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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cumin

Posted by on 8th October 2018

What is cumin and how do you pronounce it?

Cumin (KYOO-men) is herbaceous plant that grows from 12 to 20 inches in height and produces single-seeded fruit, oblong-shaped and yellow-brown coloured. Hold the seeds to your nose and you’ll smell a strong, earthy aroma.

The second most popular spice in the world (black pepper is number one) is one of the star ingredients in Chef Erik’s ‘Caboose Pork Rub’.

Cumin is extremely good for treating digestive problems. It is also a carminative, which means that it relieves you from gas troubles, and thereby, improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium, and sodium content, cumin promotes digestion and also gives relief from stomachaches when taken with hot water. The very aroma, which comes from an organic compound called cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates the salivary glands in the mouth, which facilitates the primary digestion of food. Next is thymol, a compound present in cumin, which stimulates the glands that secrete acids, bile, and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines.

An abundance of iron, the presence of essential oils, vitamin C, and vitamin A in cumin boosts our immune system in a number of ways. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that stimulate the function and activity of white blood cells. It further helps neutralise free radicals that lead to many diseases, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases.

Cumin is a rich source of iron which helps in increasing hemoglobin levels, improving blood flow and also promoting a healthy menstrual cycle.

The presence of caffeine (a stimulating agent), and the richly aromatic essential oils (the disinfectants) make cumin an ideal anti-congestive combination for those suffering from respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It acts as an expectorant, meaning that it loosens up the accumulated phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts, and makes it easier to eliminate them from the system via sneezing or coughing up and spitting. By eliminating as much of the mucus and phlegm as possible, it can inhibit the formation of additional material and help heal the initial condition that led to its formation in the first place.

Cumin helps in protecting skin against fungal and microbial infections due to its disinfectant and antifungal properties. It also aids in reducing signs of premature aging like wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. This effect is due to the presence of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and combats the free radicals.

A stimulant as well as a relaxant, some of the components in cumin essential oil are hypnotic in nature and have tranquilising effects, which also help relieve stress and anxiety that commonly cause insomnia.

Cumin extracts have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help in relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Time for a taste! Head on over to the Caboose and speak to Chef Erik about his delicious pork ribs and pulled pork on the menu, as well as his pork rub containing cumin, available for purchase in cute litter jars at the counter (see below).

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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.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Dragon fruit

Posted by on 24th September 2018

The dragon fruit (or pitaya) is one of nature’s most unique plants, with a flower like an explosion of flame and a fruit like a pink rosebud. They flourish in The Brasserie’s organic garden and when in season, feature prominently on our menu for all to enjoy both the sensational flavour and health benefits that this fruit provides.

Dragon fruit contains a surprising number of phytonutrients. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, and is home to carotene, protein, vitamin C (said to be near 10 percent of the daily recommended value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids and B vitamins that may be needed for carbohydrate metabolism. In addition, this tropical fruit doesn’t contain complex carbohydrates, which may allow vitamin B1 (thiamin) along with other B vitamins in the body to break down food more easily in the body.

The dragon fruit is also a source of other nutrients like calcium that may help develop strong bones and teeth, iron that may assist in forming healthy red blood cells, and phosphorus to aid in promoting tissue and cell growth, maintenance and repair.

A phytochemical called captin is present in dragon fruit too. It is typically used in medicines that may help alleviate heart problems. Other known benefits of dragon fruit include boosting the immune system, promoting quicker recovery from wounds and bruises, and reducing the risk for respiratory problems.

Eating dragon fruit may also help the body maintain its normal function by helping eliminate toxic heavy metals and improving eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the fruit’s red colour, has been linked with a lower prostate cancer risk. Meanwhile, seed extracts from dragon fruit are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that may help reduce triglyceride levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. In some cases, oil derived from the seeds may serve as a mild laxative too.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Strawberries

Posted by on 14th September 2018

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Strawberries have a lot of love to give. Firstly, they are heart-shaped, and secondly, sweet, juicy and make you feel good on the inside and out.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red.

Used throughout history in a medicinal context, strawberries can help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and the fibre is thought to have a satiating effect.

The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts – the clouding over of the eye lens – which can lead to blindness in older age. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.

Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, since a healthy immune system is the body’s best defense. A phytochemical called ellagic acid – also found in strawberries – is another.

The power of vitamin C in strawberries continues, as it is vital to the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. Since we lose collagen as we age, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, younger-looking skin.

The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease.

Did you know that strawberries are not actually fruits, as their seeds are on the outside (an average of 200 seeds per fruit). Each “seed” is technically a separate fruit that has a seed inside of it. Despite all this confusion about strawberry seeds, most strawberries are not actually grown from seeds! As strawberry plants grow, they send out thin growths called “runners”. These runners look like strings. When they reach the ground, they send roots into the soil. The roots produce new strawberry plants.

So how did the strawberry get its name? No one knows for sure, but there are a few ideas of how the name might have come about. Some believe that English children in the 19th century would pick strawberries and string them on grass straws to sell as “straws of berries.” Others think the name came from the practice of placing straw around the plants to protect them from the weather. Most people, however, believe “strawberry” came from “strewn berry” since strawberries appear to be “strewn” about on the plants where they grow.

However what really matters is that taste good and are available throughout the Juiced @ The Wicket menu and the Market and Restaurant dessert menus.

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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!