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rundown/other local dishes

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rundown/other local dishes

While surfing around looking for trip ideas found an article listing

"rundown" as a local dish. Read on to see that it is served at the farmers market on Sat mornings and is fish cooked in coconut milk.and served with cassava. Can't wait to try it------------any other local dishes such as this we should try?

What is cassava? I don't "think" I ever had it...........

We're coming to GC to try those things new and different and will NOT be visiting the KFC, Burger King, etc...........don't do it in PA and surely won't wait valuable vacation time there! :) give us the new and different!

Thanks everyone!

Oh, speaking of the farmers market..............states fresh local fruits,veg, and meats grown locally........is there many places on GC that grow and raise crops/animals? Just curious.

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1. Re: rundown/other local dishes

When will you be arriving? This weekend is the start of our Pirates Week celebrations and there are usually street stalls at the various events which serves local dishes. Rundown is a local dish which is cooked either with fresh fish or with salt beef (or sometimes both). These are cooked in coconut milk with various other "ground provisions" which are usually root vegetables such as cassava, sweet potatoes, as well as green bananas, plantains, breadfruit, pumpkin and dumplings - depending on what is available. Cassava is what central americans call yuca. Note that Caribbean sweet potatoes(white) and pumpkin are different that what is known in the North America.

Other local dishes to try are conch stew, welks, turtle stew, lobster and crab (cayman style) and salt beef and beans . The conch and welks stew are also cooked in coconut usually with "sea pies" flour dumplings that have been stretched very thin. Turtle stew is cooked similar to a beef stew. Most of our dishes are cooked with seasonings as well as hot peppers such as the scotch bonnett pepper.

These dishes are almost only cooked in homes or at festival times but you can sometimes find them at local restaurants like "Country and Western" and I think "Luz's".

On weekends you can sometimes get fried fish and fritters beachside I think in the Bodden Town area as well as in North Side and West Bay.

Because of our proximity to Jamaica, you will also find dishes from Jamaica like oxtail, curry goat and ackee and saltfish.

Re the farming questions. There are a couple of larger farms but by and large most crops and animals are grown/raised on a small (home grown)scale.

Hope you enjoy your stay as well as the food.

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2. Re: rundown/other local dishes

We arrive Dec 4-12. Coming down for the marathon.

Ate at Country and Western our last trip........at least "we THINK" that is the place (friends on TA suggested that is the place we tried to find in a previous post). Want to take our adult children there for the turtle stew.

Have seen Wellys mentioned several times so we want to try there.

Also had Miss Viviens on my list of places from last time but we didn't make it there then so hopefully this time..........

Everything u mentioned sounds like an adventure! Can't wait to try ...it ALL! :)

So do u live on GC?

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3. Re: rundown/other local dishes

Most of the local restaurants are a bit off the beaten path. Welly's which could be a little tricky to find if you're driving is in George Town (on North Sound Road), Miss Viviene's is in East End and right on the main road.

December is a great time to visit and if you can take a break from preparing for/or are not too tired after your marathon, there's lots happening all around that time. The Jazz/Music Festival is 3-5 December and is being held this year in Camana Bay. If you're still here on the 12th there will be the Parade of Lights (boats decorated with Christmas lights parading in the Harbour at Camana Bay).

Hope you have a great time here (and race) and also some good food!

Tip - A lot of the restaturants that sell turtle stew do so only on Thursdays/ Fridays (lunchtime) and it sells out really fast so plan to arrive before 12:30.

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4. Re: rundown/other local dishes

To add to jvsGrandCayman yummy info I came across the following info on local food specialties. Buon Appetito!

Turtle stew: Turtle on the menu in Cayman is the meat of the green sea turtle. It is a very rich, flavourful meat and has a texture much like chicken. The turtle is slow cooked in its own liquids and seasoned. For the health conscious, turtle meat is cholesterol free and is an excellent source of omega 3s.

Cayman Style Beef: Cayman Style Beef is very similar to Cuban Ropa Vieja. The beef is slow cooked until the fibres separate and it becomes unbelievably tender. It is a spicy dish that is definitely worth trying.

Fish Rundown: A slow cooked stew made with coconut milk, breadfruit, cassava or yam (whatever starch the chef prefers), snapper (or again, whatever fish the chef prefers) and cornmeal dumplings all cooked until the flavours meld.

Cayman Style Fish: The fish is lightly breaded and fried and then it is tossed in a light tomato sauce cooked with onions and sweet peppers.

Conch Stew: In this dish the conch is first pounded and scalded to tenderise. It is then slow cooked with coconut milk and “pie” - flat flour dumplings. This is a very thick, rich and comforting stew.

Heavy Cake: A cake made from cassava or yam, spices and coconut milk. It is a very dense, sweet and spicy cake.

Turtle stew: Turtle on the menu in Cayman is the meat of the green sea turtle. It is a very rich, flavourful meat and has a texture much like chicken. The turtle is slow cooked in its own liquids and seasoned. For the health conscious, turtle meat is cholesterol free and is an excellent source of omega 3s.

Cayman Style Beef: Cayman Style Beef is very similar to Cuban Ropa Vieja. The beef is slow cooked until the fibres separate and it becomes unbelievably tender. It is a spicy dish that is definitely worth trying.

Fish Rundown: A slow cooked stew made with coconut milk, breadfruit, cassava or yam (whatever starch the chef prefers), snapper (or again, whatever fish the chef prefers) and cornmeal dumplings all cooked until the flavours meld.

