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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Sorrel

Posted by on 8th December 2017

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Sorrel is a fascinating and festive perennial herb growing in Cricket Square’s edible gardens as we head towards Christmas.

It’s used all around the world and is cultivated for a wide variety of uses, although primarily as food with its sharp, tangy taste reminiscent of wild strawberries or kiwi thanks to the oxalic acid component found in the leaves.

The health benefits of sorrel include its ability to boost eyesight, reduce certain skin infections, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, build strong bones, increase circulation, increase energy levels, lower blood pressure, increase appetite, protect against diabetes, strengthen heart health and improve the kidney health.

The high content of dietary fibre that can be found in most varieties of sorrel allows food to move through the digestive system, improving your gastrointestinal health and reducing conditions like constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramping, as well as gastrointestinal issues. Dietary fibre can also help to reduce total cholesterol in the body, thereby protecting heart health.

Sorrel is rich in potassium, which is an essential mineral for human health. Potassium is a vasodilator, as well as is instrumental in maintaining fluid balance throughout the body. This means that potassium reduces the stress on the cardiovascular system by relaxing the blood vessels and arteries. Lowered blood pressure reduces the chances of dangerous blood clotting and excessive strain on the heart that can lead to coronary heart disease and other complications.

Although the studies looking into the antioxidant components of sorrel are still ongoing, there is a good evidence that it contains polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids, and anthocyanins, all of which function as antioxidants in the human body. The wealth of antioxidants that sorrel contains means that it is very effective at seeking out free radicals in the body and neutralising them.

Vitamin A, another of the essential vitamins found in sorrel, can improve eyesight and reduce macular degeneration and cataracts. Beta-carotene, which is a derivative of vitamin A, acts as an antioxidant, and combined with the other important antioxidant compounds in the body, it can greatly boost eye health and prevent age-related degradation.

Significant iron levels in sorrel mean that it boosts the red blood cell production and prevents anemia (iron deficiency). Increased circulation boosts oxygen levels throughout the body in the vital organs, boosts hair growth, increases energy levels, and speeds up the healing process (in conjunction with the protein content of sorrel).

Sorrel’s vitamin C content is impressive and can stimulate the immune system and increase the white blood cell count in the body, which is the first line of defense against pathogens and other foreign invaders in the body.

Our Sorrel Martini is available at The Brasserie, so now you have every reason to enjoy this festive drink.

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THE PITCH: December in Cricket Square

Posted by on 30th November 2017

Celebrate the holiday season at Cricket Square as we commemorate The Brasserie’s 20th year in operation and our farm-to-table commitment to you.

Holiday celebrations start here!

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 available in hardcopy at the Restaurant. Click here for our holiday hours and book now. Call 945 1815 or email.

Tent Sale: 3-6pm, Friday 1 December

WICKET BAR — Did you miss the Black Friday sales? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our exclusive fine wines, speciality spirits and your favourite craft beers to enjoy this festive season. All available at discounted prices at the Brasserie Purveyors Tent Sale to celebrate The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 14 December

WICKET BAR — Party into the holidays with sparkling! Join us for our 2017 SWIRL finale as we pop open our finest bubbles and cheers to the festive season and The Brasserie’s incredible 20-year milestone. Did you know the longest champagne cork flight was 54 metres? Hurry and book before the bubbles are all gone!

Host 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 green outdoor space at the Wicket Bar for a cocktail party of 150? Or the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden that can hold 40 people as you sip on cocktails under the stars? Call 945 1815 or email to book your event.

Hospitality Industry Night every Tuesday

THE BRASSERIE — Do you work in the local hospitality industry? Treat yourself and one guest to 50% off all food at The Brasserie. Bring along your business card or pay stub to receive this offerfrom 5-10pm every Tuesday night for a limited time. Book now! Call 945 1815 or email.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly specials

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket special each week using local seasonal ingredients 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.

Latest update on Cricket Square construction

CRICKET SQUARE — The steel frame to the Club (our new fitness centre) is underway and we expect to have wall panels arrive in the next few weeks – it should be enclosed before Christmas. The fitness equipment has been ordered and we’re doing all we can to open the facility early in the New Year. We will be inviting Cricket Square tenants to join as members soon.

