If you were wondering where to go for the Premier Wines & Spirits blow out sale this Saturday, they are located on Lincoln Drive, opposite Progressive Distributors. Go down Sparky Drive, right on Lincoln, Progressive will be on your left and they are the last warehouse on the right, Unit 7. It’s a green and tan coloured building. Happy shopping.
With not one, but two mega blow out wine sales this coming weekend I just had to let you know it’s time to stock up on your faves at a fraction of the usual cost.
Big Daddies by the now defunct Mezza and Carrie Stein’s Premier Wines and Spirits’s Blow Out sales both take place this weekend.
Premier’s sale starts on Friday 3rd June from noon until 6pm and Saturday 4th June from 10am until 4pm, with 20% off absolutely everything in their warehouse: rum, vodka, fine wines, everyday drinking wines, you name it; it’s reduced by 20%. Carrie (pictured above with Papagallo's Vico and wine producer Patricio) says that there are some particularly impressive bargains, such as the Cooper’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2009, which received 90 points and a great write up by Wine Spectator, selling for half price.
“We’re getting a few exciting new brands in over the next few months so we need to make some room in the warehouse, hence the blow out sale,” she says. Premier is also expanding into the warehouse next door, so they’re trying to reduce inventory to give them room to manoeuvre.
For me, I’ll be heading for her Cono Sur range from Chile, which has always rated really well in any blind tasting of value wines that I’ve participated in. They have an excellent range of wines, from Sauvignon Blanc to Merlot, Pinot Noir to Cab, all at between 20% and 30% off. I’ll also be stocking up on the excellent Renacer range from Argentina, featured at the Papagallos wine dinner from earlier this year, particularly the Enamore, now at just CI$19.91 a bottle and a steal for such a delicious Amarone-inspired wine.
If you call Carrie on 943 3333 or email her before-hand firstname.lastname@example.org she’ll have everything ready for you for pick up on Friday. Now that’s what I call service.
Big Daddy’s are offering incredible discounts, with wines starting at just CI$5 a bottle (we could almost be in Tescos…).
They, too, are making space for new brands that they will be picking up over the summer, so it’s a great time to stock up. Big Daddy’s sale is for one day only – next Saturday 4th June from 10am until 7pm (not that there is likely to be much left by then…) and they are offering savings of up to a whopping 75% on wines.
Jodie Petts, Cayman Distributer’s wine manager (pictured right) says they’ll have popular labels such as Rosemount, Fat Bastard and Clos du Bois at just CI$10. Jodie says the “stand out” wines are the EarthQuake wines at CI$20, (at a 70% discount) and are a really good buy. Not giving too much away, she also says that there will be “a few French gems” thrown in at CI$15, so I guess you’ll just have to go and have a rummage around for yourselves. See you there!
It’s MANGO SEASON!! How can you NOT be jolly? These delicious, fragrant, juicy, stained-shirt inducing little beauties are everywhere right now – CI$1.99 a pound in the supermarkets or straight off the tree in your back garden, if you are really lucky. Set down your stoves, Cayman, coz you won’t want to eat anything else for the next few weeks.
To see just what Cayman has to offer mango-wise, I head down to Mr Melburn Watler's farm in Newlands along with The Brasserie’s Executive Chef Brad, a frequent visitor to this farm of mango plenty. Mr Watler has been tending his fruit-filled acres ever since he can remember, and what a bounty we find. Heavily laden tree after tree fills his farm, with every kind of mango you could imagine, in every hue of lime green, plum purple, bright red, burnished orange and sunshine yellow.
“Jamaicans love the East Indian variety,” Mr Watler (pictured left) explains, expertly peeling almost by feel alone, as he talks. “The English love the Nam Doc and the Indian people seem to love the Carrie.” Who knew you could tell an individual’s nationality by the mangos they eat?
