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THE PITCH: February in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st February 2018

We are excited to welcome the “Farmer for the Michelin Stars” to The Brasserie this month, as we enjoy the fruits of Cayman in full harvest.

Farm Tour: Saturday 3 February

PLANTATION HOUSE — Get expert growing tips from Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, otherwise known as the “Farmer for the Stars” – Michelin Stars that is! Wander the gardens of Plantation House from midday with owner Joel Walton and Peter, while learning tricks for growing food organically. Enjoy refreshing garden-inspired drinks and small bites. Tickets are CI$90 and only 60 available! Email or call 945-1815. Parking is limited at Plantation House (35 Doubloon Drive).

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 February

THE BRASSERIE — Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, grows food for award-winning Chef Thomas Kellar of Michelin 3-star restaurant French Laundry and teaches at the Culinary Institute of America. We are excited to annouce Peter as our special guest this Harvest Dinner in celebration of The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary. Get ready for a mouthwatering menu of lobster skewers, conch fritters and Brasserie honey ice cream. Tickets are $90. Email or call 945-1815.

Farmers’ Market: Tuesday 13 February

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie’s Farmers’ Market is back! Join us in front of The Brasserie and Market, 11:30am – 1:30pm, as we celebrate the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show! Embracing our ‘farm to table’ philosophy, treat yourself to a selection of our homegrown produce and handmade goodies including Brasserie Wild Honey, ‘Chateau Chooks’ Eggs, Brasserie Bees Wax Candles, Coco Bluff Coconut Water and a variety of plants – the perfect gifts! A selection of fresh juices from Juiced @ The Wicket will also be available.

Valentine’s Dinner: Wednesday 14 February

THE BRASSERIE — Guess what? We are open from 5pm this Ash Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Treat your loved one to a romantic candlelit dinner at The Brasserie complete with red roses. Book your table here or call 945-1815 and enjoy our five-course tasting menu as well as our ever-changing à la carte menu. Also don’t forget to indulge in our unique selection of Valentine’s sweet treats available at the Market on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February. Email your advance orders to Cupid’s helpers.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 22 February

WICKET BAR — Imagine a gin in hand mixed with fresh garden ingredients, as you lounge on cushions on the Wicket Bar lawn, a gentle winter breeze on your face, enjoying the sunset with friends and family, in front of an open fire pit to keep the slight evening chill at bay. Sound too good to be true? No longer. Come and join us for our ‘Gin in the Garden’ SWIRL event. Tickets are CI$30.Email or call 945 1815.

New Wicket Bar menu boards on display

WICKET BAR — Check out our new eye-catching and convenient menu boards now hanging on display at the Wicket Bar created by talented local artist Kara Julian! View our complete and extensive Juiced @ The Wicket and Friday Happy Hour menus at one glance to simplify and speed up your order. There are so many tasty and thirst-quenching treats to enjoy at the Wicket Bar, all clearly displayed so that you don’t miss out on ordering what you want.

Cricket Square project plants trees in Africa

CRICKET SQUARE — Our Cricket Square project is reaching all corners of the globe. We recently ordered planters, bins and custom fixtures for Cricket Square and in return, DeepStream Designs will plant 950 trees through Trees for the Future‘s Forest Garden Programs. These Programs are based in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania to help provide families with sustainable food sources and livestock feed.

Cayman Islands Agricultural Show

LOWER VALLEY — Held on Wednesday 1st March at the Stacy Watler Pavilion and Grounds in Lower Valley, this is one of the most popular community events of the year and one we’re proud to be a part of! Come along to enjoy the incredible array of entertainment, displays, competitions and local foods. Click here for more information. If you can’t make it, join us at our annual Brasserie Farmers’ Market at Cricket Square on Tuesday 13 February. Details above.

A lighter and brighter you at ENERGY

ENERGY — Sign up for ENERGY‘s Power Pilates Bootcamp starting on 6 February 2018! A four week program that includes eight 45-minute reformer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and four group fitness classes. Choose from the 6:30am, 8:15am or 1pm time slots. The cost is $225 per person.  Email ENERGY for details.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 March

THE BRASSERIE — A unique experience like no other on the Island, indulge in the very best farm-to-table cuisine harvested, caught and hand-picked from our hives, garden, coconut plantation and fishing boats. Join us for cocktails and a three-course family feast under the stars, paired with Brasserie Purveyors wines to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tickets are $90. To book call 945-1815 or email us.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Banana

Posted by on 19th January 2018

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You’ll never look at the humble banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. And they are easy to incorporate! Just head on over to Juiced @ The Wicket in Cricket Square and order our popular ‘On The Green’ smoothie among many others from our thirst-quenching menu that contains this nutritional powerhouse.

