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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jicama

Posted by on 21st January 2019

Jicama (also called yambean) is a type of bulbous root vegetable that many people describe as being a cross between an apple and a turnip.

Jicama is composed of about 86 percent to 90 percent water, so it’s naturally low in calories, natural sugars and starch — and, therefore, it has a low score on the glycemic index and fits most diets, including the vegan, Paleo and the ketogenic diet plan. It’s also a good source of immune system-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

Jicama’s fibre contains a beneficial type of prebiotic fructan carbohydrate called oligofructose inulin. Because it’s indigestible within the human digestive tract and ferments in the gut, inulin is considered to have zero calories, yet it benefits the digestive organs and, therefore, your entire body (including the immune system) in a few different ways. Inulin acts like a prebiotic once it reaches the intestines, which means it helps probiotics (or “good bacteria” living within the GI tract) do their job best.

As a source of valuable prebiotics, jicama’s unique fibre molecules help balance the growth of good-to-bad microbes residing within the intestines and colon. A very large percentage of the immune system — over 75 percent — is actually stored with your GI tract, so proper immune functioning depends a lot on a delicate balance between the bacteria populating your microbiota.

Like many vegetables, jicama has a high water and nutrient density, and is otherwise largely made of different types of carbohydrate molecules. Oligofructose inulin, which makes up a good percentage of the fibre found in jicama, is linked to improved cardiovascular health and the ability to lower cholesterol naturally.

Water and fibre-rich vegetables are recommended for anyone battling digestive issues because they’re hydrating and provide fibre, essential electrolytes and nutrients that support intestinal and gut health.

Aside from its prebiotic properties, jicama is also an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C. Just one cup of raw jicama provides over 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a crucial antioxidant that scavenges free radical damage and controls inflammation. Eating plenty of vitamin C foods helps control inflammation, which is important for keeping oxidative stress levels lower and protecting against cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.

Called a “Mexican turnip” or yambean in some parts of the world, jicama’s oligofructose inulin helps keep bones strong because it enhances mineral retention, suppresses the turnover rate of bone loss and helps with the absorption of calcium into bones. It also supplies important nutrients like potassium, magnesium and manganese that are needed for proper bone mineralisation and protecting against bone loss or osteoporosis into older age.

THE PITCH: December in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd January 2019

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 2019.

Cayman Cookout Dinner

THE BRASSERIE — Announcing Brandon McGlamery, Executive Chef of fine dining eateries Luma on Park and Prato, as our Cayman Cookout Guest Chef! Join us from 6:30pm on Saturday 19 January as one of the original French Laundry team members brings his love of local flavours to the table, paired with wines from award-winning sommelier and vintner, Michael Kennedy. Receive Brandon’s book 9 Courses as a gift on the night. Tickets are CI$150. Call 945-1815 or book here.

Roy Yamaguchi heads up Harvest Dinner

THE CABOOSE — For the first time in The Brasserie’s long-standing Harvest Dinner tradition, the pioneer of “Hawaiian fusion” Chef Roy Yamaguchi will treat guests to a family feast at the Caboose. Garden cocktails will proceed a short stroll to the gourmet smokehouse to watch Chef Yamaguchi fire up the BBQ so that you can experience his bold and flavourful cooking that has sparked a culinary revolution. Tickets are CI$90. Call 945-1815 or email us to book your seat at the table.

Life by the Sea with Chef Dean Max

THE RITZ-CARLTON — Experience authentic “Rum in da coconut” – local rum poured in the The Brasserie’s plantation coconuts – while wriggling your toes in the white sand of Seven Mile Beach. All while learning the art of seafood cuisine with The Brasserie’s entertaining Consultant Chef Dean Max, as he creates local chilled tomato soup with lobster salad and wahoo poke with green papaya. The fun starts at 3:45pm at South Beach Pavilion. Tickets to this Cayman Cookout event are $125. Book here.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 January

THE BRASSERIE — 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 to book for this event.

Taste of Cayman: Saturday 26 January

THE BRASSERIE — After winning ‘Best Food’ at Taste of Cayman 2018, The Brasserie is back to join in the culinary fun for another year. Find the very best of Cayman’s diverse cuisines, local produce and drinks to match at Taste of Cayman from 5pm at the Festival Green in Camana Bay. Get ready for more delicious Brasserie food and cocktail surprises!

Free Juiced @ samples at The Club

THE CLUB — Start your day the right way with an energetic and revitalising yoga class on the front yoga lawn at 6:30am on Thursday 10 January. Followed by refreshing coconut water and juice samples thanks to Juiced @ The Wicket. Like what you taste? Order any item from the Juiced @ menu prior to your workout by calling 927-6419, and it will be ready for collection from the Wicket Bar when you finish.

