7 Amazing Places to Get Breakfast in Grand Cayman

7 Amazing Places to Get Breakfast in Grand Cayman

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…even more important if your day involves beaching and drinking. Start your morning with a solid foundation that will fuel you through your sun-soaked afternoon. Many Cayman restaurants offer hearty breakfast menus at reasonable prices. From local diners to seaside hideaways, I’ve got you covered.

The Diner

The Diner is a hidden gem tucked away in West Bay. (Between Heritage Kitchen and Alfresco). This cozy family restaurant showcases local ingredients with hearty comfort food plates; good for the soul and easy on the wallet. You’ll come for the menu options but stay for the warm hospitality and welcoming environment. I recommend: The omelette (personalized toppings…try it with local callaloo!)

Coconut Joe’s

Located on West Bay Road, opposite the Hampton Inn, Coconut’s Joe’s is known for their affordable, All-American breakfast. (Also their coconuts)! Though directly off the busy road, the restaurant feels tucked away, shaded by palm trees and umbrellas. It’s a rustic meets tropical breakfast oasis. One that is sure to satisfy your morning cravings. I recommend: Coconut French toast and coconut water (served out of the coconut) …what can I say, I like coconut!

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Cayman Cabana

The most scenic breakfast spot on island, Cayman Cabana offers authentic Caribbean dishes right on Georgetown’s waterfront. The restaurant proudly supports Cayman’s local farmers and fisherman and their menu reflects that collaboration. I recommend the saltfish & ackee for a true island breakfast!

Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane boasts a beautifully designed café space a block away from Georgetown waterfront. Their Australian-inspired menu features healthy favorites such as a the Avocado Smash, Good Grains Granola, and Buddha Bowl.  It has an attractive city vibe and arguably, some of the most expertly crafted coffee drinks on island. I recommend: Breakfast Bowl – Tossed baby kale, heirloom tomatoes, feta, avocado, farro & a poached egg paired with a Flat White Coffee

Southwest Collective

So you want to eat breakfast from the comfort of AC, but also enjoy an ocean view? Say no more. Located on the second floor of Harbour Place in GT waterfront, Southwest Collective overlooks the port, offering expansive views of the Caribbean Sea. Not only is the atmosphere great, but the matcha smoothies are even better.

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Bread and Chocolate

Located in Georgetown center, Bread & Chocolate is a quirky little hole-in-the-wall bistro serving all day vegan breakfast as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches. Nestle into a cozy table or at the bistro bar and dig into a their namesake French toast stuffed with hazelnut butter and bananas. Portions are generous and the food is delicious! I recommend: Breakfast Plate – tofu scramble, hickory smoked tempeh, tomato, and house-made garlic aioli on a fresh baked sesame seed bun. Served with home fries and fresh fruit

Island Naturals

Island Naturals makes a mean vegan chorizo. I would eat it every meal for the rest of my life. That being said, I highly recommend ordering the hearty breakfast wrap. It’s loaded with chorizo, potato, onion, tomato, jalapeño, spinach, and cashew cheese. Prepare for your mind to be blown. Additionally, they have great smoothies and açaí bowls, making them a well-rounded spot for a healthy morning meal.

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Road Trip in Style: Renting a Moke in Grand Cayman

Road Trip in Style: Renting a Moke in Grand Cayman

Those who live in Cayman, or visit frequently, know the island has finite activity options. Everything seems to revolve around the ocean or alcohol. (Or both simultaneously). Which makes sense because I mean, duh, this is is the Caribbean. Cruising around the island in a Moke though, is an adventure that allows you to appreciate the often overlooked beauty of the less populated, less developed parts of Grand Cayman. Keep reading to find out how to rent a Moke and hear my tips on WHERE to drive this impossibly cool island car!!

How to Rent

It is my understanding that there are multiple car rental companies offering Mokes, but the one that I went with was Hertz. You can find the contact information for Moke rental on their website. Ali was incredibly laid back and helpful, which made reserving the vehicle super easy. I reserved about a month in advance to be safe as there are only so many Mokes on island!

The price is around USD $200/day (or CI $170), which is obviously much more than a standard car, but entirely worth it! The Moke seats 4 people, so if the price is a bit steep for you, try splitting it with your passengers. Contact Hertz directly to confirm pricing as well as insurance rates/options.

Get to Know the Car

Rest assured, it drives automatic. That was my first question. No one would have been safe had I tried to drive manual 🙂

It has a pretty decent sound system with a radio and what appeared to be an aux cord jack.

There is a canvas cover which can be easily removed and stored in a small cabinet. You can also put it back on with no problem.

There is basically no room to put anything, so pack light!

It’s NOT the most comfortable vehicle I’ve driven, but I suppose that comes with the territory.

Still unclear if it is pronounced ‘mok’ or ‘mokey.’ Remains a mystery.

I did not get to choose my color, but then again, I didn’t ask. I have seen black, green, yellow, and orange on island!

Where to Go: The East End Tour

Stop 1: Pedro St. James

An overlooked, hidden gem with deep-blue vistas and historical charm, this stop has a lot to offer. Our group kicked off the tour with a few cocktails which we enjoyed on the grassy area overlooking the sea.

