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World Oceans Day

Posted by on 7th June 2017

What does the ocean mean to you?

In Cayman, the Caribbean Sea is a prime food source and a place to learn about and enjoy our diverse marine life.

However, did you know that invasive lionfish are out-breeding, out-competing and out-living native fish stocks and other marine species? The consequences are impacting food security and economies affecting over a hundred million people.

Introducing CULL, Cayman United Lionfish League. Our on-site Executive Chef at The Brasserie, Thomas Tennant, is one of the founding members behind this conservation effort to protect Cayman’s reefs and marine life.

“Lionfish are disrupting the food chain. They eat the marine ecosystem that clean the reef and if the reef is not cleaned, algae and bacteria start to build up which decreases coral growth rates,” says Thomas.

“The fish we love to eat, like snapper and triggerfish, are reliant on the reefs for protection to grow. If the reefs are no longer there, the fish have no protection and fish stocks are reduced.”

Data collected is showing that lionfish will eat anything that they can fit into their mouths. Their stomach can expand up to 30 times the normal volume and a lionfish will fill it up to capacity as soon as it is able. Scientists have catalogued over 70 different species that lionfish will eat through stomach content analysis. In addition to the fish they eat, they also eat invertebrates and molluscs – shrimp, crabs, juvenile octopus, squid and juvenile lobster, for example.

Lionfish are not native to Caribbean waters (they are native to the Indo-Pacific oceans and the Red Sea), so they have very few predators, yet they themselves are voracious predators. Pretty much everything about the lionfish – its red and white zebra stripes, long, showy pectoral fins and generally cantankerous demeanor – says, “Don’t touch!”

“We’d love to find a natural predator for the lionfish. In the meantime, we need to lead by example, encourage local divers to follow suit, and increase the education and awareness of the detrimental impact that lionfish are having on marine life. The coastal waters around the islands are our backyard and we need to focus on mowing our own lawn,” Thomas explains.

“If you have a licence to spear, hunt lionfish on your next dive and sell them to a local restaurant like The Brasserie. The demand is there. People enjoy eating lionfish and as long as the fish are fresh, I’ll take them.

“Just remember to buy and eat local lionfish to support the health of our local reef systems. Restaurants now have the option of importing lionfish, but in order to make a difference locally, we need to be sourcing and eating local lionfish.”

Thomas is one of several chefs on island who is incorporating lionfish into the menu. So, enjoy eating lionfish at The Brasserie Restaurant knowing the conservation effort behind this dish and the low food miles that it took to get to the plate.

Please contact the restaurant with your lion fish catch on 945 1815.

Another inspiring local initiative is the Cayman Swordfish tag and release program that is “single-handedly becoming responsible for more satellite tagging data and science on the swordfish than anywhere else in the world,” according to Gray FishTag research scientist Travis “Tag” Moore.

“The data indicates peak seasons for when the swordfish are in the Cayman waters. The data shows feeding behaviour and the vertical migration patterns. The data can indicate how long swordfish stay around the islands and which islands they stay around the most.

“This information is important to help protect Cayman’s exclusive fishery against international rogue fishing fleets by establishing scientific evidence for international authorities that illustrate these fish are in the Cayman waters for certain time periods.”

How do you intend to celebrate World Oceans Day?

June in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd June 2017

Summer fun at Cricket Square from SWIRL to Flowers Sea Swim

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 29 June

It’s well known that the Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand and that the All Blacks won the last Rugby World Cup, however did you know that the vineyards are the first in the world to see the sunrise? Find out why “no one in the world produces sauvignon blanc quite like Marlborough”. Tickets are $30. Email Corey to reserve your spot.

Cricket Square Shuttle

Some of you may have seen Susan driving our new six-seater golf cart. You are welcome to get on and take a lift to wherever you may be going around Cricket Square. Simply flag Susan and she will stop for you. Should you need assistance the Cricket Square shuttle service is available from 8am to 6pm. Please call 936 SAFE (7233). Enjoy the ride!

Free juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card from Sharon at The Wicket 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. And don’t forget Happy Hour is every Friday, 5pm.

Lexi’s Summer Whiskey Smash

Come to The Brasserie and try Lexi’s refreshing and seasonal Summer Whiskey Smash, or if you would like to make this delicious cocktail yourself click here for the recipe. You can purchase all your beers, wines and spirits from Brasserie Purveyors. View our extensive menu here and email us to place your order. It’s that easy!

Flowers Sea Swim: Saturday 10 June

The Flowers Sea Swim is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last year’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from first-timers to gold medal Olympians. 100% of proceeds go towards the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Register here.

Experience the power of Pilates

Feel good with ENERGY’s Pilates Start Up Package! For just $199 enjoy three private pilates sessions and one group fitness session. The ENERGY fitness philosophy is inspired by the values of pilates movement including self awareness, core-based movements and natural alignment, as well as cardio and strength elements. Email Colleen to get started.

Restaurant closing dates in summer

The Brasserie Restaurant will be closed from Friday 28 July until Friday 1 September. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will continue to come and visit us at The Market, Juiced @ The Wicket and Friday Happy Hour at The Wicket, which will all be staying open during the month of August.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Eggs

Posted by on 25th May 2017

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The humble egg has impressive health credentials.

Both the white and yolk of an egg are rich in nutrients – proteins, vitamins and minerals with the yolk also containing cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.

