SUPERFOOD SERIES: Mahi mahi

Posted by on 16th May 2019

DSC 6687  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Mahi mahi

Locally called “dolphin,” Mahi-Mahi is known to be one of Cayman’s favourite fish, sustainably-caught, and recognised by its bright blue, green and yellow colours, long body, and short, distinct face.

Mahi is a low-calorie fish with a high amount of protein, vitamins and minerals. The fish contains vitamin B-5 and B-6, which supports healthy cell function and controls metabolism. Vitamins B-5 and B-6 are also beneficial to brain function and mood by helping to produce neurotransmitters and hormones. Selenium and potassium are both minerals found in this fish, which helps the body to fight disease and support the immune system.

Freshly caught by the ‘Brasserie Catch’ fishing boats, you’ll find this popular fish popping up all over The Brasserie menu. Our mahi fish tacos are a real treat!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Bilimibi

Posted by on 13th May 2019

bilimbi 1  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Bilimibi

Source: Pranee's Thai Kitchen

You bite into it and your initial reaction is to scrunch up your face and squint, as your tastebuds tingle and go into high alert! The sweet-sour flavour festival in your mouth is all thanks to the bilimbi fruit that is available on our Juiced @ menu at the Wicket Bar in Cricket Square.

Why should  Want a natural remedy for treating acne and pores? The oxalic acid, vitamin C and vitamin A found in bilimbi helps to reduce pimples, make the skin brighter and promote the production of collagen. Simply cut the bilimbi in half and apply to the affected areas 2-3 times daily.

Boiling pieces of bilimbi with one cup of water and drinking the strained solution, can help manage diabetes as it works to reduce blood sugar levels.

And then of course there’s the paste created from grinding the bilimbi fruit that is then used to treat skin fungus, ease pain due to rheumatism, and reduce the swelling caused by skin eruptions and insect bites.

Here a few other traditional uses of bilimbi:

  • Bilimbi flowers are mixed with bird’s nest, milk, and steam to mitigate cough in children in Sarawak.
  • Leaves are used externally to prevent itching in Thailand.
  • Leaves are applied as a warm paste for pruritus or poultice on itches, swellings of mumps and rheumatism, and on skin eruptions in Philippines.
  • Bilimbi combined with pepper in a preparation called “rujak mircha” is eaten to induce sweating when people are feeling “under the weather” in Java.
  • Fruit is an astringent stomachic and refrigerant and its juice is made into syrup as a cooling drink for reducing fever in India.
Source: www.healthbenefitstimes.com

 

THE PITCH: May in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd May 2019

Festivities continue in Cricket Square with our famous annual Cinco de Mayo party to kick start the month, plus receive savings with our new social media challenge.

Don’t miss Cinco de Mayo

WICKET BAR — Grab your sombrero, maracas and taco outfit (if you’ve got one handy) and let’s party at the Wicket Bar in Cricket Square this Friday 3 May. The fiesta starts at 5pm and entry is FREE. The Brasserie’s talented Head Chef from Mexico, Artemio Lopez, will be creating his authentic soft-shell tacos and street corn, washed down with locally-inspired margaritas, mezcal tastings, and Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers. Don’t miss pulling the strings on the piñatas as you dance to the live DJ. Buy $2 food and beverage tickets at the gate.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 23 May

THE BRASSERIE — It’s pink, pretty and perfectly Instagrammable. And now there’s a new term “brosé”, turning the tables on claims that women are the sole driving force behind rosé sales. Apparently not the case. So calling all rosé fans as we countdown spring and welcome summer with open arms and delicious rosé wines, to keep us cool over the warmer months. Tickets are CI$30 for four wine tastings, plus canapés, and a 10% discount on wine purchases at the event. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

CSQ helps to plant 500 trees in Africa

CRICKET SQUARE – Did you know that for every planter liner purchased and used in Cricket Square, 10 trees are planted in Africa? We’ve received news that 500 trees are being planted in Cricket Square’s honour to resurrect land ruined by deforestation. ‘We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems.’ – Trees for the Future

Reusable and recyclable wine glasses

WICKET BAR — We’ve “gone vino” at the Wicket Bar with our new govino stemless wine glasses, that look like crystal but aren’t. Instead, these outdoor shatterproof, reusable, and recyclable glasses are made of pharmaceutical-grade plastic, BPA/BPS-free, with a strategically placed thumb notch to help with grip. Take note next time you’re enjoying a drink at the Wicket Bar and make sure to return the glasses to our bartender, to help reduce waste caused by single-use plastic, one cup at a time. Cheers to that!

