What’s Hot in January

Let’s begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year, and may 2014 bring you wild and wonderful things!

Luckily you won’t have to wait too long, because there’s lots to keep you busy in the coming month including amazing foodie events, exciting sports, and fundraising dinners that will help you get a jump on your New Year’s resolution to be more charitable.

New Year’s resolutions

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, have you started yours yet? As most people tend to focus on health and fitness, this is the perfect issue for you. Our Health and Fitness feature (page 36) will guide you to all the gyms, nutrition hotspots and spas you’ll need to visit to get your body in order after seasonal overindulgences. If you didn’t fly off the starting blocks on Jan. 1, now is the time to leap into action.

Cayman Cookout

Now although you’ll be trying to count your calories and watch what you eat, you may have to take a break on Jan. 16 for the Cayman Cookout weekend – one of the region’s top annual culinary events (page 18). World-famous Chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés will descend upon the Cayman Islands along with myriad culinary artists from around the globe to create an unforgettable few days of wine, food and song. From the Barefoot BBQ to Burgers in Paradise, and the Cayman Cookoff Brunch to the Artisan Market, it’s a slice of foodie heaven that attracts worldwide fans to our sparkling shores.

Grand Old House

The grand lady on South Church Street is becoming a very hip place to be, particularly on Friday nights. With a brand new bar gracing the verandah, and guest DJs showing up from time to time, this could just become your favorite hangout. Mixologist Marian Uhlmann (page 16) shakes up a storm in the evenings, creating some fabulous cocktails to enjoy under the stars and by the sea. Keep abreast of the events at Grand Old House and make sure you head along to the next big one. Word is out that this is definitely a new hotspot.

MercuryMan Triathlon

That same weekend – on Sunday, Jan. 19 to be precise – is scheduled the MercuryMan Triathlon (page 52) which brings globetrotters of a different breed to Grand Cayman. Teams and individuals participate in a race that combines running, cycling and swimming over distances not for the faint of heart. International triathletes participate every year, and this year will be no exception. It all begins and ends at The Reef Resort in East End, and supporters are encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors.

East End Surf Challenge

It’s time for gentlemen to start their engines on the Heroes Day public holiday weekend, because the annual East End Surf Challenge (page 66) is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27 at Pirates Cove Bar in East End. Spectators can get a bird’s-eye view of the action as riders in two classes vie for top dog position.

There will also be the famous Fish Tea Cook Off happening on the same day, when chefs put forth their wares for the public and judges to sample. Who will be crowned the fish tea winner for 2014? Stop by, taste the submissions, and vote for your favorite.

Cayman Heart Fund Red Dress Cabaret

Okay, it’s not technically in January, but if you wait until Friday, Feb. 7 to buy tickets for this fantastic gala (page 27), you may just miss out. The event is being held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Resort, and promises a great night of entertainment with Chuck and Barrie taking to the stage, along with a very special guest – Grammy Award-winning artist, Dawnn Lewis. The Cayman Heart Fund gala is always a great affair, and red dress is encouraged but not mandatory.
Come along to support a fantastic cause and give from the heart.