SUPERFOOD SERIES: Basil

Posted by on 13th August 2018

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Did you know there are actually 35 different types of basil?

Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic. This means they don’t dissolve in water and are light and small enough to travel through the air and the pores within our skin. Basil’s volatile essential oils are what give the herb its distinct smell and taste, but they’re also responsible for the healing benefits of basil.

Herbs like basil contain essential oil compounds because these help the plant defend itself from predators like bugs, rodents and strains of bacteria in the soil. When we ingest these protective oils, we experience similar benefits: a boost in immunity and protection from disease.

Basil contains powerful essential oils, including eugenol, citronellol and linalool. These are enzyme-inhibiting oils that help lower inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Basil is a powerful antioxidant. It’s full of polyphenolic flavonoids, which shield much of the body’s structures from cell-damaging free radicals. Free radicals can cause a lot of problems such as oxidising cholesterol in your bloodstream, where it builds up in your arteries and raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. Asthma, certain types of arthritis, and several other ailments can also be attributed to free radicals.

As a good source of magnesium, basil promotes blood flow. As a good source of vitamin A it promotes healthy eyesight, and because of eugenol (a major component of the oil produced by basil leaves) it has also been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory in the same vein as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Did you also know that basil extract is also used to create perfumes, household cleaners and in dental-care products since one of the known benefits of basil is its ability to act as an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent that fights germs and bacteria?

Basil essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to treat nervous tension, mental fatigue, melancholy, migraines and depression, and – fortunately – to treat certain symptoms of these ailments, including vomiting and nausea.

So next time you go out for a nice meal at your local Italian or Thai restaurant – or pretty much anyplace where the cuisine incorporates basil into its dishes – just remember: It’s OK to feel a little less guilty about whatever it is that you eat. Basil, after all, has got your back.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Honeydew melon

Posted by on 13th August 2018

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Honeydew melon is one of the fruits that come to mind when looking for a sweet and refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

This fruit, with its smooth yellow rind and pale green flesh, boasts high nutritional content. From vitamin B to zinc, every bite of this fruit is packed with various vitamins and minerals.

Honeydew is made up of 90 percent water, which is why it can quench your thirst and keep the body hydrated on a hot summer day. Plus, it contains a good amount of potassium, which helps maintain the water level in your body by countering your sodium intake.

A great source of vitamin C, this melon plays an important role in the production of collagen in your body. Collagen can repair and nourish not just your skin but also your hair and nails. The vitamin C in honeydew also helps boost your immune system to fight off bacteria and illnesses.

Honeydew is beneficial for people who are suffering from hypertension, as it has a high potassium content that can help prevent blood elevation.

Your eyes will thank you for including honeydew in your diet because it contains lutein and zeaxanthin — these are important phytonutrients that help maintain eye health and reduce eye disorders.

Honeydew is rich in calcium, helping your body maintain and improve bone health. It also keeps your teeth healthy and strong.

A low calorie content, means that honeydew is a perfect fruit snack for people who are trying to lose weight. It’s also rich in fibre that can aid in food digestion.

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians regarded the honeydew as sacred and it was only reserved for society’s elite? So next time you devour the succulent, sweet, green flesh of the honeydew, remember to savour every bite.

On a side note, the sweetness and flavour of the honeydew goes well with cottage cheese, sweet cream, mint or lime. The flavours of summer!

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THE PITCH: August in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st August 2018

The Market, Caboose, Juiced @ The Wicket and Happy Hour at the Wicket Bar on Fridays are open this month.

Market, Caboose & Wicket Bar

THE BRASSERIE — Even though The Brasserie Restaurant is closed in August, don’t forget that the Market, the Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket are open this month. For the best TGIF on island, head to the Wicket Bar for our 5 @ 5 Happy Hour every Friday. Contact the Market to order ahead on 945 1814. The Brasserie reopens on Monday 3 September.

