Sunset Dinners in Grand Cayman

Because we were staying in a hotel, I did not have access to a kitchen I could cook in while on vacation, which means we ate out every night.  We usually just have simple stuff for breakfast, like muffins and/or bagels and fruit, and a real light lunch, if anything at all.  When traveling, we focus more on our dinners than we do breakfast or lunch.  When on a dive trip,  I am way too busy diving to think about food, or anything else for that matter.  Most of our dinners were simple meals, like pizza and fish or fish & chips.  We actually only ate out at nicer restaurants a few times, and ironically, two of those places had sunset or sunshine in their names.  They were located on different parts of the island, but apparently using the sun as a reference in the name of a restaurant is a good thing, and is a recipe for success too.  We also had nice sunset views at all of these restaurants as well.

On our first night, we ate at the Sunshine Grill, located in Seven Mile Beach.  We have eaten there before, and made a point to go back this trip too.  The food is amazing there.  My husband had shrimp tacos with a caesar salad and a spicy homemade salsa.  I had grilled wahoo with a lemon-basil sauce served atop fried tomatoes, with rice and black beans, a zesty Caribbean salad and grilled plantains.  As you can see, our plates were filled to the rims.  There was no way we could eat it all, but we sure did give it our best shot.  To drink, I had a peach-basil and rum drink that was really tasty and very refreshing.  I would have never thought of putting peach and basil together, but the flavors definitely work well together, and I will be using that combination a lot more in the future, that’s for sure.

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My peach-basil and rum drink.  It was so delicious!  I was on vacation.  I don’t even want to think about the calories it had.

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Attention to detail is very important at The Sunset Grill.  This beautifully carved wood turtle is the door handle.

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Another restaurant we went to was Duke’s, also in Seven Mile Beach, and also another repeat location for us as well.  The food there is very good, and they too serve large portions.  We were definitely stuffed when we had finished dinner.

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One of my favorite things about traveling is trying out new things.  This has become my new favorite drink.  It’s called a “Dark & Stormy”.  It’s made from ginger beer and dark rum.  Yum, yum!

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In the Caribbean Islands, many things are closed on Sundays, because there are no cruise ships in port. The “cruisers” bring in a lot of revenue to the local businesses.  So often times, the places that are open on Sundays have really screaming deals and great specials to entice people to come in.  Duke’s has an all-you-can-eat BBQ special that Larry took full advantage of.  As you can see, he is thoroughly enjoying his meal.  They had a wide variety of items on the buffet BBQ buffet line.

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I chose fettuccine with mussels and shrimp in a creamy Alfredo sauce and garlic bread, which is always one of my favorites.

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On our last night, we went to The Sunset House, in Georgetown.  The place was really hoppin’ and we had this fantastic view of the blue Caribbean waters behind us.

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We try to eat as much seafood as possible while visiting places on the water.  We love fresh seafood, and it doesn’t get much fresher than this.  The local fisherman bring in their catch from the day, and the chefs cook it to perfection.  We split our seafood delights on this meal.  We had fried calimari with a spicy dipping sauce; bacon wrapped shrimp; and a seafood combination platter consisting of lobster, fried shrimp, grilled wahoo, fresh veggies, scalloped potatoes and a tropical fruit salad.  Yes, in the background, there is another Dark & Stormy too.  What a great way to end a great vacation.  Now back to reality, and trying my best to work off all those extra calories we consumed.  I guess it is time for me to just swim more and work out even harder.  My poor ladies.  When I have to work out harder, I make my classes harder too, so all my participants have to work out harder too.  Oh well, it’s good for all of us and will only make us stronger and more fit.   🙂

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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