“Happy animals, thanks to the HBHS”

In November, the Hopkins Belize Humane Society had free spay/neuter and treatment clinics with vet sisters, Dr. Linda Leavell and Dr. Lisa Kelly. In three days, the two vets performed just over 70 procedures, including spays/neuters, tumor removals, tooth extractions, and other much needed surgeries.  Plus, over 40 exams and treatments. Including house calls done by HBHS representatives, over 130 animals were cared for in the November clinics.

HBHS is a very active organization. Vets from several countries have been to Hopkins to donate their services to Belize. In 2012, HBHS will have their busiest year of free vet clinics ever, hosting several new teams to the area, and many returning to Belize for second, third, and even fourth visits!

Hamanasi is proud to be a big supporter of HBHS! Through donating room and board, tours, jewelry sales, vehicle maintenance, and many other behind the scene assistance, Hamanasi is able to provide support for the people and animals of Hopkins, and surrounding villages. We invite our guests to bring donations for HBHS when you come to visit Hopkins, or make a donation while you are here to directly benefit HBHS.



“Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup”

Hamanasi’s Cho Cho Soup

Serves about 6-8 people

Ingredients:

  • Cho Cho – 3 lbs, peeled, seeded, rough chop   (called Christophene or Chayote  in   the U.S.A.)
  • Canola Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  • White Onion – 1, rough chop
  • Celery – 2 stalks, rough chop
  • Stock or Water  – 12 cups (vegetable or chicken stock)
  • Salt and White Pepper to taste

Method:

  • In deep hot pot add canola oil, onions and celery to sauté lightly for 2 minutes.
  • Add in cho cho and sauté for another 2 minutes then add in your water or flavored stock.
  • Allow to boil until cho cho is soft then let cool before pureeing in blender.
  • Once pureed, season with salt and pepper to your desired flavor.
  • Serve hot.

Happy Cooking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2011″

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this October.  From the Hamanasi staff to all our guests this last month, thanks for coming, we hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Amazing resort and staff!”

Leanne and Andrew Kozel, Edmondton, Canada

A phenomenal job! Love the eco policy, the engagement with guest and building of awareness about local community.  Also the way you invite guest to get involved.”

Charmaine Sealey, Barbados

“The hospitality was excellent.  Thank you for making our time here so magical!”

Denyce and KarMulflur, Portland, OR

“We loved the remoteness and not dealing with big crowds.”

Jon and Teresa Larson, Ephraim, UT

“Love it! As Canadians, we really value the extra effort you take to recycle, compost, grow your own veggies and minimize the footprint…and love the soap dishes!”

Sunil and Kamini Mistry, Montreal, Canada

“Thank you for helping me escape the world for a week.  It was not just service with a smile but with joy and kindness.”

Heather and Iner Colley, Atlanta, GA

“Everything was great – keep it up!”

A.B, Escondido, CA

“It was wonderful to have such an eco friendly atmosphere.  Everyone who works here has an appreciation for the nature here in Belize and that was wonderful to see.”

Maeve and Ben Hodes, Kansas City, MO

“The service was exceptional.  The staff was friendly and our family enjoyed the peaceful environment.”

Solangel Vasquez, Belize City

“Your staff was so kind and helpful.  They genuinely care about us and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was great.  We really appreciated all that they did for us- we will recommend you to all our friends, family and we will definitely be back!”

Ryan and Fadra McPhee, Brooklyn, NY

“It was 5 star all the way.  Thanks for everything!”

Dean and Joanne Demers,  Lake Forest, CA

 

“Happy Garifuna Settlement Day”

Today November 19th we celebrate Garifuna Settlement day. This day was founded as early as 1941 by Thomas Vincent Ramos and the first Garinagu settlers arrived the village of Hopkins in 1845.  After 166 years, the people of Hopkins still live the Garifuna culture and tradition to the fullest.

Garifuna Settlement day  is celebrated throughout Belize and  re-tells the story of hardship, freedom and a new beginning for the first Garinagu settlers in Belize. The Garifuna Culture adds a very unique blend of African & Caribbean flavors to our beautiful country.  Today we thank them for everything from the flavors and delicious food dishes to the contagious fast beat drumming which is a very addictive rhythm. 