TGIF in Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — The Wicket Bar couldn’t possibly leave you hanging in August during Happy Hour. Stop by on Friday for your favourite 5 @ 5 specials, from craft beers to specialty wines. Why not email us to book for a group! Also enjoy rosé wine specials all day long, all summer long at the Wicket Bar. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle from Brasserie Purveyors.

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Friday 31 August

WICKET BAR — Why is pizza and beer so delicious? Is it thanks to brewers sitting around a table or a vat with a slice of pizza while they discuss their next brew? Clean and crisp beer complements classic cheese, while hoppy and bitter flavours are a meat lovers’ dream. Few things exemplify life’s simple pleasures more than beer and pizza. To book for SWIRL call 945-1815 or email.

Indulge in American-style BBQ

THE CABOOSE — Our quality meats are naturally-raised, without hormones and pesticides, the organic vegetables are harvested from our adjacent garden, and the BBQ sauces are made with honey from our Brasserie Bees. It’s this attention to detail that brings incredible flavours to this simple BBQ open air joint. You’ll find juicy smoked brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausages, turkey and smoked local chickens. Open from 11am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. Order ahead by calling 945-1816.

The Brasserie joins the straw-volution

THE BRASSERIE — “Plastic straws suck!” In the USA roughly 500 million plastic straws are used every day, according to the National Park Service. That’s why, at The Brasserie, we are joining the “straw-volution” and swapping our plastic straws for hay straws to help reduce plastic waste. Our new HAY! Straws! are made from the stem of the wheat plant and are 100% biodegradable, which means they won’t linger in landfills and pollute our oceans.

Brasserie Bees new flow hive

THE BRASSERIE — Thank you to a generous sponsor, The Brasserie is excited to add a flow hive to its growing bee compound. This revolutionary beehive invention will allow our beekeeper to see when the honey is ready without opening the hive, and harvest the raw Brasserie Honey from a tap, making the extraction process less stressful for the bees. We look forward to showing this unique hive to visiting school groups. To learn more about the local bees watch our Brasserie Bee Series.

US Open live at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — What is summer without the Grand Slam tennis tournaments? Join us at the Wicket Bar from Monday 27 August for the start of the US Open. Live coverage begins at 11am every day. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exciting tournament with us at Cricket Square.

FREE juiced at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious 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.

Unveiling of SIX

CRICKET SQUARE — SIX, our new landmark building at Cricket Square, is unveiling as the scaffolding is removed. SIX is a striking building both on entry to George Town from Elgin Avenue and Shedden Road. We are currently working to get the Shedden Road entrance back open and you can see new pavers are being laid for more parking by Willow House.​

Unlimited August class pass at ENERGY

ENERGY — For the month of August, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass that includes all group reformer, group fitness and lunch express sessions for just $275. Please note that the dates for this offer are 30 July – 25 August 2018. Make the most of these four weeks and and sign up today. Contact here.

Hannah’s Heroes at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — The sixth annual Hannah’s Heroes ‘The Big Shave’ is on Friday 28 September 2018. Join us at the Wicket Bar to be part of an inspirational cause that will benefit so many. Whether you opt for a new hairstyle, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Chamomile

Posted by on 30th July 2018

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Did you know that chamomile tea raises your serotonin and melatonin levels, eliminating feelings of stress and worry, slowing down the mind and combatting anxiety symptoms?

Did you know that a chamomile tea before bed could help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed?

There are many reasons your body is craving this ancient and versatile medicinal herb and this is thanks to dried chamomile flowers (of the Matricaria species) hosting a high level of disease-fighting antioxidants like terpenoids and flavonoids.

Chamomile’s vital antioxidants are found in the plant’s potent oils and are the main contributors to its natural healing properties. As an effective alternative medicine with almost no known negative side effects, chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 years in standardised tea, herbal extract and cosmetic forms to promote tranquility, vitality, a youthful appearance and longevity.

Drinking chamomile tea is a popular way to get your daily dose of chamomile. Aside from having little to no caffeine (chamomile tea is naturally caffeine-free), there are numerous health benefits linked to chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea can effectively eliminate oxidative stress and enhances immune response to improve skin health.

