THE PITCH: May in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd May 2018

Get ready for an action-packed May at Cricket Square, filled with colour, costumes, and of course, good food and wine.

Cinco de Mayo at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Who’s ready to fiesta this Friday? Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is here! Join us at the Wicket Bar as we celebrate with tasty soft-shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, piñatas full of goodies and DJ. Entry is FREE. Purchase $2 food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 24 May

THE BRASSERIE — Pool-float party? Glamping brunch? Canned wine sales have more than quadrupled since 2015 in a quest to “beerify” wine and drink with “pinkies down”. Find out why cans are great news for fresh, drink-it-while-it’s-young kind of wines, perfect for those endless hot summer beach days in Cayman. Enjoy four wines paired with delicious canapés. Tickets are CI$30. Email or call 945 1815.

Mother’s Day gifts available at the Market

THE MARKET — To celebrate your mum, thank her for all that that she has done and show her how much you love her, pop by The Market for beautiful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. We have a huge range of hand-selected artisanal wines through Brasserie Purveyors, delicious baked goods, jars of Brasserie Honey and gift cards available from 7-11 May. Email us to place your order.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly specials

WICKET BAR — Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket specials each week using local seasonal ingredients in our nourishing, nutritious, energising and refreshing concoctions that will make you and your wallet feel good. Our specials don’t feature on the regular Juiced @ menu, so make the most of this sweet opportunity. Call 927 6419 to order ahead.

Champions League live at the Wicket

WICKET BAR — Are you a big football fan? We’ve got you covered at the Wicket Bar. Don’t miss the UEFA Champions League semi-final action this week. Both games kick off at 1:45pm today and tomorrow. On Thursday 3 May, watch the Europa League Football semi-finals starting at 2pm. Enjoy all the games live at the Wicket while savouring our thirst-quenching Juiced @ menu or craft beer on tap. Click on the links above for game schedules and don’t miss a second of the action!

Get your ENERGY Total Body Class Pass

ENERGY — Who’s pumped? For the months of May and June, ENERGY is offering an unlimited class pass option for just CI$325 per person, all inclusive. Enjoy seven weeks of exclusive studio access to Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and ENERGY Lunch Express Classes. Sign up here.

Flowers Sea Swim: 16 June 2018

SEVEN MILE BEACH — The Flowers Sea Swim swims into its 26th year and is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from novices and first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Nopal

Posted by on 30th April 2018

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Not sure what to do with cactus pads?

It might not look it, but this prickly pear cacti is not only edible, but delicious and good for you as well. In last week’s ‘Today’s Harvest’ episode we discussed how to grow nopales. This week, it’s all about the health benefits of eating this vegetable that has a consistency somewhere between green beans and green peppers.

Native to Mexico and Central America, the nopal contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, calcium, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Nopal is also an important source of certain organic compounds like phytochemicals and certain polysaccharides that contribute to its health-boosting power.

Nopales are a form of cacti, so they are very fibrous. Dietary fibre is essential in the digestive process as it adds bulk to the bowel movements, which makes it easier for them to pass through the smooth muscles of the digestive tract. Furthermore, excess fibre in the body can actively reduce the amount of cholesterol, thereby protecting your heart health as well.

The phytochemical and antioxidant characteristics of nopales make them a good defensive mechanism against premature aging symptoms, like wrinkles and age spots. The free radicals left after cellular metabolism can impact the skin and by eating nopales, you can keep your skin looking healthy and young.

The variety of phytochemicals, flavonoid compounds, vitamin C and other antioxidants found in nopales make it extremely beneficial for the entire immune system, particularly when it comes to various cancers. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds that seek out free radicals and eliminate them before they mutate the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous cells.

One of the most important aspects of nopales in terms of health is their mineral and vitamin content. Nopales contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and and vitamin B6, all of which are vital components of cellular metabolism that regulate the enzyme activity throughout the body. A healthy organ system and hormonal balance help in losing weight easily, promoting healthy muscle gain and toning the entire body.

The mineral content of this powerful cactus leaf includes a modest level of calcium, which is an essential part of building strong bones and repairing bones after being damaged.

This plant also contains magnesium, which is a useful mineral for inducing sleep in people suffering from insomnia, chronic anxiety or restlessness. It induces the release of serotonin in the body, which results in increased melatonin levels. It also has a slightly sedative effect, which reduces nerve function and calms the body, helping you fall asleep.

The juice from the leaves of nopales has anti-inflammatory effects on various body parts, including symptoms associated with arthritis, joint pain and muscle strain. Apply the juice topically to the affected area, or consume the vegetable itself to enjoy the benefits.