If feeling adventurous, Pedro St. James is also known for its Natural Topaz Swimming Pool. It fills when the sea is rough and the waves reach over the rocks. Be warned though, the trek to this pristine oasis is not for the feint of heart (nor for the flip-flop clad wanderer). You must cross a wide expanse of iron-shore, so come prepared with good shoes! Also come prepared to be disappointed if the pool is empty… 🙁

Photo Credit: Brandyn Murray

Stop 2: Czech Inn

A quirky and unexpected roadside shack with a LOT of character. Definitely worth a visit to gander at their eclectic collection of keepsakes and to enjoy a delicious meal. The prices are reasonable and the owner is very friendly! They are apparently known for their Schnitzel and ribs (don’t ask me, I’m pescatarian). You can also just come here for a drink, so long as you have a DD!! 😉

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Photo Credit: Czech Inn

Stop 3: Blow Holes

Another roadside pit stop that will really blow your mind! Just kidding, the blow holes themselves aren’t particularly awe-inducing but the view is incredible and it makes for a nice (perfectly timed) photo op! Beware, there is not great signage. As you’re driving, the view will start to open up, free from trees and buildings. You will see a rocky roadside barrier wall lovingly called “Lover’s Wall,” and soon after that will be the Blow Holes!

blowholes

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Stop 4: Tukka

Just a stone’s throw from the expansive Caribbean Sea, with a view overlooking the Wreck of the Ten Sails, Tukka is the perfect East End lunch spot. The menu presents a fresh and delightful collaboration of Caribbean meets Aussie cuisine. I highly recommend the lion fish tacos and seafood platter, but then again, basically everything there is good!

tukka east end

Stop 5: Kaibo

Though a bit obvious, and possibly overrun by tourists, Kaibo is a must-see. This was our last stop on the tour before we headed back to Georgetown. It will charm you with its tiki bar meets European beach chic aesthetic. Sink your toes into the sand on their beach picnic tables and watch the boats coast into the dock. I recommend their wood-fire pizzas and of course, their MUDSLIDES! (The nonofficial drink of the Cayman Islands).

Kaibo
Photo Credit: Cayman Good Taste

BONUS:

Heritage Kitchen Sea Wall

I’m throwing you for a bit of a loop as Heritage Kitchen is on the complete opposite side of the island. However, if you need to return your Moke and are headed that direction anyway, I recommend driving out to West Bay and parking in front of Heritage Kitchen along the sea wall. It is the perfect spot to watch the sunset FROM the Moke, if you so please.

heritage kitchen sea wall

Happy Moking!!

My 3-Day New York City Itinerary: Culture, Cuisine, and Clubbing

My 3-Day New York City Itinerary: Culture, Cuisine, and Clubbing

Planning an express trip to a city as big as New York can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Pick out a couple of must-see neighborhoods and pre-book one “main event” for each day you’re there… (I will help you with that!) Then, let the city guide you with its fast lane charm and sea of complex characters. There will never be a dull moment. If there is, you’ve done something wrong!

Where to stay: Sonder One Platt, Financial District

Sonder is an affordable boutique hotel with locations in major cities all around the globe. There are 7 just in New York City alone. Think of a design-centric Airbnb but with New Age traveler technology. Your room number and passcode are provided through the Sonder app where you can also make requests for housekeeping. There is at least one staff member on site 24/7; otherwise, check-in & check-out are completely contactless. The room features a full kitchen and building amenities include a gym, spacious lounge, and rooftop. They also offer luggage storage which is so key!

The Financial District, or Fidi, is a wonderful spot to explore as it is home to many top attractions including Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, World Trade Center, Pier 17, Stone Street, and much more. It is also well-connected to the rest of Manhattan, just 30 minutes via Subway to Central Park or Rockefeller Center.

How to Get Around

During our stay in New York City, we used a combination of Subway, Uber, and of course, lots and lots of walking. I believe taking the Subway is a must if you want the full New York experience. It is definitely the most affordable option and it provides a glimpse into the life of locals, from glamorous to eccentric to downright bizarre. Of course, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings and protect your possessions, but for the most part the Subway is safe and always well-populated. Uber rides range from $20 to $60, so we only took it when we absolutely had to.

subway

Day 1

We flew into Newark and took an Uber into the city. It was around $40 and took about 30 minutes. We arrived to Sonder well before check-in at 12 pm but they allowed us to store our luggage. From there, we wasted no time and jumped right into the activities below!

Lunch @ Stone Street: Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina

Stone Street is one of the city’s oldest streets and was actually the first road to be paved in New Amsterdam, which later became New York. Cobblestone streets and Dutch colonial style buildings set the scene for a picturesque lunch spot. In winter they have heated bubbles perfect for outdoor, COVID-friendly seating. There were many options for dining, all with enticing menus, but we settled on Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina. There I ordered sangria, street corn, and a papaya salad (actually served out of a papaya–woah!) ¡Delicioso!

maddogny

Wall Street, Stock Exchange, World Trade Center

Given the express nature of this trip, we did little more than walk by these attractions, admiring them from the outside. Worth it, though! We actually weren’t able to make it to the World Trade Center (will save for a future visit), but it’s very doable because each of these attractions are within walking distance. On Wall Street you can snap a picture with the bull (some people were actually climbing on top of its head — don’t be that person).

Pier 17

This was a spot that we stumbled on after picking up post-lunch Americanos at Starbucks. We were out for a walk by the river, just a couple blocks off of Stone Street and wandered up the elevator to the rooftop where apparently, they put on concerts during the summer. There were ‘Cozy Winter Cabins,’ set up at the time, for the holidays, but we just drank our coffee on the terrace overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. Simply gorgeous and definitely worth a visit if in the area!

5th Avenue – Rockefeller Center – Bryant Park

Tourist trap? Yes. Must-see? Also, yes. From a visitor perspective, these three destinations feel like quintessential New York City. 5th Avenue gives off major ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ vibes while Rockefeller Center is where they film the Today show and also home to the famous Christmas tree. It is close to Times Square if you should want to visit that as well, (not my cup of tea). Though we had already seen these spots on our first visit to New York, we wanted to explore them again during the holidays. You can start near Central Park, walk the length of 5th Avenue (window shop ’til you drop!) and stop along the way at Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Tree

Jazz Club: Flat Iron Room

From Bryant Park, we walked about 20 minutes south to the Flat Iron District, home of the namesake Flatiron Building as well as a top notch, snazzy jazz club – the Flat Iron Room. A little lazy on the names if you ask me, but the club speaks for itself. Entering through the secluded corridor you’ll be escorted to a dark room with intimate tables facing the stage where jazz musicians perform nightly. MAJOR speakeasy vibes Reserve in advance as the place was fully booked the night we went. The reservation gets you a two-hour slot at your table and from there, you can chill at the bar or the standing area if you so please.

