About three weeks ago, Bob and I took our belated honeymoon in Belize.  We spent a week on Ambergris Caye, a small island just a 15 minute flight in a (tiny) plane from the mainland.  We stayed at Matachica, on the northern part of the island which is quieter and less inhabited than the southern portion where San Pedro, the only “town” to speak of on the island, is located.  San Pedro consists of three narrow streets, all about a half mile long, that are full of pedestrians and golf carts (the preferred method of transit on the island).  We only saw a handful of cars the entire time we were there and they were all taxis.

We spent most of our time on the beach or swimming in the pool and the sea.  We also got a lot of reading in and definitely caught up on our sleep.  And I tried paddle boarding for the first time, something I’d wanted to do for awhile.  The highlight of the trip was an afternoon snorkeling Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley – which is exactly what it sounds like – and area full of nurse sharks and gigantic stingrays.  They were harmless and swam just inches from us.  We even got to touch them in the wild (the sharks felt like sandpaper and the sting rays felt like wet, slimy mushrooms).  We also saw sea turtles, eagle rays, lobster and a super long, super scary green eel.

Side note, our resort was just a few houses north of John McAfee’s place and we arrived the day after his neighbor was murdered.  We heard about it our first day there, at the bar, from two guests who had heard the gunshot (and met the now-deceased neighbor just days before).  A day or so later, it was all over the news and most of the major networks had descended on the island.  Dateline even filmed a segment on our resort’s grounds while we were swimming in the pool just a few feet away.  If you haven’t heard about this crazy story, you can learn more here.

view from the plane flying from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

view from the plane flying from Belize City to Ambergris Caye

Matachica

Matachica

the view north from Matachica's dock

the view north from Matachica’s dock

there were tons of crabs (and geckos) running around the resort

there were tons of crabs (and geckos) running around the resort

Pineapple Casita - our home for the week

Pineapple Casita – our home for the week

the inside of our casita

the inside of our casita

the infinity pool at Matachica

the infinity pool at Matachica

the hot tub and, my favorite part, lounge chairs IN the pool

the hot tub and, my favorite part, lounge chairs IN the pool

complimentary paddle boats, kayaks, bikes, snorkel gear & paddle boards

complimentary paddle boats, kayaks, bikes, snorkel gear & paddle boards

san pedro / ambergris caye

san pedro / ambergris caye

puposas at Warugama

puposas at Waruguma

Waruguma

Waruguma

san pedro / ambergris caye

san pedro / ambergris caye

jaguars - one of two nightclubs on the island

jaguars – one of two nightclubs on the island

Daddy Rock - the second nightclub on the island, although it wins #1 for creepiest club name

Daddy Rock – the second nightclub on the island, although it wins #1 for creepiest club name

palm tree love

palm tree love

sign in the belize city airport bathroom

sign in the belize city airport bathroom

I know it’s only Tuesday but I’m already counting down the hours until Saturday night when Boys Noize plays Chicago.  He was originally supposed to play the Aragon, which is one of the more fun and interesting venues in Chicago, but just this past week it got switched to the House of Rules – easily one of the least fun and least interesting venues in the country.  It’s basically the McDonalds of music venues – boring, rude and the exact same in every city.  While I’m more than a little bummed about the change, I’m still psyched for the show.  Check out “What You Want”, off his new album Out of Black, below.  It’ll wake you up better than a cup of coffee.

This past Saturday, Bob and I enjoyed the best meal we’ve had all year!  We dined at Fat Rice, the newly opened Asian fusion restaurant in Logan Square.  Chef/Owner, Abraham Conlon, and General Manager/Owner, Adrienne Lo, describe the food as, “drawing influence from the Euro-Asian unions of China, India and Southeast Asia’s colonial past, the food at Fat Rice combines homestyle comfort with exotic, lesser known ingredients and flavors“.

We’d been lucky enough to try their food before when they were running X-marx, the successful and always super fun underground dining experience, which they also started.  Their food never fails to impress and Fat Rice is no exception.  We arrived just 10 minutes after opening and they were already half full.  By the time we had sat down at the L-shaped bar (the other seating option is long, communal tables) and ordered our drinks, they had filled up entirely.  So go early!

Most of their dishes are made for sharing, something I’m not always a fan of, but it works well here.  We started with a trio of small snacks – lemongrass carrots, spicy pickled cucumber & Charlie’s peanuts.  The spicy cucumber was my favorite and I would buy them by the gallon if they ever started selling them retail.  The peanuts were good but they were the only dish I wasn’t crazy about – that said, Bob loved them, so it was simply personal preference.  We also split a pork & shrimp pot sticker, which was easily the best pot sticker I’ve ever had in my life (Bob agreed).  Then we split the Fat Rice Casserole (linguica, portuguese chicken, salted duck, tea egg, prawn, clam, roasted pork) which was the best dish we’ve had all year.  I’m not a big meat eater but loved it anyway – it’s that good. Finally, we were gluttons that night, we split the Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert.  Again, easily one of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time.

Go, and go soon!  You’ll thank me after.  They are currently open Tuesday-Saturday from 6-10 p.m. and do not accept reservations.  You can check out more Fat Rice photos, via Grub Street, here.

lemongrass carrots, spicy pickled cucumber & Charlie’s peanuts

 

inside, just before it filled up

 

hard at work in the open kitchen

 

fat rice menu

 

fat rice casserole

Ok, so it’s been three months since I last wrote. That alone made me think I should just let it lie but lately I’ve been getting the urge to start posting again, so here goes…  I can’t guarantee there won’t be be more dormant periods in the future – but I’ll try to keep them a whole lot shorter than three months!  Sometimes I just get busy and don’t upkeep Sunday Noises like I’d like to. And I have been busy, so I will be doing some posts on past events – like a long weekend in San Antonio, an epic caramel apple bar, a visit from our hilarious friends Carlie and Doni, as well as Bob & mine’s (belated) honeymoon in Belize last week.

Hope all my U.S. readers had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! We spent it in Michigan with my family. My mom made all of her fantastic Thanksgiving dishes – creamed onions, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, green beans, homemade apple sauce, a great salad and – of course – turkey & lots of pie! Laura, my brother’s amazing girlfriend, made the mashed potatoes and apple pie. It was a great day of family, pets, good food & a rowdy game of Taboo.

our table

our view / lake michigan

bob / carving the turkey

my mom, lending a helping hand

my dad & brother

laura, my brother’s gf & their adopted pooch zoe

peg, our family dog, a springer spaniel

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