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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Naseberry

Posted by on 16th April 2018

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The heady sweet aroma of a naseberry (otherwise known as a chickoo, chikoo or sapota) is unmistakable, with its fleshy brown skin and grainy sweetness on the inside. Love it or hate it, this fruit is currently in season and for good reason. Let’s take a look at why naseberries are good for you…

Did you know that a naseberry a day might just keep the eye doctor away? While this might be a slight exaggeration, the fruit is packed with vitamins including vitamin A for eye health and vitamin C to boost immunity and protect your skin.

Busy day ahead? Grab a naseberry. The natural fructose and sucrose content in naseberries will give your body a welcome energy boost.

Did you know that this delicious fruit is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and iron, and therefore keeps your bones strong? It is a good source of minerals like iron, folates, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorous, selenium etc which are very essential for facilitating various body functions including proper bone growth.

Rich in iron, magnesium and potassium, the naseberry can help to regulate blood pressure and circulation, as well as treat anaemia.

Packed with antioxidants, eating naseberries regularly helps to remove toxins from your body and is therefore great for skin, hair and nails, keeping them healthy and moisturised. In fact the naseberry is known as a “happy” food; it helps promote the production of collagen and prevents the growth of deep wrinkles. The fruit’s vitamin C and E content can help to eliminate skin diseases or inflammation such as acne and eczema.

If you haven’t tasted naseberry ice cream, then you must! The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavour, making it a favourite amongst ice cream fans.

Another “must try” is our ‘Naseberry Lassi’ $5 smoothie special available at Juiced @ The Wicket for this week only!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cilantro

Posted by on 11th April 2018

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This versatile, bright and flavourful herb is flourishing in The Brasserie’s edible garden and popping up on our menu, giving a fresh boost of flavour without the need for added sea salt or other seasonings.

Cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is a popular herb popular around the globe that resembles flat leaf parsley at first glance, but at first sniff, transports you to the Mediterranean, Mexico, Asia and India.

Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, cilantro is low in calories and a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.

The vitamin K and calcium content of cilantro helps to build strong bones, teeth and hair. Cilantro is considered the “anti-diabetic” plant in some parts of Europe, and research shows that it helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and supports healthy cardiovascular function.

Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections and to prevent food poisoning. Some studies show that it can help to lower blood sugar and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.

A recent study found that cilantro can protect against oxidative stress, through its high antioxidant effects. Oxidative stress is linked to a wide array of degenerative diseases including some types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease and macular degeneration.

Cilantro benefits your sleep cycle naturally and calms nerves, and can improve sleep quality through its natural sedative effects.

Used throughout the world for thousands of years to settle nauseous tummies, cilantro can prevent gas and bloating, relieve indigestion and heartburn and ease stomach cramps. It aids in efficient digestion, by helping to produce digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of foods. In many cuisines, fresh cilantro accompanies hot and spicy dishes because of its cooling effects.

Cilantro benefits not only detox the body but also protect it from infection and toxins. Its natural antibacterial properties helps to protect against both food and water borne diseases including food poisoning, dysentery, salmonella, cholera and particularly listeria. Research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology studied dill, coriander and eucalyptus and found that cilantro was particularly effective in fighting listeria.

Cilantro is used both internally and externally as a remedy for skin irritations including hives, sunburns and poison ivy. It’s natural anti-histamines helps to calm the immune system response against allergens. Fresh cilantro and coconut oil can be blended together and applied to soothe sunburns, dry skin, poison ivy and hives caused by an allergic reaction.

In summary, cilantro has numerous health benefits and tastes best when picked straight from garden-to-mouth!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Hemp seeds

Posted by on 3rd April 2018


Hemp hearts – the perfect nickname for the nutritious hemp seed with its mild, nutty flavour, that is technically a nut.

Hemp seeds contain over 30 per cent fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). This 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and dry skin and reduce itchiness and potentially the need for skin medication.

Hemp seeds are also a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Hemp hearts are a great protein source, as more than 25 per cent of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18 per cent.

Rich in vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, whole hemp seeds also contain high amounts of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, which benefits digestive health. De-hulled hemp seeds have had the fibre-rich shell removed, and therefore contain very little fibre.

Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted. Hemp seed oil is also very healthy, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years.

Overall, hemp seeds are incredibly good for you. They might just be one of the few superfoods that are actually worthy of their reputation.

Pop over to Juiced @ The Wicket for our $5 ‘Hearty Hemp’ smoothie special this week and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about!

THE PITCH: April in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd April 2018

We hope you all had a very happy Easter as we celebrate Spring, Earth Day and a bountiful harvest in Cricket Square.