Flat Iron Room

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Day 2

Uff da, if Day 1 wasn’t busy enough for you, get ready for Day 2! First stop, caffeine.

Coffee: Joe & The Juice

The city is littered with the chain café / juice bar fittingly named “Joe & The Juice.’ At times it felt like there was one on every block. The coffee is served in adorable pink and purple take-away cups that made me very happy indeed. I opted for a flat white and banana muffin which got my morning off the a sweet, lively start.

Joe & the Juice

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I certainly wouldn’t consider myself an art person…nor even a museum person. To be honest, I had only really heard of the MET because of the MET Gala. But, as an aspirant well-rounded traveler I thought it apt to pay a visit to the city’s most renowned museum located in the iconic Central Park. At $25 a ticket, I would say it is worth seeing. The best part? The Egyptian Temple of Dendur. That in itself makes the museum visit worthwhile!

Central Park

Given that the MET is located in Central Park, the most obvious pre or post museum activity would be to tour around the sprawling greens of Upper Manhattan. The best way to see the park, in my opinion, is to rent a bike. You will feel you are part of the action but can still hop off for photo ops at the Gapstow Bridge and rock lookout.

The West Village

While not an obvious transition from Central Park, this neighborhood was a must-see for me given my affinity for all things Sex and the City. Yes, you may have heard that Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in the series is located at 66 Perry Street, a classic New York City brownstone in the West Village. Fans can snap a picture in front of the stoop, but be careful not to walk on the stairs as the current owners do not love that their apartment is now a tourist attraction. (Hey, comes with the territory if you ask me!) While in the neighborhood you can stop at Magnolia Bakery for a sweet treat.

Dinner: Felice 56

In a city overflowing with Italian eateries, Felice leaves their mark as a classy, reputable chain with an authentic and delectable menu. We made a reservation for 7 pm and were treated to excellent service, fresh pasta, and a smooth, romantic ambience. I ordered Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, a pasta dish with some cheese that is fancier and much more mature than I will ever be.

Clubbing: LAVO

While not for the faint of heart, LAVO provides a quintessential New York nightlife experience that will get you close and personal to some major DJs and apparently, the occasional celebrity. (If that’s your thing). It was absolutely packed and definitely not conducive to social distancing, but that’s the price you have to pay if clubbing is on your New York agenda. It was outrageously fun and worth whatever variant I may have picked up there. We purchased tickets in advance for New Years Eve through Joonbug (fast pass is recommended unless you want to wait in an hour-long line). Visit their upcoming events page to buy tickets for specific DJs.

Day 3

Are you still kicking after that night out at LAVO? Good, because I’ve got a whole new line up excursions for your last day in New York City that you’re not going to want to sleep on!

COVID Testing

It’s time to talk about a necessary evil. To fly back to the Cayman Islands, we needed an antigen test the day before travel. There are many pop-up sites on the streets in high traffic areas of the city, but those can take 48 to 72 hours to receive results. Not to mention, some are exceptionally sketchy in appearance and overall vibe. We went to Bloom Labs and paid $75 for an antigen test that we got back in 3 hours. PCR tests are also available, albeit more expensive. There was a line outside the site but it went very quickly. I recommend this lab to any traveler needing quick results as it is an efficient, and professional testing site.

Murray Hill

From the testing center in Midtown, we went walking in search of a restaurant to satisfy our sudden Japanese craving and stumbled upon Mazu Szechuan Cuisine in the young, vibrant neighborhood of Murray Hill. While the restaurant wasn’t necessarily dripping in ambience, nor overly gourmet, it provided large portions and essentially got the job done. What was more impressive was the area, which as it turns out, is something of a nightlife hub for recent college grads. Definitely a cool place for young travelers to test out a new bar scene or grab a quick bite.

Brooklyn Bridge

Shifting gears, it’s time to get to Brooklyn before the sun sets. One way you can do this is by walking, jogging, or biking over the emblematic Brooklyn Bridge, which is roughly a mile in length. Of course, you can also drive over it too, but what’s the fun in that? When we walked it on our first visit to New York City in the summer, it was packed with photo-happy tourists and savage cyclists showing no mercy to those in their path. Travel vloggers beware.

Brooklyn Bridge

Dumbo

Whether you make it all the way across the bridge or go the route of Subway, once you’ve arrived in Brooklyn you must go to to the Pinterest-famous photo spot on the corner of Washington and Water Street. Old-fashioned red-brick buildings frame an iconic view of the steely-blue Manhattan Bridge. This photo-taking venue is located in the artsy neighborhood of Brooklyn named Dumbo. Your Instagram feed will thank you. From there, we walked to the waterfront and passed by Pebble Beach and Jane’s Carousel, stopping for a rest in the Time Out Market. Further walking adventures carried us all the way to 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge for the most expensive chai tea latte of my life in their coffee shop, Neighbors.

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I put on this aesthetic playlist when I want to feel…well…like that girl. POV: You woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on this luxuriously white duvet (freshly laundered in non-toxic cruelty free detergent that smells of lavender and vanilla). The sun is shining. You step out to the balcony, clothed in an impossibly soft oversized t-shirt, and drink in the floral aroma of your well-tended garden. In a bit you’re going to prepare your matcha latte and head off to barre class. You simply have time for everything because you’re that girl.

