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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cacao

Posted by on 16th October 2017

cacao  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cacao

Are you a chocoholic? Do you get anxious when there’s no chocolate in the house? Do you need to cleanse your pallet with chocolate after eating something salty? Does your favourite pizza have a chocolate base?

Good news! There is a healthier option.

Like chocolate, raw and unprocessed cacao (pronounced “cu-COW”) contains flavonoids, which are known to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. With fewer than 15 calories per tablespoon and containing almost no fat, cacao provides a strong chocolate flavour without the guilt. “For someone who has a chocolate tooth and is looking for heart or circulation benefits, it’s a good call,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian.

There’s a reason that the Greek name for cocoa—Theobroma—literally means, “food of the gods.”

This Amazonian superfood has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.

On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C.

Raw cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk!

More calcium than cow’s milk, cocoa contains 160mg of calcium per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk.

A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant, cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.

Serving cocoa in our smoothies and as a topping on our bowls at Juiced @ The Wicket all day every weekday, you have no excuse to enjoy the many health benefits that stem from this ancient South American food.

THE PITCH: October in Cricket Square

Posted by on 3rd October 2017

Cricket Square’s event season is about to kick off with new vigour as we reveal a revamped schedule to suit everyone’s tastes.

Fire up your taste buds!

CABOOSE — The walls to the Caboose are going up! Irma affected some of our shipments for the Caboose so we are now scheduling to open in the early New Year, with testing and commissioning of the kitchen equipment before Christmas. The smoker is on its way and you will be able to enjoy delicious food from the Grab & Go menu soon!

SWIRL Cocktail Party: Friday 13 October

THE BRASSERIE — We’re having a cocktail party and everyone is invited! Join us from 5-7pm to bid farewell to our talented mixologist Lexi, as we welcome Roy who will be taking over the cocktail creations at The Brasserie Restaurant. Tickets are CI$30 and include 4 seasonal cocktails made with Brasserie Purveyors’ spirits and paired with delicious canapés. Email Jessica to book or call 945-1815.

Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday 9 October

THE BRASSERIE — Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with us during a special Monday’s Secret Pleasure. Enjoy a three-course traditional feast of roasted mushroom bisque, organic turkey roulade and local pumpkin tart accompanied by a sommelier-selected bottle of wine. Book your table here or call 945-1815. Tickets are CI$89 per couple plus grats. Also pop by the Market for your Canadian Thanksgiving favourites.

Halloween: Tuesday 31 October

THE BRASSERIE — Who’s getting ready to trick-or-treat? Join us at the Restaurant to judge the best carved pumpkin while sipping on our Halloween-themse cocktails during Happy Hour. Also enjoy a coffin break with Chef Christine’s Halloween sugar cookies, peanut butter cups and Halloween cupcakes available from Friday 27 – Tuesday 31 October at the Market. Happy haunting!

Restaurant Month

THE BRASSERIE — We are excited to be a part of Restaurant Month for another year. Throughout October, our talented chefs will bring you a special menu of roasted mushrooms, smoked fish dip with local avocado, Brasserie Catch, herb roasted chicken and our famous desserts of creme brûlée and sticky toffee date pudding. Sound delicious? Book your table now and enjoy our three-course menu for just CI$35 per person.

New Signs for Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Have you noticed our new Juiced @ The Wicket signage gracing the Wicket Bar at Cricket Square? Bright, colourful and fun, we have talented and inspirational local Cayman artist Kara Julian to thank. She can bring any space to life with her artistic flair and injection of colour. With new Wicket Bar menu boards also on the way, read our latest blog here as we take a peek behind the scenes.

Pilates for Pink: Saturday 14 October

ENERGY — Join ENERGY from 9am for a Pilates workout at The ARC at Camana Bay for the 11th annual Pilates for Pink, complete with Chef Christine’s vanilla and guava cupcakes. Help to raise much needed funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to help provide financial assistance to patients and their families. Register now at ENERGY(CI$30) for a chance to win great prizes including an Apple TV, classes, or a pink BOSU ball! Also receive a Juiced @ The Wicket loyalty card.

Harvest Dinner on Cayman Brac

THE BRASSERIE — Join us for our first harvest dinner of the season off island on Saturday 18 November! We’re heading to the Brac to cook up a storm with lots of local produce. Hint, if you love cheese then you’re going to love what surprises we have in store. Details are being finalised and we look forward to revealing more information shortly. Stay tuned!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Matcha

Posted by on 18th September 2017

Hands up if you have tasted our $5 ‘Morning Matcha’ special at Juiced @ The Wicket this week!

Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.

Did you know that matcha has less caffeine than coffee but provides sustained energy for 4-6 hours versus 1-3 hours with coffee?

For those who haven’t tried our ‘Morning Matcha’ yet, here are some more reasons why it could be worth joining the green party.

  1. It tastes amazing! Complex, rich, aromatic, astringent and with an alluring sweetness, matcha is many people’s first choice when it comes to choosing breakfast smoothie ingredients. And voila! We’ve already got one ready and waiting for you at the Wicket Bar for just $5.
  2. Rich in antioxidants! Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Because matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves, it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea, which is consumed as an infusion and the leaves discarded. One study found that matcha contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than other kinds of standard green tea.
  3. Promotes a healthy heart! A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke.
  4. Boosts memory and concentration! Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
  5. Makes your skin glow! The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
  6. Increases energy levels and endurance! While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of matcha can last up to six hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension.
  7. Burns calories! Drinking matcha green tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.
  8. Detoxifies the body! High levels of chlorophyll in matcha not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green colour, but also makes it a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

JUICED @ THE WICKET MORNING MATCHA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

2 teaspoons matcha
2 cups lightly packed baby spinach
4 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
2 frozen bananas
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups coconut water
bee pollen, optional

Method

Blend all ingredients together and sprinkle with bee pollen if desired.

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Local artist splashes her colourful creativeness across Cayman

Posted by on 14th September 2017

Energetic, enthusiastic, creative and fun.

Talented and inspirational local Cayman artist, Kara Julian, is all of the above and so much more.

She can bring any space to life with her artistic flair and injection of colour. You may have noticed a couple of her chalkboard art creations gracing the Wicket Bar area at Cricket Square.

With new entrance signage and Wicket Bar menu boards also on the way, we thought we’d take a peek behind the scenes. As Kara puts it: “There’s no glamour, no stencils, no decals, no perfectly staged backdrops with expensive lighting and certainly no makeup crew. (Notice the hat? Yep, it’s “bad-hair” day). All that takes place right now is absolute chaos! Loads of chalk dust, paint everywhere, long hours and chaos! So let’s crank the music up and make beautiful chalk-art as I think to myself: “I’m gonna need a bigger cup of coffee!”

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspiration from everywhere. Anything that stands out will grab my attention. It could be the typography in a label on a shampoo bottle, colours in a frozen beverage, sunsets and how it paints the sky in so many warm colors, the ocean or even photos from some of my favorite photographers.

When I was dreaming up ideas for the Juiced @ menus however, I got inspiration when I read the great combination of ingredients listed on the menu, from the vibrant colour of each beverage and surprisingly, from the enthusiasm I picked up on, when I listened to the backstory and vision for the Juiced @ concept.

What is involved in creating the Juiced @ boards?

There was a lot of thought and creativity that went into designing the Juiced @ boards.

First I took the the owner’s vision and objectives and then translated them into illustrations, text and colour. I took out my sketchbook and started drawing designs (as they came to me) that were inspired by the menu. I went through four or five concepts for each menu until I settled on an idea that I felt worked the best. Needless to say, there were a lot of drawings.

Then I started paring the illustrations with various styles of handwritten fonts and colours, in order to get a design that made the most impact and delivered on the goal of getting people excited about Juiced @.

While I created the illustrations, my friend and carpenter Benton Conolly designed and built the actual boards. Once again, a lot of care went into the construction of the boards to ensure that they could handle all the wear and tear from everyday use; not to mention exposure to our harsh Caribbean weather.

Once the signs were built, designs finalised and approved, it was off to my studio to start painting. Each sign was individually hand-painted with an original design, using acrylic paints and then sealed with several coats of varnish to protect the artwork.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to become a professional artist?

I finally came to accept that I really wanted to pursue art back in 1997 while away in Florida, studying Accounting and Business Administration.

I came to this conclusion ONLY when my cousin Chris (who was also studying in Florida), popped over to my apartment one evening and pointed out that my dining table and coffee table were always littered with art magazines, art books and airbrushing equipment/tools. Meanwhile my accounting books were usually still tucked away in my backpack.

It was so obvious to him and everyone else (I still hadn’t gotten the memo…LOL!) that I was chasing the wrong dream. I was going through the motions but had not clearly opened my eyes to realise that I was fueled by creativity, not numbers. That was when I first had that “a-ha” moment and started on the journey of becoming a professional artist.

