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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Gooseberries

Posted by on 6th February 2018

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Guess what? We have a new cocktail on The Brasserie menu and it includes the healthy and wholesome gooseberry growing enthusiastically in our organic garden at Cricket Square.

The health benefits of the gooseberry can be partially attributed to its high vitamin C content. This fruit enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and supports the heart. It also strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality and promotes healthier hair. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, aids in vision care, improves muscle tone and acts as an antioxidant.

Drinking gooseberry juice with honey is good for improving eyesight and studies have shown it to improve near-sightedness and cataracts while reducing intra-ocular tension. This is mainly due to its impressive carotene content, which has long been known for its powerful effect on vision-related conditions. Vitamin A and carotenes reduce macular degeneration and night blindness.

This powerful little fibre-rich fruit helps the body to absorb calcium in a positive way. Calcium is an essential component of our bones, teeth, and nails, and also ensures that we have beautiful lustrous hair.

Eating foods that are high in protein is one of the most important ways to stay healthy as proteins are an essential part of our body’s metabolic activities. Enzymes can break down plant proteins into amino acids and reassemble them into usable proteins for our body. Protein is necessary for cellular growth, muscle development, organ health and a wide range of metabolic activities that we need to remain healthy.

Now you have every reason to come in and try our deliciously refreshing ‘Garden Gooseberry Fizz’, available on the cocktail menu at the Restaurant.

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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!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Mint

Posted by on 14th December 2017

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This well-known mouth and breath freshener is scientifically known as Mentha and has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. It is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties.

There are over 600 types of mint plants, which include pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint, water mint and horse mint. However, when we talk about mint, we are referring to two specific types: peppermint and spearmint.

Mint is a great appetiser or palate cleanser. The aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in your mouth as well as glands which secrete the digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. It also soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation. When your stomach feels sick, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. If you are someone who travels long distances via plane or boat, menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness.

Mint leaves, especially freshly crushed leaves, help to ease headaches. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose, give quick relief. This herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.

The strong aroma of this herb is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs, which gives relief from respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and a common cold. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it also relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing.

Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. That being said, using too much mint in this way can also irritate the nose and throat.

Mint is a natural stimulant and the smell alone can be enough to charge your energy and get your brain functioning at a higher level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed or simply exhausted, mint can help. A popular way to get good results in an easy manner is to put a few drops of mint essential oil or menthol oil on your pillow at night, and let it work on your body and mind while you sleep.

While mint oil is a good antiseptic and antipruritic material, the juice obtained from mint is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes the skin and helps to cure infections and itchiness. In addition to being a good way to reduce pimples, it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne. Its anti-pruritic properties can be used for treating insect bites like those of mosquitoes, honeybees, hornets, wasps, and gnats. The cooling sensation will relieve you from irritation and the constant urge to scratch, and the anti-inflammatory nature of mint will bring down swelling. In that same vein, mint oil is often a basic component of bug repellent products like citronella candles, because the strong aroma is unappealing to most insects.

People who frequently chew gum, in which the major active ingredient is mint, have higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who do not. The stimulant qualities of mint, once again, have shown yet another reason to pop that stick of gum in your mouth or chew some leaves when you’re feeling less than brilliant.

Since mint has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth. In the past, mint was rubbed directly onto teeth and gums to refresh the mouth and eliminate dangerous forms of growth. In modern times, for the same reason, mint is one of the most common elements in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other dental hygiene products. Of course, the easiest way to get these results is to simply chew on the leaves.

On that note, you’ll be please to know that this week’s $5 Juiced @ The Wicket smoothie special, ‘Christmas Coco Mint’, includes both peppermint and spearmint leaves picked directly from The Brasserie’s organic vegetable garden.

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THE PITCH: October in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd October 2017

Cricket Square’s event season is about to kick off with new vigour as we reveal a revamped schedule to suit everyone’s tastes.

Fire up your taste buds!

CABOOSE — The walls to the Caboose are going up! Irma affected some of our shipments for the Caboose so we are now scheduling to open in the early New Year, with testing and commissioning of the kitchen equipment before Christmas. The smoker is on its way and you will be able to enjoy delicious food from the Grab & Go menu soon!

SWIRL Cocktail Party: Friday 13 October

THE BRASSERIE — We’re having a cocktail party and everyone is invited! Join us from 5-7pm to bid farewell to our talented mixologist Lexi, as we welcome Roy who will be taking over the cocktail creations at The Brasserie Restaurant. Tickets are CI$30 and include 4 seasonal cocktails made with Brasserie Purveyors’ spirits and paired with delicious canapés. Email Jessica to book or call 945-1815.

Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday 9 October

THE BRASSERIE — Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with us during a special Monday’s Secret Pleasure. Enjoy a three-course traditional feast of roasted mushroom bisque, organic turkey roulade and local pumpkin tart accompanied by a sommelier-selected bottle of wine. Book your table here or call 945-1815. Tickets are CI$89 per couple plus grats. Also pop by the Market for your Canadian Thanksgiving favourites.

Halloween: Tuesday 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. Also enjoy a coffin break with Chef Christine’s Halloween sugar cookies, peanut butter cups and Halloween cupcakes available from Friday 27 – Tuesday 31 October at the Market. Happy haunting!

Restaurant Month

THE BRASSERIE — We are excited to be a part of Restaurant Month for another year. Throughout October, our talented chefs will bring you a special menu of roasted mushrooms, smoked fish dip with local avocado, Brasserie Catch, herb roasted chicken and our famous desserts of creme brûlée and sticky toffee date pudding. Sound delicious? Book your table now and enjoy our three-course menu for just CI$35 per person.

New Signs for Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Have you noticed our new Juiced @ The Wicket signage gracing the Wicket Bar at Cricket Square? Bright, colourful and fun, we have talented and inspirational local Cayman artist Kara Julian to thank. She can bring any space to life with her artistic flair and injection of colour. With new Wicket Bar menu boards also on the way, read our latest blog here as we take a peek behind the scenes.

Pilates for Pink: Saturday 14 October

ENERGY — Join ENERGY from 9am for a Pilates workout at The ARC at Camana Bay for the 11th annual Pilates for Pink, complete with Chef Christine’s vanilla and guava cupcakes. Help to raise much needed funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to help provide financial assistance to patients and their families. Register now at ENERGY(CI$30) for a chance to win great prizes including an Apple TV, classes, or a pink BOSU ball! Also receive a Juiced @ The Wicket loyalty card.

Harvest Dinner on Cayman Brac

THE BRASSERIE — Join us for our first harvest dinner of the season off island on Saturday 18 November! We’re heading to the Brac to cook up a storm with lots of local produce. Hint, if you love cheese then you’re going to love what surprises we have in store. Details are being finalised and we look forward to revealing more information shortly. Stay tuned!

THE PITCH: September in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st September 2017

As the summer winds to a close, Cricket Square comes back to life with new purpose. Check out what’s on offer.

The Brasserie is Open

THE BRASSERIE — With polished floors, a fresh lick of paint and our gardens replanted with winter vegetables, we reopen The Brasserie Restaurant doors today with plenty of new and exciting culinary surprises up our chef’s sleeves. Get out your diary as we also reveal a revamped winter event season including The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary celebrations!

SWIRL: Thursday 28 September

THE BRASSERIE — Did you know that it takes approximately 600-800 wine grapes to make a bottle of wine? A lot of these grapes are grown in California, the fourth leading wine producer in the world. For just $30 enjoy this unique opportunity to taste a selection of the Golden State’s finest wines, paired with tasty canapés. Call 945-1815 or email Corey to book.

The Big Shave: Friday 22 September

WICKET BAR — The fifth annual Hannah’s Heroes – The Big Shaveis on 22 September 2017. Join us at The Wicket to be a part of a wonderful cause that so many will benefit from. Whether you decide to get the ultimate hair make-over, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

Dreaming of a Decadent Christmas

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.

RECIPE: Mango Daiquiri

THE BRASSERIE — We’re making the most of Cayman’s mango season with our local take on the traditional daiquiri. Refreshing delicious and the perfect concoction to beat the heat, click here to learn how to make it yourself. View our extensive menu to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits from Brasserie Purveyors. Call 945 1815 or email us to order.

Three New Classes at ENERGY

ENERGY — Get your sweat on with three new class styles this month. Ultimate Barre, Pure Yoga and Reformer Glow have joined the list of 37 weekly classes so now there’s no excuse to miss out on that exercise glow. Contact Colleen for more details and sign up for classes with Energy’s online scheduler. Let the team help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Twenty Glorious Years of The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie is celebrating a big milestone next month! The Restaurant’s 20th Anniversary will be held on Saturday 14 October – a momentous occasion to reflect on where the farm-to-table movement in Cayman began and the awareness created since then, in sourcing and eating local foods. Celebrate with us! Contact Corey for details.