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songs for imagining your parisian life (french playlist/french cafe lounge)

Put this aesthetic playlist on to manifest a gorgeous Parisian life and/or to embody deliciously chic main character energy. POV: You’re Emily in Paris. You woke up in the swanky 16th arrondissement to Edith Piaf singing La Vie en Rose. Slipping on your black silk kimono, you spritz a bit of Coco Mademoiselle and make your way out to the balcony. You stare out over your steaming cup of café au lait and drink in the views of the Eiffel Tower, wondering if you should accessorize with a beret or a neck scarf for the day’s look. You think: damn, it’s good to be moi.

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For chill beats and aromatherapy: Cayman Yoga Club

What’s to love? Clean white walls, modern design, and welcoming energy. Many of the teachers at CYC provide personalized, hands-on adjustments for their students in order to prevent injury and improve alignment. Their vinyasa classes flow beautifully to carefully-curated playlists, allowing you to slip deep into the movements. My favorite part of the classes, hands-down, is shavasana. Not just because I get to lie on the ground in corpse pose, but also because the teachers come around with cool, lavender-soaked towels, lightly pressing them over your eyelids. It doesn’t stop there; they also give heavenly mini massages to your temples and the back of your neck. You’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven.

What’s NOT to love: The schedule is a bit sparse and there is not much variety in the class offerings. (Only vinyasa and slow flow).

The class to try: Vinyasa with Imani

Intro special: $59 for first 30 days, unlimited

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For flowy, haute fitness vibes: Bliss Yoga

What’s to love? The apotheosis of Cayman yoga, Bliss offers a wide variety of buzz-worthy classes like Hot 26+2, Core, and Power. I always leave the studio feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and well, tired AF (in the best way possible). The classes are challenging yet beginner-accessible, a dynamic which has attracted a community of loyal island yogis. Although pricey (like the rest of Cayman), their retail shop features coveted brands like Lululemon and Manduka.

What’s NOT to love: Because of their popularity, Bliss classes tend to fill up, making the studio space feel tight and cramped. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like having other people’s feet in my face.

The class to try: Hot 26+2 with Manuella

Intro special: FREE for 7 days (limit 1 class per day) or $99 for 30 days (limit 1 class per day)

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For Pitta energy and witchy retail: One Heart Yoga & Apothecary

What’s to love? One Heart is different from any yoga studio I’ve been to. Dark exposed ceilings and eye-popping pink lotuses create a chicly enigmatic space sure to inspire your practice. Most noteworthy is their 800 square foot, sound-proof studio fittingly named ‘Pitta,’ after the fiery Ayurvedic dosha. One Heart’s sweatiest and highest energy classes take place in this room, some heated by infrared panels so you’ll feel that sweet, sweet burn from the inside out. Need a pep talk before Mark makes you hold your third Wheel Pose of the class? Check out the west wall full of quotes from famous rappers like Tupac and Biggie. Yoga aside, their showers are amazing and their apothecary shop is full of alluring elixirs, teas, and ceremonial incense.

What’s NOT to love: Though purely anecdotal, I once attended a class at One Heart with a playlist that featured a song by Fetty Wap. I was instantly transported to my college party days which was not the vibe I was after. And no, it was not the hot trap class, it was unheated slow flow.

The class to try: Baptiste Power Yoga with Mark

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[BONUS] For the adventurous yogi: SUP Yoga, Vitamin Sea

What’s to love? Paddle board yoga on the iconic Seven Mile Beach will make you feel like a fierce island goddess, surrounded by stunning turquoise waters and inspiring women. Kiristen Cousins, Cayman’s SUP Queen is a breath of fresh air, creating a safe and welcoming environment which allows you to laugh at wobbles and falls while continuing to challenge yourself. This class encourages you to feed off group energy, gathering motivation from fellow yogis and Kiristen herself. You may even make a forever friend at the class…I did!

What’s NOT to love: If you are someone who gets sea sick you may need to take a non-drowsy dramamine or some form of ginger prior to class. While the Seven Mile venue is known to be very calm, you will still feel a gentle but constant rocking that could upset your equilibrium while balancing on the board.

The class to try: Paddleboard Yoga (if you have a membership with Bliss, you can book through them as well)

11 Trendy New Places in Grand Cayman, November 2021

11 Trendy New Places in Grand Cayman, November 2021

November 20th represents the light at the end of the tunnel for Cayman residents and visitors alike. A lot has happened during the nearly 2-year border-closure. While we feel for the struggles of existing businesses, we also celebrate the beginnings of some very promising new places. If you’re visiting the island for the first time since lockdown, there are many fresh spots to explore! Read on to discover 11 trendy new places in Grand Cayman.

1. Next Door

A hot new locale with speakeasy vibes, Next Door allows you to step away from the beach scene and into city life. (Even if just for one drink). Located ‘next door’ to its owner’s existing Camana Bay restaurant Agua, this ambient lounge serves up artfully-crafted cocktails in an undeniably classy setting. Stop in during their jazz nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 pm to 11 pm.

2. Ms. Piper’s

New on the island scene, Ms. Piper’s has made quite the splash thanks to their feminine vagabond aesthetic and cleverly curated menu. Soft pink tones and silver thatch details set the scene for an easy and breezy tropical oasis in the heart of Seven Mile Beach. Sip a Frappé Negroni poolside beneath a striped umbrella or nibble on croquetas and buñuelos in one of the ‘cottages’ many intimate nooks. You will fall in love with the iconic character that is Ms. Piper as she tells her life story through culinary creations and fearless female-inspired cocktails.

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3. Paradise Pizza

Having opened during the dog days of lockdown, Paradise Pizza has been a saving grace to ‘za fanatics island-wide amidst border-closure. Their highly acclaimed Neapolitan-style pizzas like the Mr. White and Cayman Veg have enchanted our taste-buds to the point of no return. Most famously, Paradise has become the Saturday night spot, hosting a family-style event lovingly named Mambo Italiano: a 4 course pasta and pizza meal with a healthy side of karaoke.

