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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Star fruit

Posted by on 26th November 2018

Did you know that star fruit folds its leaves during the night and as response to the vibration of the tree?

The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides, usually five but can sometimes vary. When it’s cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, which is where the name comes from.

Also known as carambola, the star fruit is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, vitamin A, B and C along with minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. It has high amounts of antioxidants like polyphenolic compounds, quercetin, gallic acid and epicatechin.

Star fruit has exceptional amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may prevent skin disorders like dermatitis. The presence of vitamin C also helps in flushing out toxins and maintaining a healthy body.

Rich in sodium and potassium that acts as electrolytes in the body, star fruit helps to maintain blood pressure. These minerals also ensure regular heartbeat rhythm and healthy blood flow in the body.

This fruit has negligible calories to add up to; therefore, it makes for a great evening snack when hunger pangs strike. Moreover, the fibre content in the fruit helps speed up the metabolism that supports your efforts to lose weight. Fibre also helps to keep you fuller for long, lowering the chances of overeating.

The presence of calcium reduces the risk of heart problems like heart attacks and strokes by relieving stress on the blood vessels and arteries. By eliminating the pressure, your heart will be able to relax, making circulation more effective. This way, the fluid balance in your body will be maintained.

Dietary fibre present in the star fruit plays an important role in boosting digestion. It can stimulate the movement of stool through the digestive tract, further relieving symptoms of constipation, bloating and cramping.

The insoluble fibre in the fruit can prevent the release of glucose after eating, which can further help in controlling insulin levels in the body, making it an ideal snack for diabetics or people who are at a risk of developing the condition.

Carambola fruit is rich in folate and riboflavin that helps alter your metabolism in a positive way, ensuring that enzymatic and hormonal processes take place smoothly throughout the body.

The fruit has negligible fat and a high level of dietary fibre that is great for managing cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack and other disorders.

With cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, star fruit promotes salivation and inhibits the production of mucus or phlegm. It makes for a great remedy for respiratory infections and overall health, alleviating sore throats and other underlying health problems.

Star fruit is power-packed with antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid and other polyphenolic compounds that help counter the effects of oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of free radicals that damage body cells, further healing the skin and making it glow. The fruit is also beneficial for hair growth; thanks to the presence of antioxidants, B complex vitamins and vitamin C.

Devour the sweet ripe fruit straight from the tree, or as is popular in the Philippines, eat unripe star fruit dipped in rock salt!

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THE PITCH: November in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st November 2018

Welcome to the start of Cayman’s harvest season and the launch of The Brasserie’s Celebration Series complete with Christmas trees and sparklers.

Celebrate at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — As we head towards the festive season make sure The Brasserie is your first stop when planning your celebrations. Our exclusive Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus are now available in hardcopy at the Restaurant and on The Brasserie’s Facebook page. Don’t miss an event with our online Events Calendar. Call 945-1815 or email to make a reservation and make 2018 a year to remember.

American Thanksgiving: 22 November

THE BRASSERIE — There’s no better place to celebrate American Thanksgiving than amongst family and friends at The Brasserie. Did you know, according to historians, no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving held in the autumn of 1621? Never fear, we will be serving organic turkey as part of a three-course traditional feast in celebration of a bountiful harvest. Our roasted apple pie with maple syrup ice cream is a must! Book your table now to avoid disappointment. See all our holiday menus here.

Tent Sale: 4pm-6pm, Friday 23 November

WICKET BAR — Save big bucks at our Black Friday liquor sale in Cricket Square! Get your Christmas shopping season off to a sparkling start at the Wicket Bar with huge discounts on Brasserie Purveyors exclusive wines, specialty spirits and your favourite craft beers ahead of the festive season.

Book your Christmas party at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a venue to host your Christmas party? Buyout the restaurant for up to 80 people or the gorgeous green outdoor space at the Wicket Bar for a cocktail party of 150 people? What about the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden or the Caboose al fresco area as you sip on cocktails under the stars? For a more intimate setting of 12 people, host a party in our cosy wine room. Look at our complete list of venue options here and call 945-1815 or email to book your Christmas party.

