mata Chica Resort tied at the #3 spot while the Turtle Inn, Placencia made it to the #5 spot.

Belize Business Directory


If you are interested in joining the Belize Business Directory Memership please contact us at 305-503-5741 or email us at belizeconsulate@gmail.com

Landmark Beauty of the Month  
Front Street, Caye Caulker
Let us protect and preserve our historical Belizean landmarks 


Consulate of Belize in Florida
Picture of the Week:

Just another beautiful day with Belize's youngest blogger, Miss Madi, at the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
 read more of her adventures at: itravelbelize.com


Belize Continues to Deliver Impressive Tourism Results
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☼  SBDC Belize Workshop

"Hog ask he mumma "whe mek yu mout so long?". He mumma say "nu worry chile, you soon fine out""

Meaning: Experience teaches wisdom.
  Belize News 
Recipe of the Month

6 inch cake


100g digestive cookies

50g melted unsalted butter

Mango cream cheese:
  • 200g pureed mango
  • 200g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 120ml pouring cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 10g sheets of leaf gelatine (around 3-4 sheets)
  • 50g greek or plain yogurt
  • juice of half a lemon

Mango jelly 

  • 150g pureed mango (I used a stick blender to puree)
  • 2 mangoes (1 to place in the gelatine layer and 1 to decorate with on top of cake)
  • 50ml water
  • 10g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5g sheets of leaf gelatine (~2 sheets)

1. Process the biscuits until they are like crumbs, then add the butter and pulse again. Line the bottom of a 6 inch/15cm tin with a removable base (or a springform tin), pressing the biscuits in with your hands or the back of your spoon. Put the tin in the fridge to set.

2. Submerge the 10g gelatine leaves in a dish of cold water and leave to soak and soften for 5 minutes.

3. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until smooth and add in the sugar, cream and milk and mix until combined and smooth.

4. Transfer the cream cheese mixture into a small pot and place on the stove over low gas and whisk until the mixture is completely smooth. Take the gelatine leaves out of the water, give them a good squeeze to get rid of excess water, and stir one by one into the cream cheese mixture (they will dissolve instantly). Leave to cool for a few minutes.

5. Add the yogurt, lemon juice and pureed mango into the cream cheese mixture. Leave to cool completely.

6. Pour into the cake pan and smooth down slightly.

7. Leave to cool in the fridge for around 3-4 hours until set.

8. Submerge the 5g gelatine leaves in a dish of cold water and leave to soak and soften for 5 minutes.

9. Put the 150g mango puree, water and sugar and lemon juice into a pot and heat up over low gas.

10. Take the gelatine leaves out of the water and squeeze dry, and stir into the pot.

11. Cut two cheeks from the mango and remove the skin on both cheeks. Cut the mango into around 0.2cm slices.

12. Remove the set cheesecake from the fridge and distribute the mango slices evenly on top. Slightly overlap mango slices in a concentric circle at the centre of cake.

13. Pour the cooled down mango puree with gelatine into the cake pan over the mango slices. They should cover the mango pieces. Leave to set in the fridge for another 3-4 hours.

14. To serve, run a knife between the cheesecake and the tin to loosen it, remove it from the tin (with the removable base).

15. Cut the remaining mango into square pieces (it's not easy so try your best!) and pile on top of the cake to decorate! Take the cake off its base and put it on a serving plate.

The Consulate of Belize in Florida 

1600 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Suite #904
Coral Gables FL 33134
T: (305) 755-0276  |  F: (305) 755-0277

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