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4. Tomfoodery

Fresh on the Camana Bay restaurant scene, Tom Foodery is a vibrant fast-casual eatery. It delights the eyes with tropical murals, ocean-inspired art, and the gorgeous Tomfoodtree. (Made by 3 Girls and a Kiln using recycled materials). Their menu exudes creative Caribbean flair with innovative takes on island favorites. Try the Fried Fish-wich with escovitch and scotch bonnet aioli or the Breadfruit Salad with arugula, tomato, and avocado.

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5. Cuba Libre

Salsa dance the night away with a mojito in hand (or the namesake Cuba Libre). Our Caribbean neighbor doesn’t feel so far away with this exciting new venue located in West Shore Plaza. Stop in for a traditional Cuban meal featuring classics such as tostones rellenos and ropa vieja. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the gorgeous classic Cuban car that greets you upon entry. You will be instantly transported to La Habana Vieja!

6. The Diner

A new take on an island staple, The Diner is a hidden gem tucked away in West Bay. (Between Heritage Kitchen and Alfresco). This cozy family restaurant showcases local ingredients with hearty comfort food plates; good for the soul and easy on the wallet. You’ll come for the menu options but stay for the warm hospitality and welcoming environment.

7. Arepa 345

Decidedly the most unique and personalized new spot on the culinary scene, Arepa 345 is an homage to Venezuelan home-cooking. Chef John lovingly showcases the most popular arepas from Venezuela including Reina Pepiada, Pelúa, Dominó, and Perico. These delicious creations are prepared with flair and TLC out of a stylish black food truck on Lime Tree Avenue. (Across from Cost U Less).

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8. Seven Mile Greens

Seven Mile Burger’s earthy sister is Seven Mile Greens, perfect for those seeking healthy options in a pinch. Located in Governor’s Square, this fast-casual greens spot offers convenient and clean meals on-the-go. Build your own salad or order one of their deliciously-curated menu options. The generous portion sizes will leave you feeling satisfied and energized for island activities!

9. Driftwood Bar and Grill

Previously the Blue Iguana Grill, the Holiday Inn’s waterfront restaurant has undergone a major face lift and is ready to welcome visitors and locals alike as Driftwood Bar and Grill. Chill at the bar, catching a game on the big screen or lounge poolside with views of the calm and glittering North Sound. This casual island eatery will make you feel right at home with its friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere.

10. Tukka West Bay

This East End favorite has now opened up as second location in West Bay! Australian flavors with a Caribbean twist AND ocean views…what more could you ask for? Their daily catch is supplied by Cayman’s local fishermen and often features Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, and Lionfish. Enjoy these fresh “Aussi meets Cayman” dishes from their shaded terrace overlooking the Caribbean sea. 

11. Union Grill & Bar

The newest addition to Camana Bay dining and drinking is Union Grill and Bar. This elegant waterfront corner is a one-stop shop for mouth-watering dishes and artisan libations. Feast on the juiciest of steaks and freshest of seafood in the plush comfort of the dining room or settle at the bar with an Island Spice martini.

Whether you are a resident or visitor, I hope these 11 trendy new places have inspired your upcoming island plans. Cayman awaits!

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20 Signs You Are Basic AF – Cayman Edition

20 Signs You Are Basic AF – Cayman Edition

We left our countries, we moved to the Cayman Islands, and now we think we are absolved of all ‘basic betch’ tendencies. Guess again. Mainstream culture will hunt us down and find us even on a tiny rock in the Caribbean Sea. It tempts us with surface level validation and keeps us coming back for more until we are left wondering if maybe we should have just moved to Nepal to become a monk. Maybe you’re in denial or maybe you’ve fully accepted that you’re basic AF (I have). Whatever the case may be, read the 20 signs below to determine just how basic you really are (in Cayman terms.)

1. ‘Ms. Piper’ is your “spirit animal”

“Live a little, am I right?!”

2. You’re launching your career as a bikini influencer

“When in Rome!”

3. You call the stingrays “sea pups” (but only in Insta captions)

“Aren’t they just the cutest?!”

(…Until they mistake your finger for chum. Not so cute anymore).

4. You’ve sabered the Tattinger at Tillie’s brunch (or wish you had)

Because there are few things more thrilling than obscenely large bottles of overpriced champagne and cavalry weapons.

5. If it’s on the Palm Heights rooftop, you’re so there

Sound healing, spin class, full moon party — doesn’t matter. Us basic girls will be there documenting every second.

6. You couldn’t possibly take a “wellness shot” without first putting it on your story

“Like, what would even be the point then?”

7. You went to Vigoro once, and now you’re a self-proclaimed “plant mama”

“Someone cut Brittany off, she’s literally on her 20th succulent.”

8. You threw a birthday party for yourself at Rum Point Club

“No, but just like SUPER low key.”

9. Your WhatsApp is full of group chats with names like “Girls just wanna have fun” and “Social butterflies”

“I can’t bring myself to leave the chat…Don’t want to burn any bridges on this microscopic island.”

10. Your hair service at Lift is more expensive than a plane ticket

“Yeah, but I’m stuck on this island, so what else am I going to do with my money?”

11. A wave of nostalgia sweeps over you every time you think of Target.

“I just miss everything about it. It was my therapy.”

12. The Gaelic Gala is where you live out your unrealized prom queen aspirations

“I just came to support my team.”

13. Your love language is Paradise Pizza.

“I like, can’t even imagine a world in which the Mr. White does not exist.” *Shivers just thinking about it.*

14. You still order pumpkin spice lattes despite the 90 degree weather

“Nothing will stand between me and Fall vibes. Not even this Caribbean climate.”