Get 10% discount with social media post

CABOOSE & WICKET BAR — Taking a photo has never been so rewarding! Receive a 10% discount on your next Caboose or Juiced @ The Wicket order with the click of a button. First, take a photo when next at either outlet. This could be of the food, the decor, your friends or a selfie. Then tag @caboosecayman or @juicedatthewicket/@juicedcayman when posting to your Facebook or Instagram account. Finally, show your post to the person at checkout for verification to save on your total bill.

Mother’s Day gifts available at the Market

THE MARKET — To celebrate your mum, thank her for all that that she has done and show her how much you love her, pop by The Market for beautiful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. We have a huge range of hand-selected artisanal wines through Brasserie Purveyors, delicious baked goods, jars of Brasserie Honey, jams and chutneys and gift cards available.

Happy Hour at the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Enjoy Happy Hour every weekday at the Caboose. Join us from 4:30pm-6pm Monday to Friday in our gorgeous al fresco dining area for great food specials filled with juicy smoked Caboose meat and vegetable offerings. Paired beautifully with our vast selection of $5 craft beers and speciality wines or go big and make the most of our $20 beer buckets.

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card at the Wicket Bar and reward yourself with a healthy and delicious treat from our extensive menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal produce on island. In a hurry? Call 927-6419 and order ahead.

New group class schedule at The Club

THE CLUB — Spring is a time for change and we’re excited to be mixing up The Club’s groups class mind/body schedule! Join us for our new A.B.S. (align balance stretch) class at 5:30pm every Tuesday, as well as Sunrise Vinyasa on Wednesdays at 6:30am. Call 949-CLUB or email the team to find out more about the class schedule and how to register for classes.

ENERGY celebrates 10-year anniversary

ENERGY — Celebrate 10 years of ENERGY in Cricket Square with a jam-packed week of FREE classes from 6-11 May. To make this week even more special, the team at ENERGY will be treating you to a surprise daily. From amazing body products, special teas, healthy snacks and Juiced @ samples, enjoy all of this and up to seven classes a day. Call 946 6006 or email to find out more.

Flowers Sea Swim: 15 June 2019

SEVEN MILE BEACH — The Flowers Sea Swim swims into its 27th year and is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.

RECIPE: Twice-Cooked Eggplant from Zahav

Posted by on 3rd April 2019
eggplant  RECIPE: Twice-Cooked Eggplant from Zahav
Makes 5 cups

“This is probably my favorite eggplant preparation of all time. It first uses pan-frying to char and sweeten the flesh, followed by a second cooking with tons of vinegar. The result is a sweet, sour, and smoky salad that converts unsuspecting eggplant haters into passionate fan boys in a single bite. As a bonus, this recipe flouts all conventions of French technique by charring the eggplant until just before it’s burnt. Most of the chefs I’ve worked for would have made me throw it out if they saw it on my station. But by taking the eggplant to the edge, you can develop rich, deep, and almost chocolaty flavors that make this one of the punchiest bites there is. The flavor intensity of this salad makes it a great complement to roasted lamb, and it’s out of control as a sandwich addition.” – The Brasserie’s Harvest Dinner Guest Chef, Michael Solomonov.

Directions

Sprinkle the eggplant slices with the salt and let stand for 30 minutes on a paper towel or a rack.

Film the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with olive oil and set over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering but not smoking and working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, remove the cooked eggplant to a plate. Add the eggplant slices in a single layer and cook until almost black on the first side, about 10 minutes. Turn and repeat on the other side, adding more oil as needed.

Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the red pepper, onion, coriander, and paprika to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft but not brown, about 12 minutes. Add the eggplant and sherry vinegar to the pan, breaking it up and mashing it coarsely with a wooden spoon until well combined. Cook until the vinegar has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Off the heat, add the parsley and lemon juice. Serve warm or at room temperature.

THE PITCH: April in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st April 2019

The Brasserie organic gardens are flourishing with fruits and vegetables as we welcome Spring and celebrate our final Harvest Dinner of the 2018/2019 season.

