Woo what a fab weekend I’ve had. Went down to London on Friday evening and had dinner with my lovely friend Anneliese in Saf. Saf is a raw restaurant in Shoreditch and does some really extravagant raw dishes. It’s quite a lot heavier than what I’m used to, and obviously a bit more complex (not many big bowls with spoons going on).
We had A LOT to eat. I started with the sharing platter. Yes, the sharing platter as a starter, for one! It had a sample of everything on the starter menu which included beetroot ravioli, veggie maki, nori rolls, 2 dips and crackers, some olives and some marinaded nuts. I can eat quite a lot when I want to. Really tasty. For seconds I had the raw lasagne which was nice but quite mushroomy and I don’t really like mushrooms. Dessert was two scoops of raw ice cream with chocolate torte. Anneliese had the coconut cheezecake which was lovely too. Saf does the most amazing cocktails too, made with fresh juices and lovely combinations.
Saturday was the raw food class Anneliese and I were attending run by Lisa Simpson at Raw Liberty. WOW! What a great class. Apart from anything else she made us tonnes of food and demonstrated umpteen different raw recipes. Each one tasted fantastic, she’s got such a knack with raw food. I also think she’s superwoman. She makes all this fantastic food, works, brings up 2 kids and a husband (even making them seperate cooked food dishes each night) and has her raw food business on top! Lisa provides coaching and classes to people and specialises in how to stay raw in a cooked home! She’s also probably the loveliest, sweetest person I’ve ever met. I love Lisa! She’s given me lots of ideas for how to take forward my food creations! There were really amazing women there too, so inspirational. Another reason why I love pursuing this journey is because of all the wonderful people I get to talk to and share things with.
Anneliese and I headed to Camden and went to Inspiral Lounge where I got a nice avocado salad and a raw chocolate Easter egg! Amazing! I couldn’t resist trying it and to be honest I’ve only got a shred left and it’s nowhere near Easter. It was beautiful, made out of white raw chocolate, goji berries, cranberries and rose. Nice to try but I couldn’t eat one every day!
Today we met up with some lovely ladies for a raw lunch. We met the beautiful Denise Duffield-Thomas of Raw Brides at Covent Garden and walked up to Neals Yard Salad Bar which should be renamed Neals Yard We Don’t Really Sell Salads Bar. Unfortunately it was mostly cooked veggie and vegan but it did have a lot of wheat free, yeast free, gluten free stuff so great to go if you’re after something a bit more health conscious. It was lovely to finally meet Denise in person. She interviewed me recently as a Bride of the Month for Raw Brides which is her business aimed at people who would like to look and feel amazing in time for their wedding day (who doesn’t) so if that’s you or you know anyone then point them in the direction of Denise! 🙂
We had a nice juice then met Lisa and Francine and headed to Tibits. Tibits is cosmic! You help yourself to as much as you want – loads of fresh veggies and salad items then basically pay for the weight of your plate! Brilliant idea. Denise has it down to an art on how to get the most on your plate. Mine was a bit of a mountain as you can see 🙂
Really enjoyed the lunch, so good to connect with like-minded people.
At the airport I munched on some of Gail’s kale but managed to pour it all over my head trying to tip it straight from the packet to my mouth. Not a good idea and not classy 🙂
It’s nice to be home. Rod has tidied up the house and got some shopping in bless him 🙂
Here is my good to be home tune – when this is on in the car i go absolutely mental singing it very loud and dancing insanely
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/