What’s Hot Abroad

Take a trip away this April. Check out our recommendations for what to do, where to go and what to eat in some of Cayman’s favorite overseas destinations.

 

New York

Culture: In a rare development, a beloved story has been adapted on Broadway to extreme critical acclaim. Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson stars in the revival of The Color Purple, based on Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This is a limited run, so catch it while you can!

NYCShopping: Update your itinerary with a trip to “Story.” This concept retail experience describes itself as “a retail space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store.”
Dining: Sharpen your sweet tooth and get thee to the beloved celebrity haunt Serendipity for towers and towers of homemade ice cream. Enjoy a massive concoction of your choice or beat the summer heat with their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Cocktails: If the saying “go where the locals go” carries any weight, a bar called Employees Only is probably a step in the right direction. Go for the cocktails and stay for the “cool kids” industry crowd, who enjoy kitchen service until 3:30 a.m. and servers with the bar’s name tattooed on their forearms.

Must Do This Month: The aptly-named Tribeca Film Festival is not only a near-guaranteed Robert De Niro sighting (he is the event’s founder); it has long been the “it” festival for native NYC indie features and more. Catch it April 13-24.

 

London

Culture: Visit the historically eccentric and newly-relocated Foyles book store for frequent readings by contemporary authors, a fab new café and an art space curated by cultural innovators Future City.

Shopping: Since capturing hearts in the 60s, partnering with designers like Mary Quaint, Liberty on Regent Street fuses beautifully-edited inventory with charming London-town architectural whimsy.

Liberty-LondonDining: Skip the pub and look up “That Hungry Chef,” a Michelin-trained chef who’s worked in the kitchen of Gordon Ramsay. The man himself now accepts lucky diners into his home for private dinners and amazing culinary magic.

Cocktails: 69 Colebrooke Row may sit on an unassuming corner but its creator Tony Conigliaro is known as a “master cocktail scientist.” Want to make him smile? Call the bar by its original moniker: “The Bar With No Name.”

Must Do This Month: Glenn Close has Brits waiting with bated breath for her stage return as fading silent screen star Norma Desmond in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Don’t wait on this one; the magical Ms. Close is sure to sell out the house. Runs April 1-30.

 

Toronto

Culture: Welcome to the comedy capital of the world. Schedule a visit to the Second City sketch comedy theatre, which gave us legendary comedy Canucks Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, John Candy and many more. Better yet: channel Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” and try an improv class!

Shopping: The city is famous for its Greenwich Village-like shopping neighborhoods and Kensington Market is our favorite. Kick it with the hipsters and sip matcha tea lattes while strolling vintage shops, art galleries and underground speakeasies.

Dining: In the country that gave us poutine, it would be a crime not to sample some Canadian comfort food (even if only for the alliteration). Visit Bobbie Sue’s Mac & Cheese and try the Camp Mac, topped with all-beef hot dogs and yellow mustard. Sounds good, eh?

torontoCocktails: Lighten up after the fromage fun with a signature Watermelon Julep at La Societe. Enjoy beautiful people, gorgeous city views from the rooftop terrace and a 1920s Parisian vibe.

Must Do This Month: Treat yourself to the freshest city air in North America and enjoy the gorgeous Sakura Cherry Blossoms at High Park. These blooms only blossom beautiful baby pink for a short time in spring.to sell out the house. Runs April 1-30.

 

Miami

Culture: An Italian Renaissance-style villa in hippie chic Coconut Grove may sound like an anomaly, however the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is full of European antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Miami-Wynwood-Art-DistrictShopping: Take a pass on the mega mall and head to Lincoln Road. Called by locals simply “Lincoln,” this strip of coffee shops, lounges and cultural hot spots was once dubbed “the Fifth Avenue of the South.”

Dining: Miami is Latin-food central. Take a break from the beach side and head to the Brickell area for traditional Columbian fare at El Cielo or, for a taste of Peru, check out Coya – THE place for authentic spicy ceviche and their trademark Pisco Sour.

Cocktails: Mojitos may come to mind, however the Wynwood Art District is quickly gaining popularity amongst beer aficionados for its selection of craft breweries ad beer gardens. Head to The Butcher Shop, a spacious beer garden and restaurant.

Must Do This Month: In the mood to rock out? Miami gets ready for a city wide head banger’s ball with both Meatloaf and Pearl Jam playing dates in the city this month. Visit online ticket outlets for details.

 

Chicago

Chicago---Music-Box-1Culture: You know what they say about April showers. Make your rainy day contingency plan The Music Box, a two screen cinema that shows the latest art-house films and docs. (Plus, they use real butter on the popcorn. Score!)

Shopping: It doesn’t get more Chi-town than the Vintage Garage. Give the high street a break and shop from up to 100 vintage vendors selling everything from furniture to clothes to vinyl in an Uptown parking garage on the third Sunday of each month from April to October.

Dining: Bacon may not be as photogenic as trending #avocadotoast but it does not lack a loyal following. Where it sizzles, they follow. Insert Baconfest, Chicago’s answer to Oktoberfest but with, well, bacon. Say a prayer for your arteries and treat yourself to a bacon-flavored donut.

Cocktails: Wet your whistle at The Whistler, an old school combination art gallery, concert venue and cocktail lounge. The drinks are cheap and super creative. Stay on for live bands!

Must Do This Month: Forget Shark Week, it’s Bach Week. Immerse yourself in the pure majesty of classical music at this festival showcasing the work of the composer. Sip champagne and nibble gourmet chocolate under the stars during a special candlelight performance. April 22 and 23.