Guest Favorite Recipe – Hamanasi’s Caye Lime Pie

Hamanasi’s Caye Lime Pie

Makes 1

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

Graham Cookie Crust

Filling:

2 cans Sweetened Condensed Milk

About ½ cup lime juice

3 Egg Yolks

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare crust following packaging instructions.   Press into pie pan.

2. To make filling, pour milk into mixing bowl, add egg yolks and stir. Add lime juice a little at a time and stir. Taste and add more to achieve desired tartness. Set aside to thicken (lime juice will achieve this).

3. To assemble, pour milk filling into prepared pie shell. Put into oven and bake until milk filling is firm.

4. Cool pie on rack before slicing.

5. Garnish with thinly sliced fresh or caramelized limes.

Happy Cooking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book – July 2011″

Gracias (means THANK YOU in Spanish) to all our guests that visited us in July.  We hope that you all had a great Hamanasi experience!  Below are some of the comments from guests that visited during the month of July.  We look forward to seeing you again in the near future! All the best from Hamanasi staff and Management.

“Service was 5++++.”

Jason and Jenna Cheek,  Indialantic, FL

‘Don’t make the resort any bigger.  We loved the personal attention – knowing our names, going out of their way to help, all the little things add up big.  Feels good to stay at a place that cares about the environment.”

Drew and Christine Shetrone, Salt Lake City, UT

“The service was top notch! From the time we arrived after a long day of travel to the time we checked out the service was incomparable.”

Ken Martinez and Family, Westminster, CO

“Loved every moment!!”

Christine and Steven Jacaruso, Wayne, NJ

“We have never stayed anywhere where the staff was more accommodating…everyone tried to make our visit as special as possible.”

Megan Christensen and Michael Gutwein, Loveland, CO

“Service all around was excellent. The employees were all extremely friendly and very helpful! Wonderful, wonderful place!  One of our best vacations yet!”

Mark Bird and Jenna Rae, Eastman, GA

“Everyone we spoke to was incredible friendly and helpful.  Hamanasi’s green efforts played a major role in us choosing this resort.

Paul Gilbert and family, Milwaukee, WI

“Wonderful attention to details! Service was phenomenal.”

John Ayers and Family, Elmhurst, IL

“Keep your family atmosphere, we loved every minute.  This has been a well planned resort.”

Michelle and Gene McDougald, Mckinney, TX

“Everything was wonderful!”

Cheray Wright and family, Somerset, NJ

“It was absolutely tremendous.  Thank you so much.  We enjoyed our visit immensely!”

Larry and Ankie McEvoy, Colorado Springs, CO

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – June 2011″

Thanks to our entire guest that visit us on June 2011.  We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience! Below are some of the comments from guest that visited in June.  We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future.  All the best from Hamanasi staff and Management.

“This was the best service of any place that we have every stayed at.  Fantastic!!!”

Karen and Gerry Huitt, Louisville, CO

“I like Hamanasi’s commitment to the local community.  Hamanasi eco friendly efforts is an aspect of the resort that I thought was important.”

Sabrina and Ralph Midkiff, Houston, TX

“Everything was way above our expectations.”

Brett Albright and Kathleen Jensen, Oceanside, CA

“Don’t let down what you have already established!  THE WORLD could learn eco friendly here.”

Chet and Louisa Howard, Orem, UT

“Have no idea how service here could by any better! We have vacationed at some top resorts and have NEVER experienced this level of customer service!.

Adam Arevalo and Family, Novi, MI

“We enjoyed the minimal technology.  Don’t change it!”

Amy and Daniel Cantelmi, Bakersfield, CA

‘This place felt like home – everyone knew our names.  We cannot find an area in need of improvement.”

Sandra and Jeff Drew, Saginaw, MI

“We both had a very enjoyable time and will remember Hamanasi fondly for year to come. Great to see such a variety of trees, flowers and plants.”

