What’s Cooking – winter 2017-18

Our edit of the island’s most mouth-watering launches and delectable events.

Pico Taqueria Serves Up Mexican Flavor

If you can’t make it to the markets of Mexico City for an authentic quesadilla, Pico Taqueria is the next best thing. Another new addition to Cayman Technology Centre, order at the counter and watch as your choice of taco, burrito, salad and so on is freshly made right in front of you. Though the service is rapido, this is not ‘fast food’ in the burger chain sense – all ingredients are carefully sourced (read: local, antibiotic free and hormone free, wherever possible) and much of the menu is made in-house in small batches throughout the day. The vibrant flavors are matched by a lively environment and colorful, patterned interiors – or sit on the patio next to Pico’s very own urban micro garden.

Open Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Taste this Life: A Foodie Find for all Occasions

Taste This Life is one of those all-round food resources that seems heaven-sent – whether you need to order lunch from its delivery service, get private catering for a special event or fancy attending one of its unusual culinary get-togethers. So far, the start-up has held a Culinary Summer Camp, an Island Hog Roast and Yoga Brunch Sundays, in addition to running lunch deliveries Wednesdays and Fridays. The interactive Sushi Classes and monthly farm-to-table dinners at Taste This Life’s Savannah venue have also proved a hit. “Basically, anything to do with food we like to be involved in,” says owner and chef Jessica Moore. Recent lunch specials have included Coconut Cayenne Chicken, Snapper Tacos and Lobster Rolls – certainly beats a plain old sandwich.

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Two New Digs for Premier Crew

Premier Crew has quickly become our go-to for boutique wines at refreshingly reasonable prices. By sourcing cases directly from small vineyards, it means you’re not paying any middlemen a markup, and get to try some more unusual varieties. The same goes for its selection of craft beers and hand-crafted spirits. So, we’re excited to see not one but two fresh venues from the retailer. First, its shop in the West Shore Center completely re-branded as Premier Crew at the Beach, stocking the shelves with new products and prioritizing sustainable and bio-dynamic varieties. Then there is the dedicated tasting space, The Enclave by Premier Crew, which recently opened its doors in Cayman Technology Centre. Premier Crew’s unstuffy events manage to totally demystify the world of wine, while letting you sample many amazing rare vintages.

Caffeine Hit: Water & The Elephant

If the thought of Nescafé chills your blood, whereas a creamy single origin flat white gets your pulse racing, Water & the Elephant is the place for you. Located in Cayman Technology Centre, W&E, as it’s called for short, was founded by a collective of like-minded foodies and coffee lovers. Baristas are utilizing a variety of brew techniques to showcase beans from Toby’s Estate Coffee, an Aussie small batch roaster (by way of Brooklyn, New York).  But it’s not just about the coffee – home-made pastries, made-to-order sandwiches and fresh salads are also on offer, using local, seasonal ingredients. As the tempo slows on the weekend, head down there for an all-day brunch menu and other fun foodie happenings. Cayman Technology Centre is located on Printer Way – across from the CNB roundabout.

Open Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m

waterandtheelephant.com

Silverside Rum Gallery

It’s hard to know what to look at first in this new bar: the 200-strong rum collection or the impressive mural spanning its south wall. The underwater scene depicts a cascade of silversides and tarpon – Eden Rock’s two most famous residents. Local artists Pam and Marc Laurenson of Stoak’d, and Kevin Mounsor, wanted to show visitors what lies beneath Cayman’s waters and entice them to take the plunge. Caribbean cocktails and tapas are also on the menu. You’ll find Silverside Rum Gallery above Eden Rock Dive Centre on South Church Street.

Camana Bay’s Flavour Tour Explores New Territory

Why have dinner at just one restaurant when you can try five in a single night? The Flavour Tour was dreamt up back in 2004 as a way to celebrate local produce from Camana Bay’s Farmers & Artisans Market, as well as showcasing the town’s many food and drink venues. Now the itinerary has undergone a shake-up, adding some new venues and experiences. Taking place each Wednesday evening, the culinary walking tour begins with a spot of wine tasting at West Indies Wine Company, before heading for small plates (each paired with a different drink) at three signature restaurants, such as Pani Indian Kitchen or Abacus. Sweet endings come in the shape of two scoops at Gelato & Co and a digestif at The King’s Head. There’s the chance to chat to chefs and even make a few new friends as you dine together.

East End’s Jerk Chicken King

A little bird told us jerk fans are making pilgrimages to Jameion’s Jerk Chicken stand for his fiery blend of char-grilled perfection. Run by self-taught chef Jameion Bodden, the white truck with its black smoker pitches up at Pirate’s Cove Bar in East End every Friday and Saturday evening at 6 p.m., filling the area with the aroma of roasting chicken. The chicken is doused with a top-secret seasoning blend, days in advance, and served with homemade sauce, bread and rice and beans.

Galleria Plaza Gets Fresh

A new establishment from the Market Street Group, Fresh Kitchen & Coffee is seriously on-trend with its offering of superfood-packed buddha bowls, cold brew, avocado toast and tuna poke. There’s also a menu of smoothies, sandwiches and pastries for traditionalists, and the all-important coffee bar. Whether you are grabbing a take-out Chai Latte and granola before work, or taking a long lunch in the modern, airy interior, we’re pleased to have another convenient and healthy option on Seven Mile. Open seven days a week.

freshcayman.com