PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Grand Cayman

This past July, we enjoyed some relaxing summer vacation time on a four-day sojourn to beautiful Grand Cayman. It was part of our annual tradition where we spend a few days beachside each summer with the Vitek family. This year we crossed international borders and were quickly enchanted by the quaint island’s dazzling crystal-clear waters and superb cuisine.

We ventured toward the East End one night to experience the “native fusion” at Tukka, a waterfront eatery boasting spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The menu packed in an eclectic mix of Australian flavors while highlighting fresh seafood caught in local waters. We were feeling adventurous that night and even tried the kangaroo lollipops, which everyone agreed were delicious! The moist, sugary rum cake that came with my specialty four-course dinner was eaten too quickly by the group I didn’t have the chance to snap a photo.

We took a ride into bustling Georgetown the next night for dinner at Rackams, a lively bar and grill located right on the harbor where the cruise ships dock during the day. I indulged in the West Indian flavors typical of many Caribbean islands and had no complaints about my spicy shrimp curry – perhaps other than the fact I could’ve eaten another helping.

After an action-packed day on the water – snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, sandbar booze-cruising – we picked up some groceries in town and enjoyed a home-cooked meal on our last night in Grand Cayman. Luckily our resident fishermen, Kenny and his brother, Jack, were able to catch a couple of Spanish mackerel in the waters off our rental house. The pan-seared white fish paired perfectly as a tasty appetizer to our supper of grilled rib-eye steak, twice-baked potatoes, and a green salad with plenty of blue cheese dressing. After all, blue cheese is a beloved favorite among the Vitek clan … as are my father-in-law’s famous margaritas, a few of which we most certainly enjoyed during our trip.

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