Best healthy address of Milan is HANDS down, Mantra Raw Vegan. This awesome spot is ideal for any and everyone interested in healthy and delicious juices, meals and desserts. I must admit, I have yet to find a spot that compares in Paris. Mantra Raw combines a market, where snacks, seeds, superfoods, cold pressed juices, teas and sweets are available for purchase as well as a fully functioning restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. I had the pleasure of stopping by for a bite and a juice while in Milan.
Owner and founder Marina insisted on preparing me their house signature and best seller – TOSTAVO. This delectable is a composition of raw bread, dehydrated for 18 hours, with mashed avocado, cold smoked cherry tomatoes, marinated fennel and edible flowers. It was not only beautiful but supper yummy. Likewise, I tasted and very much enjoyed a coconut tiRAWmisu (ha ha – it’s true though) that Is caffeine free! Perfect for those looking for cut back on their caffeine or that are very sensitive to caffeine in the evening hours (like me). And finally, to drink, the Mantra cold pressed AUMARANCIONE. A juice consisting of carrots, oranges and lemon. Oh la la, incredibly fresh and wonderful.
I truly do not have enough positive things to say about this wonderful place. It has everything you could ever want or need to feel good and eat right. Its pretty much worth a trip to Milan just to try this raw utopia. Please follow them on Instagram for some serious food porn @mantraw and check out their site for more information.
Who can honestly say they they are sick of hummus? You are most certainly not me if this is the case (and I truly question your taste buds if you said no). As I spoke about in my recent article on Yafo, Hummus has tons of health benefits most of us are very unaware of. So no need to fret on that front. That being said, let me introduce you to a relatively new address in Paris for the most natural, organic and authentic hummus around – Chiche.
For starters, the owners Marc Ancointe Tallec & Jonathan Sason Cohen are serious about the ingredients and everything that goes from their kitchen to your plate. They use only organic and seasonal ingredients and import their tahini and pitas directly from Israel. It doesn’t get much better than that? Their menu offers many different variations of hummus bowls, ranging from their biggest hit – a mixture of beef and lamb with pickled onions and parsley, to their spicy eggplant bowl. They also feature a seasonal Madjadra Bowl which is a sort of Israeli couscous (a base of bulgar and lentils with pickled onions, Israeli salad and a mix of vegetables). I got to try the special veggie for this one when I stopped by yesterday, it was a fabulous broccoli with sweet cranberries. Sheer deliciousness. Take my word for it and go have a healthy yet very satisfying experience at this awesome spot. Chiche – 29bis rue du Château d’Eau 75010.
So I touched down in London town yesterday afternoon and I must say it has been a lovely little getaway thus far. Time for repo with my mother has been more than much needed and enjoying it at my favorite places has made it key. That being said, today I got to eat at my favorite healthy institution here in this darling city: Deliciously Ella.
We arrived at midday hungry and ready to eat. Not only was the staff incredibly friendly and the ambiance immersed by solely good vibes, but the food was just to die for. I did a mixed plate – quinoa perfectly seasoned, smooth and creamy hummus, a incredibly flavorful falafel with curried cauliflower (@jjchase for foodporn). All I can say is wow. This combination was not only a dream, but likewise organic, vegan and gluten free(?) Ella takes all of her recipes seriously, and it shows. Everything is 100% plant based and catered to anyone’s faves (in the healthiest possible way). My mum enjoyed chili with red cabbage and corn bread. Oh la la! Did she leave a happy camper. Not to mention Deliciously Ella spent most of the day with us. I later enjoyed a Fiery Organic Ginger Shot alongside a ROOTS Juice (composed of carrots, apples, beets, lemon and ginger), yum. Mum had a peanut cookie, I DID try and wondered why I didn’t take one too.
Ella herself has an incredibly story and it makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to enjoy her food and products. Don’t forget that her London restaurants are not her only gig. Ella has a bunch of other incredible products that have the same nutritional value system available in countless markets (for everyday enjoyment). She even has cookbooks. Click below for more info. (P.s. Ella, can you open in Paris soon?)
