A Belizean Artist’s Interpretation of the Trump Presidency

 

It adorns the 6-inch wide post of Quidi’s backyard palapa, lending color and serving as a conversation piece for all those who visit to play domino’s or relax after a day of work.

Quidi boasts about it with all the pride one uses to describe his favorite tattoo. And he’s animated as he describes how it came into being.

It’s colorful and quite a piece of art, but what does it represent? Is the story behind it just as interesting as the artwork itself?

You bet.

Quidi is a lifelong Orange Walk town resident known as “Quidi Cas” by many who know him.

Quidi is known as the Crocodile Dundee of Belize and here helps his brother, Netty, break in his pony.

I’ve hung with him every time I’m in Belize. I’ve been on Canoe trips on the Caribbean Sea with him.

I remember stopping on the road side on Old Northern Highway after a tour of the Altun Ha Mayan ruins.

He spotted a local with a python around his neck out in his yard and just had to stop. It was my first experience with voodoo-like powers this man used to control this large snake. But that’s a story for another time.

I’ve also been under Quidi’s palapa to listen to the banter of local domino contests and watch him expertly grill an 8 lb Red Snapper.

I’ve also shared a few Belikin beers with him under that tin roof. And it’s also a great place to slam down a few Orange Walk tacos or tamales.

This whole red snapper is seasoned well and ready to be masterfully grilled on the grill under Quidi’s palapa.

That’s what you do with your brother-in-law.

And I’ve been under his palapa on numerous occasions when Ian Fabro rode up on his bike after a day of creating his concrete artwork for local businesses.

Ian Fabro and his family reside in Orange Walk town in Belize, where his art is on display throughout the country.

A thoughtful guy with a flair for the creative, Ian has spent hours sharing his artwork, talking politics, and just enjoying a beer or two.

You can enjoy more of his artwork on his facebook page here.

More cement artwork that doubles as lawn furniture at the river cabins in Orange Walk.

You can see his colorful work all over Belize. And because it’s concrete, his furniture, signage, spindles and custom artwork is made to withstand the Belizean heat and sun.

This concrete outdoor patio furniture by Ian Fabro features mayan figures and resides at the Gran Mestizo Resort in Orange Walk.

I wasn’t there when Ian quickly created the artwork on Quid’s palapa. According to Quidi, he created it with some extra paint he had from his last job.

After listening to Quidi rant about the prospects of Trump being the Republican nominee for President, Ian whipped out his brushes and painted his creation in a matter of minutes.

Ian listened as Quidi picked Trump to be the U.S. Republican nominee back when their were still 16 candidates in the field.

If you know Quidi, you know he is passionate about politics and let’s that passion spew forth as he opined on American politics.

Blood Money
Blood Money was Quidi’s race horse that was hit by a vehicle on Belize Road. This plaque is featured above the door of the palapa, a tribute to his beloved horse.

I wasn’t there when it happened, but I’m sure that Ian had different thoughts on the U.S. election.

He didn’t say much, but just took out his brush and let his artwork do his talking.

Quidi explained the painting to me like this:

“That is Quidi Cas … ME … at the very bottom … smoking some weed”

“Now follow the smoke up from my weed”, Quidi waves his hands in a smoky flutter and moves them up to widen his hands, before quickly pointing back to the painting.

“Look, it’s a lamp of a genie forming out of the smoke!” He spoke in a slower version of Kriol to help the gringo understand.

Then he widened his arms as he yells, “Then out of the genie lamp swirls the head of evil Donald Trump!”

He laughs as he points to the evil details within the head of the wolf head doubling as the likeness of Trump.

“Yah Mon,” Quidi quips, “Ian tells his stories like THAT!”

As he points again at the snout of evil Trump, you could tell that Quidi was just as proud of the painting as he was about predicting the outcome of the U.S. election.

 

A Corozal Seafood Restaurant Worth Locating!

Inside the Restaurant It not so easy to spot, but this great little seafood restaurant, owned by Beizeans, is well worth finding.  We found time to eat here twice during our recent trip, and that’s saying something for Linda, who is very discriminating when it comes to food.

Art Higgins, an expat who showed us homes and lots for sale in the Mayan Seaside development gave us the nudge to go.

It’s called Marisqueria Pisces Restaurant. And you won’t find it until you’ve meandered through the North end of Corozal on Consejo Road in the Altamira area.

Once you pass the cemetery on your right, look for a little white sign on the left side. Don’t be afraid. It may look like a dirt road dead end, but it leads to seafood nirvana!

About 1/2 mile down on your left, you can’t miss it, planted among spanish-style residences. They’re open Wednesday thru Monday from 11 a.m. – Midnight. Today we got there early before the lunch crowd.

Marisqueria Pisces Restaruant sign
Just look for the powder blue and cream building and come with an appetite!

The six of us started with our usual conch ceviche. We tried it just about every place we ate, but the chips and big chucks of conch made this ceviche stand out. It didn’t last long. And washing it down with Belikin or Lighthouse beer was a great start.

The real treat came when our server told us they had whole red snapper today. she even brought them out for us to see so we could order the size we wanted. We all chose the mid-sized one at $25 BZ so as not to feel like total pigs.

Dinner is Served.
The fresh fried snapper came out to a round of oohs and aahs. Nothing like the smell of a perfectly done red snapper.

Perfect plates of fried whole red snapper made their way to the table complete with black beans, salad and an assortment of pepper sauce and cups of freshly cut habeñero peppers.

After a short warning to the group from Linda to refrain from talking while eating so bones could easily be found, everyone dug in for what would be our first and best meal of the day. The silence confirmed it.

The before picture
The red snapper dwarfed the plate, while the rice, beans and salad made for nice complements to a great meal.

It didn’t take long to create a facsimile of the Bonefish Grill logo with each of the red snappers. Even the one who had never had whole fish before managed to clean off her bones like a pro. Garfield would have been proud!

Lunch was finished with another beer for dessert, while others opted for Piña Coladas. The small bar at the front of the restaurant would be full after dinner tonight.

The bar
The bar sits empty right now, but something tells me the stool wouldn’t be empty tonight. The mural of the Caribbean Sea would draw them in for sure.

The Marisqueria Pisces Restaurant is now a go-to place for us when in the Corozal area. It epitomizes the charm of Belizean local food and was a highlight of our trip. Thanks for the tip, Art.