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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Goat milk

Posted by on 21st January 2019

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Although goats only produce about 2% of the global milk supply, it is cheaper to process because it doesn’t require homogenisation (the small fat molecules do not separate and remain suspended in the cream).

The health benefits of goat milk include its ability to aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, optimise digestion, improve the bioavailability of nutrients, strengthen bones, boost heart health, strengthen immunity, increase metabolism, prevent toxins from accumulating in the body, and benefit overall health.

As we age, the chemical composition and impact of goat milk on the body is actually preferable to the effects of cow milk. For example, people who suffer from lactose intolerance, digest goat milk far better than cow milk due to its higher levels of beneficial fatty acids (twice that of cow milk).

Milk of all varieties is rich in calcium, and goat milk is no exception.

One reason why people tend to love goat milk is that they are able to enjoy it without the inflammation and upset stomach that cow milk often causes. This is due to the unique enzymatic makeup of goat milk that soothes inflammation in the gut.

One of the main benefits of goat milk is that the chemical composition is far closer to human milk than other milks. Human milk is similar to goat milk, so our bodies are able to get more nutrients out of the milk as it moves through our system and causes less stress on our digestive processes.

Goat milk is nutrient-dense, which means that you don’t need as much of it as other milks to receive the same (or better) nutrient intake. Studies have shown that goat milk can help increase the uptake of iron and copper in our digestive tract, which is essential for people who struggle with anemia and other deficiencies.

There are significant amounts of selenium in goat milk. This rare mineral is a key component in the immune system functionality, protecting us from illness and fending off infections.

Goat milk is a very rich source of protein, which is an essential part of growth and development, as proteins are the building blocks of cells, tissues, muscles, and bones.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jicama

Posted by on 21st January 2019

Jicama (also called yambean) is a type of bulbous root vegetable that many people describe as being a cross between an apple and a turnip.

Jicama is composed of about 86 percent to 90 percent water, so it’s naturally low in calories, natural sugars and starch — and, therefore, it has a low score on the glycemic index and fits most diets, including the vegan, Paleo and the ketogenic diet plan. It’s also a good source of immune system-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

Jicama’s fibre contains a beneficial type of prebiotic fructan carbohydrate called oligofructose inulin. Because it’s indigestible within the human digestive tract and ferments in the gut, inulin is considered to have zero calories, yet it benefits the digestive organs and, therefore, your entire body (including the immune system) in a few different ways. Inulin acts like a prebiotic once it reaches the intestines, which means it helps probiotics (or “good bacteria” living within the GI tract) do their job best.

As a source of valuable prebiotics, jicama’s unique fibre molecules help balance the growth of good-to-bad microbes residing within the intestines and colon. A very large percentage of the immune system — over 75 percent — is actually stored with your GI tract, so proper immune functioning depends a lot on a delicate balance between the bacteria populating your microbiota.

Like many vegetables, jicama has a high water and nutrient density, and is otherwise largely made of different types of carbohydrate molecules. Oligofructose inulin, which makes up a good percentage of the fibre found in jicama, is linked to improved cardiovascular health and the ability to lower cholesterol naturally.

Water and fibre-rich vegetables are recommended for anyone battling digestive issues because they’re hydrating and provide fibre, essential electrolytes and nutrients that support intestinal and gut health.

Aside from its prebiotic properties, jicama is also an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C. Just one cup of raw jicama provides over 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a crucial antioxidant that scavenges free radical damage and controls inflammation. Eating plenty of vitamin C foods helps control inflammation, which is important for keeping oxidative stress levels lower and protecting against cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.

Called a “Mexican turnip” or yambean in some parts of the world, jicama’s oligofructose inulin helps keep bones strong because it enhances mineral retention, suppresses the turnover rate of bone loss and helps with the absorption of calcium into bones. It also supplies important nutrients like potassium, magnesium and manganese that are needed for proper bone mineralisation and protecting against bone loss or osteoporosis into older age.

THE PITCH: December in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd January 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a safe and cheerful holiday season and are looking forward to the events we have planned in 2019.

Cayman Cookout Dinner

THE BRASSERIE — Announcing Brandon McGlamery, Executive Chef of fine dining eateries Luma on Park and Prato, as our Cayman Cookout Guest Chef! Join us from 6:30pm on Saturday 19 January as one of the original French Laundry team members brings his love of local flavours to the table, paired with wines from award-winning sommelier and vintner, Michael Kennedy. Receive Brandon’s book 9 Courses as a gift on the night. Tickets are CI$150. Call 945-1815 or book here.

