The tour involved a friendly eclectic group of Caymanians & tourists, enthusiastic Sam led us, Camana Bay looks stunning at night and we got to try some sensational food.
Another truly memorable evening in Cayman Islands.
I originally booked the 6pm Flavour Tour but lack of bookings meant I was moved to 7pm.
In the end this worked better for me with me being able to arrive early and wander around Camana Bay in a relaxed way. This is a 'waterfront town' and marina that is Billionaire Kenneth Dart's vision and is something to see.
There is a Farmers' Market on Wednesdays but when I arrived at 6:15pm it was almost all already packed up. Instead I sat in a rocking chair by the water listening to the Caribbean live band. I will certainly do that again.
West Indies Wine Company
I met the Flavour Tour in the West Indies Wine Company. Sam welcomed me with huge enthusiasm and I was a little shocked by the large group of 20 people.
I was disappointed we did not start with champagne but trying a wine from Austria, and one from Chile, was fun and it got people talking about which they preferred.
I was amazed to hear their Napa Technology Wine Station means they can currently offer 82 wines by the glass. Bottles stay good for 60 days after opening using this technology.
There was no time to hang around and we were soon off to the first food venue.
Mizu: Asian Bistro & Bar
The first food stop was Mizu, an 'Asian fusion powerhouse' where we sat outside and tried spicy Tom Yum Kung soup made with local lemongrass, lime and cilantro. This Thai soup was the right level of spice for me but I would have liked more shrimp. This dish is famous in Thailand for being salty, sour, sweet and spicy.
A 'Paris to Bangkok' cocktail was served with this involving sake, gin, Green Chartreuse, lime juice, ginger beer and jalapeño. It was garnished with cucumber and was refreshing in the evening heat.
Over this course I showed people Issy, explained www.sifrew.com and my life in Cayman since I moved here in April.
We were then off on the short walk to The Brooklyn. This place is billed as 'an Italian inspired American pizza & pasta joint' decorated in 'industrial chic'.
We were served a vegetable lasagne made with local produce. The spinach in this gave it an interesting flavour and it was good comfort food. It came with with a Tropical White Wine Sangria made with local seasonal fruits, triple sec, coconut rum and Riesling. I am not really keen on coconut flavoured cocktails, which are too common here in Cayman Islands.
Over this course I got talking to an American couple from South Carolina, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in Cayman Islands, about my time living in Bermuda and Far East experiences with Four Seasons. We were all starting to be friends.
Then it was the main course in Abacus and the highlight of the tour. This place is explained as 'Caribbean farm-to-table cuisine'.
We were served beef flank steak with local sweet potato mash, sauteed greens and rosemary jus. This was accompanied by a California Cabernet Sauvignon. Chef Will O'Hara came to explain his passion for local seasonal produce to the whole table.
The beef melted in your mouth and the sweet potato mash was divine. A truly heavenly dish. The only thing I would change would be to leave out the green peppers.
During this course Sam explained to me how her father went from cooking for HM the Queen at The Dorchester to being a dive instructor based in Cayman Islands and I chatted about Brexit with the young Caymanian lady next to me.
Gelato & Co
Blink and we were at the last food stop of the evening already. My last course was salted caramel and key lime pie ice cream. The salted caramel was sublime creamy lusciousness.
The King's Head Pub
We ended the evening in the King's Head pub. This was too much of an English pub for me and the spiced chocolate martini was not served in a martini glass, all the ice made it watery and I could not detect the spice.
I joked that you rarely see dart boards in real UK pubs any more and I guessed Health & Safety concerns were the reason. It felt oddly sad saying goodbye to my new friends.
🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻(6 out of 5 ‘teddies’) - the food at Abacus; Sam; the salted caramel ice cream; Camana Bay at night and the other like-minded guests were all '7 teddy' experiences but the lack of champagne at the start, and the weak end in The King's Head pub, lost a 'teddy'. My tips:- anyone in Cayman Islands on a Wednesday night should try this tour. If you do, arrive early and take your time to enjoy Camana Bay before the Flavour Tour starts.