ENERGY Christmas Party!

ENERGY — Come and celebrate the holiday season with the team at ENERGY, 5-9pm on Wednesday 6 December. Explore the beautiful studio, enjoy holiday nibbles and beverages, get a sneak peek at the new programs for 2018 and be in the running to win exciting wellness prizes. RSVP by 4 December. Call 946 6006 oremail.

Highly acclaimed chef to visit The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — We are excited to welcome chef, restaurateur and ‘Iron Chef America’ television star, Makoto Okuwa, to The Brasserie next month. Makoto brings with him over twenty years of experience in traditional Japanese style cooking, and we look forward to hosting a dinner with him on Saturday 13 January 2018.Email for more details.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Tuna

Posted by on 15th November 2017

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Each day The Brasserie’s fishing boats, Brasserie Catch I and Brasserie Catch II, deliver fresh sustainably-caught fish to the Restaurant to be served on the menu just hours later, including this mouthwatering yellowfin tuna fillet.

And if you’re a guest at our first Harvest Dinner of the season on Thursday, you are in luck! Yellowfin tuna is one our hero ingredients that you will have the opportunity to enjoy, paired with garden vegetables and a speciality wine carefully selected by our sommelier.

Did you know that tuna are some of the fastest swimmers in the ocean with burst speeds recorded at around 45 kilometres per hour?

Not only is this impressive, but the vitamin, mineral and nutrient content, as well as other organic compounds found in this large fish are significant. These include antioxidants and protein, without much-saturated fat or sodium. It also has impressive levels of selenium and good amounts of phosphorous, iron, magnesium and potassium. In terms of vitamins, there is a wealth of vitamin B12 and niacin, as well as a good amount of vitamin B6 and riboflavin.

The health benefits help growth and development, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, assist weight loss, boost the immune system, increase energy, maintain skin health and reduce inflammation.

The combination of omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and can help reduce blood pressure, along with potassium,  make tuna fish very good for lowering blood pressure. Reducing hypertension can significantly boost your health by lowering the strain on your cardiovascular system. This can prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Luckily, for pescatarians, tuna fish is packed with protein. A single serving of only 165 grams (approximately 1 can of tuna fish) contains more than 80 per cent of your daily protein requirement. Proteins are the building blocks of our body, and with proper amounts of protein in our system, we are guaranteed to have increased growth and development, faster recovery from wounds and illnesses, improved muscle tone and growth, and overall metabolic efficiency. It can boost our energy levels and make our body work more effectively.

Tuna also contains good amounts of vitamin C, zine and manganese, all of which are considered antioxidant in nature. Antioxidants are one of the body’s defines mechanisms against free radicals. However the real champion of tuna’s immune system-boosting potential is selenium.

The B complex of vitamins has been connected with a wide range of different health aspects, but as a whole, they are mainly involved in improving the metabolism and increasing the efficiency of our organ systems, while also protecting the skin and increasing energy.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on The Brasserie’s Facebook page for updates on our daily catch, and join us this Thursday for our first Harvest Dinner of the season.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Conch

Posted by on 7th November 2017

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Look at that beloved Caribbean mollusk, the queen conch (pronounced “konk”).

The large marine snail—technically a gastropod mollusk—represents a huge part of Cayman culture. Their gorgeous pink spiral shells are widely found on our beaches. The fleshy, chewy meat is sliced and diced into fritters, salads, chowder, burgers, pasta, and handheld patties; it’s battered and deep-fried; it’s even scored (“scorched”) and eaten raw.

Conch ceviche (pictured below) is now featuring on The Brasserie menu, coinciding with the start of Cayman’s conch season on 1 November 2017.

For 65 million years, conchs have dwelled in the warm, mostly shallow waters of our planet. Their habitat of choice is just one factor contributing to their currently dwindling numbers—pollution has led to the degradation of their preferred seagrass beds, and shallow waters, where juveniles in particular cluster, are all too easy for humans to infiltrate. One estimate suggests that out of 400,000 offspring, fewer than one conch will survive into adulthood. This alarming statistic, coupled with other environmental and human pressures, signals a worrying time for the queen conch.