15. Island in the Sun by Weezer speaks to you on a “spiritual level.”

“I was divinely guided to the Caribbean. I didn’t choose the island life, the island life chose me.”

16. You prefer Kirk Market to Foster’s because of their in-store playlist (and legume pasta selection, obviously)

*Walking down the frozen aisle to Brown Eyed Girl* “Hold on, let me just Shazam this quick.”

17. You’ve posed on the Barefoot Beach stairs

“OMG, where even are we? This so does not look like Cayman!”

GUILTY.

18. You like to think of Seven Mile Beach as is its own independent country.

“West Bay? Never heard of ’em.”

19. You get nervous at the farmer’s market and panic-buy coconut water.

“This looks nothing like the Madison farmer’s market.”

20. It’s pretty much a guarantee that your weekend escapades will land you at the Bird

Nothing says ‘basic’ like a parking lot party.

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 Hi, I’m Kate! I’m a Wisconsin native who traded her snow boots for flip-flops in May of 2020 when I packed my whole life into two suitcases and moved to the Cayman Islands with my partner, Bryan.  I created Island Diaries as a way to document my island adventures and share about the Cayman lifestyle. A Midwest girl at heart, I bring a fresh perspective to Caribbean life, serving as a guide for locals and tourists alike on all things Cayman Islands. Whether you are local to Cayman, planning to visit, or just curious about island life, I invite you to explore Island Diaries and let this site guide you on your next island adventure!

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You May Be A Cayman Expat If…

You May Be A Cayman Expat If…

Let’s call a spade a spade. We Cayman expats are a quirky, pretentious bunch. While most of us are generally kind, well-intentioned people, we are all guilty of falling into some slightly pompous (often predictable) behaviors…myself included. Plop someone in paradise, give them a nice salary, and BOOM, you’ve got a diminished grip on reality and an inflated sense of self importance. It’s time we own up to our expat idiosyncrasies and enjoy a laugh at our own expense. Are you ready to see where you rank on the scale? You may be a Cayman expat if…

1. Your dinner conversations revolve around rescue ‘doggos’ and at some point during the evening one of the dog moms even whips outs their “doggie cam” app to check on Hazel the foster pup.

2. You throw around the slogan “ADOPT DON’T SHOP” but have secretly joined a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy waitlist (for when you move back to Canada).

3. You willingly (even enthusiastically) go to Back Room with the understanding that it is a cigar bar, but spend the whole night complaining about secondhand smoke.

4. You rave about lychee martinis but have no idea what the fuck a lychee actually is.

5. You identify fellow expats by their Instagram handles. “Is that Cayman_Chiara?? She so does NOT look like her pictures.

6. You don’t actually mind wearing masks again at the supermarkets because it mitigates redundant interactions with casual acquaintances (because you’re like SUCH an empath and can’t take on that kind of energy.)

7. Speaking of supermarket run-ins, you may be a Cayman expat if you’ve had a conversation at Fosters that goes something like this:

-Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere?

-Yeah, I think we met at a boat party.

-Uhhhhhhh yeah, that’s it. (Doesn’t remember said boat party at all…very foggy)

8. You turn the AC down to 60 degrees in your house just so you can enjoy some “sweater weather.”

9. You performed “reiki” on a friend’s disabled cat (that was rescued/kidnapped from Rum Point). He’s now climbing stairs and he’s never done that before, swear to God –Sorry, *Universe.*

10. You can’t go to the beach at sunset without putting it on your Instagram story. *Queue Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit* Just kidding, we don’t have Instagram music in Cayman GOD D**** IT!!!!!!!

11. You’re having a birthday party for your golden retriever.

12. You swore you’d never staycation 5 minutes from your apartment and then BOOM, you’re unloading hundreds (thousands?) of dollars for a weekend at the Ritz Carlton. (But they had early check in and late check out so it was ABSOLUTELY worth it.)

13. You take pictures of the pool at your complex but can count on one hand the number of times you’ve actually gone in it #OfficeViews

14. You post stories of your Green2go Juice cleanse. #SoberSeptember

15. You debate leaving Cayman every couple of days but then have a daquiri on the beach and decide you’ll stay because it’s not actually that bad.

16. You are living out your unrealized professional sports dreams in the form of touch rugby.

17. You over-emphasize the MAN in Cayman out of fear of being criticized but proceed to pronounce it Cay’men’ when on the phone with your parents.

18. Anything outside of Seven Mile may as well be on the other side of the world in your book.

19. You drive a Honda Fit (or a Tesla), depending on your occupation and level of bouje.

20. You complain about extortionate grocery prices but don’t blink an eye at your brunch bill.

21. You got your PADI certification and haven’t been diving since.

22. You humble brag about not having any weekend plans like you’re taking some kind of moral high ground because ugh, your social calendar is always just so darn busyyy.

23. You won’t shut up about the hand soap and lotion in the Palm Heights bathroom.

24. You flexed on having a gas stove during the 24 hour power outage because clearly you have superior survival skills to all the other average Joe islanders who literally couldn’t even brew a simple cup of COFFEE. How embarrassing.

25. You feel the need to update your followers on your safety and well-being following a tropical storm (which was basically a hurricane, OKAY?)

26. You’re always moaning about the ungodly Cayman temperatures but go to hot yoga religiously. It’s the detox sit-up that does it for me. (But only if it’s in your practice, of course).

27. You’ve done a photo shoot with Cayman Collective.

28. You pay $100 for a Reviv IV drip on Saturday only to get wasted on a boat party on Sunday.

29. Unreturned, rogue shopping carts inexplicably make your blood boil.

30. Waitrose is the hill you want to die on. (Looking at you, UK expats).

Well Cayman expats, we are as perplexing as we are predictable but to be honest, I kind of love it. While there is always room for more self-awareness, a light sprinkling of quirky, self-indulgence is simply part of being human. So let’s keep living our best island lives and I will keep taking mental notes on our laughable expat antics (stay tuned). Now go walk a dog at the Humane Society and don’t forget to pick up your green juice on the way.

