Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Second Breakfast on Caye Caulker

Whenever we go on a trip, I try to find out the quintessential food item to get in that particular destination. I also try to find the best place to get said food item. For Caye Caulker, the food item was a fryjack. The popular place to get one, Errolyn’s House of Fryjacks.

Errolyn’s is a happening place. There isn’t a lot of seating. 

Most people get their fryjacks to go, but we were lucky enough to snag a couple of stools at the counter. It was a great spot for people watching. It was fun seeing all of the enthusiastic visitors ordering and receiving their fryjacks.

What is a fryjack? 

It’s a light bread that is fried and then stuffed with fillings. At Errolyn’s you can have your fryjack filled with anything from chicken, to beans, to bacon, in any combination you wish. Since we were there for breakfast (they are only open for breakfast and lunch), we both got a fryjack filled with eggs, beans, and cheese.

It’s difficult to describe the bread. 

The closest thing I can think of is that it’s sort of like a Taco Bell chulupa, but thinner, lighter, less greasy, and a thousand times better.

Fryjacks are fantastic. 

It saddens me to known that they are so far away and I can’t just wake up on a Saturday morning to get one. I would be forever grateful to anyone who wanted to open up a fryjack food truck near me.

If you are at Errolyn’s, I recommend adding the green sauce to your fryjack. 

I don’t know exactly what the green sauce was, but it made my fryjack even better. Try the green stuff, it’s delicious! 

We enjoyed our fryjacks so much, we almost ordered a second, but I didn’t want to spoil our appetites for our second breakfast, so we figured we would come back to Errolyn’s on another day. Sadly that day was Monday, the one day during the week Errolyn’s is closed, of course.

Everyone who recommended Errolyn’s House of Fryjacks, also recommended going next door to the Sea Choice Juice Bar for a fresh squeezed juice, so we made that our second stop. 

We kept things simple and got orange juice. The bottle was huge. More than enough for two of us, and it only cost $2.50. Our fryjacks were only $1.50 a piece, so two people could easily enjoy a breakfast for $5.50.

As nice as the juice was, we still wanted a damn fine cup of coffee, and what goes best with coffee…donuts of course, so we headed to Ice and Beans.

There was a bit of discussion regarding whether or not this was the best coffee view we have had so far. Shannon felt that a stop we made in Costa Rica was still the best view, 

View in Costa Rica 

but my vote was for Ice and Beans. 

The building is characteristically Caribbean with its bright blue paint color and white trim.

I got a caramel iced coffee, and Shannon got the specially- blended- for- that- day, iced mocha.  We also got an order of the freshly made mini-donuts. The donuts come in either cinnamon-sugar, or chocolate. We got the cinnamon-sugar. As our coffees were being made, we watched one of the café workers drop our donuts into the fryer, and then drop them into the cinnamon-sugar. 

So fresh. 

We took our caffeine and mini-donuts, and settled onto two stools on the café’s back deck. The coffees were perfectly blended, and the donuts were hot, light, and delicious. They reminded me of churros in donut form. Sharing one order was more than enough to get our donut fix.

The view at Ice and Beans was incredible. 

Oh, if only I could sit and have coffee there every day. I could see myself writing as the palm trees swayed overhead, and the vibrant, blue waters sparkled before me.

There was a couple sitting below us at the picnic table. 

They were soon joined by another couple that they did not know. The couples began to converse, mostly about their travels. I had to restrain myself from shouting questions at them over the railing. I was giddy as they traded information about their favorite destinations.

Also while sitting at Ice and Beans, we watched several  forlorn backpackers take what looked like a slow death march past the café. They were heading to the water taxi dock, towards their impending departure from the island.

Our forlorn walk to take the water taxi home
We sipped our coffees slowly, wanting to soak up every ounce of island life, enjoying the fact that we had nowhere we had to be and nothing we had to do. 

First breakfast allowed us to try something new, and second breakfast allowed us to completely unwind.  

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