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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jujube

Posted by on 29th January 2018

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Meet the super fruit about to take over your Instagram! It’s called jujube and harvest is in full swing at Cricket Square.

Similar to an olive or small date in size, fresh jujube fruit has the texture and crisp, bright flavour of an apple (see our had gardener’s photo below). While fresh jujubes have flesh that tastes similar to an apple, dried jujube tastes much like dates and have a similarly impressive nutritional profile.

Jujubes contain a range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, phenolics, flavonoids and polysaccharides, plus 18 amino acids and 20 times more vitamin C than an orange.

The fruit is an adaptogen, and in traditional medicine, it was used to reduce stress and treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as stimulate appetite and digestion and boost the immune system.

For people suffering from insomnia or restlessness, consuming the extract of the seeds of the jujube fruit can be a good remedy. The soothing nature of the organic compounds contained in this beneficial fruit can calm the body and mind.

The jujube fruit is a rich source of both iron and phosphorous, which are key ingredients in the red blood cells. If you suffer from low iron content in your blood or anemia, you may experience symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, indigestion, lightheadedness, and cognitive confusion. By increasing your iron and phosphorous intake with jujube fruit, you can increase blood flow, thereby oxygenating your organ systems more effectively, giving you an energy boost.

By increasing minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and iron (all of which are prevalent in jujubes), you can ensure that your bones remain resilient and strong. As we age, we tend to suffer from osteoporosis and other bone degrading conditions, so adding jujube fruit to your diet can slow or reverse this trend.

Taste jujube at its best this week at our Harvest Dinner on Thursday evening at the Restaurant.

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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: Caviar

Posted by on 8th January 2018

Have you ever tasted caviar? This Saturday you will have the chance as we welcome Chef Makoto Okuwa to The Brasserie.

Before raw oysters, before Champagne, even before truffles were deemed a delicacy, caviar was coveted by kings and the aristocracy. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Russian tsars were all known to splurge on caviar, which literally means unfertilised salt-cured fish eggs.

Did you know that the most expensive caviar on record sold for $35,000 per kilo?

The good news is that sustainable methods of collecting caviar are now being introduced into the industry, where the eggs are massaged out of the fish to produce “no-kill” caviar.

It’s known to be a delicacy and there is much hype, but few people fall for the little black mound at the first bite. It’s a bit salty and a whole lot fishy. It takes many people three or four tries to really savour the flavour.

However did you know that these little eggs could be very beneficial to your health when eaten in moderation? Here are some things that you should know about these exquisite tiny black pearls.

Improve heart health by eating just one gram of caviar each day. Caviar is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids and it’s these acids that help to reduce blood clotting, protect the arteries from hardening, and can help reduce your chance of a heart attack, stroke, or a clogged artery. They could also lower your blood pressure and triglycerides too. Just a single teaspoon of caviar can be effective. The American Heart Association puts their seal of approval on this fishy egg.

Caviar is rich in selenium. Selenium is a vital mineral the body needs. Inside, it pairs up with vitamin E in the body. Together, they protect the cells from the damage that is caused by free radicals and other compounds. These compounds are the ones that lead to heart disease and in some cases, cancer. This mineral can boost the immune system and help to support overall cell growth.

B12 makes red blood cells in the body. It’s also a great help so that you can use your fatty acids properly. Many vegetarians and vegans don’t get enough of this necessary vitamin as it is water-soluble. However, caviar is loaded with B12, and it can help meet the daily consumption requirements.

Historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Hey, wouldn’t you feel better if someone gave you caviar? It’s not as fishy as it sounds: recent studies show that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – caviar is rich in omega-3s – may alleviate symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.

The finest, most expensive caviars are older, larger eggs that are lighter in colour. Lower quality caviar is younger, with a less intensely fishy flavour, and darker in colour. It’s a good thing, too, for caviar newbies, who are more likely to start on the cheaper, milder stuff.

We can’t wait to receive your feedback on Chef Mokoto Okuwa’s caviar recipe this weekend!

THE PITCH: January in Cricket Square

Posted by on 4th January 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a safe and cheerful holiday season and are looking forward to the events we have planned in 2018.

Makoto Okuwa at The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — For the first time on the Island and in celebration of Cayman Cookout 2018, highly acclaimed Japanese chef Makoto Okuwa will host a six-course dinner of caviar, wagyu beef and Brasserie-caught fish paired with his own exclusive premium sake and Brasserie Purveyors wines in our 20th Anniversary year. Join Chef Makoto, Chef Dean Max and The Brasserie team from 6:30pm on Saturday 13 January. Call 945 1815 or email.

Cayman Cookout 2018

THE RITZ CARLTON — Join The Brasserie’s Consultant Chef Dean Max for a Brasserie spin on a classic fish tea with fresh lobster from 3:45-4:45pm at the Le Creuset Beach Pavilion. Savour the local flavours while we crack open fresh coconuts and serve with rum. A day to remember with the sand between your toes. Tickets are $95. Book here.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 11 January

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.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 25 January

WICKET BAR — Who says that you have to spend more than $20 on a good wine? We certainly don’t believe so and would love to prove it to you at our upcoming SWIRL. Beat the post-Christmas blues and join us for a tasting of four delicious wines that won’t break the bank and are ideal for everyday drinking. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

WILD Dinner: 7pm, Tuesday 16 January

THE BRASSERIE — Come and celebrate Cayman’s foraged, farmed and forgotten delicacies with UK Young Chef of the Year 2017, Jack Barwick, and The Brasserie team. Tickets are CI$100 and include a culinary adventure complete with dinner and drinks. Hurry to book your place at the table. Call 945 1815 or email.

SIX is ‘topping out’ with the roof now on!

CRICKET SQUARE — Enjoy stunning views across North Sound and George Town from our new building. The top floor is now all taken and interest in the remaining third and ground floor spaces is heating up. If you need space let us know. We remain on track for completion late Summer 2018. The Conference Space in SIXwill provide 300 seats with break out rooms and provision for banqueting, conferences and events.

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.

Reform yourself at ENERGY

ENERGY — Blast into the new year with ENERGY‘s amazing 2018 lineup of classes! Check out all the free demos classes this week using ENERGY’s online scheduler. Interested in learning more about the Power Pilates Bootcamp Workshop? Want to take on the ultimate total body experience in the new year with our Pure Power Detox Challenge? Email Colleen for details on how you can join!

French Laundry gardener to visit The Brasserie

THE BRASSERIE — No single ingredient is ever repeated throughout the meal! Welcome to the three-Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant, located in California’s Napa Valley. It’s with great pleasure that we welcome the restaurant’s gardener, Peter Jacobsen, to The Brasserie next month to talk all things good food. He will participate in two events with us. Watch this space for more details.