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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Thyme

Posted by on 20th November 2018

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Have you ever used Listerine mouthwash and Vicks VapoRub? Thymol, thyme’s most active ingredient, is used in both of these products because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. The fact that these classic, although not very natural, products choose to use thymol as a key ingredient speaks to the undeniable medicinal benefits of this versatile herb. Thymol effectively kills germs and infections in the mouth and protects the teeth from plaque and decay. It also kills fungi and is commercially added to hand sanitisers and antifungal creams.

Thyme oil is one of the strongest, natural antimicrobials, making it a serious weapon against sore throats. Its bacteria fighting carvacrol content is a major reason why it’s one of the top essential oils for sore throat relief.

The carvacrol found in this medicinal herb has also shown to have some very positive mood-boosting effects. Carvacrol is a brain-active molecule that clearly influences brain activity through the modulation of neurotransmitters. If thyme is regularly ingested in low concentrations, it has been suggested that it might improve feelings of wellbeing.

Back in the Roman era, it was consumed to prevent poisoning and put in baths to stop the effects of poisoning once it already happened. In the days before refrigeration and food safety laws, including it in recipes gave you at least some protection against spoiled meat and food-borne illness. Thyme has the ability not only to prevent food contamination, but to decontaminate previously contaminated foods as well. Prior to modern antibiotics coming on the scene, thyme oil was used to medicate bandages.

The ingestion of thyme has been shown to produce antihypertensive activity, which makes it a great herbal choice for anyone suffering from high blood pressure symptoms.

Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, luteolin and thymonin. These flavonoids increase the herb’s antioxidant capacity.

In summary, thyme is excellent at supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the digestive, nervous and other body systems. It’s a serious powerhouse when it comes to staying healthy and thriving in The Brasserie’s greenhouse!

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Carrot

Posted by on 6th November 2018

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Fact or fiction? Will eating carrots help you see in the dark?

Yes and no. Carrots contain vitamin A, or retinol, and this is required for your body to synthesise rhodopsin, which is the pigment in your eyes that operates in low-light conditions. If you have a vitamin A deficiency, you will develop nyctalopia or night blindness. Eating carrots would correct this and improve your night vision, but only to the point of an ordinary healthy person – it won’t ever let you see in complete darkness.

The idea that it might is due to a myth begun by the Air Ministry in World War II. To prevent the Germans finding out that Britain was using radar to intercept bombers on night raids, they issued press releases stating that British pilots were eating lots of carrots to give them exceptional night vision. This fooled the British public, as well as German High Command and an old wive’s tale was born.

Much of carrots’ nutritional value comes from the carotenoids they contain. Carotenoids act as powerful antioxidants, strengthening the body’s ability to repair cell damage. Studies suggest that they may reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer, tame the kind of inflammation in the body that can lead to disease, and boost the immune system.

Carrots have been shown to be particularly beneficial when it comes to heart health, assisting to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and some research has shown they can help prevent stroke.

And there is research showing that fruits and veggies rich in carotenoids can improve complexion and overall appearance by giving skin a healthy glow.

In the photo above, The Brasserie’s Head Gardener Aide Lopez, has just harvested these colourful carrots that are now in season. These beauties will popping up in both the Restaurant’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus, specially crafted to maximize the flavours and colours of our flourishing organic produce. For our complete Holiday Menus please select the menu tab on The Brasserie Facebook page.

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THE PITCH: August in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st August 2018

The Market, Caboose, Juiced @ The Wicket and Happy Hour at the Wicket Bar on Fridays are open this month.

Market, Caboose & Wicket Bar

THE BRASSERIE — Even though The Brasserie Restaurant is closed in August, don’t forget that the Market, the Caboose and Juiced @ The Wicket are open this month. For the best TGIF on island, head to the Wicket Bar for our 5 @ 5 Happy Hour every Friday. Contact the Market to order ahead on 945 1814. The Brasserie reopens on Monday 3 September.

TGIF in Cricket Square

WICKET BAR — The Wicket Bar couldn’t possibly leave you hanging in August during Happy Hour. Stop by on Friday for your favourite 5 @ 5 specials, from craft beers to specialty wines. Why not email us to book for a group! Also enjoy rosé wine specials all day long, all summer long at the Wicket Bar. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle from Brasserie Purveyors.

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Friday 31 August

WICKET BAR — Why is pizza and beer so delicious? Is it thanks to brewers sitting around a table or a vat with a slice of pizza while they discuss their next brew? Clean and crisp beer complements classic cheese, while hoppy and bitter flavours are a meat lovers’ dream. Few things exemplify life’s simple pleasures more than beer and pizza. To book for SWIRL call 945-1815 or email.