Curbside pick-up at the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Did you know that you can takeaway all items on our Caboose menu? If your fridge is empty and you’re in a hurry to get home after work, call 945-1816 to order ahead, then pull up curbside in our new pick-up designated areas and a Caboose team member will bring your order over to you. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! Open from 11am to 6pm weekdays, choose from our quality meats and vegetarian options.

New Synrgy360 training program

THE CLUB — Experience the power of our Synrgy360 with a new 4-week small group training workshop at The Club starting on 15 January 2019. Join us from 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Tuesday and Thursdays, to learn how to get the most out of this state-of-the-art fitness equipment that will change the way you workout forever. The workshop costs $150 per person. Call 949-CLUB or email to find out more and book your spot today.

Start 2019 energised at ENERGY

ENERGY — Blast into the new year with ENERGY‘s amazing 2019 line-up of classes! Enjoy an all inclusive Total Body Class Pass with unlimited access to Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express classes from 14 January. For just $325 per person, email Colleen and receive further information and sign-up details. Check out the complete class timetable using ENERGY’s online scheduler.

Harvest Dinner: Thursday 17 January

THE BRASSERIE — Our famous Harvest Dinner’s are back in 2019 as we celebrate another fruitful harvest from our organic vegetable garden and the edible trees throughout Cricket Square. It’s time to enjoy the very best farm-to-table produce from the pioneers of this movement in Cayman, with foods harvested, caught and hand-picked from the Brasserie Bees, Chateau Chooks, Coco Bluff coconut plantation and fishing boats, Brasserie Catch I & II. Tickets are $90. Call 945-1815 or email.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Chamomile

Posted by on 30th July 2018

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Did you know that chamomile tea raises your serotonin and melatonin levels, eliminating feelings of stress and worry, slowing down the mind and combatting anxiety symptoms?

Did you know that a chamomile tea before bed could help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed?

There are many reasons your body is craving this ancient and versatile medicinal herb and this is thanks to dried chamomile flowers (of the Matricaria species) hosting a high level of disease-fighting antioxidants like terpenoids and flavonoids.

Chamomile’s vital antioxidants are found in the plant’s potent oils and are the main contributors to its natural healing properties. As an effective alternative medicine with almost no known negative side effects, chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 years in standardised tea, herbal extract and cosmetic forms to promote tranquility, vitality, a youthful appearance and longevity.

Drinking chamomile tea is a popular way to get your daily dose of chamomile. Aside from having little to no caffeine (chamomile tea is naturally caffeine-free), there are numerous health benefits linked to chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea can effectively eliminate oxidative stress and enhances immune response to improve skin health.

The tea’s phenolic compounds target bacterial infections to help eliminate them from the body and boost the immune system.

Bloating, cramping, sweating, inability to sleep, mood swings and other problems experienced during periods may be improved by drinking chamomile tea.

Chamomile tea combats massive drops and spikes of blood sugar levels, and regulates the insulin in the blood to help manage diabetes.

Chamomile tea assists in easing the gut’s twisting nature, allowing gas and bowel movement, and alleviate stomach issues.

Chamomile tea relieves scalp irritation, builds better hair strands, eliminates dandruff and gives your hair a silkier appearance.

Chamomile assists with modulating immune response to allergens, and is a known anti-histamine that soothes allergic reactions and prevents worsened symptoms.

Drinking chamomile tea while pregnant could alleviate morning sickness, constipation, gas or bloating.

We have a large range of teas available at the Market, Brasserie and Juiced @ The Wicket including chamomile. So if you need to take a break from the office to de-stress, come over and grab a chamomile tea. You’ll return to the desk with greater efficiency and mental clarity.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Gooseberries

Posted by on 6th February 2018

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Guess what? We have a new cocktail on The Brasserie menu and it includes the healthy and wholesome gooseberry growing enthusiastically in our organic garden at Cricket Square.

The health benefits of the gooseberry can be partially attributed to its high vitamin C content. This fruit enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and supports the heart. It also strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality and promotes healthier hair. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, aids in vision care, improves muscle tone and acts as an antioxidant.

Drinking gooseberry juice with honey is good for improving eyesight and studies have shown it to improve near-sightedness and cataracts while reducing intra-ocular tension. This is mainly due to its impressive carotene content, which has long been known for its powerful effect on vision-related conditions. Vitamin A and carotenes reduce macular degeneration and night blindness.

This powerful little fibre-rich fruit helps the body to absorb calcium in a positive way. Calcium is an essential component of our bones, teeth, and nails, and also ensures that we have beautiful lustrous hair.

