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Kay Emrick
Kay Emrick is one of the condo owners here at Christopher Columbus Condos. She's always willing to share her wonderful experiences and photos with us. Several of her photos have been used on our website, blog and social media.
Cayman Girls Trip

Sometimes a girls trip is just what I need to relax, make a few wonderful memories, and eat delicious food with my favorite ladies.

What better destination to do all of these things than Grand Cayman? Once we had the destination and our group finalized, we also had to plan for travel and arrival times. With 9 women arriving on 3 separate flights on the same day, this step was an absolute necessity! 

After everyone made it to the island safely, we headed to Christopher Columbus where our refrigerator was already stocked with all of our special food needs to get us through the week, thanks to Kayann Stephens of My Kayman Concierge.

Later that night, our first dinner of the week was delivered to our condo by Angelo Guizio, owner of Edoardo’s Italian Restaurant – mouth watering dishes, no prep and easy clean-up!

When day two came, we were ready to soak up some sun and feel the sand between our toes! All it took was a few steps out of our room onto CCC's private beach.  

After a full day lounging on Seven Mile Beach we were ready for dinner. Tonight's stop was Calypso Grill  in West Bay. Thanks to Marcos Ebanks and his big taxi/van for nine (almost like it was made for us), there were no parking hassles at one of the most popular restaurants on the island! After a week of delicious eating, the ladies declared Calypso Grill to be the favorite!

On day three it was time for some serious shopping! The group headed to Georgetown to hit the jewelry stores. Kirk Freeport even brought out the champagne when they saw the sales adding up! Thanks Raj and Susan. The shopping wasn’t over without a stop at Camana Bay with lunch at The Brooklyn, and a look at the island from the sixth floor observatory Tower. The beautiful underwater mosaic mural wall makes for the perfect photo background. It is a truly beautiful work of art – not to be missed. Our dinner that night at Morgans, on the water at The Cayman Islands Yacht Club, was a perfect way to end the day.

Day four was our day on and in the water, boating to Stingray City, snorkeling the coral reef, lunch at Kaibo, and a stop at Starfish Point. Kayann, our concierge, came through once again. She set us up with Captain Chris Bailey of Cayman Adventure Tours, and sent us off from the Yacht Club with a platter of fresh fruit and warm wishes for a great adventure. Captain Chris took amazing professional photos of each of us with the stingrays, and got even the most fearful comfortable enough to kiss the rays!

After an amazing day on the water, dinner was a joint effort by all back at the condo, with each of us ready to relax for the evening. This girls trip turned high school slumber party on more than one night. What better way to enjoy the company of good friends, than sitting around in our PJs, sharing stories, and drinking wine? (Well, maybe that wasn’t part of high school!)

A long standing tradition at Christopher Columbus is the beach barbecue by Chef John. The chef, now in his 80s, with help from his many family members, serves a meal of chicken, ribs, salads, rice and beans and homemade pies that would be the envy of every backyard (in this case, beachside) cook! With a picture perfect sunset photo, Lisa, our office manager, was on hand to record our last night together before four of the girls headed home the next day.

Managing our five, but missing the four who went home, we journeyed to the South Sound for another shopping/browsing stop at Pure Art. This place is a must – a bit of old Cayman with a quirky and totally charming collection of everything from fine art to fun jewelry, beach signs, and accessories for the island home. After Pure Art, the serious shoppers were still in shopping mode, so we made a stop at the tee shirt shop, Sun Dog, and the Kennedy Gallery to view more fine art. 

During this trip, we had our share of delicious island cuisine accompanied by a myriad of tropical cocktails and plenty of wine, although the best part was making memories with friends. Kayann, our concierge, came through one last time after learning our interest of the benefits of coconut water, stopped by the condo with coconuts. They were peeled and ready for a straw, one for each of us. We found they tasted best when a splash of rum was poured into each – do the health benefits still prevail? We like to think so!

The best part of our girls trip was being together in a beautiful setting, laughing, sharing life stories, making new ones, and strengthening friendships. The trip was such a success, we are planning to return in two years to celebrate some milestone birthdays. And what better place to do it than this island paradise!

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Meet Cayman native and entrepreneur, Emile Levy. His love for the island and preservation gave him the idea for the ultimate environmentally-friendly bag: Siggy Bags. The bags are made of recycled animal feed packages, and quickly became popular with Caymanians and tourists alike! The bags are very sturdy and versatile, and they are very reasonably priced at $12 CI for the most expensive bag.

Emile is no stranger to owning his own business; running Cayman Islands Native Fun Tours for 15 years. So, it’s not surprising that they have now sold over 5,000 bags and even started making other items like aprons and raincoats. Along with new merchandise, Siggy Bags also has it's first designated spot on the beach in George Town!

If you're interested in getting your own Siggy Bag, give Emile a call at (345) 928-0560.


   
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Every January world-famous chef, Eric Ripert, hosts a weekend in Grand Cayman celebrating the newest in food trends from a stellar line-up of renowned chefs. This past weekend I attended the 7th Annual Cayman Cookout (also the 7th time I've personally attended). As in years past I had an absolutely great time sampling delicious food, meeting accomplished chefs and learning food tips and tricks from the best of the best. It was a foodie paradise to be sure! Hope to see you in 2016 and enjoy the "scrapbook" of this year's events I was able to attend below.

Jose Andres

Jose Andres put on an amazing paella session on the beach. These are a few photos I snapped before he started. The calm before the exciting cookout with Jose!






Rundown with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain hosted a luncheon session with chefs from local Cayman restaurants. During the session he went around station to station explaining what the chefs had prepared, and attendees could walk up to any station in any order to sample food and drinks. (You could even get seconds!) Tables shaded by umbrellas were available for guests to enjoy their cuisine in comfort. It was a delicious feast for both the eyes and palette!



 
         
 


         
 
 

 

Southern Cuisine with Sean Brock

Virginia native, Sean Brock - ower of Husk (Charleston & Nashville, TN locations) - cooked up some tasty southern cuisine from his cookbook, Heritage, including marinated shrimp and Hoppin' John!

 


Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford was a completely hilarious and engaging chef from Toronto. She got audience participation and made some killer rum cocktails and fish tacos. Lynn was so friendly (Even got my photo with her below!), and cooked such good food. If you don't have banana leaves to poach fish in, use foil or parchment paper.

   

       
 
 
         

 
   

 

Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson gave all the secrets to good fried "yard bird" or chicken! It was fantastic. Marcus was very personable and is an acclaimed chef from Ethiopia who was adopted at age 3 by Swedish parents and raised in Sweden. He has a restaurant in Harlem named, Red Rooster. The "yard bird" demo was outside of Blue (Eric Ripert's elegant restaurant on the island), then we moved inside Blue for a four course luncheon. The wines were from the Phelps Winery in Napa, and the dessert served was a popcorn accented caramel mousse. Samuelsson went table to table, signed cookbooks and posed for photos. It was a completely amazing experience.

   
         

 
 
         

 
   

 

Michael White

Then we attended a session with Michael White, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Altamarea Group which owns many acclaimed restaurants. He cooked a scrumptious seafood risotto, and demoed how to remove conch from its shell. Claw hammers were a necessary tool!

 
 
         

 
 

 

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