Saturday, November 5, 2016

Bio Bay A Plane Favorite!





Cayman  Kayak


If you have never encountered the famous Bio Bay in Grand Cayman do not miss this opportunity! In the past the best way to reach Bio Bay was via Kayak. Now everyone can enjoy bioluminescence experience. This tour is a Cayman Must! Leaving from Rum Point, the bioluminescence tours of Grand Cayman are something you’ll never forget. Tom and his wife Lisha are passionate about conservation and runs the only tour on an electric catamaran. Gas and diesel are killing the bioluminescence but the electric boat keeps the tourist footprint to a minimum.


 Cayman Kayaks is Cayman's first Bioluminescent tour operator and the only company to offer electric boat tours. They have a brand new customized electric powered catamaran will take you silently and leisurely through the Bioluminescent Bay. Once inside the Bay guests will sit down in the observation deck to personally interact with the Bioluminescence. This is not a glass bottom boat, there are holes in the middle of the boat so once we get to the bay we take off the covers and you will be able to dangle your feet and legs in the glowing water. Cayman Kayaks is proud to serve their Environmentally conscious guests by helping them explore this phenomenon fuel free. These night tours run on the darkest nights of the month to allow the best quality tour.

 Many of my passengers love this experience for their options were limited on how to get to the bay. Now the old and very young and many families can experience Bio Bay together. It is so much fun to see your hands glow and even make a glow angel if your lucky!
Tom and his crew know exactly where to take you  and you will enjoy their knowledge of the bay. It is a wonderful way to enjoy a relaxing evening at Rum Point.


Don't forget if you want some action and some great exercise Kayak to the Bay! Fun to watch the paddles glow once you get there. This truly is the most amazing natural phenomena of the world! Once inside the bay, watch how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a glowing swirl of blue light. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life, and what you can do to protect such a special place. The adventure with Cayman Kayaks can only be described as magical, creating memories that will last a lifetime! These night tours run on the darkest nights of the month to allow the best quality tour. Give them a call 345-926-4467 www.caymankayaks.com
  September-November tours are at 7:15pm -

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Best Cayman Family Friendly Restaurant Deals

Best Cayman Family Friendly Restaurant Deals


Guy Harvey's Island Grill

Every Saturday and Sunday for the last 5 years all folks can order one entree and get the second same entree for  One Dollar! There is no better deal on the island than this. Chef Bruno serves up the freshest fish which he personally marks at the fish market early every morning! No second day fish for him. If he does not receive his marked fish he sends it back! Way to go Chef Bruno.


Sunshine Grill

You can not beat Sunshine Grill and Sunshine Suites for family friendly pricing! The Grill has the best fish taco's and burgers on the island! The "Pain Killer" their famous rum signature drink is amazing! The Westin is the new owners of Sunshine Suites and their guests can now walk across the street and enjoy the Westin's amazing property and pool! That's family friendly!



Cimboco's

Passenger's know where to find the best deals on Island and Cimboco's Five Items for Five Buck Deal is a must! They make everything from scratch. Their fresh baked bread is amazing and the hash browns are the best on the island. This deal is mid week only but it will save families alot of money. 



Eagle Rays Bar & Grill


This East End Bar and Grill can save you lots of bucks. Look for the yellow submarine at Ocean Frontier and pull in. Best Lion Fish Tacos on island! Chef Ron reflects all US pricing on his bar and grill menu. You can also save with his hearty breakfast too. They have great burgers and many favorites that the family can share. His sister restaurant Tukka has a great menu selection also. Families enjoy the frigate feeding at Tukka as well. Check this little boy out!







Peppers Bar and Grill

Pepper Bar and Grill opposite of the Comfort Suites, has the best ribs on the island! They serve of some of the best local Caribbean food with family friendly pricing. The atmosphere very relaxed and casual. The perfect restaurant for families to just chill, not worrying about getting dressed up!