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 Hi, I’m Kate! I’m a Wisconsin native who traded her snow boots for flip-flops in May of 2020 when I packed my whole life into two suitcases and moved to the Cayman Islands with my partner, Bryan.  I created Island Diaries as a way to document my island adventures and share about the Cayman lifestyle. A Midwest girl at heart, I bring a fresh perspective to Caribbean life, serving as a guide for locals and tourists alike on all things Cayman Islands. Whether you are local to Cayman, planning to visit, or just curious about island life, I invite you to explore Island Diaries and let this site guide you on your next island adventure!

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I remember watching the Suite Life of Zack and Cody on Disney Channel as a kid and dreaming about how cool it would be to live in a hotel… Fast forward 15 years and it appears I am some kind of manifestation guru because I’m literally living that childhood dream. And at a hotel in the Caribbean of all places!

How Bryan and I became a full time hotel residents, you ask? Well, it’s the same familiar story as any Cayman apartment shopper. We were aimlessly scrolling the Ecay Trade classifieds one day, as one does, and stumbled upon an advert for a Holiday Inn 1 bedroom unit. We thought, huh…sounds strange but, what the hey, let’s check it out! (A fool-proof approach to life). A couple days later we walked into an all-inclusive timeshare-esque unit complete with a weekly housekeeping service, pool access, and not to mention, an OCEAN VIEW, and said YEP, 12 month lease it is! It almost felt too good to be true.

I’m happy to report in my first official month at the new place, there have been no “fine print” situations. So far hotel living has proved to be wonderfully convenient and unique to the point of being laughable. Read below to see what I mean as I detail the comical realities of living at a hotel in the Caribbean.

The key to my “apartment

Gone are the days of mini “where are my keys” heart attacks! Losing this card will only cost me a trip to the lobby.

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Housekeeping has spoiled me for life

At our last apartment I was becoming irrationally stressed by our perpetually damp, mismatched towel collection and the unrelenting dust bunnies mocking me in every corner. I was seriously doubting my abilities in basic house maintenance. Here at the Holiday Inn, my worries are whisked away once a week by the lovely housekeeping staff who even change the bedding and towels. I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. Perfectly white linens? Fluffy towels? Not a speck of dust in sight? They’ve ruined me.

…But reception may think I am delusional

Embarrassing story alert. One day I came home and my dirty dishes had disappeared from the sink, the coffee pot included. I thought, this is absurd. Who has taken my dirty dishes and for what reason? And how will I make COFFEE!? In a state of utter confusion, I contacted reception about my “missing items,” only to discover that they were, of course, in the dishwasher. Housekeeping had run a load while I was at work… The poor receptionist must have thought, yeah, this woman is not the brightest bulb in the box. IN MY DEFENSE, Bryan and I NEVER use the dishwasher. I had forgotten it existed. And the coffee pot disappearance sent me into automatic helpless despair. Don’t worry, I sent an apology email and most importantly, had my morning coffee the next day.

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I am now a hoarder of travel sized shower products

You get a mini shampoo, you get a mini shampoo, you ALL get mini shampoos! Everyone knows what they will find in their stockings this Christmas. A generous handful of mini coconut lime verbena products. Housekeeping just keeps bringing them and I keep squirreling them away. At first I had very honest intentions to kindly ask them to stop replenishing the supply, but now I seem to be growing an emotional attachment to their miniature cuteness.

Did someone say room service???

I call. I order. They say my quinoa salad and breaded cauliflower will be right up. And that right there is the kind of dependability I need in life. (They also deliver alcoholic beverages but that’s neither here nor there…)

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Poolside cocktails are DANGEROUSLY accessible

Imagine living next to a bar. More specifically, a poolside bar with an ocean view flanked by swaying palm trees. Are you imaging it? Okay, so tell ME you wouldn’t be there every week ordering a margarita from the luxurious comfort of a pool chair? It’s a slippery slope, one that I’ve been shamelessly walking since move-in. I certainly didn’t come to the Caribbean to drink a sad cup of tap water with my feet up on the coffee table. NO, life is too short! If you need me you know where to find me.

Pictured below: Classic Margarita from Driftwood Bar and Grill

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I’d like to file a noise complaint against a rooster?

Through no fault of the Holiday Inn, my rowdiest neighbors happen to be a family of extremely vocal chickens. The roosters like to kick off their crowing around 5:00 am or earlier but then just carry on throughout the better part of the day, loudly voicing their complaints and concerns. Try meditating on the balcony with a constant stream of cocka-doodle-doos in your ear. Worst of all, they drown out the sounds of the ocean waves. Then again, they did live here long before I came…

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Entirely impractical vacationer storage

The average hotel closet is simply not designed for a European man’s wardrobe. Certainly not ours anyway. (I’m not the issue, I have a minimalistic island wardrobe.) In the honeymoon stage of touring our apartment, we dismissed the limited storage space as a minor blip but when it came time for move-in, we were left scratching our heads. See below our sad excuse for a closet (note the completely unnecessary safe placement) along with our current creative storage solution thanks to AL Thompson. We are also utilizing bins that fit under the bed and storing random items inside bathroom and kitchen cupboards. (Maybe I should put stuff inside the dishwasher, hehe).

The pet-themed emails blasts I receive from the restaurant manager

Besides the neighborhood chickens, the Holiday Inn is also home to a grumpy cat named Ginger who we often get updates about via email. (See below). Another especially interesting email blast sent last week was basically a dating profile for a neighborhood dog named Duchess including a photo and description of her hobbies (and that she is a non-smoker). What’s funnier is that these pet updates are often featured alongside weekend drink specials. Honestly, I think that’s the kind of content we could all use a little more of in our inboxes.