Did you know that bananas can help with learning by keeping you alert? Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.

Bananas can help to combat depression due to high levels of tryptophan that is converted into serotonin, the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.

Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana.

Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.

Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.

Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.

High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognised by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.

Eating bananas protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.

Eating a banana between meals helps stabilise blood sugar and reduces nausea from morning sickness.

Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.

To add to this long list of health benefits did you also know that you can shine your leather shoes and handbags with the inside of a banana peel, finished with quick polish from a dry cloth.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Spinach

Posted by on 15th January 2018

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It’s our main harvest season in Cayman and if you wander into The Brasserie’s greenhouse you will find magnificent and prolific leafy greens flourishing in abundance. The perfect accompaniment to your fresh custom-made salads at the Market.

Spinach has managed to win over plenty of picky eaters in recent years. Little by little, it’s shedding its old reputation and experiencing a renaissance in the kitchen. Why? Spinach is chock full of feel-good nutrients. It’s rich in protein, vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient levels. After all, there’s a reason ‘Popeye, the Sailor Man’ went so crazy for this stuff. As greens from the garden go, spinach is a real fighter when it comes to your wellbeing. Packed with energy-boosting iron and a host of others vitamins and minerals, spinach is key to maintaining a healthy diet. In fact, in the 1930’s American spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption.

Did you know that just half a cup of raw spinach counts as 1 of the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat a day?

Spinach is a rich source of beta-carotene, lutein and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight. Beta-carotene is supplied to the eyes by cooked spinach. It can prevent vitamin A deficiencies, itching eyes, eye ulcers, and dry eyes. This is also due to some of the anti-inflammatory properties of spinach, which can reduce eye puffiness and/or irritation.

Several components of spinach like potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits to regular consumers. Potassium is an integral part of brain health as well, and it has been linked to increased blood flow to the brain and heightened cognition, concentration and neural activity.

Spinach has a very high content of potassium and a low content of sodium. This composition of minerals is very beneficial for high blood pressure patients as potassium lowers and sodium raises the blood pressure. The folate present in spinach also contributes to the reduction of hypertension and relaxes blood vessels, while maintaining proper blood flow. By reducing blood pressure and relaxing the tension of vessels and arteries, you can reduce stress on the cardiovascular system and increase oxygenation to the body’s organ systems for optimal functionality.

A component of spinach, factor C0-Q10, which is an antioxidant, plays an important role in strengthening muscles, especially heart muscles which continuously pump blood to all parts of the body.

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K, which functions in retaining calcium in the bone matrix, thereby leading to bone mineralisation. Apart from this, other minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus also help in building strong bones. This can prevent the development of osteoporosis. These minerals are also essential for maintaining healthy teeth and nails.

The lutein and zeaxanthin present in spinach both act as strong antioxidants, thus preventing the eyes from the harsh effects of UV rays that can lead to cataracts. They also reduce the impact of free radicals, which can be a major cause of cataracts and other eye conditions.

There is a reason why doctors recommend adding spinach in a significant way to your diet. The amount of protein found in spinach is impressive for any vegetable, and they are easily broken down by enzymes into amino acids that are essential to humans. The reformed mammal proteins aid our muscle development and growth, our body’s ability to heal wounds and provides a boost for our entire metabolism, encouraging all of our organ systems to function at their optimal level.

It has been found that spinach and some other vegetables have the ability to protect the mucous membrane of the stomach, thereby decreasing the occurrence of gastric ulcers. Furthermore, the glycoglycerolipids found in spinach can boost the strength of the digestive tract lining, thereby preventing any unwanted inflammation in that part of the body.

Atherosclerosis is caused due to the hardening of the arteries. A pigment called lutein that is found in spinach has been shown to reduce the atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. This is due to the fact that spinach proteins tend to reduce the cholesterol and other fat deposits in the blood vessels.

There are many anti-inflammatory compounds found in spinach, more than a dozen, in fact. This not only means protecting the heart from dangerous inflammation and preventing cancer, but also reducing the inflammation and associated pain from conditions like arthritis and gout.

Different phytonutrients and pigments have been shown to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun including UV rays. These not only protect but also repair the damaged genes to some extent, thereby preventing skin cancer in the long run.

For your daily spinach fix, head to Juiced @ The Wicket in Cricket Square and enjoy our $5 ‘Hefty Zesty Spinach’ smoothie until 3pm this Friday.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Orange

Posted by on 18th December 2017

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Did you know that oranges are actually modified berries? The name “navel orange” comes from the belly-button formation opposite the fruit’s stem end. The bigger the navel, the sweeter the orange.

