HG, the scratch and bite marks from the coati were superficial. The critter was a bit of a nuisance however, with all of those biting/scratching mock attacks, that would sometimes spontaneously turn more serious. Definitely not a good choice for a pet, especially to be allowed around guests.
Hmmmm! Cuisine?? Not too much comes to mind there. However keep in mind that we were interior Belize in San Ignacio which only has a population of perhaps 12K-14K. Still it is the second largest 'city' in the country. All of the modern tourist industry is centered on the coast and the coastal islands, so would imagine that the food industry has much to offer there. Belize has many exotic fruits and one of the special local treats is the juice of most of those. You can get fresh coconut, mango I think, orange, watermelon, lime, and other fresh juices. The local beer is Belikini, which to me tastes intermediate between a light American beer and a heavier European beer.
There are few good restaurants in San Ignacio. I have eaten at a small Italian restaurant there and also at a restaurant attached to one of the nicer hotels in the area. The food was very average at both. There seems to be no such thing as grain fed beef in Belize, so expect even filet or ribeye to be very chewy.
On this trip, other than the visit to the Italian restaurant, our hosts prepared our very tasty meals, but just the usual variety from her international cuisine style repertoire. The fresh grown bananas, oranges, grapefruit, from our host's property, plus the other locally grown produce were a particular delight.
I'm not sure that food is a very good reason to visit Belieze. Great scuba or snorkle sites or whale shark watching, great beaches and warm weather, fantastic Mayan sites, tours of the rain forest reserve, all do contribute to making Belieze a fine destination, especially to escape the cold of a U.S. winter.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.