Cayman Style Fish: The fish is lightly breaded and fried and then it is tossed in a light tomato sauce cooked with onions and sweet peppers.

Conch Stew: In this dish the conch is first pounded and scalded to tenderise. It is then slow cooked with coconut milk and “pie” - flat flour dumplings. This is a very thick, rich and comforting stew.

Heavy Cake: A cake made from cassava or yam, spices and coconut milk. It is a very dense, sweet and spicy cake.!

Turtle stew: Turtle on the menu in Cayman is the meat of the green sea turtle. It is a very rich, flavourful meat and has a texture much like chicken. The turtle is slow cooked in its own liquids and seasoned. For the health conscious, turtle meat is cholesterol free and is an excellent source of omega 3s.

Cayman Style Beef: Cayman Style Beef is very similar to Cuban Ropa Vieja. The beef is slow cooked until the fibres separate and it becomes unbelievably tender. It is a spicy dish that is definitely worth trying.

Fish Rundown: A slow cooked stew made with coconut milk, breadfruit, cassava or yam (whatever starch the chef prefers), snapper (or again, whatever fish the chef prefers) and cornmeal dumplings all cooked until the flavours meld.

Cayman Style Fish: The fish is lightly breaded and fried and then it is tossed in a light tomato sauce cooked with onions and sweet peppers.

Conch Stew: In this dish the conch is first pounded and scalded to tenderise. It is then slow cooked with coconut milk and “pie” - flat flour dumplings. This is a very thick, rich and comforting stew.

Heavy Cake: A cake made from cassava or yam, spices and coconut milk. It is a very dense, sweet and spicy cake.

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5. Re: rundown/other local dishes

Thank you for the posts.

We did see about the Jazz feast but shall see due to what all else is happening.

Actually my husband and son-in-law are the runners. My daughter/son/grandaugter/and I plan on doing other "running around" as we scope out the island! The guys are doing their thing Sat/Sun and recovering Mon so we are planning around them with activties. We all like to try the new.............and oh my, how will we fit it all in??? :)

Jvsgrand cayman, Thank you for theactivity/ food information and the great list Testudo...I enjoy your posts----------ALWAYS informative!!

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6. Re: rundown/other local dishes

Welly's had a couple of days at the Coe Wood Beach in Bodden Town these past two weeks!!

Also, not sure if you'd be interested but we picked up SeaGrape jam at the Farmer's Market last weekend - to die for!!

Finally, beside the police station in Bodden Town, across from the cemetary on the beach there is a yellow store, white roof that sells all locally grown fruits and vegetables from their farm. Go early in the morning for the best produce Monday - Saturday.

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7. Re: rundown/other local dishes

"Welly's had a couple of days at the Coe Wood Beach...???? not sure what u mean. Had a stand.? And is Coe Wood beach an area with any other

things like restrooms/changing areas or food? Educate us please have no knowledge of this area but willing to scope it out!

Sea Grape jelly? !!! My mother would love it. Alas, she will be in Pennsylvania housesitting and dog watching for us!! Sea grape jelly sounds like a perfect gift for her as she is the lady responsible for our

travel bug!!!!!(she is 84 and unable to make the physical journey with us but will be with us in SPIRIT!!

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8. Re: rundown/other local dishes

There was recently a "street" festival in Bodden Town where Coe Wood Beach is located. I am guessing Welly's had an "outpost" there for the festivities.

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9. Re: rundown/other local dishes

Re: Welly's!!!

There is a new wooden hut type building on Coe Wood Beach, with picnic tables and palapas. Each day there is a different set of food vendors that use the hut! Usually serving delicious local dishes. It is fabulous!

There was not a street festival during the last 2 weeks there, although there will be something during the current Pirate's Week.

Adjacent to the beach are washrooms and I guess you can change in there.

SeaGrape Jam was at the farmer's market and is highly recommended. Also, we bough Mango Jam and Hot Pepper Jelly too which is delicious.

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10. Re: rundown/other local dishes

Just chipping in with a few "Caymanian food factoids" and a bit of "IMHO" ...

Turtle: The most delicious way to eat turtle is turtle stew which some menus call "stew turtle." Don't feel guilty about eating turtle - you won't be depleting the wild stocks but actually you'll be contributing to the preservation of the species! All the turtle served in Cayman restaurants is farmed turtle meat i.e. from the Cayman Turtle Farm which is part of the Boatswain's Beach attraction complex. The farm regularly releases young turtles into the wild so as to gradually replenish the wild stock in the western Caribbean, so supporting the farm by purchasing turtle meat helps fund this farm that is helping to save this endangered species from extinction.

Breadkind: Older Caymanians referred to two main types of food: meatkind and breakind. The "meatkind" was the protein part of the meal, whatever kind of meat there was be it beef, goat, pork, etc. The "breadkind" was the starchy "ground provisions" that included breadfruit as well as the various root crops (tubers) such as cassava, yam (the Caymanian version is white inside and can be several inches in diameter), coco (kind of like a small yam), sweet potato, and potato. When you're in a local restaurant don't be bashful about asking for breadkind instead of rice - it's healthier (more complex carbs) and way tastier too!

Miss Vivine's Kitchen: From Monday 23 November 2009 onward, Miss Vivine's will be closed on Mondays.

George Town local restaurants: The thread already mentioned Welly's Cool Spot restaurant, and a few others to check out near downtown are Champion House 2 on Eastern Avenue, Luz's in Pasadora Place on Smith Road, and Mango Tree at the intersection of Shedden Road and Crewe Road opposite the west end of the airport runway.