Top 10 Things We Love This Month – November 2017

1. ‘Addams Family’ musical

Students and the faculty of St. Ignatius have been working furiously to prepare for their annual school production. Now it’s time for the curtain to go up! “The Addams Family” musical comedy is running from Nov. 16-18 only, with nightly performances, plus a matinee on the final day just to really challenge themselves. There are student, adult and even VIP tickets available! Who doesn’t love “The Addams family”? Even if you’re not involved in the school, go along and support what promises to be a fun night out. Call 949-9250 for information and tickets can be bought at St. Ignatius.

2. NCAA Basketball

In case you haven’t managed to make it to the U.S. or elsewhere to watch some high-level basketball, this inaugural tournament is bringing the mountain to Mohammed, so to speak. Happening from Nov. 20-22, it welcomes teams from Iowa, Cincinnati, Wyoming, UAB, Richmond, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, Buffalo and South Dakota State. Being held in the John Gray High School Gymnasium, the tournament promises lots of sweet sports action and dribbling aplenty! Tickets are on sale now as packages or for individual games. Let’s play ball! Check out www.caymanislandsclassic.com for information and tickets.

3. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Okay, who isn’t excited about this latest offering from Marvel? Looking at the trailers, we’d swear it’s got the air of classic “Flash Gordon” about it. All your favorites are back – Thor, Loki, Hulk – not to mention a thoroughly sexy yet very menacing Cate Blanchett sporting a costume that looks like it required a shoe horn to get it on. The soundtrack is delightfully retro and it seems that this could be the most humorous outing yet for the Nordic god and his friends. It hits screens this month. See you in the VIP theater at Regal Camana Bay!

4. Black Friday

For many years, U.S. Thanksgiving, always on a Thursday, has been followed by a day of incredible shopping deals, otherwise known as Black Friday. People line up outside stores at some abominable hour of the morning to be the first through the doors, and sometimes carnage ensues. Cayman seems to have been getting into the act as well, with shops such as Cost-U-Less cutting prices drastically on the same Friday. So, if you’re not prepared to fly upstate but would like some great savings, look for local advertising to see who’s participating this year … and wear your running shoes.

5. Brussels Sprouts

Eating healthy is the goal of many, but a goodly percentage of that group either can’t cook or don’t have the time to create balanced, nutritious meals. Brussels Sprouts is the company to fill the gap. Chef Anthony George, originally from Brussels, Belgium (hence the name) dreams up delicious dishes that let the ingredients speak for themselves. Available for delivery on Mondays and Thursdays, you can order enough meals for the week to keep you on the tasty road to healthier cuisine. For more information and changing menus, visit the Facebook page at brusselssproutscayman.

6. Milani for me!

When it comes to luxury name brands of beauty, Cayman’s premier duty-free shops have them all. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more on the cheap-and-cheerful side, there’s less choice out there. Well, we suggest you give the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme line a try. Available at Foster’s Food Fair – IGA of all places, this stuff promises, and does, stay on for hours without budging. It comes in a gorgeous range of shades and boy, does it last! Have good makeup remover on hand or you’ll be wearing it for a while.

7. MyPillow

The mustached creator of MyPillow is all over the TV channels, singing about the benefits of his invention. No doubt those with a closetful of Snuggies, Shamwows and PedEggs are understandably cautious, but we gotta say that we swear by MyPillow. It promises to keep your head steady and support your neck while you sleep, which it certainly does. It feels a bit futuristic and nubbly (if that’s a word) at first, but stick with it. If you can’t find it on the island, it’s usually available in stores like Wal-Mart.

8. Cayman Cookout tickets

Tickets for the Cayman Cookout, to be held Jan. 11-14, 2018, went on sale in October. In case you’re unfamiliar with this festival, it brings the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Jose Andres and Emeril Lagasse to these shores for a mix of culinary events sure to delight even the fussiest foodie. Some demos have already sold out, so if you haven’t yet got your tickets, now is the time to pounce. This will be the 10th anniversary of Cookout, so expect the unexpected. See www.caymancookout.com for more details and to buy online.

9. Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar

There are many traditions in Cayman when it comes to Christmas, and the Pink Ladies Christmas Bazaar is definitely one of them. Crafts, food and afternoon tea are all part of the event which always includes a visit from Santa Claus and live Christmas music. This year it will be held on Dec. 2 at the ARC, Camana Bay from 2-5 p.m. Even the Bah Humbugs of this world will find it hard to resist the festive atmosphere at the bazaar, which raises money for charity and truly gets you in the spirit!

10. Beauty on parade

Two beauty queens from the Cayman Islands will be competing in international pageants this month. Miss Cayman Islands Anika Conolly will be in Las Vegas for the Miss Universe pageant on Nov. 20, shown live on FOX while runner-up Kristin Amaya will represent the islands in Sanya, China at Miss World on Nov. 18. You can show your support by visiting the websites for each pageant (www.missuniverse.com and www.missworld.com) while learning more about the contestants from around the world.