Black & White Cultural Entertainment Center

Black & White Cultural Entertainment Center

Black & White Cultural Entertainment Center
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At our cultural center we invite families, guests, visitors and tourists to come in to see local Belizean culture. In our country there are many ethnic groups yet we are all Belizeans. One of the most dynamic and interesting ethnic groups is the Garifuna culture. We offer a full presentation of our culture on request. Live Drumming Displays Food Dances Videos Information Clothing Language and lifestyle. This restaurant has a very unique atmosphere. There is an indoor space as well as outdoor space. It is cultural decorated in traditional Garifuna style, demonstrating our unique artifact, and with the instruments we use, when playing music. This restaurant is locally owned by a Belizean Garifuna family. We serve traditional food and local Belizean food. We specialize in food prepared using coconut milk. This gives our food an authentic flavor which is enjoyed by many. Fish is our main diet so fish is served in many forms, and is always available. Some of our main food serving: Hudut or fish serre and plantains Coconut white rice Coconut luxury rice Rice an beans Stew chicken Fish balls, pork chops, pork ribs and more Our tradition menu is available as You walk into the restaurant. If You are a vegetarian there is a wide variety to choose from. Lunch is great with us. Dinner is even better, as that is the time when the drummers are in and Belizean Garifuna music and dance takes place. Friendly people, Friendly drummers, Atmosphere local Belizean style!
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Todd S
Upper Montclair, NJ2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is a real gem of San Pedro. Miss Julie show my wife and I how to prepare ceviche and a delicious Belizan boil meal. It was a complete experience from cutting the vegetables to adding the spices, cooking the dishes, all the way to serving our delicious meal. We even had food to take home! During the time we spent preparing our meal, Miss Julie shared with us lots of information about the Garifuna people and history of the great diverse populations of Belize. We invited Miss Julie, her husband, Frank, and their two kids, who all run the restaurant to join us in our delicious meal, and it turned out to be one of our best parts of our trip to Belize. Miss Julie even won the lobster fest award or best lobster preparation in 2022! She's an amazing chef and shared so much with us. Thank you black and white restaurant Miss Julie and Frank.
Written February 5, 2024
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Vontoba T
Frisco, TX14 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We really enjoyed our food and our server was careful to explain the significance of the ultime and its unique cuisine. We enjoyed the food and tried lots of new flavors. The server even made sure we didn’t order bony fish for our 19 year old. The cassava bread was great.
Written July 10, 2023
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GabriellaLeah
Northampton, Massachusetts, United States4 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
My family and I were thrilled when we found this amazing gem of a restaurant after ending up at a long list of awful touristy places with overpriced, bad food. The food here was truly fantastic and we actually loved it so much that we went back three times!

Note that this place may be a bit hard to find because the owners are being bullied by an awful foreigner who is hellbent on buying their property and is trying to destroy their livelihood because they don't want to sell. He owns much of the property around them and has placed a giant garbage container in front of their restaurant that says "dump recycling here." All the more reasons to support this local-owned, wonderful restaurant. Once you get inside, you'd never know the place is hidden behind that big metal box.
Written February 1, 2019
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LadyEngineer_1956
Pasco, WA39 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
If you visit Belize, do THIS before you do anything else!!! It puts many other things you see into perspective. Especially fun with kids!! Julia and Frank Martinez (with the help of their family and friends) have put together a wonderful expose' on Belize's Garafuna people and culture, which includes food, dancing, a historical video, and more. The event starts at 6:30pm and ends about 9:00pm (or whenever you get tired of eating or asking questions). Very informal, very fun. Julia is a school teacher during the day, and she is very effective at getting the historical and cultural information across to her audience - mostly because you become a participant in everything that occurs! If you are shy, you might want to have a rum punch or two before you get there, because you won't be able to sit back and just "observe." This event made put our whole visit to Belize into a different, more thoughtful, perspective. Highly recommended.
Written April 5, 2014
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VAtripper
Williamsburg71 contributions
Jun 2013
A VERY unique experience, for sure! Kudos to Julia Martinez for putting her belief in preserving her Garifuna culture into action on Ambergris Caye, Belize. She and her family opened the "Black and White Garifuna Cultural Center" in San Pedro a few months ago. Word has been slow to spread, but a large poster on a dive shop door caught my attention. My husband was a bit skeptical as we walked in one night, read a few of the hand lettered school like posters, peeked into the black lights bar (the sixties in Belize?) and Julia said "Come back tomorrow night when we have music with dinner."  