Chicken Chicken

Families can not beat Chicken Chicken for family friendly pricing! The chicken melts in your mouth not too spicy for the little ones. They start the rotisserie racks up daily, early in the morning. Food always fresh and can be ordered to take out for the beach.


Coconut Joe's

Coconut Joe's has amazing prices for breakfast and some some of the best tasty Taco on island! Taco Thursdays is a favorite. This is right opposite of the Marriott. Come causal and save money! They also have a great happy hour!





Gino's Pizzeria

This pizza heaven has deals every day of the week! Located right opposite of the Caribbean Club! You can always check their Face book page out to see their deals! This pizza is Brooklyn Style flat amazing. They deliver free or you can eat under the umbrellas.




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Sunday, February 7, 2016

What's New in the Cayman Culinary Scene 2016

What's New in the Cayman Culinary Scene


Taste of Cayman Winner "The Bistro" will be new to many of my passengers this year .Amazing French cuisine all fresh farm to table. Find this restaurant right in the middle of Seven Mile Beach opposite of the Famous Caribbean Club. Located in the Caribbean Plaza known for European-style dishes, daily specials and delicious desserts all made with fresh local ingredients. They have a fantastic wine list and cocktail menu as well.  Passenger's favorite is their famous Steak Tartare. A must have before you leave island. The entire chef team at the Bistro is committed to farm to table freshness with a pure french focus.




Another Amazing newbie to the Cayman culinary scene is"Catch" located at Morgan's Harbour. If you love Agua on Seven Mile Beach you will definitely enjoy their sister restaurant right on the water.  They take pride in serving the freshest fish, in fact you can actually watch the boats bring the catch in. If you love seafood and oceanfront dining do not miss this experience Passenger's favorite of the restaurant  tuna sashimi is amazing their number one appetizer!

If you love Mexican cuisine  you will love Chef Loyd's  farm to table Mexican Cantina.  "Casa 43 Mexican Kitchen and Tquilla Bar"This little restaurant is located right next to the famous Cooper Falls.  Their unique menu is full of fresh eats (as in farm-to-table fresh), from their tacos to guacamole! “Farm to Table” is a phrase that is becoming the trend on the island . Chef Lloyd's team takes pride in collaborating with local farmers for over 5 years. Many passengers enjoy the Tequila Bar offering many kinds of Margaritas. Passengers Favorite isthe Mexican Corn roasted and rolled in imported cheese!


Another Amazing new restaurant is "LOLA" at Camana Bay, Passenger love their family friendly pricing.  Lola is now open and Passengers have been raving about this new trendy bistro, fit for foodies. Located on the Paseo in Camana Bay, both locals and tourists are loving this friendly neighborhood gem offering an inventive and creative menu that offers diners an opportunity to experience a modern spin on their favorite dishes. With freshness and flavor at the forefront, this trendy and cozy little bistro is now serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily! The in-house bakery and pastry shop specializes in artisan breads, designer cakes, sweet and savory treats and gourmet coffees by Illy. A Passenger Favorite Seared filet of Salmon with Seafood Dumplings, Yukon Gold Mashed Potato's, Fresh Medley of Vegetables & Passion fruit emulsion.

For my clean eating friends we have two new  on the island  "Vivo" Located in the northwest coast of Grand Cayman, VIVO is the new vibrant cafe and restaurant from the renowned Chef Gilbert Cavallaro. It’s a new healthy culinary experience at Lighthouse Point. The name VIVO, was born from the experimentation with replacing traditional ingredients with raw, live alternatives, which are the summit of nutrition. The word VIVO comes from the Latin vīvō and means 'to live' or 'to be alive'. Their eco-friendly meat-free menu offers raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. In an attempt to try and limit the invasive population of lionfish in Cayman’s, they are happy to also offer a tasty selection of lionfish dishes. They select our ingredients with the greatest care, to serve you natural, healthy, delicious food, prepared with passion and positive energy. Famous for how they cook lion fish pared with local vegetables.





