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.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cucumber

Posted by on 25th December 2017

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Did you know that cucumbers are 95.2 per cent water?

There is a reason why cucumbers are used in skin care. They have been shown to be effective as a potential anti-wrinkle agent in cosmetic products, protecting our skin form the effects of aging.

The flesh of cucumbers is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid while the hard skin is rich in fibre and a range of minerals including magnesium, molybdenum and potassium. Additionally, cucumber contains silica, a trace mineral that contributes greatly to strengthening our connective tissues. They are known to heal many skin problems, under eye swelling and sunburn. Cucumbers also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss, therefore they are frequently applied topically to burns and dermatitis.

Eating cucumber is a great way to increase your potassium consumption, which can help lower blood pressure and lower rates of stroke and might also reduce the risk of total cardiovascular disease.

An anti-inflammatory substance called fisetin is present in cucumbers, as well as strawberries and grapes. It has recently been suggested that fisetin plays an important role in brain health.

Cucumbers can help lower the inflammatory response in the body. They contain polyphenols called lignans, which can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases. They also contain plant nutrients called cucurbitacins, which have anti-cancer properties.

Flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory substances, and tannins in cucumbers have both been shown to limit the release of free radicals in the body and to reduce pain. Traditionally cucumber is used for headaches; the seeds are cooling and diuretic, the fruit juice is used as a nutritive and as a demulcent in anti-acne lotions.

Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth. Fibre and water-rich vegetables like cucumbers can boost your mouth’s saliva production, which in turn helps wash away the bacteria that cause the odour in the mouth.

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for bone health, as low vitamin K intakes have been associated with a higher risk for bone fracture. Vitamin K is also important for improving calcium absorption in the bones.

This fruit is rich in water, and their skin contains insoluble fibre. Both water and fibre help food to move through the digestive tract quicker and more easily, helping prevent constipation.

Cucumbers are very low in calories and they also contain fibre in the skin helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Join us at the Wicket Bar this week to get your daily dose of cucumber with our $5 ‘Happy New Year’ Juiced @ The Wicket detox juice to start 2018 the right way!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Orange

Posted by on 18th December 2017

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Did you know that oranges are actually modified berries? The name “navel orange” comes from the belly-button formation opposite the fruit’s stem end. The bigger the navel, the sweeter the orange.

Christopher Columbus planted the first orange trees in the Caribbean islands in the late 15th century after he brought the seeds over on his second voyage to the New World.

Did you also know that a typical orange has 10 segments? And when orange peel is sprinkled over a vegetable garden it makes an effective slug repellent?

A whole orange contains only about 85 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium. And, of course, oranges are well known for their vitamin C content. That’s why orange juice is one of the main ingredients in this week’s $5 Juiced @ The Wicket ‘Merry Berry’ special.

Oranges may boost your immune system and improve your skin. They also aid with heart health, cholesterol levels and other issues. Oranges may additionally help reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers and kidney stones.

Most citrus fruits have a good deal of vitamin C, and oranges have high levels even compared to their tangy brethren. Vitamin C protects cells by scavenging and neutralising free radicals. Free radicals may lead to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Not only may oranges help reduce the risk of chronic conditions, but they may also boost a person’s immunity when dealing with everyday viruses and infections like the common cold.

Vitamin C also helps keep skin looking beautiful, by fighting against skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. It is vital to collagen production and may help reduce wrinkles and improve the skin’s overall texture.

All the fibre in oranges may help lower cholesterol levels, because it picks up excess cholesterol compounds in the gut and pushes them out in the elimination process.

Oranges contain vitamin C, fibre, potassium and choline, which are all good for your heart, so this fruit may give your ticker a big boost. Potassium, an electrolyte mineral, is vital for allowing electricity to flow through your body, which keeps your heart beating.

Oranges are rich in fibre, which can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes and improve blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. This high fibre content can aid digestion by keeping you regular. It is also good for weight loss.

Oranges are vitamin A-rich. This nutrient contains carotenoid compounds like lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent age-related macular degeneration, an incurable condition that blurs central vision. Vitamin A also helps your eyes absorb light, and it improves night vision.

If you do eat the peel you’ll get a good amount of nutrients, which actually has more fibre than the fruit inside contains. It also has flavonoids in it that contain nutritious benefits. Flavonoids are compounds found in many foods. They are known to have antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory effects, which relieve pressures on the heart.

Additionally, orange peels contain vitamins A, C, B6 and B5; calcium; riboflavin; thiamin; niacin; and folate.

This nutrient-dense fruit features in our ‘Juiced @’ Blood & Sand cocktail at The Brasserie Bar. A delicious combination of Talisker 10 Year Old Scotch Whiskey, sweet vermouth, housemade cherry brandy and freshly squeezed ‘Juiced @’ orange.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Mint

Posted by on 14th December 2017

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This well-known mouth and breath freshener is scientifically known as Mentha and has more than two dozen species and hundreds of varieties. It is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its remarkable medicinal properties.

There are over 600 types of mint plants, which include pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint, water mint and horse mint. However, when we talk about mint, we are referring to two specific types: peppermint and spearmint.

Mint is a great appetiser or palate cleanser. The aroma of the herb activates the salivary glands in your mouth as well as glands which secrete the digestive enzymes, thereby facilitating digestion. It also soothes the stomach in case of indigestion or inflammation. When your stomach feels sick, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. If you are someone who travels long distances via plane or boat, menthol oil derived from mint can be very soothing for nausea and related motion sickness.

Mint leaves, especially freshly crushed leaves, help to ease headaches. Balms with a mint base or basic mint oil, when rubbed on the forehead and nose, give quick relief. This herb is a naturally soothing substance, so it can alleviate the inflammation and temperature rise that is often associated with headaches and migraines.

The strong aroma of this herb is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi, and lungs, which gives relief from respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and a common cold. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it also relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing.

Regular use of mint is very beneficial for asthma patients, as it is a good relaxant and relieves congestion. That being said, using too much mint in this way can also irritate the nose and throat.

Mint is a natural stimulant and the smell alone can be enough to charge your energy and get your brain functioning at a higher level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed or simply exhausted, mint can help. A popular way to get good results in an easy manner is to put a few drops of mint essential oil or menthol oil on your pillow at night, and let it work on your body and mind while you sleep.

While mint oil is a good antiseptic and antipruritic material, the juice obtained from mint is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes the skin and helps to cure infections and itchiness. In addition to being a good way to reduce pimples, it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne. Its anti-pruritic properties can be used for treating insect bites like those of mosquitoes, honeybees, hornets, wasps, and gnats. The cooling sensation will relieve you from irritation and the constant urge to scratch, and the anti-inflammatory nature of mint will bring down swelling. In that same vein, mint oil is often a basic component of bug repellent products like citronella candles, because the strong aroma is unappealing to most insects.

People who frequently chew gum, in which the major active ingredient is mint, have higher levels of memory retention and mental alertness than those who do not. The stimulant qualities of mint, once again, have shown yet another reason to pop that stick of gum in your mouth or chew some leaves when you’re feeling less than brilliant.

Since mint has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth. In the past, mint was rubbed directly onto teeth and gums to refresh the mouth and eliminate dangerous forms of growth. In modern times, for the same reason, mint is one of the most common elements in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other dental hygiene products. Of course, the easiest way to get these results is to simply chew on the leaves.

On that note, you’ll be please to know that this week’s $5 Juiced @ The Wicket smoothie special, ‘Christmas Coco Mint’, includes both peppermint and spearmint leaves picked directly from The Brasserie’s organic vegetable garden.

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