Roy Yamaguchi heads up Harvest Dinner

THE CABOOSE — For the first time in The Brasserie’s long-standing Harvest Dinner tradition, the pioneer of “Hawaiian fusion” Chef Roy Yamaguchi will treat guests to a family feast at the Caboose. Garden cocktails will proceed a short stroll to the gourmet smokehouse to watch Chef Yamaguchi fire up the BBQ so that you can experience his bold and flavourful cooking that has sparked a culinary revolution. Tickets are CI$90. Call 945-1815 or email us to book your seat at the table.

Life by the Sea with Chef Dean Max

THE RITZ-CARLTON — Experience authentic “Rum in da coconut” – local rum poured in the The Brasserie’s plantation coconuts – while wriggling your toes in the white sand of Seven Mile Beach. All while learning the art of seafood cuisine with The Brasserie’s entertaining Consultant Chef Dean Max, as he creates local chilled tomato soup with lobster salad and wahoo poke with green papaya. The fun starts at 3:45pm at South Beach Pavilion. Tickets to this Cayman Cookout event are $125. Book here.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 January

THE BRASSERIE — Who says that you have to spend more than $20 on a good wine? We certainly don’t believe so and would love to prove it to you at our upcoming SWIRL. Beat the post-Christmas blues and join us for a tasting of four delicious wines that won’t break the bank and are ideal for everyday drinking. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945-1815 to book for this event.

Taste of Cayman: Saturday 26 January

THE BRASSERIE — After winning ‘Best Food’ at Taste of Cayman 2018, The Brasserie is back to join in the culinary fun for another year. Find the very best of Cayman’s diverse cuisines, local produce and drinks to match at Taste of Cayman from 5pm at the Festival Green in Camana Bay. Get ready for more delicious Brasserie food and cocktail surprises!

Free Juiced @ samples at The Club

THE CLUB — Start your day the right way with an energetic and revitalising yoga class on the front yoga lawn at 6:30am on Thursday 10 January. Followed by refreshing coconut water and juice samples thanks to Juiced @ The Wicket. Like what you taste? Order any item from the Juiced @ menu prior to your workout by calling 927-6419, and it will be ready for collection from the Wicket Bar when you finish.

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 a Caboose 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.

New Synrgy360 training program

THE CLUB — Experience the power of our Synrgy360 with a new 4-week small group training workshop at The Club starting on 15 January 2019. Join us from 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Tuesday and Thursdays, to learn how to get the most out of this state-of-the-art fitness equipment that will change the way you workout forever. The workshop costs $150 per person. Call 949-CLUB or email to find out more and book your spot today.

Start 2019 energised at ENERGY

ENERGY — Blast into the new year with ENERGY‘s amazing 2019 line-up of classes! Enjoy an all inclusive Total Body Class Pass with unlimited access to Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express classes from 14 January. For just $325 per person, email Colleen and receive further information and sign-up details. Check out the complete class timetable using ENERGY’s online scheduler.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 17 January

THE BRASSERIE — Our famous Harvest Dinner’s are back in 2019 as we celebrate another fruitful harvest from our organic vegetable garden and the edible trees throughout Cricket Square. It’s time to enjoy the very best farm-to-table produce from the pioneers of this movement in Cayman, with foods harvested, caught and hand-picked from the Brasserie Bees, Chateau Chooks, Coco Bluff coconut plantation and fishing boats, Brasserie Catch I & II. Tickets are $90. Call 945-1815 or email.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Caviar

Posted by on 8th January 2018

Have you ever tasted caviar? This Saturday you will have the chance as we welcome Chef Makoto Okuwa to The Brasserie.

Before raw oysters, before Champagne, even before truffles were deemed a delicacy, caviar was coveted by kings and the aristocracy. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Russian tsars were all known to splurge on caviar, which literally means unfertilised salt-cured fish eggs.

Did you know that the most expensive caviar on record sold for $35,000 per kilo?

The good news is that sustainable methods of collecting caviar are now being introduced into the industry, where the eggs are massaged out of the fish to produce “no-kill” caviar.

It’s known to be a delicacy and there is much hype, but few people fall for the little black mound at the first bite. It’s a bit salty and a whole lot fishy. It takes many people three or four tries to really savour the flavour.

However did you know that these little eggs could be very beneficial to your health when eaten in moderation? Here are some things that you should know about these exquisite tiny black pearls.