You’re in for a real treat. Well-known fashion PR consultant Parisian born and LA based Anne Diagne gave me the low down on the city she has now called home for over two years and I can’t wait to share it with y’all. Passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and staying fit, Anne has successfully sought out the secret local and all around best spots in this big city to enjoy Mother Nature and eat like a green goddess.
To stay in shape, Anne heads to Silver Lake Reservoir – The Meadow to relax and unwind. In this calm setting, Anne highly recommends meditating by the water and bringing your yoga mat along for a practice in the meadow. For those runners out there, you can also put your feet to the ground for a calm run along the reservoir. Now for what else… but HIKING. What would an LA chick be without her favorite spot to hike? Anne’s preferred location is Elysian Park in East LA for a shorter hike with a beautiful view of Downtown LA and Griffith Park for a more difficult one, where you also have the opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s most incredible observatories and planetariums.
As a vegetarian for over 15 years, greens and healthy eating is in her blood. Her all time favorite spot to keep those good and well-being vibes flowing is at MH ZV in Silverlake. This Israeli spot is tasty and delicious, with dishes made from only local ingredients. Don’t miss their potatoes with lemon, Anne promises it will take you to Tel Aviv and back. For a touch of Paris in LA, Cafe Stella is a no brainer, and for her favorite Mexican joint? Salazar. The place is very local using only organic ingredients. The vegetarian tacos are supposedly to die for (Anne is always talking about them). Last but definitely not least, the best place to recharge for a juice? Kreation in Venice. Anne swears on their blending creations (and also loves walking on Abbot Kinney with one in hand). This fashion guru with 10 years of experience in the field is forever french (a Parisian born and bred), but has that real Californian chill vibe. I can happily assure you she knows those real hot spots in LA.
After having walked by the yellow store front while running errands in the Marais several times, I finally had the pleasure of trying this cute little joint this past weekend. Wynwood is not only a cafe, but a local and organic restaurant that seriously cultivates those Miami Wynwood chill good vibes. The spot is completely covered by grafitti and colorful hanging lights.
While I stopped by at lunch time and enjoyed a delicious, and very beautiful ceviche with butternut squash (and an additional side of sweet potatoes), Wynwood is open for anytime fun. They have an excellent selection of beers (Tuesday to Saturday they are open until 11:30 pm), great coffee (you can even get your hands on a matcha latte) and out of this world desserts. I honestly felt like I was transported to another continent all throughout the duration of my meal. I promise, their Miami ambiance is a real thing, you really don’t feel like you’re in Paris anymore. Not to mention, the staff is super friendly and makes you feel at home. Go check it out (and try their Veggie Bowl for me, that’s next on my list of things to try at Wynwood) : 61 rue Charlot 75003, Paris.
So there are some of us that love vegan food, (even carnivores like me) and others that just can’t seem to wrap their heads around it. How can something so simple and light taste good? Sol Semilla will help you answer all of these questions. I had the pleasure of enjoying my Sunday brunch there, and I rediscovered my love for this organic plant-based, vegan restaurant.
While there are a variety of options on their menu, including copious soups and delightful juices, I decided to go with their daily special. This very special mixture of vitamin rich vegetables and grains was not only satisfying but really really delicious. Sol Semilla features a warm and raw plate, which change daily (in function to seasonal vegetables) in addition to their traditional menu. My plate comprised a mixture of salad, a delicious butternut squash soup, caviar of acai (yup it’s a thing) and rice plaf. Not to mention everything was (and always is) organic. Sol Semilla even has their own brand of natural elements and powders that will cure any ailment. These items are available in many Parisian organic foodstores, at the organic market at Saint Germain, and of course at their restaurant location and on their site. Go visit them – Sol Semilla , 23 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris. P.s. Don’t forget to visit their blog where you will also find inventive recipes and well-being tips.