Indulge in American-style BBQ

THE CABOOSE — Our quality meats are naturally-raised, without hormones and pesticides, the organic vegetables are harvested from our adjacent garden, and the BBQ sauces are made with honey from our Brasserie Bees. It’s this attention to detail that brings incredible flavours to this simple BBQ open air joint. You’ll find juicy smoked brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausages, turkey and smoked local chickens. Open from 11am to 6pm, Mondays to Fridays. Order ahead by calling 945-1816.

The Brasserie joins the straw-volution

THE BRASSERIE — “Plastic straws suck!” In the USA roughly 500 million plastic straws are used every day, according to the National Park Service. That’s why, at The Brasserie, we are joining the “straw-volution” and swapping our plastic straws for hay straws to help reduce plastic waste. Our new HAY! Straws! are made from the stem of the wheat plant and are 100% biodegradable, which means they won’t linger in landfills and pollute our oceans.

Brasserie Bees new flow hive

THE BRASSERIE — Thank you to a generous sponsor, The Brasserie is excited to add a flow hive to its growing bee compound. This revolutionary beehive invention will allow our beekeeper to see when the honey is ready without opening the hive, and harvest the raw Brasserie Honey from a tap, making the extraction process less stressful for the bees. We look forward to showing this unique hive to visiting school groups. To learn more about the local bees watch our Brasserie Bee Series.

US Open live at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — What is summer without the Grand Slam tennis tournaments? Join us at the Wicket Bar from Monday 27 August for the start of the US Open. Live coverage begins at 11am every day. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exciting tournament with us at Cricket Square.

FREE juiced 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.

Unveiling of SIX

CRICKET SQUARE — SIX, our new landmark building at Cricket Square, is unveiling as the scaffolding is removed. SIX is a striking building both on entry to George Town from Elgin Avenue and Shedden Road. We are currently working to get the Shedden Road entrance back open and you can see new pavers are being laid for more parking by Willow House.​

Unlimited August class pass at ENERGY

ENERGY — For the month of August, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass that includes all group reformer, group fitness and lunch express sessions for just $275. Please note that the dates for this offer are 30 July – 25 August 2018. Make the most of these four weeks and and sign up today. Contact here.

Hannah’s Heroes at the Wicket Bar

WICKET BAR — The sixth annual Hannah’s Heroes ‘The Big Shave’ is on Friday 28 September 2018. Join us at the Wicket Bar to be part of an inspirational cause that will benefit so many. Whether you opt for a new hairstyle, donate or volunteer, you’ll be helping change the lives of children battling cancer. For more information, contact the team at Hannah’s Heroes.

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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Biological control using ladybugs

Posted by on 30th November 2017

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Did you know that the little ladybug could be one of the best friends you ever have in your garden?

Known for their love of aphids, a single ladybug is capable of consuming up to 50 to 60 aphids per day but will also eat a variety of other insects and larvae including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and various types of soft-bodied insects.

“I propagate ladybugs to control aphids and stop them eating the plants here in Cricket Square.”

The Brasserie’s head gardener who is also a qualified biologist, Aide Lopez, speaks animatedly about her recent visit to Mexico City to attend the National Congress of Biological Control.

Biological control is an environmentally sound and effective means of reducing or mitigating pests and pest effects through the use of natural enemies. It’s a sustainable and environmentally compatible pest management system, that avoids using pesticides.

“An example is the use of bamboo sticks to join one plant to the next like mini bridges, allowing ants to move from one leafy green to the next, foraging on nuisance insects.”

Some vegetables, herbs and flowers benefit each other by improving soil, while others deter pests from one another. Companion planting, another technique that Aide has implemented in the organic vegetable gardens, provides a fascinating blueprint for a higher garden yield.

“Eggplants and tomatoes are from the same family and therefore they will attract the same pests, creating an even bigger problem than if they were planted on their own. Some plants repel insect pests with their scent. Aroma can also be used to mask the scent of your main crop, effectively hiding them from predators.

“Corn and beans work well together. The beans break down the nitrogen, helping the corn to soak up this element in the soil.”

Beauveria bassiana is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and also acts as a parasite on various arthropod species; therefore used as a biological insecticide to control a number of pests such as termites, thrips and whiteflies.

Next time you walk through Cricket Square or find yourself in The Brasserie’s greenhouse, look around, and see nature at work doing what it does best!