 My Passengers love "Island Naturals Café", a wonderful vegan and vegetarian eatery designed to meet the needs of today's health conscious vacationers. This café was created from a passion for fresh food, healthy eating and the environment. Their menu aims to please all palates and includes gluten free options. With Island Naturals Café, you can expect seasonal updates of hearty dishes and homemade beverages, including made-to-order smoothies, fresh juices and fruity iced teas. As healthy lifestyle enthusiasts, they offer a wide variety of sustain-ably grown, non-GMO, organic, raw super foods that each have their own quality of abundant nutrients, energy and benefits. These folks are now the top restaurant serving up a healthy/vegan focus menu. This past year they expanded their cafe to double the size so they have a lot more seating. Open now for healthy breakfast 7 days a week from 7am-11am with oatmeal, acai bowls, gluten free muffins, fresh juices, parfaits, breakfast wraps and smoothies. Passenger Favorite their Vegan Bowl

For many of you returning to the East End you may not be aware that Tukka opened a new sister restaurant called "Eagle Rays Bar and Grill"Passengers love this fun filled Bar& Grill with an amazing view of the ocean! This is definitely the new diver hang on East End, located at Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers with a fabulous view of incoming boats. Folks love their lion fish taco's! Family friendly pricing menu's in US pricing yeah! It has a very casual beach bar vibe going, with six shaded outdoor picnic tables, three bar top tables, and numerous bar stools at the bar. If you are a salad lover their mahi-mahi Caesar is fabulous also!

  "Bar Crudo" Just downstairs from Guy Harvey’s Island Grill is the brand new Raw Bar "Crudo". Crudo is Italian for “raw,” and the name is appropriate as a good number of items on the menu are raw, including sushi, ceviche, oysters, caviar and many other delicacies. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of raw, there are ample hot appetizers to choose from as well. You can sit down to a platter of seafood, fish fingers, mozzarella sticks, conch fritters, crab cakes and other mouthwatering entrees. And of course Guy Harvey’s Island Grill is right upstairs! Being right at street level on the water-front, makes it one of the easiest spots to access in down town. There is outdoor seating for Bar Crudo directly across the street on the water. Note Guy Harvey's has a new Stogie and Brandy Bar down stairs as well!
Last but not least "Smuglers Rum Bar" and Minus Below Located in the Flagship building in heart of downtown Georgetown right next to Minus 5 is Smugglers Rum Bar, its sister lounge just outside the freezer doors. Here people gather for an evening of cocktails and rum tastings, surrounded by artifacts and antiquities, in a relaxing atmosphere. Sure, it’s warmer than minus5, but it’s also refreshingly cool, thanks to a combination cooling system that keeps patrons comfortable, as they enjoy the fresh breezes blowing in through the main doors. Smugglers Rum Bar is a rum lover’s dream, with shelf upon shelf of over 100 different rums along the back wall. You can either indulge in a rum cocktail, or try a rum “flight,” where one savors the magical differences between light, golden and dark rums from local and international labels. Although owners Melanie and Craig Ling have other Minus5 properties in Las Vegas, Orlando and New York, this is the first Smugglers Rum Bar they’ve created, along with partner Matthew Wight. “It really fits with the spirit of the Cayman Islands,” says Melanie. “We have put a lot of time into sourcing authentic décor, along with pewter drink ware to give the bar that fun, Caribbean vibe.”


