John and Ellen left their home countries (Australia and the United States) to build a life in Belize to open a restaurant, The Maya Beach Hotel Bistro, and have the time to connect with people in a way that might deliver a sort of intangible happiness. Whether their passion for life makes the food so good or whether John’s talent is simply deserving of a Michelin rating he might never receive, I don’t know. I do know that I can’t get the craving for their garlic and goat cheese appetizer out of my head, I can still close my eyes and taste the complex flavors of the lamb and feta salad that I enjoyed, and I have never tasted anything like John’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie does. The breakfast burrito was the most wonderful meal I have ever begun a day with. Simply put, the best meals of my entire time in Belize were enjoyed at Maya Beach Hotel Bistro. Maya Beach Hotel Bistro is open to hotel guests and the general public for three meals a day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.