Mike and Shirley Castillo, Laurel, MD

“Truly impressed with the level of service and attention, an all the constant smiling.”

John and April Green, Aurora, IL

“We really applaud your ongoing efforts.  It is evident not only into he service and facilities, but in the staff actions. It’s in your culture and you guys make it look easy!”

Travis and Amy Zimmer, Montgomery, Alabama

“Everyone was wonderful!  The staff treated my kids and me like family!”

Laurie Cuttino and family, Richmond, VA

“Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2011″

A warm “Thank You” to all our May 2011 guest!  We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience!  Below are some of the comments from guest that visited  in May.  We hope to see each and everyone of you yet again.  All the best from Hamanasi Staff and Management.

“Everyone was great!  Excellent service and personable, so friendly! Loved every minute of it.”

Lindsay Jones and Mark Edmonds, Birmingham, AL

“Keep the folks you have and keep the great + friendly attitude!”

Leo and Pat Dioguardi, Apollo Beach, FL

“It was perfect.  We had a wonderful time, fantastic staff, good food and great beer (Beliken)!”

Aimee and Alex Jungman, Peaks Island, ME

“Every staff member we encountered went out of his/her way to inquiry about how we were doing and what we needed – it was remarkable, really!”

Elizabeth and Ken Coswell, Tampa, FL

“Really appreciated the “green” emphasis, we are happy to be able to lessen our travel footprints.”

Tiffany and William Dietrich, San Luis Obispo, CA

“Everyone was very dedicated to making sure we were enjoying everything. Thank you Hamanasi for a 20 year anniversary that we will never forget.”

Kimberly and Jacob Bozeman, Seattle, WA

“All have been very lovely – service has been outstanding.  We are impressed, could not be more pleased.”

Heather Hazelwood and Becci Menhini, Madison, WI

“Hamanasi is truly and Oasis.  We thank you for making our wedding magical, intimate and memorable!”

Ken and Sabrina Washington, Berkeley, CA

“You guys have a wonderful staff.  This place is magic and very beautiful.  Pleasant staying!  Loved it!”

Gigi and Todd Fontenot, Lafayette, LA

“Recycling is a passion for me and love what is happening here.  Really special customer service, keep doing what you’re all doing, its brilliant!”

Steve and Naomi Arnold, Missoula, MT

“All staff seems to be giving 100% effort and enjoy working at the same time – everyone was fantastic! Thank you!”

Daniela and Kevin Dawson, London

 

“Hamanasi Resort Mother’s Day Dinner Menu 2011″

Photo by Sylvie Marrese

Photo by Sylvie Marrese

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 9th, 2011

Bread

Roasted Pumpkin Bread

Soup

Corn and Potato Chowder with Crispy Bacon

Special Salad

Mango-Arugula Salad with Orange Citrus Dressing

Entrees

Chiya and vegetable tamales wrapped in fresh banana leaves

 

Bacon wrapped lamb chops topped with chunky salsa verde sprinkled with crumbled bleu cheese served with mint couscous

 

Linguinne tossed with succulent shrimp, white wine, broccoli, carrots and red chili flakes

 

Marinated grilled chicken breast with mango-watermelon-jalapeno salsa served with spinach and plantain frittata

Special Dessert

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream

 

“Hamanasi Easter Menu 2011″

Hamanasi Easter Menu

April 24th, 2011

Bread:

Belizean hot cross bun

Soup:

Spicy curry noodle soup with chicken and sweet potato

Salad Special:

Sliced pear wrap shrimp salad with fresh mint

Entrées:

Risotto folded with button mushrooms, heavy cream, shaved parmesan and topped with julienne orange glazed shoestring carrots

Rainforest honey baked ham with roasted garlic-butter chicken quarters served with sautéed assorted vegetables, candied yams, creamy whipped mashed potato and gravy

Baked banana leaf wrapped yellow tail snapper fillet rubbed with extra virgin olive oil, fresh cilantro, onions, and lime juice paired with pineapple-tomato tartare and petite sage dressing tart

Dessert Special:

Mango crème brulee