Top 10 Things We Love This Month – July 2018

1. Agave Grill

Reopened in its new location at 221 North Sound Road, popular Mexican cantina Agave Grill is ready to shake things up once again with its organic, locally sourced food. Open every Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and every Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Agave’s return to the market will no doubt be music to the ears of its loyal fans. From the mouthwatering burritos to the tongue-tingling tequilas, you can expect a fiesta whenever you stop by.

2. Cayman Drama Society’s Comedy Class

Comedy one, comedy all! Starting on July 9, Cayman Drama Society will begin a comedy sketch and improv course. Every class will take a different approach to comedy, allowing students to learn different techniques and find which one suits them the best. Classes will run every Monday and Wednesday throughout July from 7 to 9 p.m. and the course is $200 per person, but can you really put a price on the gift of laughter? Benefits include gaining confidence and finding an outlet for your creative energy. Get ready to guffaw! www.cds.ky.

3. Calm app

After seeing a number of ads on TV about the Calm app, we decided to give it a whirl. It focuses on helping you relax by supposedly relieving stress and anxiety, as well as helping you achieve a deeper, more restful sleep. The free trial, which includes some very relaxing sounds and music, was enough to get us hooked. You have to sign up for a subscription or premium service to get all the features, which include different meditation techniques, breathing exercises and Sleep Stories. It won one of the Best of 2017 App of the Year awards from the iTunes App Store, so it must be doing something right.

4. Häagen Dazs at Flagship

Need to cool off after a hot summer day? Ice cream is almost always the answer. Ever since Häagen Dazs entered the market years ago, it has been one of the top name brands of ice cream enjoyed by people all over the world. For some time, Cayman’s residents have been able to get their fix through the supermarkets or the shop in Camana Bay. There is now a downtown option, residing in the Flagship building on Harbour Drive. You can’t possibly miss the large Häagen Dazs sign, drawing you into a world of cool, creamy delights. Bonus: they also have crepes!

5. Hurricane prep

Why would we love the idea of hurricane prep? Because we really aren’t keen on the alternative, which involves frantic shopping and panics. You only have to look at last year’s chain of events to know that hurricane season is no joke. Advance preparations will help you make plans, be ready to evacuate, if necessary, and able to think clearly rather than running around like a headless chicken. Do you honestly want to be lining up for two hours at the supermarket the night before a possible storm strike? What’s Hot this month? Being prepared!

6. Volunteer for charities

Consider volunteering for a charity. Whether you want to help bring nutritious, lifesaving meals to someone in need with Meals on Wheels; support some cuddly critters at the Humane Society by taking them out for walks; or assist with renovation projects spearheaded by Acts of Random Kindness, you’ll realize that the donation of your time can be just as valuable as money. Summer is when a lot of regular volunteers go on vacation, so even if you can’t make an ongoing commitment, maybe you can step in and fill the gaps. Visit the charity websites for more information.

7. Bose QuietComfort 35

July is the start of summer travel time. Thousands of kids are out of school, and airlines are gearing up for one of their busiest periods. With all of that in mind, you’ll want to make your vacation experience as pleasant as possible, particularly in the airports and on the plane. The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones can shut out the noisy world around you, allowing you to either relax in silence, or watch a film without having to crank the volume to compete with the ambient cacophony. They are also much more comfortable than their in-ear counterparts. Available at Creative Tech on West Bay Road.

8. Celebrity Edge

Royal Caribbean keeps launching mammoth ships that hold over 6,000 passengers, which is fine if size is what floats your boat, but not so great if you abhor crowds. Celebrity is known for its service and ships, particularly the Solstice-class line, and now it is ready to premiere a brand new design: Celebrity Edge. The first of its kind is debuting in December of this year, with two three-night preview cruises, running out of Fort Lauderdale. It promises some amazing features, like the Magic Carpet – a deck that floats vertically outside the ship – and its Infinite Veranda staterooms. If you thought cruising was just for retirees, think again.

9. OneWorld Music

If you’ve attended a party or corporate event on the island with a DJ on deck, odds are good that the person spinning the tunes is a OneWorld DJ. OneWorld, led by Craig Urchyshyn (DJs) and Eden Hurlston (live music), has popped up at the Cayman Cookout, weddings, gala dinners and a host of other events where dancing is on the schedule. These guys have years of experience in the business and pride themselves on using the latest technology with access to music ranging from retro to modern hits. Look out for them on the local scene, or hire them to bring the energy to your private party.

10. Bored Panda

Us liking something called Bored Panda may make you think we’ve lost our collective minds, but nothing could be further from the truth. This brilliant website is a treasure trove of humorous images, award-winning photography and works from amazing artists around the world. There is no subscription fee and content is updated Mon. to Fri. As Jane Austen might say, Bored Panda is very diverting.