TRAVEL

Antwerp, the healthy guide

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Cooking your own meals is all well and good but sometimes you just want to go somewhere, order something nice from the menu and enjoy someone else doing all the hard work.  Antwerp has a lot of interesting restaurants offering healthy plant based food that are high on flavour.  Subscribe to our newsletter for a free map you can download to your computer, phone or any other device and read on for our top 5 favourite places below.

1. Have a plant based dinner at Simone's Kitchen

We recently discovered this place which serves a new fixed menu every week.  Dishes are plant based and can be vegetarian or vegan.  Keep an eye out for their famous chocolate mousse tart with marzipan. Oh and they have a beautiful garden to eat in...

Simone's kitchen

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2. A HEALTHY BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA AT MURNIFOOD

We love this place whose food so reminds us of our favourite place in London (Ottolenghi).  Owner Elke and her husband Zury cook gluten and lactose free and always have vegetarian and vegan options.  If you are expecting bland food you'll be surprised: there are many flavours from Israeli to Nepalese, Thai and Sri Lankan food.

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish where eggs are cooked into tomato sauce. Bliss!

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3.enjoy the flavours at camino 

The smoked eggplant with ponzu and sesame are amazing, so are the Korean mussels, and so is everything else....  Don't forget to book as this place is packed during the weekend!

Camino

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4. seasonal vegetables at extra fika

This simple place offers fresh, seasonal vegetables with local origin. 

Their sunday brunches are amazing. In summer, they occasionally move to summer bar Kamyon so check their website first.

Extra Fika

5.sunday brunch at het bos

A little off the beaten path, the two women making up the Otark food collective cook the most amazing brunch at het bos on sundays (not during the holidays check the website to make sure it is on).  Expect home made yummy dishes such as flatbread with wildflower honey, labne and walnuts, kimchi pancakes or white almond gazpacho.

Otark

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6. have a gin and tonic at wild project

We could tell you all about the amazing food like sweet potato fritters and spicy warm hummus with home made seeds crackers or socca with spring veggies, Japanese parsley and cashew lime sour cream. But really there is only one thing you need to know: the owners are so obsessed with plants and all things organic they make their own tonic. Enough said.... 

Wild project

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London, the healthy guide

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London is such an amazing place to visit, we go every couple of months just to try the delicious new restaurants (though we definitely have a couple of favourites), markets and shops.  Find our top 5 foodie experiences below.

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1. START THE DAY WITH A HEALTHY BREAKFAST AT 26 Grains

Hands down one of our favourite addresses in London.  The breakfast porridge is legendary.  The menu changes regularly but if you are lucky, rhubarb will be in season... This place definitely gets busy quick so go early.  And don't forget to buy the cookbook to recreate the magic at home.

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2. SHOP AT OTTOLENGHI

We have loved Ottolenghi ever since it first opened shop as a small deli though it admittedly has become so famous it can get very busy.  Whether you visit one of the delis or its restaurant Nopi, you'll love the middle eastern inspired food. Shop for zaatar and dukkah herb mixes.

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3.learn how to cook using what you have in your fridge 

Looking for inspiration? Hanna from Building Feasts runs cooking classes in small groups.  Her Fridge basics class includes such goodies as marinated feta, confit shallots and flavoured butters.  I loved her practical tips and make her crumble all the time. Upside: you get to eat the amazing food afterwards!

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4. ESSENCE CUISINE

Though I doubt you'll be hungry after all that food, you're probably up for a latte.  Essence cuisine is a vegan place which has all kinds of interesting drinks such as a Pine Pollen latte.

Essence Cuisine

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5.GO TO MARKET

Most people know Borough Street Market but we prefer going to Maltby street.  Though there is a street food market you also get to entre the production of many small food producers under the railway arches.  Look out for coffee from Monmouth, bread from St John and cocktails from Little Bird Gin.

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