Eating foods that are high in protein is one of the most important ways to stay healthy as proteins are an essential part of our body’s metabolic activities. Enzymes can break down plant proteins into amino acids and reassemble them into usable proteins for our body. Protein is necessary for cellular growth, muscle development, organ health and a wide range of metabolic activities that we need to remain healthy.

Now you have every reason to come in and try our deliciously refreshing ‘Garden Gooseberry Fizz’, available on the cocktail menu at the Restaurant.

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THE PITCH: February in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st February 2018

We are excited to welcome the “Farmer for the Michelin Stars” to The Brasserie this month, as we enjoy the fruits of Cayman in full harvest.

Farm Tour: Saturday 3 February

PLANTATION HOUSE — Get expert growing tips from Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, otherwise known as the “Farmer for the Stars” – Michelin Stars that is! Wander the gardens of Plantation House from midday with owner Joel Walton and Peter, while learning tricks for growing food organically. Enjoy refreshing garden-inspired drinks and small bites. Tickets are CI$90 and only 60 available! Email or call 945-1815. Parking is limited at Plantation House (35 Doubloon Drive).

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 February

THE BRASSERIE — Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, grows food for award-winning Chef Thomas Kellar of Michelin 3-star restaurant French Laundry and teaches at the Culinary Institute of America. We are excited to annouce Peter as our special guest this Harvest Dinner in celebration of The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary. Get ready for a mouthwatering menu of lobster skewers, conch fritters and Brasserie honey ice cream. Tickets are $90. Email or call 945-1815.

Farmers’ Market: Tuesday 13 February

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie’s Farmers’ Market is back! Join us in front of The Brasserie and Market, 11:30am – 1:30pm, as we celebrate the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show! Embracing our ‘farm to table’ philosophy, treat yourself to a selection of our homegrown produce and handmade goodies including Brasserie Wild Honey, ‘Chateau Chooks’ Eggs, Brasserie Bees Wax Candles, Coco Bluff Coconut Water and a variety of plants – the perfect gifts! A selection of fresh juices from Juiced @ The Wicket will also be available.

Valentine’s Dinner: Wednesday 14 February

THE BRASSERIE — Guess what? We are open from 5pm this Ash Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Treat your loved one to a romantic candlelit dinner at The Brasserie complete with red roses. Book your table here or call 945-1815 and enjoy our five-course tasting menu as well as our ever-changing à la carte menu. Also don’t forget to indulge in our unique selection of Valentine’s sweet treats available at the Market on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February. Email your advance orders to Cupid’s helpers.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 22 February

WICKET BAR — Imagine a gin in hand mixed with fresh garden ingredients, as you lounge on cushions on the Wicket Bar lawn, a gentle winter breeze on your face, enjoying the sunset with friends and family, in front of an open fire pit to keep the slight evening chill at bay. Sound too good to be true? No longer. Come and join us for our ‘Gin in the Garden’ SWIRL event. Tickets are CI$30.Email or call 945 1815.

New Wicket Bar menu boards on display

WICKET BAR — Check out our new eye-catching and convenient menu boards now hanging on display at the Wicket Bar created by talented local artist Kara Julian! View our complete and extensive Juiced @ The Wicket and Friday Happy Hour menus at one glance to simplify and speed up your order. There are so many tasty and thirst-quenching treats to enjoy at the Wicket Bar, all clearly displayed so that you don’t miss out on ordering what you want.

Cricket Square project plants trees in Africa

CRICKET SQUARE — Our Cricket Square project is reaching all corners of the globe. We recently ordered planters, bins and custom fixtures for Cricket Square and in return, DeepStream Designs will plant 950 trees through Trees for the Future‘s Forest Garden Programs. These Programs are based in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania to help provide families with sustainable food sources and livestock feed.

Cayman Islands Agricultural Show

LOWER VALLEY — Held on Wednesday 1st March at the Stacy Watler Pavilion and Grounds in Lower Valley, this is one of the most popular community events of the year and one we’re proud to be a part of! Come along to enjoy the incredible array of entertainment, displays, competitions and local foods. Click here for more information. If you can’t make it, join us at our annual Brasserie Farmers’ Market at Cricket Square on Tuesday 13 February. Details above.

A lighter and brighter you at ENERGY

ENERGY — Sign up for ENERGY‘s Power Pilates Bootcamp starting on 6 February 2018! A four week program that includes eight 45-minute reformer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and four group fitness classes. Choose from the 6:30am, 8:15am or 1pm time slots. The cost is $225 per person.  Email ENERGY for details.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 March

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.