Cayman Food Tours

www.caymanfoodtours.com
Best dining - Cayman Food ToursPassengers love the Taste of George Town Tour! Anyone wanting to experience the local culture and fabulous food, this is the foodie tour for you! It is something different to do while you enjoying the island. Have heard great things about Marzeta, the tour guide. She is local and is very knowledgeable, not only about food, but about everything there is to know about Grand Cayman. The walking tour is easy, interesting and very informative. The tour visits 5 Cayman Islands food tasting locations for 10 mouth-watering samplings, enough for a hearty lunch, in the capital and financial centre, George Town. Beyond the diverse eats and sweet treats, fascinating stories will reveal the rich history and architecture as you stroll through the streets of the capital. All food and drink tastings, enough for lunch, are included in the ticket price of US$75. Tastings and stops include: a restaurant at the forefront of local and global movement for sustainable fishing; locally made sweet and spicy jam; cool iced tea inspired by the flora of the Cayman Islands; West Indian street food; award-winning local beer; the world famous baked good that is the Cayman Islands' number one export; and a taste of the Mediterranean with a twist courtesy of the Jamaican Blue Mountains. Served alongside your tastings are the stories about how these establishments started, have grown, and captured the hearts of people in the Cayman Islands for decades. All food tastings are included in the ticket price. Between tastings, you will get an insider's view of modern and historic George Town as you stroll the bustling vibrant streets of one of the world's largest international financial centers. Their enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, historic churches and community buildings, and exciting local attractions and restaurants. (345) 927-1000



The Flavour Tour - Camana Bay

Best shopping - The Flavour Tour - Camana BayThe restaurants of Camana Bay have joined forces to offer an exciting new dining experience, The Flavour Tour, held every Wednesday from 7-9pm. The evening begins with a glass of sparkling wine at West Indies Wine Company. Diners then embark on a guided adventure featuring seasonal, local ingredients in the signature styles of Abacus, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Mizu and Ortanique. At each restaurant diners enjoy small plate courses complemented by featured wine or cocktail pairings before returning to West Indies Wine Company for a taste of one of their 80 vintages. The ingredients are sourced straight from Camana Bay's weekly Farmers & Artisans Market. The cost is $69CI per person, including gratuities. Tickets must be purchased in advance at West Indies Wine Company, located on The Paseo in the heart of Camana Bay. For more information, contact West Indies Wine Company at 345.640.9492 or info@wiwc.ky.Tours can also be customised for private groups of 12-20 people throughout the week, except for Sunday and Friday. To book a private tour, email flavourtour@camanabay.com.


We were sad to say goodbye to Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (Camana Bay)  which closed for business in August 2015, however, a new family friendly pizza and pasta restaurant, The Brooklyn, opened in its place in late 2015. , Whiskey Mist & Lillie’s, a multi room traditional Irish bar and sophisticated nightclub and Cayman Vapour Company, which is hoping to create a trend on Cayman that has swept America. Royal Palms reopened their Italian restaurant Prima.





Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Top French Restaurant in Grand Cayman

Passenger Pick of the Month

The Bistro

The Bistro




The Bistro is one of the newer restaurants taking centre stage on the famous Seven Mile Beach.  Passenger Picks decided to catch up with Chef Sean Collins, primary chef and owner of this amazing restaurant, to find out what makes it a favourite of so many of our passengers.
PP:  Sean, Grand Cayman is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.  What was the inspiration behind The Bistro? 
SC:  We saw a space in the market for a restaurant that serviced 100% classic French cuisine and jumped on it.
PP:  It’s really seemed to work!  Why did you choose French cuisine?


SC:  I have personally always loved French cuisine and as most would agree, the art of French cooking is the master of the culinary scene.
PP:  Folks comment how comfortable and family friendly the restaurant environment is.  Was that by design?
SC:  Well, we wanted to bring something unique to Cayman – eclectic and vintage yet comfortable and family friendly.  It’s great to hear that we achieved our goal.
PP:  You really did.  Ok, Tell us about the famous "Steak Tartar"  What are the secret ingredients?  One of our passengers, who stays across the street at the Caribbean Club, shared that the Parfait de foie - chicken liver pate is to die for!   .

