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JUICE BAR

JUICE BABY

Travel, Wellbeing, Reviewdanielle coppermanComment

Despite the name, Juice Baby is by no means infantile. This place is more like the daddy of raw food, and with a menu I thought I would never find this side of the pond, it is so ahead of the game. Their Raw Pad Thai is like no other, their millionaire shortbreads are so nourishing it's like biting into a slice of happiness, and the chia seed pudding, with an abundance of homemade toppings, is Spot. On. And what I love about it most is how silently it has crept onto London's health food scene.

The atmosphere is wonderful, and something I find really important in any kind of eatery, especially a healthy one. People can easily feel intimidated entering a health food store, feeling under educated or out of place if they aren't a regular juicer with a sturdy E3 shot schedule. But Juice Baby is calm, laid back and has beautiful interiors that don't make you feel on edge about spilling a little kale juice. This place could very easily be your best friends living room.

Their menu is what sets this place apart from other health food jaunts across the UK. They've gone one step further than a few bliss balls and a box of courgetti, offering amazing sea kelp noodles and salads with vibrant, tasteful dressings, delicious chocolate treats, homemade nut milks, juices, smoothies and shots, and other snacks that fit perfectly into a busy lifestyle with little time to dedicate to cooking. They make salads instantly more delicious with simple dressings and dips, and their lunch boxes are full of a combination of ingredients, making them exciting and interesting, as opposed to plain, dry and limp-looking. They take traditional favourites like thai noodles and mexican chilli and rework them with natural, raw ingredients, brimming with life as well as flavour.

The staff are lovely, the vibe is admirable, the owner is passionate and, although it feels like the other side of the world from where I live, it is definitely worth the journey. No noisy coffee machines, no loud chart shows, just calming interiors, chilled music and a lovely energy. Sit and enjoy their salads or order from their breakfast menu, or if you're in a rush, empty their fridges and fill your bags. 


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Sea Kelp Pad Thai
Taco Bowl
Caramel Slice
Raw Brownie with Cacao Frosting
Chia Seed Pudding

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THE DETOX KITCHEN

Travel, Wellbeing, Review, Lunch, Lifestyle, Brunch, Breakfastdanielle coppermanComment

It didn’t take me long to decide how I felt about The Detox Kitchen – the newest addition to london’s community of healthy eateries. To see a large bowl of fresh guacamole on the counter as I walked in was enough to get me interested. A menu the size of an entire wall boasting revitalising juices as well as a huge variety of food had me quite literally transfixed. And noticing anthropologie paraphernalia in every corner - as if at home in my own kitchen - made me want to sit down and never leave. Which was lucky, as it’s obvious upon entry that grab-and-go is hardly their ethos. With a sense of calmness and a chilled atmosphere (just what I like), natural light coming in through a huge window overlooking the cobbles of kingly street and amazing service, it couldn’t be more inviting.
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I arrived at The Detox Kitchen late on their second day of business. Only one lonely bowl of salad remained and the fridge was looking smugly empty. I took this as a good sign and quickly grabbed a pot of Quinoa with Cashew Pesto before anyone else did. I also bought some mind-blowing Wild Garlic and Spinach soup to take home with me. As a quinoa addict this is a strong statement but the quinoa pot was one of the best quinoa combinations I had ever tried. The flavours were amazing and the ingredients were ‘so fresh and so clean’ – in the words of Outcast. My only regret was not having arrived earlier, as I spent most of my time gazing at the menu and thinking about their egg rolls. Luckily for me there remained some baked goods on the counter so I tucked in to a Banana Muffin, which of course was delicious and light, and left me feeling clean – not a effect many muffins can have on people.

I love anywhere with salads on display because you know what you’re getting and your decisions are visually educated. The prices here too are very affordable, unlike many specialist health joints that the general public view as only places the rich and famous visit. You can take away handpicked salad boxes for lunch, choose from a selection of small pots or trail-mixes to take on-the-go with you if you are time-poor, busy or travelling a lot, or stock up on healthy staples to take home, like their large pots of soup or bags of cereal. And if you have more time, sit inside and watch the world go by over a fresh pot of tea and a wholesome plate of food. The drinks menu is also phenomenal with a large selection of smoothies and juices. On my second visit I had a Lemon & Ginger tea, and half expecting a soggy Twining’s tea bag I was excited to see vibrant, brightly coloured ginger slices and the juiciest chunks of fresh lemon floating atop my hot water. This attention to detail was enough to confirm that anything you find at The Detox Kitchen will be as fresh, pure and wholesome as it possible can be.

The Detox Kitchen is definitely one of my favourite new eateries in London and I can’t wait to go back for a proper wholesome lunch. I love their philosophy and what they stand for, I love the location and the interior of the eatery, the people are incredibly friendly and the food is spot on. The menu features pretty much all of my favourite meals and snacks, meaning I can finally eat out and not have to redesign the entire menu or mix and match a selection of sides in order to have something half healthy. They have mastered the balance between eating healthily and still being able to enjoy your food. There are no skimpy salads and nothing is disallowed - just lovingly made food created by people passionate about real, nourishing, feel-good ingredients. The salads are interestingly dressed vegetable dishes - as opposed to bland, wilting salad leaves commonly associated with ‘healthy eating’ - and the brownies by the till – which I hear they are already gaining a reputation for – are a sure sign that The Detox Kitchen lifestyle is not a boring, monotonous, tasteless one. Founder, Lily Simpson points out “Healthy food can be brilliantly tasty. It can fill you up, and yes, you can have pudding”. That pretty much sums it up.