Celebrate Earth Day at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — Bring your reusable travel mug to the Market on Friday 20 April and receive FREE drip coffee all day to celebrate Earth Day 2018. While you’re there, grab a bag of coffee grounds from our wheelbarrow to add to your garden soil. The coffee will release nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to support plant growth.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 26 April

THE BRASSERIE — The Malbec grape variety is making a comeback and it’s coming from Mendoza, Argentina’s main wine-producing province. Argentina is also the only country in the world that produces the grape, Torrontés. The country’s 500-year-old wine industry has struggled for international recognition, until now. Join our April wine tasting to find out why. Enjoy four wines paired with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

Slow Food Day 2018, Saturday 14 April

CAMANA BAY — Join The Brasserie team at the Farm-to-Table Tasting Market at Camana Bay from 10am until midday  to celebrate Cayman’s home-grown food scene. Watch Chef Artemio transform ingredients straight from The Brasserie’s organic garden into deliciously fresh dishes and then enjoy a taste test. Our head gardener Aide will share tips and tricks to producing food and The Brasserie’s beekeeper Efrain will talk about our honey and hives. Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The Brasserie receives Best Food award

THE BRASSERIE — Congratulations to Chef Artemio Lopez, our Restaurant General Manager Corey Blohm and The Brasserie team for winning the ‘Best Food’ award at Taste of Cayman 2018. Thank you to Cayman Islands Tourism Association board member Julie Allan, who presented this award to our team for their delicious Smoked Beef Briskets with Garden Green Papaya Slaw. Visit The Brasserie’s Facebookpage for more photos. Make a reservation at The Brasserie online at OpenTable.

Watch the Champions League at the Wicket

WICKET BAR — The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions Leaguestart tomorrow, Wednesday 4 April, followed by the quarter-final showdown in Europa League Football on Thursday 5 April. Watch all the games live at the Wicket Bar while enjoying our thirst-quenching Juiced @ menu or craft beer on tap. Click on the links above for the respective game schedules and don’t miss a second of the action!

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — 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.

Tune into our Brasserie Bee Series

BRASSERIE BEES — Discover the unique ‘from pasture to plate’ journey of our wild and raw Brasserie Honey with our new Brasserie Bee Series. Follow our experienced beekeeper Efrain Alarcon as he takes you on a journey throughout Cayman to collect, manage and care for the bees, while harvesting our delicious raw golden Brasserie honey. Learn how to make your own beeswax candles. Don’t miss an episode!

RECIPE: Garden Gooseberry Fizz

THE BRASSERIE — Have you tasted our refreshing and oh-so-tasty Garden Gooseberry Fizz now on the Bar Menu at The Brasserie? Concocted with 1.5 oz tequila – we like to use Tequila Ocho –  a splash of housemade gooseberry shrub made with gooseberry juice, apple cider vinegar and sugar, a squeeze of lemon and topped with soda. View our extensive Brasserie Purveyors menu to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits. Call 945 1815 or email to order.

Cricket Square shuttle service is available

CRICKET SQUARE — An additional 48 car parking spaces will soon become available next to Willow House for visitors, guests at the Brasserie, Market and the Caboose. Please call 947 7080 for all parking-related queries or speak to one of our security staff. For all safety and immediate parking needs, 24/7 assistance and to use the Cricket Squareshuttle service please contact 936 7253 (SAFE). The shuttle service is available from 8am to 6pm.

Lunch + Lean at ENERGY

ENERGY — Invest in yourself. Lunch + Lean offers ENERGY’s full array of classes in just 45 minutes daily (12:15-1PM), so pack your bag and fit your entire week’s workout regimen into your daily lunch hour – or mix and match them to suit your goals. Squeeze in your sculpting and self-care during lunch. Get your unlimited month pass for just $125. Check out the Class Schedule on ENERGY’s Facebook page. EmailColleen for more information.

Cinco de Mayo returns to Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — Who’s ready to fiesta! Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is drawing near. Join us at the Wicket Bar on Friday 4 May as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, piñatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free. Simply purchase food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jaboticaba

Posted by on 28th March 2018

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Did you know that the that flowers and fruit grow directly from the trunks and large branches of the Jaboticaba (JA-bu-gee-KA-bah) tree rather than from the stems?

The fruit has a round shape, turns from bright green when immature to dark purple when fully ripe and has a tannic and resinous flavour. Within the skin is a pulpy, translucent white to rosy pink flesh surrounding one to five round and flat, light brown seeds.

This popular fruit, native to Brazil, contains calcium, phosphorus and iron. It’s rich in vitamin C, making it an antioxidant powerhouse. Jaboticaba also contains B-complex vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin and thiamin, and is packed with amino acids that are essential to our health.

Jaboticaba is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals and at the same time, promotes the cells regeneration to prevent premature aging.

Another health benefit of jaboticaba is found in its rich mineral content that is essential for detoxing the body. Your body requires detoxification regularly and consuming jaboticaba will help your body do this naturally.

In South America, jaboticaba is commonly used as a remedy for sore throats. When the juice is squeezed from the fruit and mixed with warm water, jaboticaba has a soothing effect on raw and sore throats.

Jaboticaba contains active compounds that could help open up the bronchial airways which is beneficial for asthma patients.

Enjoy eating jaboticaba out of hand, simply by squeezing the flesh out of the fruit’s skin using the thumb and forefinger.

Learn to grow your own by reading this week’s ‘Today’s Harvest’ post on The Brasserie’s Facebook page, otherwise enjoy our harvested jaboticaba on The Brasserie menu.

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