Make a salad, add it to your stir-fry or omelette. However you decide to cook and eat your nopal pads, just make sure to remove the thorns first!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Naseberry

Posted by on 16th April 2018

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The heady sweet aroma of a naseberry (otherwise known as a chickoo, chikoo or sapota) is unmistakable, with its fleshy brown skin and grainy sweetness on the inside. Love it or hate it, this fruit is currently in season and for good reason. Let’s take a look at why naseberries are good for you…

Did you know that a naseberry a day might just keep the eye doctor away? While this might be a slight exaggeration, the fruit is packed with vitamins including vitamin A for eye health and vitamin C to boost immunity and protect your skin.

Busy day ahead? Grab a naseberry. The natural fructose and sucrose content in naseberries will give your body a welcome energy boost.

Did you know that this delicious fruit is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and iron, and therefore keeps your bones strong? It is a good source of minerals like iron, folates, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorous, selenium etc which are very essential for facilitating various body functions including proper bone growth.

Rich in iron, magnesium and potassium, the naseberry can help to regulate blood pressure and circulation, as well as treat anaemia.

Packed with antioxidants, eating naseberries regularly helps to remove toxins from your body and is therefore great for skin, hair and nails, keeping them healthy and moisturised. In fact the naseberry is known as a “happy” food; it helps promote the production of collagen and prevents the growth of deep wrinkles. The fruit’s vitamin C and E content can help to eliminate skin diseases or inflammation such as acne and eczema.

If you haven’t tasted naseberry ice cream, then you must! The fruit has an exceptionally sweet, malty flavour, making it a favourite amongst ice cream fans.

Another “must try” is our ‘Naseberry Lassi’ $5 smoothie special available at Juiced @ The Wicket for this week only!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cilantro

Posted by on 11th April 2018

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This versatile, bright and flavourful herb is flourishing in The Brasserie’s edible garden and popping up on our menu, giving a fresh boost of flavour without the need for added sea salt or other seasonings.

Cilantro, otherwise known as coriander, is a popular herb popular around the globe that resembles flat leaf parsley at first glance, but at first sniff, transports you to the Mediterranean, Mexico, Asia and India.

Low in saturated fat and cholesterol, cilantro is low in calories and a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.

The vitamin K and calcium content of cilantro helps to build strong bones, teeth and hair. Cilantro is considered the “anti-diabetic” plant in some parts of Europe, and research shows that it helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and supports healthy cardiovascular function.

Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections and to prevent food poisoning. Some studies show that it can help to lower blood sugar and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.

A recent study found that cilantro can protect against oxidative stress, through its high antioxidant effects. Oxidative stress is linked to a wide array of degenerative diseases including some types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease and macular degeneration.

Cilantro benefits your sleep cycle naturally and calms nerves, and can improve sleep quality through its natural sedative effects.

Used throughout the world for thousands of years to settle nauseous tummies, cilantro can prevent gas and bloating, relieve indigestion and heartburn and ease stomach cramps. It aids in efficient digestion, by helping to produce digestive enzymes that aid in the breakdown of foods. In many cuisines, fresh cilantro accompanies hot and spicy dishes because of its cooling effects.

Cilantro benefits not only detox the body but also protect it from infection and toxins. Its natural antibacterial properties helps to protect against both food and water borne diseases including food poisoning, dysentery, salmonella, cholera and particularly listeria. Research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology studied dill, coriander and eucalyptus and found that cilantro was particularly effective in fighting listeria.

Cilantro is used both internally and externally as a remedy for skin irritations including hives, sunburns and poison ivy. It’s natural anti-histamines helps to calm the immune system response against allergens. Fresh cilantro and coconut oil can be blended together and applied to soothe sunburns, dry skin, poison ivy and hives caused by an allergic reaction.

In summary, cilantro has numerous health benefits and tastes best when picked straight from garden-to-mouth!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Hemp seeds

Posted by on 3rd April 2018


Hemp hearts – the perfect nickname for the nutritious hemp seed with its mild, nutty flavour, that is technically a nut.

Hemp seeds contain over 30 per cent fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). This 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and dry skin and reduce itchiness and potentially the need for skin medication.

Hemp seeds are also a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Hemp hearts are a great protein source, as more than 25 per cent of their total calories are from high-quality protein. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, which provide about 16–18 per cent.

Rich in vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, whole hemp seeds also contain high amounts of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, which benefits digestive health. De-hulled hemp seeds have had the fibre-rich shell removed, and therefore contain very little fibre.

Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted. Hemp seed oil is also very healthy, and has been used as a food/medicine in China for at least 3,000 years.

Overall, hemp seeds are incredibly good for you. They might just be one of the few superfoods that are actually worthy of their reputation.

Pop over to Juiced @ The Wicket for our $5 ‘Hearty Hemp’ smoothie special this week and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about!