The Cayman Islands’ Department of Environment conducts an annual conch survey to monitor the success of marine parks and replenishment zones in stabilising existing populations. In addition, they continue to recommend a reduction in legal catch limits to supplement their efforts and help protect the queen conch for future generations. As mentioned above, conch season is closed 1 May through 31 October, with a catch limit of five per person or ten per boat per day, whichever is less.

Conch has a high nutritional value, making it one of our local superfoods. Conch is a good source of protein, but it also supplies a wealth of key vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin B12, selenium folate and vitamin E, as well as being low in fat and carbohydrates.

The calcinated conch shell of Turbinella pyrum consists of calcium, iron and magnesium. It is well known in Ayurvedic medicine for its antacid and digestive properties.

Did you know that blowing conch shells is said to exercise the thyroid glands and vocal cords, thus acting as a natural solution to speech issues, including stammering problems? It’s also believed that blowing conch shells can be great exercise for the facial muscles and reduce wrinkles. And if you want to achieve that flawless glow, massage your face with water from a conch shell!

Click here for our mouthwatering farm-to-table Brasserie menus that include Chef Artemio’s delicious conch ceviche, only available until 30 April and the duration of Cayman’s conch season.

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THE PITCH: November in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd November 2017

Introducing The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary Event Series to Cricket Square to celebrate an epic milestone for the pioneers of Cayman’s farm-to-table movement.

Award-winning farm-to-table

THE BRASSERIE — We kick off Cayman’s harvest season with a celebration of The Brasserie’s 20th year in operation! Don’t miss out on this exciting Harvest Dinner in our organic garden at 7pm on Thursday 16 November, as we celebrate Chef Dean and Chef Arte’s amazing accomplishments in bringing farm-to-table to The Brasserie and Cayman. Tickets are CI$90 incl. with a sommelier-selected wine pairing. Email us to book or call 945-1815.

SWIRL: Thursday 9 November

THE BRASSERIE — Big bold reds are the world’s most popular choice of wine and it’s easy to see why. They are everything a great wine should be – rich, flavourful and when consumed in moderation, also good for your health! Enjoy this unique wine tasting with hearty canapés and great company. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945-1815.

American Thanksgiving: 23 November

THE BRASSERIE — There is no better place to celebrate American Thanksgiving than amongst family and friends at The Brasserie. Enjoy a three-course traditional feast of roasted potato and coconut soup, free range organic turkey roulade and local pumpkin tart. Wine pairings included at an additional cost. Book your table here.

Book your Christmas party with us

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a venue to host your Christmas party this year? Buyout the restaurant for up to 80 people. What about the green outdoor space at the Wicket Bar for a cocktail party of 150? Or the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden that can hold 40 people as you sip on cocktails under the stars? Call 945 1815 or email to book your event.

Holiday celebrations 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 have just been released and are available in hardcopy at the Restaurant. Take a look at our holiday events calendar and book now. Call 945-1815 or email.

Weekly specials every night of the week

THE BRASSERIE — Every Monday savour three courses with a bottle of wine for CI$89 per couple. For gourmet British-style comfort food join us for Gastro Pub on Tuesdays. Burgers and beer on Wednesday, while Thursdays call for Cayman-style soft tacos and the best margaritas on island! Enjoy brick oven pizzas and Pinot every Friday.

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 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.

Hot for the Holiday specials at ENERGY

ENERGY — Get ready for the holiday season at ENERGY with group fitness, the lunch Pilates mat series and group reformer classes. Email ENERGY for details on how you can finish off 2017 with a bang!

Trunk Sale: Friday 1 December

WICKET BAR — Join us for our very own Brasserie Purveyors Trunk Sale! Come and stock up on fine wines, craft beers and artisan spirits ahead of the festive season. Don’t miss out! Once it’s gone, it’s gone. See you at the Wicket Bar from 3 – 6pm.