We learned that Garifuna are the descendants of Carib tribes and African slaves in Belize, a mix of West African and Carib-Arawak Indian people who originated on the island of St. Vincent in the 17th Century, and are considered indigenous to the Americas.  They were exiled from St. Vincent in 1797 by the British and now live in the coastal regions of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States.

There is a small Garifuna Museum in Dangriga, but we had only puddle jumped through their small airport on our way to San Pedro.  Retired teacher Julia has created a unique experience for those interested in her culture. First she and her daughter Tisane and three drummers present a short drum and dance number. Then a 30 minute video tribute to Andy Palacio, the best known Garifuna Punta musician (now deceased). He is a hero to the Garifuno for putting their punta music on the international stage and the video is interesting, but could be shorter for tourists who have a short attention span. 

Then Julia and her family present an extensive buffet dinner with both traditional Garifuna dishes, like hudut, as well as Belizean dishes like ribs, rice & beans, potato salad, watermelon, etc. I had looked forward to hudut, a grated plantain cake cooked in coconut milk with fish, because I thought it might be like Mofungo, a Puerto Rican specialty I like. But the fish was served on the side and quite bony that night.

Then a thirty minute drum and dance presentation (participatory if you choose) follows dinner. All visitors/diners got into the action even though our hips could not move like Tisane's!

Julia allows 2 1/2 hours for the complete cultural evening for $25/adult. We shortened the evening a bit because a six year old was falling asleep--in spite of the drums. I guess a drumbeat can be a lullaby!
Written July 14, 2013
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Jared Bradley
Belize City, Belize32 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Been there for lunch and dinner a few times in the past few weeks and its been consistently great! Their belizean food specials are the best I've had off the mainland. Really welcoming homely vibe, definitely recommend to anyone looking to find a Belizean feel.
Written July 19, 2015
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desslock
hawaii745 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
This dinner and performance was a spectacular evening for our family.
The food is delicious and unique and the dancing and drumming is high energy.

The location was about a 15 minute taxi ride from our hotel the Blue Tang inn.
The venue itself is fairly low key but comfortable and the staff made us feel very welcomed.

They gave us a welcome drink and then an interesting history of the Garifuna culture,
The food was prepared and laid out on a table buffet style with curry rice,rice and beans,2 types of fish,a meat dish,bread,and much more as well as dessert.
the food was plentiful and tasty.
Then the performance with dancing and great drumming and singing.All of us joined in the dancing and after the show we played the drums and took photos with the whole family and performers.
Overall it is a great night out,lots of fun and an excellent cultural experience.We were thrilled that we were able to have this memorable experience!

Highly recommended!!!
Written March 31, 2014
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VetteGyrl
Fort Worth, TX3 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
If you want the full experience of this place, make your reservation the very first day you get here. The proprietress needs time to create all the historical foods the Garifuna people eat and they are worth the wait. Learn the dances and you will have a good time. The place looks sketchy but that may be due to the buildings former life as a brothel. She has done a wonderful job putting together a great presentation of her people.
Written January 23, 2013
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Anderson1913
Fayetteville, NC17 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We had the Hudut and Belizan patty. They have great vegetarian options; my 12-year old daughter said " I am vegetarian haven." We stumbled on this restaurant. I saw advertisements from the road and was intrigued by the advertising of learning about the Garfiuna culture. The only accept cash. Great food, great potion and great prices! This is a must visit!
Written December 19, 2018
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GypsyPeanut
Nome, AK23 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
We loved our evening at Black & White! A super friendly hostess - Miss Julia - kept us all dancing and learning while feeding us an amazing traditional meal. There is so much good food (and drinks to purchase if you'd like), along with a unique cultural experience - we recommended it to anyone on the island who was going to be there on a Thursday. Don't miss it!!
Written March 11, 2017
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