Earth Day blossoms in CSQ

THE BRASSERIE – Bring your reusable travel mug to the Market on Thursday 18 April and receive FREE drip coffee all day to celebrate Earth Day2019. While you’re there, grab a bag of coffee grounds or egg shells from our wheelbarrow to add to your garden soil. The coffee will release nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to support plant growth, and the egg shells will provide calcium and potentially deter those hungry snails.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Friday 12 April

THE CABOOSE – Multiple James Beard Award winner, including Outstanding American Chef, and creator of award-winning Modern Israeli Cuisine restaurant and cookbook Zahav, Michael Solomonov, is bringing Israeli Soul to The Brasserie with cookbook to match! Enjoy juicy, grilled and roasted spice-rubbed meats, stuffed vegetables, a wealth of chopped salads and much more. Tickets are $90. Call 945-1815 or email us to book.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 25 April

THE BRASSERIE — From floundering to flourishing, join us for this exclusive SWIRL event to discover how Israel’s boutique wineries are putting the country’s wine back on the map. The area that is now Israel was a major wine-producer in biblical times, long before the likes of Italy, but the industry vanished for a millennium. Fast-forward to today, and Israeli wine, spread over 350 wineries and five regions, is the toast of wine connoisseurs worldwide. Call 945 1815 or email to book for ‘Wines of Israel’. Tickets are $30.

Taste of Cayman: Saturday 6 April

CAMANA BAY – After winning last year’s ‘Best Food’ with our delicious Smoked Beef Brisket with Garden Green Papaya Slaw, The Brasserie is back to hold onto its title. Expect our popular cocktails and mouthwatering food as we celebrate Cayman traditions and a rich island culinary heritage. General admission tickets are $40. Join over 5,500 foodies and visit the Taste of Cayman website for more information.

Easter Bunny to visit Brasserie Market

THE MARKET – The Easter Bunny will be hopping by the Brasserie Market on Monday 15 April to drop off mouthwatering goodies for you to enjoy during the entire week in the lead up to Easter. Take time to enjoy the sweet things in life this Easter! Please note that the Brasserie Restaurant, Market, Caboose, Juiced @ The Wicket and Wicket Bar will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. We will reopen on Tuesday 23 April.

Curbside pick-up at the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Did you know that you can takeaway all items on our Caboose menu? If your fridge is empty and you’re in a hurry to get home after work, call 945-1816 to order ahead, then pull up curbside in our new pick-up designated areas and aCaboose team member will bring your order over to you. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! Open from 11am to 6pm weekdays, choose from our quality meats and vegetarian options.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly $5 specials

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket special each week using the seasonal ingredients of Cayman in our nutritious, nourishing, energising and refreshing concoctions that will make you and your wallet feel good. Our specials don’t often feature on the regular Juiced @ menu, so make the most of this sweet opportunity. Call 927-6419 to order ahead.

Tenant activity in Cricket Square

CRICKET SQUARE — Development continues at Cricket Square with Paget-Brown Trust Company Ltd moving from Boundary Hall to Century Yard, providing more space for Maples Group who are expanding and renovating their office spaces. We would like to welcome Grant Thornton who have now moved into their new home at Century Yard. Should you have any questions, please contact Orchid Development on 947 7080.

Spring training starts now at The Club

THE CLUB — Grab a friend and take advantage of The Club‘s Spring partner training packages. Purchase four partner sessions for $150 per person or eight partner sessions for $280 per person. Get over the crazy March madness and be ready for Cayman Carnival season. Call 949-CLUB or email the team to sign up.

ENERGY welcomes Melissa to the team

ENERGY — Welcome Melissa, the newest member of theENERGY team! A Certified Stott Pilates Instructor with over 10 years experience. Find out more about ENERGY’S Pilates Start Up Package for $199 by chatting to the ENERGY crew when next in the studio. This package includes three private sessions and one group fitness class. You can also call 946 6006 or email.

Who’s ready to fiesta in Cricket Square?

WICKET BAR — Grab your sombrero, maracas, and even your taco outfit (if you’ve got one handy) as Mexico’s favourite day to party is drawing near. Join us at the Wicket Bar on Friday 3 May as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, piñatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free. Simply purchase food and beverage tickets at the Market or at the gate on the day.