1. Unique license plate signage
We are loving the handmade license plate signs sold by Tuck Shop Unique Souvenirs & Gifts at Tukka Restaurant in East End. Chef Ron Hargrave is always working on the next new thing to entice the Bruces and the Sheilas of this world, and these signs seem to be winners.
Strips of genuine U.S. and international license plates are mounted on painted, pressure-treated board with rustproof nails, spelling out everything from “TUKKA TIME” to “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY,” with many references to the Caribbean lifestyle in-between. Reasonably priced and they make great gifts. www.tukka.ky.
2. Sunday market at the Wyndham Reef Resort
Local markets have always been positioned in the George Town/Seven Mile area, which means that those who are living further afield can’t always take advantage of them. The Wyndham Reef Resort in East End is now welcoming local vendors to its market on Sundays. Every Sunday morning, visitors and residents can head there to purchase local produce and crafts, and inquire about tours and services available in the area. It’s been growing every week and looks to be a hot success!
3. Discounts on cinema concessions
It can get expensive when you’re taking a family of four or more to the cinema by the time you’ve factored in concessions. The idea of watching a film without something to munch upon just seems like craziness, so Regal Camana Bay is offering guests a break on Mondays and Tuesdays. Every Monday you get 25 percent off candy, and on Tuesday, you can indulge in popcorn at 50 percent off. You have to be a Regal Crown Club member to take advantage, but membership is free.
4. Hot Wasabi Peas
Remember that hot green stuff that comes with sushi, otherwise known as Japanese horseradish? Well, if you just can’t get enough of it and you’ve been dreaming of the days it appears in snack form, your ship has come in.
You can find tall tins of Hapi Hot Wasabi Peas in the chips aisle of your favorite local supermarket to snack on through the day. These things are really more-ish and even though they’re hot, the heat doesn’t linger. Great for clearing the sinuses as well.
5. Viva Vivo café!
Even those who eschew veganism will find it hard to resist the amazing food at Vivo Café in West Bay. This small restaurant overlooking the sea has managed to rise very quickly, like non-dairy cream, to the top of the ratings on TripAdvisor. People rave about the dishes – particularly the coconut ceviche, which really has to be tasted to be believed.
The only non-vegan item on the menu is lionfish, as Vivo café believes in saving the environment from these invasive critters.
6. Orange is the New Black: Season 4
Has it really been three seasons of this hit show already? The multiple award-winning drama about Litchfield women’s prison, with the lead role of Piper Chapman played by Taylor Schilling, has been given the green light by NetFlix to go through 2019! The OITNB series has, along with House of Cards, revolutionized the way that services like NetFlix are perceived, and Amazon and Hulu are following the trend. Get ready to binge watch the new 13 episodes.
7. Daily flights to Tampa
From July 6 to Aug. 31, Cayman Airways is offering daily flights to Tampa. This makes scheduling a long or short trip to the land of theme parks very easy indeed. Stay in the Tampa area and visit Busch Gardens, go shopping, see the aquarium or indulge in the myriad other activities available nearby. Alternatively, you can jump in the car and make the one-hour drive to Orlando to really go theme park crazy. Bonus: flights are at nice times of the day so no early mornings or late nights.
8. Know your wines
Who knew there was a wine school on the island? Wineschool 3, located in the Mirco Centre, offers courses in wine and spirits from introductory to advanced, as well as bartending courses and even specialized training in drinks like sake. If you’re tired of your office job and looking for a new career, or just want to learn some skills to dazzle at your next dinner party, look them up! Maybe this time next year you’ll be a sommelier working in Singapore. See www.wineschool3.com.
9. Quiet Sessions
If you want to hold a party at your place, or elsewhere, but have worries about disturbing neighbors with noise, you might want to hold a “silent party” instead. Sound boring? It isn’t. Silent parties simply mean that everyone in attendance wears comfy, over-the-ear headphones in order to hear the music. If multiples genres are playing, they can switch channels to find their favorite. Silent parties are really trending right now, so be a trendsetter by organizing your own. Email [email protected] for more information.
10. Art of writing
In this world of texting, email and emojis, the noble pen is being shoved further and further into the background. Stop the art of writing from becoming extinct by picking up a fountain pen from Books & Books, one of the office supply stores or go really fancy with a Montblanc from Kirk Freeport. There’s something about the way the ink flows that inspires you to write. Add a thick stock notecard then just wait for Mr. Darcy to come a-calling.