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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Order what you want... Eat what you get.

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

One of the best things about traveling is the exposure to local culinary delights. We have a saying that we order what we want, but we eat what we get -- no complaints are allowed. For the most part we are thrilled with our meals and below we share some of the memorable ones with you.

A Buga Mama serving up a Garifuna meal in Livingston, Guatemala

If you have never been to Livingston, Guatemala, you must go. It is the most exotic and appealing combination of the Garifuna, the Maya, and the Spanish with a distinct Caribbean influence. Street food comes in all styles and this is some of Livingston's finest.

Down by the dock, several Buga Mamas set up their mobile restaurants around noon. Patrons come by and purchase their lunch, then sit in the shade of a frangipani or jacaranda tree and eat.

Delish!

Christmas Pig roast in Santiago, Guatemala

For Christmas one year, we were invited to a pig roast. When we crossed Lake Atitlan to get to Santiago about 10 or 11 a.m., the pig had been cooking all evening in an underground pit. Billy and the boys dug up the pig, but he wasn't done yet! 30 guests were to arrive only a few hours later and the main course wasn't cooked.

Oh no!!

 

So four grown men carried this pig (weighing well over 100 pounds) down to a grill with a hood under a palapa and continued to cook the meat until the hungry guests came.

A little drama and excitement, but the end product was marvelous.

Lamb loin we cooked in Manly Beach, Australia

One year we were living in Asia and decided to go to Australia for a change of pace. We'd heard great things about their lamb and dairy products and, as good fortune would have it, an apartment opened up just a 5 minute walk to the beach.

We're there!

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We purchased some lamb loin, fresh vegetables, some Australian red wine and Roquefort cheese. Billy grilled the meat to perfection! Then from our dining room we watched the boats crossing back and forth through Sydney Harbor.

Spectacular.

A typical bar in Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand is a gorgeous little town on the northern tip of the southern island. Getting bar food in New Zealand is always a safe bet, and it was more affordable than the pricy meals in regular restaurants.

As you can see, there are children inside so it's a welcoming, family oriented place.

At Patti's in Corozal, Belize

We were told that Patti's was the best place for food in Corozal, Belize, so we headed there straight away.

Garlic mashed potatoes, a small salad, fresh vegetables and fried chicken with a dipping sauce. It cost us a mere pittance and during our short stay in Corozal, we visited Patti's every day.

Beef Stroganoff, Vientiane, Laos

The French have left a distinct impression on the country of Laos, so you will find terrific food, great butter, baguettes and a wine selection. Yes, Beef Stroganoff is a Russian dish, but it was prepared superbly and presented beautifully.

Grill your own! Jinghong, China

Look at this gorgeous table at the night market in Jinghong, China. You have your selection of meats, chicken, seafood, vegetables and side dishes. Purchase your food-on-a-stick and take it to the hot grill a few feet away and cook your own. Or, if you prefer, you can hand over your food to the chef who is there, and she will prepare it for you.

Such colorful opulence!

Fish filet with swab of pesto at the top. Guajimbo's, Panajachel, Guatemala

Guajimbo's is a local favorite in Panajachel to have any meal. Portions are huge and flavor is abundant. This fish filet was dragged through a colorful rub, the vegetables were grilled to add extra flavor, and the noodles were tossed in freshly made pesto.

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Sashimi, in Saigon, Vietnam

Within walking distance from our residence in Saigon, Vietnam was this great Japanese restaurant. Small plates of artistically presented delectable sashimi floated past us on a moving belt and we could simply pull off anything we wanted to eat. We ordered this plate from a special menu. We received herb tea and miso soup as part of this sashimi plate.

 

Grilled sausages, chicken and organ meats, Bangkok, Thailand

Street food is conveniently everywhere in Bangkok, Thailand. Grilled and ready to eat, these little kebabs are only about 50 cents a stick. They are great for a quick snack.

Mussels on Diniwid beach, Boracay, Philippines

When we stayed on the island of Boracay in the Philippines, our favorite beach was Diniwid. Tiny restaurants dotted this white sand beach and we ordered outstanding seafood dishes every day.

Here you see fresh mussels with garlic.

Mi Abuela's Restaurant in Quito, Ecuador

A famous restaurant in Quito, Ecuador is Mi Abuela (My Grandmother). They advertise "The best steak of your life" so we wanted to find out for ourselves. One order of steak is a kilo of tender, delicious beef! This was obviously plenty of meat for two people, and the meal came with a salad, rice and potatoes.

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Was it the best steak of our lives? We have never forgotten this restaurant or our meal, that's for sure!

Stuffed lobster in El Tunco, El Salvador

When we visit the beach, we like to order the fresh offerings of the day. Here you see shrimp-stuffed lobster which was incredible. The price was amazing, also, about $15 and the meal came with a beer! It was so big, we took food home! The restaurant was right on the beach in El Tunco and we watched the sunset during our dinner.

Grilling whole chickens in Cabrera, Dominican Republic

Chicken is a favorite dish in the tropics and you will see these grills set up all over the place in the Dominican Republic. The charcoal is lit in the mornings and the chickens are turned by hand until they are ready to eat. Each chicken sells for about $2-3USD.

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