Please share more how you prepare and keep everything so fresh and French?
SC: We get fresh local produce delivered daily and try to move the product quickly especially when it comes to seafood.  Our chefs frequent the Farmers’ Market for new ideas and inspiration.  They always come back with a wealth of delicious local produce to work their magic with.
PP:  Several of our passengers rave about your freshly made crepes and your amazing desserts. Some folks come back multiple times!  Tell us about your Pastry Chef and how he comes up with so many amazing desserts?  Are they made daily? What goes into making the perfect Crepe?  What is the background of your Pastry Chef?
SC:  Love and passion are the secret ingredients here, and of course our amazing brigade of chefs.  Our chefs work together to ensure all of our dishes come out with that unique French flare everyone loves so much.  They have a passion for French food, in particular crepes and you can really see and taste it in their work.
PP:  Is there one signature dessert that out sells all the rest?
SC:  Our Pear Tarte is a big favourite.  Topped with our homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel.
PP:  Got anything special planned for Valentine Day?


SC:  Of course we do!  We like to think that we are one of the most romantic places in Cayman.  We will be featuring a Valentine’s Day menu with some delicious French favourites.
PP:  That does sound romantic.                          

PP: What Families really appreciate is your children's menu, keeping with the French flare.
SC:  We wanted to move away from the usual chicken tenders and fries that you find on most kid menus.  We wanted to do a mini version of our French menu and I think we managed to achieve that.
PP:  We had a group of gals who recently dined with you share that they all had delicious small plates, French wine and listened to some amazing music.  Tell us about your small plate concept?
SC:  Small plates are similar to appetizers or even canapes and was introduced to the Western food service after 2000 roughly.  Usually refers to a shared plate.  We are hoping to develop further on the small plate concept later this year.








The Bistro
35 Caribbean Plaza, West Bay Road
Seven Mile Beach
(345) 623 6666
info@thebistro.ky


Monday, December 28, 2015

Top Cayman Family Friendly Pricing

Grand Cayman Family Friendly Pricing

Seven Mile Beach

Chicken Chicken 

Best dining - Chicken ChickenThis place is a genuine Caribbean specialty house! A family restaurant that started here in the Cayman Islands made famous for its delicious, Caribbean Wood Roasted chicken! The great, open hearth rotisserie, the crackling wood fire, the savory aromas, vibrant colors, and pleasant smiles, all of these invite you to enjoy a taste of the Island.




What Folks really love about this little restaurant is affordability and consistency. Great tasting chicken with a variety of sides. They can come casual or they can take out to the beach. Some folks are known to buy many plates  and store in refrigerator at their respective condo's. During the holidays they are noted for their traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners which they will swap out  turkey for chicken. (345) 945-2290

Best dining - Cimboco

            

  

Cimboco


Passengers love their 5 items for 5 dollars breakfasts, which have made them a " Best Value" on the island. Their breakfast skillets are filling, made to perfection, and so good. They also have a great lunch and brunch. I have one passenger who fly's to the island twice a year, and always orders their Caribbean Fire Roasted Shrimp wrapped with fresh Spinach & Apple-wood smoked bacon…with a Cimosa chaser, Cimboco's rendition of a mimosa. Cimboco's pound-cake and Key lime cheesecake are the favorites of many. The cafe is a feast for the senses with an exhibition kitchen and wood burning oven. Everything is made from scratch, from the breads and soups to homemade desserts – Cimboco even makes its own ice cream! Think fresh, homemade, fun and family.
Cimboco  is not only is family friendly but they they have an awesome Internet connection. They are a Internet Cafe-Plus must!
Folks share they save so much money having breakfast and using Wi-fy  they have extra  funds for activities and fine dining later.

The manager Catherine shared they do not even have a microwave!  They focus on fresh right out of the oven delivery and all breads are made daily!Many folks even go back for dinner for the pricing is good and the quality/service is suburb! Call 345 947-2782

                                                                        

