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“An unexpected treasure!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black & White Cultural Entertainment Center

Black & White Cultural Entertainment Center
Ranked #24 of 48 things to do in San Pedro
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Owner description: 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!
Richmond Hill, Canada
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7 reviews
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“An unexpected treasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful evening with Julia and her family. Julia's passion for her cultural heritage is evident in everything she does. The evening was fun and enriching and the Garifuna food was amazing!

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
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“You can see a beach anywhere - this is the real Belize”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

The Black and White Cultural Entertainment Center is great fun, educational and a real value. We learned about the UNESCO Award to World Beat Belizean musician Andy Palacio, eat a huge Garifuna style meal, watched a local dance and musical drumming performance and danced and played drums (badly) ourselves with these wonderful hosts. The cost for three hours of rousing entertainment is $25 per person, plus tip and any cocktails you may choose to have from the fully stocked bar. It is well worth the trip off the beaten path in San Pedro to this authentic low key family-run establishment. Check out the little gift shop too while you're there!

Visited December 2013
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St Louis, MO
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“We had the best time at the Black and White!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We didn't know what to expect when we made our reservations to go here. It wasn't in walking distance from town so we took a taxi. We were greeted by Julia and immediately we felt like we were in for a treat! This is definitely a family run place, Julia's daughter, husband, nephew and cousin were all there! The meal they served was amazing!!! Even for me, one who does not eat seafood, there was enough to keep me happy and full. They told us all about the Garifuna culture (none of which we knew before) and then the big treat was the music! They got everyone involved in dancing and we got some great video of the all of us getting into the act. Probably some of the more comical videos we've seen of the men trying to shake their booties! We were the only group there that night so got some real personalized attention and ended up being there almost 3 hrs! Great place that everyone visiting San Pedro should experience! Thanks Julia and family!

Visited November 2013
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Tualatin, Oregon
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78 reviews
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“Stimulate your mind, tantalize your palette and move yourself!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Julia Martinez greeted us at the door with a great big smile and had us sit at the bar for some coconut water. While she was busy in the kitchen, we chatted with the bartender - her husband (whose name escapes me) about the Garifuna culture and just about anything else. As our dinner was just about ready, we watched a video on the late Andy Palacio, who took Garifuna music beyond the borders of Belize.
Dinner consisted of cassava bread, hudut (fish in coconut juice), darasa (similar to a tamale), rice and beans, plantains, as well as a few others. Everything was flavorful and a wonderful treat to the palate. Dessert was tabeleta, which is a made with grated coconut, ginger root, and brown sugar.
Once you are done with dinner, the drums and dancers come alive! Don't be afraid when Julia invites you up to dance with them, for no one could ever be worse than me and I did it! Most of the dances are derived from the Punta, which means moving your rear about to the music.
So, open your ears, open your eyes, open your mind and keep an open stomach for all the great things that will come your way!
Do note that the Center is about a quarter mile south of the airfield, so plan accordingly! As mentioned, it is across from SP Hardware and next to the Seagrape Apartments.

Visited October 2013
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Tucson
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72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Schedule ahead of time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

I was under the impression that you could just show up during their hours of operation, but you have to schedule the performance/dinner ahead of time ($25 US). Their food was delicious and the history was very interesting. It lasted just over an hour.

Visited October 2013
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