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THE PITCH: November in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd December 2018

For a New Year’s Eve to remember, there’s no better venue to pop the champagne and toast to the year ahead than at The Brasserie.

New Year’s Eve festivities

THE BRASSERIE — Where else can you find a six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu created carefully using seasonal ingredients harvested only metres from the kitchen, paired with champagne and specialty wines, and sitting under the stars, to welcome in the new year? Let The Brasserie spoil you this New Year’s Eve as we farewell 2018 and celebrate the year ahead. View our NYE menu here. Tickets are CI$80 + grats. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

Christmas Eve Dinner: Monday 24 December

THE BRASSERIE — Are you hosting Christmas this year and have a house full of guests? Stress less and spend Christmas Eve at The Brasserie enjoying delicious parsnip and apple soup, beef tenderloin with kohlrabi gratin and rosemary jus, and gooseberry tart with Brasserie honey ice cream. Find our exclusive Christmas Eve menu here and on The Brasserie’s Facebook page. Tickets are CI$60 + grats. Add Sommelier Pairing for CI$30. Don’t delay! Call 945-1815 or email to make your reservation today.

Holiday hours at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie, Market, Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Click here for our holiday hours. All outlets will resume normal opening hours either side of these dates. Find all Brasserie event dates and information on our online EventsCalendar. Call 945-1815 or email our Events & Reservations Manager for all your event bookings.

Champagne + Oysters: Thursday 13 December

THE BRASSERIE — Celebrate this year’s achievements at The Brassiere with a selection of champagnes and sparkling wines paired with freshly shucked oysters for just CI$50 per person. Join us for our 2018 SWIRL wine tasting finale, 5pm-7pm, as we pop open our finest bubbles and cheers to the festive season. The perfect Christmas gift for colleagues, friends and family. Note: other delicious canapés will also be served. Book early!

Cookout Guest Chef Brandon McGlamery

THE BRASSERIE — Announcing Brandon McGlamery, executive chef of fine dining eateries Luma on Park, Prato and Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, as our Cayman Cookout 2019 Guest Chef! Join us on Saturday 19 January as the former French Laundry sous chef 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 plus gratuity. Call 945-1815 or book here.

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 hereand call 945-1815 or email to book your Christmas party.

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.

The Club Start Up Package now available

THE CLUB — In need of a Christmas present idea? The Club Start Up Package is the perfect gift for loved ones looking to get a jump start on the New Year. The package includes three private training sessions for CI$150. Call 949-2582 or email The Club to organise a gift certificate. The gift that keeps on giving.

FREE week of classes at ENERGY

ENERGY — Santa Claus has come early! To get you fit for Christmas and donning the “Holiday Glow”, enjoy an entire week of free classes at ENERGY from Monday 17 December until Saturday 22 December. Look and feel good over the Christmas break and join the team at ENERGY in the lead up to the festive season. Call 946-6006 or email ENERGY to get the schedule for the week and sign up for these Christmas class specials.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 17 January

THE BRASSERIE — Cayman Cookout week wouldn’t be the same without our traditional Brasserie Harvest Dinner. A unique experience like no other on the island, enjoy cocktails in our relaxing organic garden. Followed by a three-course farm-to-table feast adjacent at the Caboose prepared by culinary pioneer and celebrity chef, Roy Yamaguchi. Call 945-1815 or email to book.

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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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Ackee

Posted by on 6th November 2018

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Did you know that in some countries ackee pods are crushed and thrown into the water, causing somewhat of a narcotic effect on the fish, making them rise to the surface for an easier catch?

Ackee is nutritious and delicious fruit that is a popular addition to many exotic dishes and has become a mainstay in Caribbean cuisine, both for its flavour and its beneficial properties. Ackee, when ripe, will split to reveal three large black seeds surrounded by spongy flesh called the aril, which is the edible part of the fruit.

A diet that includes ackee can help to to lower blood pressure, boost energy levels, support healing and growth, aid in digestion, protect against diabetes, lower cholesterol, build strong bones, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

The complementary part of saltfish and ackee, the national dish of Jamaica, this fruit is rich in fibre making it an ideal digestive aid, given that dietary fibre helps bulk up the stool, as well as eliminate constipation, by inducing peristaltic motion in the gut. This helps move food along, preventing bloating, cramping, constipation, and other inflammation of the colon, which can lead to colorectal cancer. Dietary fibre also helps lower cholesterol and boost heart health.

The high potassium content of ackee acts as a vasodilator, reducing the strain on your cardiovascular system, thereby lowering your chances of hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Instead of being packed with empty carbs and calories, ackee is rich in complex, energy-producing carbs, which can help regulate the sugar levels in your body. By preventing the dips and spike in glucose levels that you get from simple sugars, ackee is able to help fend off type II diabetes. The high fibre content in ackee is also a great way to regulate glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

Ackee boasts an impressive range of beneficial fatty acids, including stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids. Those particular acids are unsaturated fats, which is the type of fat that you want to improve your heart health and lower dangerous cholesterol levels. By eliminating most unhealthy saturated fats from your diet, you protect yourself against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease.

One of the key ingredients in a healthy diet is protein, and getting it from a delicious fruit like ackee is even smarter! Protein is essentially the building block of cells, muscle tissue, and other important aspects of our body that needs to be continually replenished. Ackee isn’t always praised for its high protein content, but it is unusually high for a fruit.

There are a number of essential minerals found in ackee, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc, all of which contribute to healthier bones and help prevent bone loss and demineralisation. Having a consistently high intake of minerals can slow, stop, or reverse the effects of osteoporosis as we age, leaving us stronger for longer!

One of the most common vitamins found in fruits and vegetables is vitamin C, and ackee is no exception. With a rich ascorbic acid content, ackee helps boost our immune system by promoting the development of white blood cells, and contributing some of its antioxidant powers to preventing chronic diseases and cellular mutation. Furthermore, vitamin C is an integral part of collagen, which is required by the body to make muscles, blood vessels, and tissues.

If you suffer from anemia, it means you have a lack of iron in your diet. Ackee’s iron content solves that problem perfectly, ensuring that you avoid the side effects of anemia such as weakness, cognitive disorders, lightheadedness, and digestive distress. Iron is a key component of hemoglobin, which is necessary to produce RBC (red blood cells).

Word of Caution: The fruit has three black seeds surrounded by yellow flesh and a skin that turns red when it is mature. Once it is ripe the red skin opens and reveals the yellow flesh and seeds. Because of the toxins contained in the fruit, it should not be picked and eaten until the skin has opened and the yellow flesh and seeds can be seen. Unripe ackees contain a poison called hypoglycin. Consumers of the unripe fruit sometimes suffer from an illness dubbed “Jamaican Vomiting Sickness “ (JVS).

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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!

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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