Yotam Ottolenghi {the israeli british chef i live by and best restaurant of london}

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If you’ve never heard the name, shame on you, as this man is a sheer genius. And still, if you haven’t heard the name you’re about to get the low down. As it’s Thursday, I thought I would do a little throw back and talk about the London institution for healthy, good and delicious eating that I hold very close to my heart. If you must go anywhere when you are in London, you must pay a visit to an Ottolenghi restaurant.

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Who is Yotam? Born and raised in Jerusalem, the man has a very very interesting history and life that came before his fooding success. That being said, his fooding endeavour did not start directly with this vision, but early in his career he began working in the industry as a pastry chef for several very known and reputed resaturants. But it all really began in 2002 when he opened Ottolenghi in Notting Hill.

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His dishes quickly sought praise, with a foundation on vegetables, crazy and inventive flavour combinations, and the essential Middle Eastern spices including za’atar, rose water and pomegranate molasses that must are completely unaccustomed to. The business has grown enormously since, and he now has a variety locations including a finer dining restaurant called Nopi. Each restaurant has a calm and “at home” ambiance. It’s always like I never left when I return to Ottolenghi. The only thing missing is, is that he has not opened in Paris (please come to Paris Mr. Otttolenghi). But at least he has published several cookbooks, so we can make our own attempts at home. Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this incredible chef. The only thing I can really say is that the next time you’re in London, you absolutely MUST visit Ottolenghi. As you can see from the photos, you will leave happy. Check their site for more info.

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Local, organic and better than that {as proclaimed by the parisian all-day coffee shop with miami sunshine, street art inside and some yummy food}

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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.

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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.

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Vegan Heaven on the Canal Saint Martin {it’s called sol semilla and it might change your life}

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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.

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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.

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Hummus Heaven called YAFO {the best i’ve ever had & proof that hummus is actually good for you}

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Let’s face it, who isn’t kind of obsessed with hummus? That creamy and yummy stuff that goes with just about everything? First things first, is it really good for us? Or is this just some kind of myth we guilt-fully tell ourselves. Well I have good news for you, The Huffington Post confirms that we should be eating more of this heavenly goodness. Apparently it can prevent cancer, lower cholesterol and even help you loose weight (?). Check the hyperlink for more info. So now that that’s taken care of, let’s talk about a place here in Paris where it couldn’t get any better. I haven’t been to Yafo in Israel, but I can tell you that this cute little place in Paris is just to die for.

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At Yafo, I almost always get the “Veggie Hummus”. This delicious bowl consists of a copious amount of absolutely delicious hummus, topped with seasonal veggies and other simple surprises. Above is a veggie version featured on LeFooding, which I was lucky enough to try when it was one of their specials. Below is what they currently have on the menu – turnip with smoked olive oil and grilled almonds. They also have a selection of Israeli salads, as well as a simple deli and meat hummus bowl options. Yafo really has got your hummus hook up. Go have a try – Yafo, 96 rue d’Hauteville 75010, and check their site for more info.

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