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In the high season, the Cayman Islands National Museum hosts a monthly craft-food-arts festival called Lookya.
You might recognize the museum from my post on Salt Beef Rundown.  The cooking class was taught just in the front garden, right across from the harbor.  Lookya is a great event because it gives locals and tourists a chance to step back in time and experience a little bit of ‘The Island That Time Forgot’ (that’s kind of our slogan.)  Each month a different district is featured, giving them an opportunity to showcase some of the cool stuff they have to offer.

This particular Lookya was hosted by the district of East End.  As you can see, the menu included delicious treats like conch, stewed beef, BBQ chicken and cassava cake.  I’m sure you peeped the ‘turtle’ on the menu as well.  In case you are curious, Cayman actually has a turtle farm. It’s a big tourist attraction in West Bay.  In theory, this means the turtles on local menus aren’t poached illegally from the ocean.

One of the most popular desserts in Cayman is the heavy cake.  I mixed it up and went with biscuit cake instead.  It’s very similar to a cassava heavy cake but its less sweet for folks out there who prefer subtle desserts. In addition to traditional Caymanian dishes, artisans from the districts can set up booths and sell some of their pieces.

Braiding Silver Thatch Palms is a traditional art form, evolved from Cayman’s maritime heritage when women had to make thatch ropes. Today, thatching is definitely more about beauty than necessity as you can see here 🙂

I try to make it out to Lookya each month because the food is always so good.  And its neat to taste the variety of flavors!  Most of the districts have the same menu but the dishes taste dramatically different because each district has its own style.  It also gets me out of the office and onto the water, even if only for my lunch break.

And I would be a naughty daughter if I didn’t take a moment to wish all the mums out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!  Mine is enjoying the beaches of Mexico right now, that dawg!  Doesn’t mean I didn’t think about what I would feed her if given the chance.  Chaya over at Comfy Cook’s Kosher Kitchen tagged me with a Mother’s Day Menu so without further ado:

We’d start with a glass (or 2) of Jake’s Honeycomb and some yummy salsa wraps followed by Italian lemon butter chicken and a slice of papaya pie.

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  1. love the pictures !

    New to ur space and Happy to follow u !

    Do visit me as time permits !

  2. Gorgeous photos…. wish I were there!

  3. WOW this looks fantastic!! What a great place to be 🙂 Loving your blog and so glad to be your newest follower!

  4. Interesting to know about Lookya and looks like it was a fun event. I was also curious of the turtle on the menu.

  5. That sounds wonderful!!! I wish all of my lunch breaks could look like that, yum! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes Parsley Sage!I sure missed you and I would have given anything for you to have been with us in Mexico!
    Lookya was scrumptious looking once again, so glad your followers appreciate your effort, your popularity is growing by leaps and bounds! I'm so proud of you! Have a great trip to London, give “D” a big hug for me. Mrs. Herb Garden

  7. Okay, I think the photo of the woman with the hat is my favorite!

  8. How interesting, Lookya seems like a place to be then 🙂

  9. What fun! That bbq looks delicious. I love the weaving, also. That hat is awesome.

  10. oh my goodness, lookya looks like so much fun! what great food. im jealous! 🙂

  11. What a great tradition to learn and taste all different versions! Diversity
    is a great thing. I am curious about conch. Never had that before.

  12. Oh my goodness what a wonderful event with all that incredible food!! You are SO lucky,

  13. what a fun event, I don't blame you for trying to visit each month!! yummy eats!!


  14. As if there wasn't enough to enjoy about the Cayman Islands already – now they have fantastic BBQ? I'm sold! Booking my tickets now…

  15. Looks so good! I would go to Lookya once a month too if that's what the food alwayslooks like! Mmm

  16. oh wow what a cool food event i want some BBQ with a view 🙂

  17. The barbecue looks fantastic.

  18. Delicious! I can see why you try to get out to Lookya once a month. Very cool.


  19. That Lookya BBQ looks so droolworthy, and amazing!
    Love all the beautiful island photos, as well. Indeed you are so fortunate to live in such a gorgeous sorrounding:DDD

  20. It sounds like a wonderful community event. If the food is always as good as the sampling you photographed you are fortunate indeed. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  21. I had that cake when I was there… I really couldnt eat too much its so heavy! But good… You are making me miss my cruises right now… wish I was back there for sure… I have beautiful pictures from there… I swam with the stingrays too!

  22. I love your photographs!! That bbq sauce looks so sticky sweet and delicious! I've been to that turtle farm! Totally a tourist attraction, but fun nonetheless! I preferred Stingray City 🙂 I am always wondering- what took you to the Caymans??

  23. Oh, now I want to go to a Lookya…the food sounds (and looks) incredible…and your view…ah, I just love your view…

  24. How interesting! I've never heard of Lookya before, but it looks delicious…! Thank you for sharing this :).

  25. The sound of all the dishes look fabulous…turtle? I never had a chance to try it. It sure seems that it is a nice event…craft and food 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

  26. What a fun tradition! I love the slogan The Island that Time Forgot…makes me want to be there right now. Aahhhh, I'm so jealous! Why do I live in Minnesota? Thanks for sharing this post..I loved reading it!

  27. They are generous with their BBQ sauce! I had a honey BBQ riblets on Mother's day. 🙂

  28. What fun time that must have been. The sun is out and it is finally warming up around here; that means BBQ seasin. I am drooling over those pictures.

  29. Yes please! I'll take two orders.

  30. I love the gal with that beautiful summer hat on..and I would love some salsa wraps!
    Thanks for sharing it.

  31. Ohhhhhh I especially like the picture with the sea in the background!!! Look at the colour of that water!!!!! NOT FAIR!!!! hehehe Lovely post!

    I am passing along several awards to you that you can find here: I am really happy to have discovered your blog! 🙂

    Have a great day!

  32. When I saw turtle on that menu, I looked no further. We used to get the most moist and tender turtle with a rich brown sauce at a restaurant in the Bahamas. I always ordered it when it was on the menu.

    The festival sounds like such fun. Thanks for taking us along. Hope you had a great mothers day.

  33. MMMM… the BBQ is drool worthy! I think you are enjoying a very delicious festival!

  34. Great post! That looks like a fun festival with a tasty dish!

  35. Ooooo cassava cake?!?!??!!? !!! I think I would love that!

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