It’s 3pm. You had a big lunch and now you feel yourself starting to nod off at your desk. You’re craving something sweet, but you need it in hurry. Lucky for you, the shops at Camana Bay have plenty of options, even some that meet specific dietary needs.
For example, you can indulge in Jessie’s Juice Bar’s most popular sweet: the flourless peanut butter cookie. Emma Hawes, an employee at Jessie’s, says,
“It’s not certified gluten free, but it is flourless, and it is really delicious.”
Jessie’s has a range of different treats for people with dietary restrictions, including those that are gluten free, egg free, dairy free and vegan. “We also use a lot of super foods; for example in our truffles we use 100 percent cacao, so they’re really healthy for you as well,” Emma says.
Petit Paris also sells sweet treats that cater to the dietary needs of patrons. The French-style bakery recently developed a vegan version of its dark chocolate cake. “It was well accepted,” says manager Silviya Toncheva, noting that the Petit Paris bakers will continue to create vegan and gluten-free desserts similar to their traditional cakes and pastries.
Bay Market, which is known for its healthy options, sells local and organic fruits like avocados, oranges, apples, strawberries and more. You can get an assortment of these fruits in a cup or in a smoothie. It also has a variety of organic milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars, as well as organic hard candies made with flavours like ginger and honey.
Sometimes a little sweet snack is just what is needed to get through the afternoon.
The weekly Farmers & Artisans Market on Wednesdays along The Paseo offers locally grown seasonal fruits like mangoes, watermelons, guavas, guineps, naseberries, June plums and many more. You can also buy freshly pressed sugar cane juice, coconut water or freshly pressed fruit juices.
Cayman Treats by Shirl sells award-winning jams, jellies and chutneys. A little jam and crackers can be what pulls you through to 5pm. Owner Shirley Clarke makes the jams from sea grape, mango, tamarind, passion fruit, coconut and other local fruits.
In Cayman’s climate, ice cream is always a cool treat to satisfy cravings for something sweet and there’s no better time to indulge than July, which in 1984 was designated as National Ice Cream Month in the United States by President Ronald Reagan. He also designated the third Sunday of every July – 16 July this year – was also designated National Ice Cream Day. One good way to celebrate would be with a scoop or two of all-American Häagen-Dazs ice cream, which despite its foreign-looking name, was founded in Bronx, New York in 1961 and is now headquartered in Oakland, California.
If one of 24 Häagen-Dazs flavours available in Camana Bay doesn’t do the trick, try some of the local flavours at Gelato & Co., which purchases some of its ingredients from the Camana Bay Farmers Market to make flavours like mango and papaya. Luca Ottaviani, the gelato maker, says the shop also offers dairy-free sorbets.
Trying to eat healthier is ideal but sometimes it’s okay to cheat and eat gelato. Gelato & Co.’s most popular flavor is stracciatella, something a little more traditional. “It’s also the most popular flavour in Italy,” says Luca. “It’s a big part of our culture of ice cream because the base is a simple vanilla with chocolate chips. It’s one of the historical flavours.”
Sometimes a little sweet snack is just what is needed to get through the afternoon. If you’re worried about calories, just do a couple of strolls up and down The Paseo to burn them off.