Clued up Cafés
Although Mum does have her days where she misses dairy (moussaka longing) sugar (the carrot cake lovingly made) and wheat (the comfort of a chicken sandwich) for the most part she’s adapted to the new way of eating, without a backward glance.
Kate Moss famously said ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.’
For Mum, knowing she is filling her body with nourishing, immune boosting foods, beats the fleeting pleasure of creamy pasta.
That said, sometimes she does relax the rules and indulge a craving, but it tends to come with a serving of guilt afterwards.
When she wants to let her wimples down without the worry, she heads to the Raw Kitchen or Manna Wholefoods where she can have that special treat, guilt free – a slice of raw, gluten free pizza, a sugar-and-dairy-free chocolate truffle, washed down with an almond milk latte.
Forward-thinking cafés and restaurants are now sprouting up around the world, responding to a global hunger for healthier options.
They provide delicious proof that a healthy, anti-cancer diet doesn’t have to be all about denial.
Here are a few of my favourites – I would love to hear yours…
The Raw Kitchen, Perth
The raw pizza goes fast at this popular hang out in Fremantle. Everything on the menu is dairy, sugar, wheat, gluten – and guilt – free. www.therawkitchen.com.au
Image from www.weekendnotes.com
Manna Wholefoods and Café, Perth
Before you fill your trolley with organic fruits and veggies, sprouted breads and organic beauty products take a moment to enjoy a raw almond milk smoothie and a vibrant spicy salad. Mmm boy. www.mannawholefoods.com.au
Wild Food Café, London
You can now indulge in a glass of biodynamic wine alongside your olive and shiitake burger with dairy free pumpkin seed cheeze. This Covent Garden haunt is always packed and the meals choc-full of flavour. www.wildfoodcafe.com
In the heart of Soho this gourmet café caters to an eclectic, creative crowd. Inexpensive and seriously moorish look out for the courgette noodles with miso dressing, raw lasagna and homemade kim chee. Also features a ‘Vespresso bar’ serving coffee substitutes such as carob, maca and macha. www.vitao.co.uk
Saf Restaurant, London (and Turkey)
Situated at the top of Wholefoods Market the restaurant delivers exciting artisanal dishes – think cauliflower ‘wings’ marinated in Spanish sweet paprika and chipotle chilli. www.safrestaurant.co.uk
Café Pinson, Paris
Veggies salads, edgie vibe, hazelnut milk coffee and freshly made juices. Recently opened in the Marais district, this San Fran inspired café does a roaring trade for Sunday Brunch. www.cafepinson.fr(I heard about this one through a certain ‘Paris Stilton’, aka my sister, agoodforking.com)
The Urth Café, Los Angeles
The West Hollywood outlet (on Melrose Ave) is the original of this LA chain, which specialises in organic coffee and tasty fresh food. Look out for Jessica Alba and Katy Perry while you feast on wild smoked salmon and organic scrambled eggs. www.urthcaffe.com
Life Cafe, Hong Kong
Swap pork dim sums for Aztec organic quinoa, jicama, mixed peppers, carrot, marinated black bean and sweet and sour red onions and chilli lime dressing. The founder of this popular organic restaurant and bar recently set up another organic venture – Mana! Fast Slow Food. mana.hk and www.lifecafe.com.hk
For comments click here