By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert
Azure waters, pristine beaches, rainbow colored fish and phenomenal flora and fauna are alluring elements of Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Caribbean Cayman Islands. George Town, the capital, offers serious duty-free shopping and delicious dining. Cocktails and cuisine blend sun, soul and cultures that seduce your taste buds with the fantastic fusion of fruits and spices. Water activities, renowned Seven Mile Beach and stunning sunsets remain star attractions.
SAIL: Grand Cayman. Before sailing away, bring the island’s Caribbean flavors and flair home. Grand Cayman Sea Salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, dried chilies and rum are tasty mementoes. Tabletop items with the Cayman turtle motif or seashell designs abound.
SIP: Rum. Distilled sugar cane and its reduced syrup making molasses create this renowned spirit of the Caribbean. Enjoy white, golden or dark rum in your island drink of choice and toast Christopher Columbus who discovered it!
SAVOR: Tropical Fruits. Bananas, citrus, coconuts, mangoes, papayas and pineapples abundantly grow here and are dominant delectable ingredients in Cayman fare from the curries, seafood and meat dishes to the sweet desserts that follow.
Mara Papatheodorou is a Master Foodie, a Tastes & Traditions Expert and a nationally established entertaining specialist. She has interpreted the cuisine and experienced the culture of over 65 countries worldwide. As an 11 year Contributing Editor at BON APPETIT Magazine, Mara scouted and produced the Entertaining with Style section that highlighted how real people entertain around the country and the world and was editor of their international editions. She works as a consultant with food companies developing recipes, menus and promotional campaigns.
Mara is the Tastes & Traditions Expert for Regent Seven Seas Cruises where she lectures regularly about the history of cuisine and culture and what to sip and savor in various ports. Watch her dining and wine tour videos on our website under multimedia. She next sails on the Seven Seas Navigator from New York to Canada October 12-22, 2014. You can read more about her at www.marapapa.com