Cayman Cookout: Artisan Market (Cayman Islands)

Right after the Champagne Brunch wrapped up, we headed over to the Artisan Market to enjoy more cocktails and tasty bites while lounging poolside. (Life is so hard. ;)) Guests also had the opportunity to meet their favorite chefs and have their cookbooks autographed — how awesome is that! I was excited to see Chef Scott Popovic of Certified Angus Beef and sample his creative cotton candy wrapped beef. Sounds a little strange, but it tasted amazing! I’ve become quite the White Tip fan while out here in the Cayman Islands after only four short days, and was very happy to see a Cayman Islands Brewery station which had all four of their beers: Caybrew, White Tip, Ironshore, and Pirates Gold. You better believe I’m taking a tour of the brewery when I’m back here next year! It was so much fun running into a few familiar faces: Ruth M. (Caymankind Culinary Ambassador), Corey Blohm (Manager at The Brassiere) and Simon Crompton (Bar Manager at Agua Restaurant & Lounge), and making new friends: Chris Court (Photographer at Cayman Free Press), Luigi Moxan (Owner of Cayman Cabana), and Christina Pantelidis (Cayman Free Press).Thanks to Christina for sharing a taste of the Cayman Islands’ famous stewed beef and to Chris for introducing us to Flava Magazine, which highlights the best of Cayman cuisine!

Cayman Cookout hosted by Eric Ripert, January 16 – 19, 2014
The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

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Chef Scott Popovic of Certified Angus Beef in action

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Chef Scott Popovic serving up some cotton candy wrapped beef

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Cotton candy wrapped beef close up. Sounds strange, tastes amazing.

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Thanks to awesome bartender Simon for these tasty Patron cocktails!

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Love these ladies! SaraDISH (NYC Food Blogger) and Ruth M. (Caymankind Culinary Ambassador)

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The Cayman Islands Brewery made a huge fan out of me during this trip

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This gentleman became my new BFF after I returned to his station every ten minutes for more White Tip 

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Pass the cheese, please! Awesome assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, and artisan breads by Gourmet Foods International

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What a pleasure running into Corey Blohm, Manager at The Brassiere!

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Savored this local Cayman Islands stewed beef prepared by Cayman Cabana

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So nice to meet Christina from Flava magazine & Luigi from Cayman Cabana. Thanks for the delicious stewed beef!

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I’m now a fan of FLAVA magazine! The gorgeous food photographs make me so hungry :)

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Hanging out by the pool

Cayman Cookout: Artisan Market (Cayman Islands)

Seven at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)

One of my best friends and I enjoyed a beautiful dinner at Seven in the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman. I was thrilled to find out that my favorite pinot noir, Flowers, was on the wine list! Naturally, we had to order a bottle. I’m a sucker for good dinner rolls and these mango brioche rolls were no joke. (I liked them so much, I asked for an order to take back up to our room!) My short rib ravioli with horseradish cream and sherry demi-glace was rich, hearty, and meaty. I went with a lighter dish for my entree: King Salmon with horseradish vierge. (Vierge is a French sauce comprised of olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomato, chopped basil, and other herbs.) That vierge was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! A huge thank you to my bestie for a wonderful dinner. :)

Seven: The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

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The gracious sommelier

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Enjoyed a bottle of my favorite Pinot Noir, Flowers

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These mango brioche rolls were so good, I had to get a batch to go! 

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Short Rib Ravioli, Sherry Demi-Glace, Horseradish Cream, Frisee and Celery Salad 

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King Salmon with Horseradish Vierge 

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The dining room

Seven at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands)

Bar Jack at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman [lunch] (Cayman Islands)

Great way to start our first full day in the Cayman Islands: fresh mahi mahi tacos, a Caribbean lobster roll, and Niman Ranch beef sliders at Bar Jack at the Ritz Carlton. We washed it all down with an awesome local beer, White Tip. It was smooth, light, and perfect for day drinking. My friend tried what the locals call a “RED EYE”: beer, clamato juice, lime juice, and hot sauce. She loved it!

Bar Jack: The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands

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Enjoying a White Tip (or three) with lunch

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Mahi Mahi Tacos, Yellow Corn Tortilla, Jicama & Corn Salad, Charro Beans & Salsa

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Caribbean Lobster Roll, Tarragon Mayonnaise, Mango, Tomato, Peppers, Boston Lettuce, Mango Brioche

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Niman Ranch Beef Sliders, BLT, Pickles, Cheddar Cheese, Ketchup, Mayonnaise

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The “RED EYE”:  beer, clamato juice, lime juice, and hot sauce

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White Tip on the beach

Bar Jack at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman [lunch] (Cayman Islands)