Welcome to Eat | Drink | Roam! We started blogging in the summer of 2017, after being inspired by our travels and love of food and drink experiences. To be honest, I think our family and friends were probably sick of seeing pictures of our food from each place we visited so our instagram channel, @eatdrinkroam, became a platform for us to share our adventures as well as our foodie favourites both at home in the Cayman Islands and in each city we have visited.
Here’s a little Q&A to help you get to know us better…
Natalie & Joel
Describe your ideal meal.
Ahhh, this is where we differ. I’m a big fan of Asian cuisine and love nothing better than a plate of fresh sushi or Korean style street food. Joel on the other hand is a huge meat lover and is happiest with a porterhouse steak, served with a side of crispy bacon and freshly baked bread.
What is your favourite local dish to eat?
It would have to be fried fish from Grape Tree Café in Bodden Town. There’s something about the whole experience, driving out to the eastern districts, eating with your toes in the sand and watching the waves, that makes it more than just a bite to eat. We usually go for the Fried Mahi Mahi washed down with coconut water.
Which is the first restaurant you would take someone visiting the Cayman Islands?
Catch is usually our go-to restaurant for taking visiting family and friends out for a great meal. Who doesn’t love fresh local seafood and dining by the water with a refreshing cocktail in hand. We usually go for the Catch of the Day but their Crispy Octopus appetiser and Seared Tuna are favourites of ours too.
What local foodie event do you most look forward to each year?
Taste of Cayman is a highlight of the year for us both. We are lucky enough to call the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” home but with so much choice, it’s difficult to get out to as many restaurants as we would like, and starts to get pretty expensive too. Taste of Cayman is a great opportunity to try up to 30 restaurants in a single night as well as watching demos from some of our favourite local chefs, sampling cocktails from some of Cayman’s finest mixologists and dancing the night away to a cheesy tribute act or two!
Name one development in the local foodie scene that has you excited?
We love to frequent some of the smaller local businesses that have popped up over the last year offering fresh local produce. Whether it’s fresh coconut water from our friend Christophe at Going Coco or a 3 course harvest dinner at Cayman Cabana, it’s great to see the “locovore” movement growing and more restaurants embracing local produce. A new favourite of ours is Brussels Sprouts, located beside AL Thompson’s. The ever changing menu of locally inspired daily specials, as well as the tasty staples such as their tomato soup with grilled cheese, keep us coming back at least twice a week.
Do you like to cook at home?
In February 2017 we picked up a few seedlings from the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show with the aim of starting a small herb garden. Our love of growing “useful plants” has grown from there and we now have a garden filled with herbs, eggplants, pumpkins and peppers as well as an avocado tree, several mango trees and zucchini plants on the go. Having fresh home grown produce on hand has sparked a passion for home cooking so these days you’ll find us at home a lot more enjoying some homemade pumpkin soup or an eggplant lasagna perhaps.