Takeaway at the Caboose weekdays

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, stop by the Caboose in Cricket Square for all your dinner needs. Choose from our large selection of quality meats, naturally-raised and without hormones and pesticides, as well as healthy vegetable sides. Open until 6pm weekdays. Call 945-1816 to order ahead, pay over the phone, then pull up curbside and we’ll bring your food to you.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly deals

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.

Join the group classes at The Club

THE CLUB — Did you know that two yoga classes and six ClubCycle classes are complimentary each week with your Club gym membership? Join us for yoga on the front lawn as the sun rises at 6:30am Tuesdays and Thursdays and ClubCycle at 5:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 6:15am and 12:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Feel good ahead of the holidays!

Hot for the Holiday specials at ENERGY

ENERGY — Get ready for the holiday season at ENERGY with an unlimited Total Body Class pass for group fitness and lunch express classes. This exclusive 7-week schedule runs until mid-December for just $325 per person. Call 946-6006 or email ENERGY to sign up today and finish off 2018 with a bang!

Champagne + Oysters: 13 December 2018

THE BRASSERIE — With just two months of 2018 remaining, celebrate this year’s achievements and adventures at The Brassiere with champagne and oysters. Let us spoil you at our final SWIRL wine tasting event of the year with a selection of champagnes paired with freshly chucked oysters for just $30 per person. The perfect Christmas gift for colleagues, friends and family as we launch into festive mode. Book early!

THE PITCH: October in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st October 2018

Make your health a priority with the opening of our world-class corporate fitness and wellness centre in the heart of Cricket Square.

Welcome to The Club

THE CLUB — Join The Club! An executive corporate fitness facility exclusive to Cricket Square tenants. Offering state-of-the-art equipment including Synrgy360, ClubCycle studio, yoga garden and treadmill desks. Achieve your goals with personal trainers in a friendly and relaxed environment. Email the team to sign up today! Please note, The Club maintains a strict no-photo/video policy.

Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday 8 October

THE BRASSERIE — There’s a lot to be grateful for this Canadian Thanksgiving: friends and family, leftovers, and our exclusive Fall Cocktail Series! Join us at The Brasserie this Thanksgiving for a three-course traditional feast of smoked salmon bruschetta, organic turkey roulade and pumpkin pie. Book your table here or call 945-1815. Tickets are CI$99 per couple excl. grats. Also enjoy Canadian Thanksgiving favourites like maple smoked salmon and maple-rosemary glazed ham at the Market and Caboose.

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Thursday 25 October

THE BRASSERIE — We’re mixing things up for SWIRL this month with a special cocktail-making class lead by The Brasserie’s talented mixologist, Shawn. Join us in our organic greenhouse and learn the art of creating Fall cocktails using fresh and local garden ingredients including our ‘Chateau Chooks’ eggs and wild and raw Brasserie Honey. Impress your next dinner party guests with clever cocktail techniques! Be there at 5pm for a 5:30pm start. Tickets are $30 incl. grats. Book here or call 945-1815.

Happy Hour at the Caboose weekdays

THE CABOOSE — Finish your working day the right way with Happy Hour at the Caboose! From 4:30pm-6pm every weekday, enjoy $3 soft shell tacos filled with juicy Caboose smoked meats, $5 craft beers and speciality wines, and buckets of beer for $20. A delicious, hassle-free weekday dinner that won’t put a dent in your wallet. Don’t forget that you can always email or call 945-1816 to order ahead, pay over the phone, and then pick-up curbside.

Halloween: Wednesday 31 October

THE BRASSERIE — Who’s getting ready to trick-or-treat? Join us at the Restaurant to judge the best carved pumpkin while sipping on our Halloween-themse cocktails during Happy Hour from 5pm. Enjoy a coffin break at the Market with Halloween sugar cookies, peanut butter cups and Halloween cupcakes available from Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October. Happy haunting!

Restaurant Month Cayman 2018

THE BRASSERIE — Special menus for special prices! Join us throughout October for Restaurant Month and experience our scrumptious Caboose Lunch Special of smoked meats and delicious sides, Cayman Lime Pie and a Maine Root Artisanal Soda for just CI$15. In the Brasserie Restaurant enjoy ‘Brasserie Catch’ crispy fish cakes and seared snapper, Chicken Mojo and our famous desserts of Creme Brûlée and Housemade Ice Cream for the set price of CI$35 per person. Don’t delay! Book now.