As we walk and talk, Mr Watler offers us sliver after sliver of juicy mango flesh, so we can make our own comparisons. For me, I loved the hybrid East Indian and Haden, a huge variety most likely unique to Mr Watler’s farm, which smacked you in the mouth with flavour the minute you took a juicy bite. The East Indian variety offers everything a good mango should - true mango flavour, buckets of juice and not too much string, while the Nam Doc is slightly more refined, less dense and with an almost scented flavour of the Orient.
Along with the mango bounty, Mr Watler’s farm is heaving with other fruit and vegetable varieties, including lime, star apple, pumpkin (which we try hard not to step on as it weaves its way through the other plants and trees), apple banana, cherry tomatoes and ackee. The smile broadens measurably on Chef Brad’s face (pictured right with his bounty) as he clocks all this delicious fresh produce – you can hear the chef’s brain concocting recipes on the go.
In the end Mr Watler presents me with a bag of mixed varieties to gorge on in the privacy of my own home. My feet are covered in mud (we visit the first day of the summer rains), my shirt stained bright orange with mango juice. I am very jolly indeed.
Read about the magic Chef Brad wields over the mangos in his kitchen in my next blog.
After a night of rum extravagance I always find hair of the dog is the best cure. You could do it in style with a spot of lunch at The Ritz-Carlton’s Blue by Eric Ripert restaurant at their periodic Uncovered event held on Saturday May 28th. That world-famous home of gastronomy Le Bernadin has temporarily let go their exquisitely talented Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis (pictured left at Cayman Cookout this year) so he can lift the lid on his particular talents to a select few at a special lunch. Diners get a sneak peek behind the curtain to see what actually goes on in the Blue kitchen to make a lunch happen, starting with a look at where the restaurant gets its produce, right through to all the chopping, whizzing, mashing, pan frying and finally, presentation. It's a rare opportunity to appreciate the effort that goes into every plate.
He is joined by The Ritz-Carlton’s own Executive Chef Luis Lujan (pictured below) who is known as Chef McDreamy to his army of fans (the culinary world’s Justin Bieber plus a few years). Ever-effervescent Sommelier Kristian Netis (pictured right) will also be imparting his incredible depth of wine knowledge, incredible for one who looks so young!.
Having attended one such Uncovered event myself and also eaten the pastry delights created by Chef Michael at this year’s Cayman Cookout, I can attest to the culinary excellence of the event. And if you may be wondering, it's definately NOT a Gordon Ramsay-style kitchen at Blue; Blue by name, not by language!
Chef Michael is clearly sticking around all week as he is also presenting a three-course Chocolate Lovers tasting Menu at Blue from 24th to 28th May. Now who doesn’t love an excuse to eat chocolate throughout an entire meal? You can make reservations at Blue by calling 815 6100.
Chef Luis (aka The Ritz-Carlton Bieb) is in his element at an Uncovered event.
We are just spoilt for choice this month when it comes to food and wine events. Kicking the weekend off with a spot of rum isn’t really news on this island; however Breezes by the Bay’s Mojito Mystique event definitely takes the enjoyment of this ubiquitous spirit up a notch or two. The evening takes place on Friday 27th May and is sponsored by Jacques Scott. Touted as a “sinful night of rum overload” the event lets rum lovers enjoy its five mojito stations for free (after they pay the CI$25 entry fee, naturally!) I first encountered this event during January’s Cayman Cookout event (see left for the lovely Mojita Mumma that shook up a storm of Mojitos for me then) and it was woefully under-attended, even though the organisers seem to have gone to a great deal of trouble with the décor, nibbles and the Mojito recipes. Hopefully this time around they’ll pack ‘em in, for the Mojitos (try the original recipe, by far the best) are a delight. You can sample Mojitos made with all your fave rums: Mount Gay, Havana Club, Appleton and Zacapa, so there's no excuse not to partipate!.
A self confessed foodaholic, Lindsey Turnbull follows Cayman's culinary scene with relish.