Christopher Columbus planted the first orange trees in the Caribbean islands in the late 15th century after he brought the seeds over on his second voyage to the New World.

Did you also know that a typical orange has 10 segments? And when orange peel is sprinkled over a vegetable garden it makes an effective slug repellent?

A whole orange contains only about 85 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium. And, of course, oranges are well known for their vitamin C content. That’s why orange juice is one of the main ingredients in this week’s $5 Juiced @ The Wicket ‘Merry Berry’ special.

Oranges may boost your immune system and improve your skin. They also aid with heart health, cholesterol levels and other issues. Oranges may additionally help reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers and kidney stones.

Most citrus fruits have a good deal of vitamin C, and oranges have high levels even compared to their tangy brethren. Vitamin C protects cells by scavenging and neutralising free radicals. Free radicals may lead to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Not only may oranges help reduce the risk of chronic conditions, but they may also boost a person’s immunity when dealing with everyday viruses and infections like the common cold.

Vitamin C also helps keep skin looking beautiful, by fighting against skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. It is vital to collagen production and may help reduce wrinkles and improve the skin’s overall texture.

All the fibre in oranges may help lower cholesterol levels, because it picks up excess cholesterol compounds in the gut and pushes them out in the elimination process.

Oranges contain vitamin C, fibre, potassium and choline, which are all good for your heart, so this fruit may give your ticker a big boost. Potassium, an electrolyte mineral, is vital for allowing electricity to flow through your body, which keeps your heart beating.

Oranges are rich in fibre, which can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes and improve blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. This high fibre content can aid digestion by keeping you regular. It is also good for weight loss.

Oranges are vitamin A-rich. This nutrient contains carotenoid compounds like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, an incurable condition that blurs central vision. Vitamin A also helps your eyes absorb light, and it improves night vision.

If you do eat the peel you’ll get a good amount of nutrients, which actually has more fibre than the fruit inside contains. It also has flavonoids in it that contain nutritious benefits. Flavonoids are compounds found in many foods. They are known to have antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory effects, which relieve pressures on the heart.

Additionally, orange peels contain vitamins A, C, B6 and B5; calcium; riboflavin; thiamin; niacin; and folate.

This nutrient-dense fruit features in our ‘Juiced @’ Blood & Sand cocktail at The Brasserie Bar. A delicious combination of Talisker 10 Year Old Scotch Whiskey, sweet vermouth, housemade cherry brandy and freshly squeezed ‘Juiced @’ orange.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Almonds

Posted by on 4th December 2017

They’re a waistline-friendly snack known to boost heart health, but before you get carried away with a heaping handful, consider a few of the lesser-known facts about this beneficial bite.

Rather than a nut, the almond is actually the seed of a fruit that grows on an almond tree. The fruit of the almond is called a drupe. The fuzzy hull around the almond seed feels like a peach and that’s because peaches and apricots are family members of the almond. The outer hull is not consumed by humans and instead, used as a cattle feed all over the world.

Did you also know that the almond is a member of the rose family and is often called “the queen of the rose family”?

Almonds are reliant on bees for crop pollination. No bees, no almonds. There are around 30 varieties of almonds, but only 10 undergo production for consumption purposes.

The immature green almond can be preserved and pickled — some consider it a delicacy.

Recent sudies show almonds eaten mid-morning can help moderate your blood sugar throughout the day. Almonds are extremely high in magnesium, a mineral that most people don’t get enough of. High magnesium intake may have major benefits for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Low magnesium levels are strongly linked to high blood pressure, indicating that almonds can be beneficial for blood pressure control. Eating 1-2 handfuls of almonds per day can lead to mild reductions in LDL cholesterol levels.

Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, dietary fibres, and vitamin B and are the biggest barrier against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Almonds are high in antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to ageing and disease.

Nuts are low in carbs, but high in protein and fibre. Studies show that eating almonds (and other nuts) can increase satiety and help you eat fewer calories.

Did you know that chocolate manufacturers use around 40 percent of world’s total almonds in making delicious and mouth-watering chocolates?

Raw almonds are among the lowest-calorie nut and guess what? It’s easy to make your own almond milk. The same milk that we are using in this week’s $5 ‘Peaches & Cream’ Juiced @ The Wicket special. The process essentially involves soaking almonds in water overnight or for up to two days — the longer you soak the almonds, the creamier the milk will be. Drain and rinse the nuts from their soaking water and grind them with fresh water. The resulting liquid, drained from the almond meal, is almond milk.

Real, fresh, very tasty almond milk is a game-changer!

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