Improve heart health by eating just one gram of caviar each day. Caviar is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids and it’s these acids that help to reduce blood clotting, protect the arteries from hardening, and can help reduce your chance of a heart attack, stroke, or a clogged artery. They could also lower your blood pressure and triglycerides too. Just a single teaspoon of caviar can be effective. The American Heart Association puts their seal of approval on this fishy egg.

Caviar is rich in selenium. Selenium is a vital mineral the body needs. Inside, it pairs up with vitamin E in the body. Together, they protect the cells from the damage that is caused by free radicals and other compounds. These compounds are the ones that lead to heart disease and in some cases, cancer. This mineral can boost the immune system and help to support overall cell growth.

B12 makes red blood cells in the body. It’s also a great help so that you can use your fatty acids properly. Many vegetarians and vegans don’t get enough of this necessary vitamin as it is water-soluble. However, caviar is loaded with B12, and it can help meet the daily consumption requirements.

Historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Hey, wouldn’t you feel better if someone gave you caviar? It’s not as fishy as it sounds: recent studies show that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – caviar is rich in omega-3s – may alleviate symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.

The finest, most expensive caviars are older, larger eggs that are lighter in colour. Lower quality caviar is younger, with a less intensely fishy flavour, and darker in colour. It’s a good thing, too, for caviar newbies, who are more likely to start on the cheaper, milder stuff.

We can’t wait to receive your feedback on Chef Mokoto Okuwa’s caviar recipe this weekend!

THE PITCH: January in Cricket Square

Posted by on 4th January 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a safe and cheerful holiday season and are looking forward to the events we have planned in 2018.

Makoto Okuwa at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — For the first time on the Island and in celebration of Cayman Cookout 2018, highly acclaimed Japanese chef Makoto Okuwa will host a six-course dinner of caviar, wagyu beef and Brasserie-caught fish paired with his own exclusive premium sake and Brasserie Purveyors wines in our 20th Anniversary year. Join Chef Makoto, Chef Dean Max and The Brasserie team from 6:30pm on Saturday 13 January. Call 945 1815 or email.

Cayman Cookout 2018

THE RITZ CARLTON — Join The Brasserie’s Consultant Chef Dean Max for a Brasserie spin on a classic fish tea with fresh lobster from 3:45-4:45pm at the Le Creuset Beach Pavilion. Savour the local flavours while we crack open fresh coconuts and serve with rum. A day to remember with the sand between your toes. Tickets are $95. Book here.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 11 January

THE BRASSERIE — A unique experience like no other on the Island, indulge in the very best farm-to-table cuisine harvested, caught and hand-picked from our hives, garden, coconut plantation and fishing boats. Join us for cocktails and a three-course family feast under the stars, paired with Brasserie Purveyors wines to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tickets are $90. To book call 945-1815 or email us.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 25 January

WICKET BAR — Who says that you have to spend more than $20 on a good wine? We certainly don’t believe so and would love to prove it to you at our upcoming SWIRL. Beat the post-Christmas blues and join us for a tasting of four delicious wines that won’t break the bank and are ideal for everyday drinking. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

WILD Dinner: 7pm, Tuesday 16 January

THE BRASSERIE — Come and celebrate Cayman’s foraged, farmed and forgotten delicacies with UK Young Chef of the Year 2017, Jack Barwick, and The Brasserie team. Tickets are CI$100 and include a culinary adventure complete with dinner and drinks. Hurry to book your place at the table. Call 945 1815 or email.

SIX is ‘topping out’ with the roof now on!

CRICKET SQUARE — Enjoy stunning views across North Sound and George Town from our new building. The top floor is now all taken and interest in the remaining third and ground floor spaces is heating up. If you need space let us know. We remain on track for completion late Summer 2018. The Conference Space in SIXwill provide 300 seats with break out rooms and provision for banqueting, conferences and events.

FREE juice 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.

Reform yourself at ENERGY

ENERGY — Blast into the new year with ENERGY‘s amazing 2018 lineup of classes! Check out all the free demos classes this week using ENERGY’s online scheduler. Interested in learning more about the Power Pilates Bootcamp Workshop? Want to take on the ultimate total body experience in the new year with our Pure Power Detox Challenge? Email Colleen for details on how you can join!

French Laundry gardener to visit The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — No single ingredient is ever repeated throughout the meal! Welcome to the three-Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant, located in California’s Napa Valley. It’s with great pleasure that we welcome the restaurant’s gardener, Peter Jacobsen, to The Brasserie next month to talk all things good food. He will participate in two events with us. Watch this space for more details.