Book your Christmas party at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a venue to host your Christmas party this year? Buyout the restaurant for up to 80 people. What about the gorgeous green outdoor space at the Wicket for a cocktail party of 150 people? Or the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden that can hold 40 people as you sip on cocktails under the stars? For a more intimate setting of 12 people, why not host a party in our cosy wine room? There’s an option for everyone.Contact our elves to reserve your preferred date.

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.

Pilates for Pink: Saturday 13 October

ENERGY — Pilates for Pink is here! Join ENERGY from 10am for a lively Pilates workout at the ARC at Cayman International School (or 9am for the pre-event Pink Party and Plank Challenge). Support the fight against breast cancer and help to raise much-needed funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Email Colleen for details and download the registration form here. Keep up-to-date with the latest pink news!

American Thanksgiving: 22 November

THE BRASSERIE — There’s no better place to celebrate American Thanksgiving than amongst family and friends at The Brasserie. Did you know, according to historians, no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving held in the autumn of 1621? Never fear, we will be serving organic turkey as part of a three-course traditional feast in celebration of a bountiful harvest. Our roasted apple pie with maple syrup ice cream is a must! Book your table now to avoid disappointment. See all our holiday menus here.

THE PITCH: September in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd September 2018

As the summer season draws to an end, Cricket Square comes back to life with new purpose. Check out what’s on offer.

The Brasserie is open

THE BRASSERIE — Did you miss us? After a month of rest and revamp, the doors to The Brasserie Restaurant have reopened with delicious new culinary surprises up our chef’s sleeves! The staff are ready to welcome you from 11:30am – 10pm weekdays, so make a reservation for lunch, cocktails or dinner and get prepared for an exciting winter events season ahead!

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Thursday 20 September

THE BRASSERIE — Don’t let your next bottle of wine be a gamble. Taste the heart and soul of four internationally-recognised Oregon and Washington wines at this month’s exclusive SWIRL event. From ground to glass, we’ll showcase highlights from the Pacific Northwest – both states ranked in the top four wine regions in the United States. Oregon and Washington boast steady, reliable climates that yield consistent wines in both flavour and vintage. Find your next dependable wine at our upcoming SWIRL and receive 10% off all purchases. Call 945-1815 or email us to book!

The Big Shave: Friday 28 September

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.

Celebrate Christmas at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? As we head into “winter” and the home run to the festive season, look no further than The Brasserie to host your Christmas celebrations with loved ones, colleagues and friends. We have spectacular set menus with extensive cocktail and fine wine lists to match. Contact our elves to reserve your preferred date.

Brasserie Bee honey available the Market

THE BRASSERIE — Have you tasted The Brasserie’s wild and raw honey or honeycomb? Did you know that we sell jars of our Brasserie Bee honey at the Market? Indulge in this sweet treat for yourself or gift to family and friends and keep everyone happy. Located on the shelf next to the baked goods, alongside our house-made jams and chutneys, you don’t have to go far to find meaningful presents. Watch the Brasserie Bee Series here.

US Open live at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — What is summer without the Grand Slam tennis tournaments? Join us from 11am this week at the Wicket Bar for live coverage of the US Open. Enjoy Happy Hour prices and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exciting tournament with us at Cricket Square.

Takeaway delicious BBQ 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, stop by the Caboose in Cricket Square for all your dinner needs. Choose from our large selection of quality meats, naturally-raised and without hormones and pesticides, as well as healthy vegetable sides. Open until 6pm weekdays. Call 945-1816 to order ahead, pay over the phone, then pull up curbside and we’ll bring your food to you.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly specials

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket special each week using the seasonal ingredients of Cayman in our nourishing, nutritious, 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.

ENERGY celebrates 15th Anniversary

ENERGY — Celebrate 15 wonderful years of ENERGY with a Total Body Class Pass. For $325 per person, all inclusive, receive 7 weeks of exclusive studio access, classes, wellness gifts and more. Join the Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express Classes and move one step closer to completing the ENERGY15th Anniversary Challenge and winning some incredible prizes!

Eat, drink and be scary at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — On Wednesday 31 October, The Brasserie will be “witching” you a very happy Halloween with our famous pumpkin carving competition, Halloween-themed cocktails and spooky baked treats available at the Market from Monday 29 October. Call 945-1814 to order ahead. Franken-tastic!

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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