Visit their website for information on the delivery side of the business. They offer fresh food plans delivered to your door whilst you sleep, so all you have to do to keep healthy and feel great is plate up. You can choose from a selection of packages all of which consist of fresh, wholesome ingredients developed by their team of nutritionists and top chefs. Expect to start your day with a vibrant shot of wheatgrass or a greens juice, enjoy a wholesome protein or vegetarian evening meal and allow yourself a satisfying, guilt-free dessert.

WELCOME TO THE GOOD LIFE

Travel, Wellbeing, Review, Lifestyledanielle coppermanComment

You leave this place thinking exactly that; life. is. good. Because there is finally somewhere in london to buy fresh cold pressed juices? Because everything you’ve just consumed has provided you with essential vitamins and nutrients and revitalised your entire body? Because you have just tried the greatest chia seed pudding you ever have and ever will? Likely all of the above will contribute to your improved mood on exiting this chilled little gem, just off Sloane Avenue.

Somehow, despite a surge of interest and research in nutrition and fitness in the last year or so, London has little to show for it. “Healthies” may be the new “Selfies” and gyms may have developed into exclusive, members-only clubs but there is still so much confusion over eating the right thing in order to obtain optimum health and weight maintenance. People may be going to the gym but they’ll still follow some kind of unrealistic fad diet, or opt for the newest low-fat breakfast bar laden with empty promises of help. Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Cruush are all London has to offer and are our best attempts at ‘real food’. They may boast a range of superfoods and fresh fruit and vegetable juices, but trust me; they’re no Juice Press. We just haven’t quite got it yet.

Unlike New York, LA and Australia, London has been slow on the uptake of valuable information and education regarding real foods in the catering world. Things like why cold-pressed is better than centrifugal juicing or why Maca and Baobab provide more vitamin C than an orange are yet to make the headlines as celebrity diets are strutting around stealing the show. The dieting industry makes billions of pounds every year by victimising poorly educated and vulnerable people into falling for their moneymaking fads. But thankfully The Good Life Eatery has arrived bringing with it real knowledge, real food and real skill which until now only existed in places like The Juice Press, NY and Pressed Juicery, LA. Thank you Shirin. Thank you Yasmine.

The Good Life Eatery is what London has been lacking. Until now we’ve had to settle for murky, discoloured juices from Wholefoods knowing full well what we are missing across the globe. Along with the freshest of cold-pressed juices The Good Life also offers a sensational range of smoothies and snacks as well as an exceptional brunch and lunch menu. The menu isn’t vast but personally this makes decision making a lot easier, and each dish is full to the brim with ingredients so you practically get a few meals in one. The juices come in inspiring combinations and even a shot from the taster selection got me worked up, feeling great and excited for more. Made with a Hydraulic Juicer they ensure that all vital nutrients and enzymes are not lost during the process, making you feel better than ever and nothing like how you would after shop bought, sugar laden fruit juices.

The window is filled with gluten free, wholesome cakes and treats again with impressive concoctions like green tea cupcakes. The selection is varied with loaves, protein nibbles and biscuits, large slices and muffins, all of which are free from refined sugar and gluten, adding to the feel-good vibe. The lunch was amazing, consisting of ingredients that so many restaurants in London haven’t even heard of. I had a Kale salad with sweet potato topped with nuts and nutritional yeast. The menu board screams brilliance so much that you are dubious that what you order will actually be as good as it sounds. But it is. Pure satisfaction is what you will experience. Maybe it’s the way the kale was ‘massaged’ that made it taste so good. The attention to detail is evident in every mouthful, almost as evident as the abundance of nutrients. They use only the most wholesome, nutrient-rich, locally sourced produce keeping it ethical and really good quality as well as incredibly delicious - trust me, you can taste the difference. This is the first cafe i’ve been to in London which has a gluten free or spelt bread sandwich option, and you hardly notice the bread at all because its so packed with ingredients you can barely take a bite. Not a bite size socially acceptable anyway.

It’s not just the food and energising drinks that instantly improve your life, mood and body composition, even when you didn’t know they needed improving, but also the entire vibe and energy of the place. A sense of pure health and a slow, stress-free lifestyle is potent as soon as you walk in off the street. It’s not huge inside so the place is a small babble of chilled, interested and excited new comers. The atmosphere is low key and intimate and the perfect place for food lovers and health freaks to spend time. I love the decor, featuring huge jars filled with super foods and large blackboards which compliment the rustic exposed brickwork. It possesses both a convenient fast-food approach as well as a slow, welcoming, easy-like-sunday-morning kind of vibe. Grab a juice from the fully stocked fridge quicker than you can say KFC for an instant, on-the-go pick me up, or sit down for lunch and you wont be rushed away even if you’re making your way through your second gluten free club, waiting for a smoothie and intending to finish it all off with an Organic Nude Espresso (which - i might add - is like no other).