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Blog, France, Paris

Healthy Paris

October 16, 2016

Paris, like the rest of all European cities, seems to have jumped on the health bandwagon too.  While croissants, hot chocolate and macaroons are still definitely the top things to consume while in the city, if you need a break from all the butter then the following are some excellent healthy alternatives (without compromising on quality):

SEASON – the Marais

The northern Marais is wonderful, especially on a Sunday morning.  And walking from Temple Metro to Season, through this lovely, vibrant neighbourhood, there are multiple brunch places I wanted to check out. If you want to explore the Marais it’s a good way to do it, starting north and ending south near Place du Voges.  Yes, you’re going from more local and residential to fairly touristy, but it’s also fun to compare.  Anyway, Season is a lovely little cafe, perfect for a healthy breakfast in the sun (their Acai Bowl and Maca cakes look incredible).  They have a small terrace and it’s quiet.  They serve ‘Juice it’ juices (see below for further info) which are 6 euros and they have a whole fridge full (good for a takeaway).

Season, ParisSeason, paris

 

JUICE LAB – Saint-Germain des Pres, Pigalle & the Marais

Wow, this is as slick (and minimalist) as it gets.  There are three of these trendy juice bars in Paris, one in Pigalle (very close to Le Pantruche, which is meant to be great for lunch), one in the heart of the Marais, right by the stunning Place du Voges and the other in gorgeous Saint-Germain des Pres (below).  If you need a solid vitamin intake, this place has whatever juice concoction you might wish for.

Juice Lab, Paris

 

WILD & THE MOON – the Marais

This might have been my favourite healthy cafe.  While some of these places can be a bit smug, Wild & the Moon is very welcoming, with beautiful interiors.  Their main focus is on vegetables, super foods, and organic, seasonal food.  And they love to serve their food ‘cold-pressed, raw, intact, and prepared with love’.  This is clear.  Their ’boutique cafe’ in the northern Marais is an ideal place for brunch (though it does get busy on the weekends of course).  They also have a ‘Wild lab’ in Pigalle.

Wild & the moon, Paris

 

JUICE IT – Louvre/Palais Royale

This more relaxed juice bar is the perfect place to head to for a juice on the go in the cultural heart of Paris.  If you’ve tired of the Louvre or shopping on the Rue Saint Honore (or in nearby uber trendy concept store Colette), grab an excellent juice here and head to the Tuileries Gardens for a stroll.  Perfect!  They also stock their juices at other healthy cafes (like Season). 

Juice it, Paris

 

 

Blog, Eat, Healthy, London

Casita Andina, Soho

August 9, 2016
Casita Andina, Soho

Clever clever Martin Morales.  Introducing affordable (and delicious) Peruvian food to London (Ceviche)?  Check.  Expanding into Shoreditch with a focus on the Peruvian Andres (Andina)?  Check.  And now, the last master stroke: opening a completely gluten free, super healthy (but still Peruvian) new restaurant in Soho.   Enter Casita Andina.  Andina’s little sister restaurant but with an increased focus on health, without of course sacrificing on taste.

I went for the soft launch last week, at lunch time.  The staff were clearly still a little confused with what was going on.  One lovely girl didn’t really understand the menu, as hard as she tried.  I got a call from the reservations team twice after I had left, asking me if I was still coming for lunch.  But this is all completely forgiven because a) it’s a soft opening, so these problems are inevitable, b) the food makes up for it all.

Casita Andina, Soho

They offer a great lunch time deal: two plates for £10.  I suggest if you’re dining with someone (which I hope you are), that you choose four different dishes between you.  One of the ceviche dishes (I’d go with the classic) is an obvious must.  Super delicious.  We also had the croquettas with a twist (pork and liver, with chilli jam) – unusual and surprisingly moorish.  From the hot plates we chose the Salmon Scabeche (perfect, and I love the sweet potato with it) and the Aji de Gallini (chicken with botija olive and a quails egg).  I’d never had chicken quite like it, it looked almost like scrambled eggs (without wanting to put you off) but was delicious, if not for everyone.

Casita Andina, Soho

The place itself is super cute, great location, small but with so much charm.  The Peruvian theme is of course very apparent, like at Andina, but without it being too naff.

The perfect lunch place, if not light dinner option.  I shall return.

Casita Andina

31 Great Windmill St,

London W1D 7LP

Photo credit: Casita Andina

Blog, Eat, Healthy, London

The Detox Kitchen, Knightsbridge & Soho

May 14, 2014
The Detox Kitchen

Through a coeliac friend I recently heard about The Detox Kitchen, a Deli which offers healthy and gluten free breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  Think quinoa salads, salmon steaks, stuffed aubergines and a whole array of delightful gluten free muffins, brownies and flapjacks.

The Detox Kitchen

AN ARRAY OF SALADS

I tried their Deli in the ‘Food Market’ on the fifth floor of the Knightsbridge Harvey Nichols. I’d never been to the Food Market there, which was heaving  on a Saturday lunch time (naturally).  Among Burger & Lobster and Bubbleology you will find The Detox Kitchen tucked away.

The Detox Kitchen

ON THE FIFTH FLOOR

The Detox Kitchen

THE FOOD MARKET

I only had time to grab a gluten free banana muffin which was absolutely delicious despite the lack of gluten, dairy and wheat.

The Detox Kitchen

DELICIOUS

Their Deli which has recently opened in Soho on kingley street is apparently much bigger and a stand alone entity. You can expect more seating and a better vibe, which I felt the Harvey Nichols one lacked, being drowned out by the rest of the food court. But the food all looks amazing:

The Detox Kitchen

TEMPTED?

The Detox Kitchen

The Detox Kitchen

TAKE AWAY FLAP JACKS, GRANOLA ETC

I am now definitely temped to try their Soho branch out for one of their salads and a beetroot brownies.

The Detox Kitchen

I’LL BE BACK FOR YOU

The Detox Kitchen

TAKE AWAY GOODIES

Good news for those who prefer to eat at home – what the Detox Kitchen are really all about it home delivery of healthy meals – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Check out their How it works page for more information.

The Detox Kitchen

Harvey Nichols, Fifth Floor

109-125 Knightsbridge

OR

10 Kingly Street Soho W1B 5PJ

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