These competing views

From my balcony I can either choose to stare at the beautiful ocean horizon OR a random heap of lord knows what (where the roosters and cats like to hang out). If I’m feeling luxurious I gaze at the ocean… If I’m feeling like I need to knock myself down a few notches I opt for a view of the rubble piles. See below.

I have a land line!

Exciting, right!?

More to come!

The lease is young! Who knows what other funny situations we will find ourselves in this year at the Holiday Inn. Hopefully my blonde moments are limited to the dishwasher incident, but you just never know, do you? The sun keeps making me blonder, it’s hopeless. Despite my unruly feathered neighbors, I am fully embracing the hotel lifestyle and look forward to having visitors one day soon! The sleeper sofa is waiting to be pulled out and the mini shampoos are eager to be opened.

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Don’t you dare call it a hurricane

For whatever reason, this distinction (or lack thereof) seems to stir up some controversy. To stay on the safe side, just refer to it as a ‘storm’ and that way you don’t ruffle any feathers with those who get rather defensive around the labeling of natural phenomena.

Prepare for supermarket MAYHEM

I haven’t seen so many people out shopping since Black Friday in the states or Lake Delton Walmart in the summertime. It’s anxiety-inducing is what it is. My first thought is, “what in the world are these people buying?” And my second is, “Should I be buying something right now?” I was at Hurley’s during this madness and people had LOADED shopping carts overflowing with god knows what and I was standing in line holding one pathetic salad, struggling to get the stupid lid to snap into place. I flounced off to my scooter and stored it under the seat, watching as people loaded bags and bags into their SUVs. I’ve never felt more out of the loop. All this to say that if you have the essentials at home, then avoid the supermarkets at all cost. They will make you basic girls question your decision making abilities.

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Avoid riding a moped if possible

I never paid attention to “knots” in the weather forecast before purchasing a scooter, but let me tell you, that shit will ruin you. The wind speeds start to pick up long before the storm makes landfall and Esterly Tibbits is not a fun place to be when that happens. There is nothing that makes me question my sanity like driving 10 miles under the speed limit in the shoulder, drinking in the stench from the dump. If you are like me and scootering is legit your only form of transportation, then just take it slow and steady. And if someone has the GALL to honk at you or throw a dirty look your way just tell them to f*ck off. (I’ve never done that but I could be compelled.)

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The Essentials”: Snacks, wine, rock n’ roll

I get there are families out there who trying to plan for children and relatives, but that’s not us. We are basic girls and we just need to worry about ourselves. That being said, tropical storms are a time to kick back and open up a bottle of biodynamic Rioja and unearth your Lindor truffles from the freezer. (I say unearth as if I had forgotten about them. I knew exactly where they were.) Since the power is out and chances are you’re too basic to have a gas range, you’re gonna want to stock up on snacks. But if you only have wine then that will do just fine.

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Don’t let yourself be bored even for a second

The power is likely to go out and you are not going to be sitting there twiddling your thumbs like a loser. Absolutely not. A tropical storm calls for preparation. You should be charging every single device you own and downloading movies to your laptop, preferably those featuring Bradley Cooper or maybe a young Tom Cruise. Also, if you’re an intellectual basic girl (I am) then you’ll want some books on deck. I recommend one romance, one literary classic, and probably a self-help book because let’s face it, we’ll probably encounter an existential crisis amidst the power outage. Stuck with our own thoughts…talk about terrifying.

Post about it, obvi

This is content you do not want to miss out on. Join the bandwagon with every single expat in Cayman and throw up a screen shot of the storm tracker for your Instagram. It is the basic thing to do after all.

When in doubt, just read the Women of Cayman threads

If you’re not refreshing the Women of Cayman Facebook page every 10 minutes then you are SEVERELY uninformed. (And missing out on unrivaled entertainment). Just be careful if you decide to ask a question on there as it is highly likely that your innocent inquiry will offend someone. One poor lady asked where she could get some coffee the morning after a storm and the Women CAME for her. Basically accusing her of not caring about the safety of the Starbucks baristas. I mean… the disregard, Karen.

Pretend like you are about to hydrate but then just stick to wine

There is a chance you could be without water so you should probably do something about that. I fill up a bunch of random water bottles and line them up neatly in the fridge like an elite athlete preparing for competition. Last storm I didn’t even touch them. They just sat there mocking me like, “are you gonna drink us or what?” I’ve heard of people filling up their bath tubs but something about that creeps me out. I watched too many horror movies as a child. I feel like I’m going to walk in the bathroom and find a scary woman lounging in the tub. Sorry, didn’t mean to unload my unresolved childhood trauma on you.

Discover a new use for candles

Somewhat of a revelation, we are realizing that candles are actually good for more than just ambience and pleasant aromas. Shame there isn’t a Bath and Body works in Cayman. Besides their obvious illuminating properties, they are also being used by the Women of Cayman for heating up food and water. They dedicated an entire thread to the versatility of tea lights. I haven’t tried this cooking method because it seems like a lot of work when cocoa pebbles are readily available. I enjoy candles until midnight-ish and then I just find them eerie. Power outages make me feel like Nicole Kidman in the Others, nervously pacing around my apartment with a lantern in hand.

Just do you

We’ve GOT THIS, basic girls. No one can tell us that we are unprepared or naive, because we already know that. We are living our lives for us. And just remember, even if it’s a hurricane, it’s still just a tropical storm. I mean a storm. Just a bit of rain. And some extra knots. Not the garlic kind. Okay, be safe and don’t take anything I just said seriously. For real information consult Cayman Resident. 🙂

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