The tea’s phenolic compounds target bacterial infections to help eliminate them from the body and boost the immune system.

Bloating, cramping, sweating, inability to sleep, mood swings and other problems experienced during periods may be improved by drinking chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea combats massive drops and spikes of blood sugar levels, and regulates the insulin in the blood to help manage diabetes.

Chamomile tea assists in easing the gut’s twisting nature, allowing gas and bowel movement, and alleviate stomach issues.

Chamomile tea relieves scalp irritation, builds better hair strands, eliminates dandruff and gives your hair a silkier appearance.

Chamomile assists with modulating immune response to allergens, and is a known anti-histamine that soothes allergic reactions and prevents worsened symptoms.

Drinking chamomile tea while pregnant could alleviate morning sickness, constipation, gas or bloating.

We have a large range of teas available at the Market, Brasserie and Juiced @ The Wicket including chamomile. So if you need to take a break from the office to de-stress, come over and grab a chamomile tea. You’ll return to the desk with greater efficiency and mental clarity.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Pimento

Posted by on 16th July 2018

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Did you know that this tree got its name when the British couldn’t decide which spice it was, so named it ‘all spice’?

This powerful spice is actually derived from the dried fruit of the pimento tree, which is why it is commonly called Jamaica pepper, pimenta, or pimento. Native to Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and Mexico, the allspice bearing tree is named because of the dried brown berries (which look like large peppercorns), that smell and taste like a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. The flavour is certainly unique, but what makes this spice even more intriguing is the high concentration of beneficial nutrients and organic compounds, such as eugenol, quercetin, and tannins that result in some impressive health benefits.

These berries, picked when ripe (see image above) and dried in the sun until slightly shriveled (see image below), have numerous health benefits that include the ability to act as a pain reliever, increase circulation, protect the gastrointestinal system, improve mood, boost the immune system, eliminate fungal infections, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.

One of the most celebrated aspects of allspice is its ability to lower inflammation and alleviate pain in parts of the body. The active ingredients in the spice have chemical compounds that eliminate inflammation, making it an ideal spice to give you some relief from arthritis, gout and muscle aches. It also has certain analgesic components that allow for pain reduction in the case of injury or surgical recovery.

The calming, rubefacient effects of allspice’s organic components make it perfect for soothing the stomach. The eugenol found in allspice can eliminate digestive issues such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and constipation, while also stimulating regularity, which reduces bloating and excess flatulence. The anti-inflammatory aspect of allspice further eases cramps.

Research has shown certain antibacterial and antifungal effects of allspice, particularly in terms of stomach bacteria (E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes). In addition to helping the gastrointestinal system function smoothly, it also protects it from outside attack through a natural immune response. Furthermore, when allspice is added to certain foods, it can neutralise the bacteria at that level, before it ever enters your body to begin doing damage.

The presence of eugenol, quercetin, tannins, and other chemical compounds makes allspice a very potent antioxidant, as many of those substances are perfect for neutralising free radicals and eliminating them from the body. Free radicals are the harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate, often leading to serious diseases – even cancer. The high level of vitamin C and vitamin A present in allspice also contribute to this antioxidant activity.

The antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiseptic aspects of allspice can help to boost your dental health; although gargling with this spice wouldn’t be particularly pleasant, it has been connected to healthier dental and gum health by protecting against bacterial pathogens. 

With significant levels of copper and iron, allspice is ideal for boosting circulation, as these are essential components of red blood cells. Furthermore, the rubefacient aspect of the spice is a stimulant and warms the body. Combined with increased blood flow, this can result in additional energy and the proper oxygenation of extremities in the body. Iron also functions in the creation of certain enzymes that are crucial for overall metabolism.

The potassium found in allspice has a positive effect on heart health, as it is a vasodilator and releases much of the tension on the cardiovascular system. This causes an increase in blood flow through the relaxed blood vessels and reduces the strain on the arteries and heart, thereby lowering the chances of developing atherosclerosis, and subsequently, strokes and heart attacks.

Keep an eye out for pimento on the seasonal Brasserie menu!

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