I did not have any formal training in art as I was growing up. It came naturally so I was always drawing and learning on my own. It didn’t help that I was a shy kid and was hesitant to pursue any formal training. When I finally did take a chance and enrolled in a high school art class I ended up feeling discouraged and intimidated by the art instructor. Sadly I dropped the class and resolved to continue teaching myself; with advance training only coming along when I was in my mid-twenties.

What do you love about chalkboard art?

I love working with two contrasting colours (usually black and white). You have to get creative with the use of lettering (the art of drawing letters and words) to make a bold statement. Chalkboards are so versatile and because they are used primarily for marketing, it’s the perfect “canvas” to apply my love of illustrations, lettering and modern calligraphy to tell a story. No two projects are alike so it’s a fun process, bringing a story to life on a simple blackboard.

What is your advice to budding artists looking to follow in your creative footsteps?

My advice for anyone pursuing or wishing to pursue chalkboard art, or any creative outlet in general, is to go for it!! Don’t let anyone discourage your dream. Your passion is what is going to make you successful at your art. Network with other artists and draw inspiration from them. Having said that, I encourage budding artists to stay true to who they are. Be your true original/authentic self, don’t shoplift another artists ideas or designs. Instead, develop your style so that it becomes like your handwriting…one of a kind. And most importantly make sure you LOVE what you are doing and practice, practice, practice. The dream doesn’t become a reality unless you put in the work that’s necessary.

You look very happy…

Getting involved in chalkboard art, was a happy accident. I was approached by the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort four years ago, after they saw my penmanship on a bottle of rum I had hand-painted for a mutual client. They wanted my help in revamping a 24″ x 36″ chalkboard pizza menu that they had, which was basically illegible.

At the time, I didn’t have a clue about designing chalkboards but figured I’d rise to the challenge and learn quickly. To my surprise, I fell in love with the process, was amazed at the impact a nicely designed chalkboard could have and now I design and create chalkboards on a regular basis.

Life has a great way of leading you down roads that you would have otherwise never taken.

Needless to say, I’m enjoying the journey!

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To find out more about Kara, her gallery or to book in for one of her art classes visit her website: http://karajuliansart.blogspot.com

THE PITCH: September in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st September 2017

As the summer winds to a close, Cricket Square comes back to life with new purpose. Check out what’s on offer.

The Brasserie is Open

THE BRASSERIE — With polished floors, a fresh lick of paint and our gardens replanted with winter vegetables, we reopen The Brasserie Restaurant doors today with plenty of new and exciting culinary surprises up our chef’s sleeves. Get out your diary as we also reveal a revamped winter event season including The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary celebrations!

SWIRL: Thursday 28 September

THE BRASSERIE — Did you know that it takes approximately 600-800 wine grapes to make a bottle of wine? A lot of these grapes are grown in California, the fourth leading wine producer in the world. For just $30 enjoy this unique opportunity to taste a selection of the Golden State’s finest wines, paired with tasty canapés. Call 945-1815 or email Corey to book.

The Big Shave: Friday 22 September

WICKET BAR — The fifth annual Hannah’s Heroes – The Big Shaveis on 22 September 2017. Join us at The Wicket to be a part of a wonderful cause that so many will benefit from. Whether you decide to get the ultimate hair make-over, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

Dreaming of a Decadent Christmas

THE BRASSERIE — Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? As we head into “winter” and the home run to the festive season, look no further than The Brasserie to host your Christmas celebrations with loved ones, colleagues and friends. We have spectacular set menus with extensive cocktail and fine wine lists to match. Contact our elves to reserve your preferred date.

RECIPE: Mango Daiquiri

THE BRASSERIE — We’re making the most of Cayman’s mango season with our local take on the traditional daiquiri. Refreshing delicious and the perfect concoction to beat the heat, click here to learn how to make it yourself. View our extensive menu to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits from Brasserie Purveyors. Call 945 1815 or email us to order.

Three New Classes at ENERGY

ENERGY — Get your sweat on with three new class styles this month. Ultimate Barre, Pure Yoga and Reformer Glow have joined the list of 37 weekly classes so now there’s no excuse to miss out on that exercise glow. Contact Colleen for more details and sign up for classes with Energy’s online scheduler. Let the team help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Twenty Glorious Years of The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie is celebrating a big milestone next month! The Restaurant’s 20th Anniversary will be held on Saturday 14 October – a momentous occasion to reflect on where the farm-to-table movement in Cayman began and the awareness created since then, in sourcing and eating local foods. Celebrate with us! Contact Corey for details.