More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat. They are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin – the compound that enables emulsification in recipes such as hollandaise or mayonnaise.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps your body to break down food into energy, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is vital for producing red blood cells, vitamin A (retinol) is great for eyesight and vitamin E (tocopherol) fights off the free radicals that can cause tissue and cellular damage, which may lead to cancer.

Eggs are also rich in several nutrients that promote heart health such as betaine and choline.

The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Brain development and memory may be enhanced by the choline content of eggs.

Hang on, but aren’t eggs loaded with cholesterol? Just because a food contains cholesterol doesn’t mean that it will raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. The liver actually produces cholesterol every single day. If you eat cholesterol, then your liver produces less. If you don’t eat cholesterol, then your liver produces more of it. The thing is, many studies show that eggs actually improve your cholesterol profile. They raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and increase the size of LDL particles, which should lower the risk of heart disease.

In need of a delicious breakfast? You must try The Brasserie Market’s ‘Breakfast Sandwich’, ‘Omelette’ and ‘Brasserie Style Breakfast Platter’ all using our ‘Chateau Chooks’ fresh eggs.

For lunch at the Brasserie Restaurant, you can’t go past our ‘Brasserie’ Chopped Salad packed with chickpeas, cranberry beans, quinoa, long beans, carrots, ‘Chateau Chooks’ hard boiled egg and garden oregano yogurt vinaigrette.

And for dinner, Poached ‘Chateau Chooks’ Egg with confit chicken, caboose roasted pumpkin, local mustard greens and chicken jus, or a Grilled 16oz. Kansas City Steak with ‘Chateau Chooks’ poached egg, roasted localbreadfruit, charred leeks and red peper sofrito.

Who’s hungry?

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May in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st May 2017

Busy bees at Cricket Square

Cinco de Mayo: 5pm, Friday 5 May

Who’s ready to fiesta this Friday? Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is nearly here! Join us at The Wicket, Cricket Square, as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, pinatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free, just purchase $2 food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 25 May

Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine. Did you know that Italians have been making wine for over 2800 years? With more than 2000 grape varieties, get ready to surprise your taste buds on a wine tasting evening at the Restaurant to remember. There’s 10% off all purchases at the event so stock up. Tickets are $30 (incl. grats). Book here.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly deals

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.

Mother’s Day: Sunday 14 May

To celebrate your mum, thank her for all that that she has done and show her how much you love her, pop by The Market for beautiful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. We have a huge range of hand-selected artisanal wines through Brasserie Purveyors’, delicious baked goods, jars of Brasserie Honey and gift cards. Email us to place your order.

New fitness center coming soon!

SIX at Cricket Square is well and truly out of the ground with construction of the second floor underway. The fenced area between SIX and Boundary Hall is the future location of fitness center, The Club, with over 5,000 sq ft of exercise space. Preparation works have started and we are pushing for completion by the end of this year. Membership will be available to tenants at Cricket Square.

Free demo classes at Energy

Spring into your summer body with free demo classes, Monday 1 May to Saturday 6 May. Register for these classes using ENERGY’s online scheduler accessible via the Facebook page. PLUS experience the power of pilates with an unlimited month lunch express pass (Monday to Friday, 12:15 – 1pm) for $100. Contact Colleen to find out more.

Flowers Sea Swim: Saturday 10 June

The Flowers Sea Swim is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from novices and first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Bok Choy

Posted by on 25th April 2017

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Bok choy is in the “leafy green” vegetable category. We know it’s good for us, so then why does this versatile food with a satisfying crunch get overlooked on the supermarket shelf more often than not?

Partly because our creative flair tends to hit a brick wall when it comes to thinking of imaginative and tasty ways to prepare and cook this low-calories vegetable rather than just the humble steam or fry (also both delicious options)!

The key is to find local, quality bok choy, that is packed with plenty of flavour and nutrients. The second tip is to prepare simply with few ingredients so that fresh bok choy remains the hero of the dish.

Did you know that bok choy and other cruciferous vegetables have certain anti-cancer properties? Studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of developing lung, prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K in bok choy all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.

The potassium, calcium, and magnesium have also been found to decrease blood pressure naturally and bok choy’s folate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all help to maintain a healthy heart.

Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. It also helps in maintaining the structure of cellular membranes, the transmission of nerve impulses, the absorption of fat and the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Increasing consumption of plant foods, including bok choy, has been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Bok choy might look like celery but it is a member of the cabbage family. There are many kinds of bok choy that vary in colour, taste and size, including tah tsai and joi choi. You might also find bok choy spelled pak choi, bok choi, or pak chou. It’s sometimes even called a “soup spoon” because of the shape of its leaves.

The Chinese have been cultivating the vegetable for more than 5,000 years and the translation of the Cantonese words ‘bok choy’ is ‘white vegetable’ in English.

For a fresh and tasty take on this Asian green, come and try Chef Thomas’s mouthwatering ‘Crispy Triggerfish Sandwich’ now on The Brasserie menu.

CHEF THOMAS’ CRISPY TRIGGERFISH SANDWICH

Ingredients

1 fillet triggerfish, lightly crumbed and fried
bok choy, shredded
carrots, julienne
pickles
shallots, crispy
tartare sauce
slice of toasted bread
lime, wedge

Method

Dollop tartare on the toasted bread and then layer the pickles and shallots. Place the fish on top and finish with a large mound of refreshing carrot and bok choy. Drizzle lime juice over and enjoy.