Guy Harvey


Best dining - Guy HarveyGuy Harvey's is a great mix of West Indian and French cuisine in a beautiful waterfront setting in downtown George Town. What makes them a Family Friendly must is every Saturday and Sunday the have their buy one entree' for full price get the same dish for 1 Dollar.  Passengers love to spend the morning shopping in George Town then have lunch at Guy Harvey's. Locals have shared with me that Chef  Bruno carefully picks by hand the best fish to be prepared at his restaurant. Which always guarantees the freshest seafood entrees on the island. They have some wonderful feature nights with specials on Crab Cakes, Lobster or NY Steak and Fries and for those interested in other dishes; their menu is full of tantalizing flavor combinations as well as some great classic dishes. The décor is enhanced with an exclusive collection of artwork from renowned Marine wildlife artist, Guy Harvey, whose influence is further felt in the menu selections. Guy Harvey's pride themselves on their commitment to the long term improvement of fish stocks. You will not find any seafood choices on the menu whose stocks have been over-exploited. You can also try their new Caribbean style Sunday Brunch which is served from 11am to 3pm. Dishes include ackee and codfish,








Cayman style snapper, jerk chicken and more. Guy Harvey's has a new Raw Bar called Raw Crudo which serves some of the best sushi on island. Many folks love Chef Bruno's amazing display of seafood in the main dining area, he creates a different one everyday according to the fresh catch of the day! He gets up super early to eyeball the best fish from the fish market.

 December is Lobster season in Cayman. Bruno showcasing a fresh catch!
Choose from a variety of lobster dishes at Guy Harvey. He also serves up Lion Fish daily which is a Cayman must eat!


Make sure you bring the whole family and enjoy this ocean view restaurant with such great prices!



XQ's

My Passengers love XQ's for their great pizzas, affordable food and friendly, outstanding service. XQ's on Seven Mile is a contemporary yet unpretentious restaurant and lounge serving casual food without compromising on quality. Having imported a Bona fide wood oven and Pizza Chef both from Italy, no corners have been cut to bring you that authentic taste: exceptional wholesome dishes and nothing but the freshest fish and the best Pizza on the rock. While the four main pillars of the menu are Pizza, Grill, Pasta and Salad, the XQ's crew is flexible to your desires.



 Some of the XQ's signature dishes include the  XQ's Burger prepared with fresh Certified Angus Beef. Great value lots of Beef and perfect for burger loving families. You may luck out and land on one of their specials! They will also make a Gluten free burger if you have a sensitivity.  Chicken fingers always 6.95. Small Pizza or Pasta always 5.95.

Cayman offering is that there is just the one food menu, consistent for lunch and dinner reflecting no change in prices. The team at XQ's concludes that their customers should not pay different prices for the same thing at a different time of day. Which makes it a Family friendly restaurant.

 Another specialty is the Sausage Fiesta; using locally made sausages consisting of various flavors. The Brick Oven Snapper is also one to impress. In short, there are many options for carnivores, pizza lovers and vegetarians alike. The real Island Buzz is about their Happy Hour Madness Pizza line up: 3-4pm $4, 4-5pm $5, 5-6pm $6. Families love this island deal. With enticing decor and an impressive lounge where fans can enjoy drinks and tapas; and an adjoining restaurant where you can take a business lunch, romantic dinner or family pizza party, it is a one stop shop for the thirsty and hungry!



Wok n Roll

Best dining - Wok n Roll Wok n Roll is a family favorite for many of my passengers! Talk about family friendly pricing with easy and quick delivery/pickup! Many folks order this delicious Asian food take to the beach or serve in the privacy of their condo's. Predominantly catering to the take-out crowd, Wok-n-Roll serves up popular Asian cuisine. There's a selection of dim sum appetizers, soups, noodle bowls, stir fried noodles and rice dishes, alongside popular dishes such as sweet and sour chicken and crispy duck. The restaurant, located in Regency Court, has a small dine in area, while island-wide delivery is also available. (345) 949-0168
 Bourbon Chicken is an amazing fresh dish prepared daily. They have awesome soups and excellent stir fry dishes the whole family will enjoy! You can have it delivered at your condo or hotel. They have excellent carry out service  which many folks enjoy before they go to the beach or travel to the other side of island. Their team very friendly and will help save you dollars in Cayman Dining! Note one of their meals can almost provide to meals. Their portions are huge and tasty!




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