In countries like Germany and Russia, the dairy product quark is consumed as readily as yoghurt is over here. Quark is made in a very similar way to cottage cheese but without the use of rennet or the addition of salt. It is naturally very low in sugar but contains three times more protein than yoghurt. London-based company Nutrii has been putting a lot of effort into bringing quark to the forefront of our attention in the UK with their incredibly delicious raspberry flavoured quark. Compared to commercial raspberry yoghurt, quark contains a third of the sugar (5g/100g vs. 15g/100g), no artificial sweeteners and each pot contains a whopping 20g protein. This combination of low sugar / high protein makes quark a perfect snack to help keep you fuller for longer, without sending your blood sugar into a spin like the majority of commercial fruit-flavoured yoghurts (even the organic ones!). This product gets a massive thumbs up from us and we’re sure you’ll like it too. You can currently find raspberry Nutrii in Whole Foods across London but keep your eyes peeled for the launch of plain quark, mango & passionfruit and vanilla & coconut next month.
A fine Place for plaice
London’s most famous dish may be fish and chips, but not all British fish is sent straight to the deep fryer. After all, up to 85 percent of the EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids in fish can be damaged in the frying process, so it’s important to take care of these delicate oils by cooking fish gently, for optimal nutritional gain. Well we’ve missed a trick by not introducing you to one of London’s best fish restaurants until now. Kensington Place has established itself as one of the city’s leading modern British brasseries since it opened its doors 25 years ago. All of its fish and seafood is sourced from the British coast and cooked to perfection. The Fish Shop next door is an extension of the restaurant, selling its prime catch to the public Tuesday through Saturday, as well as supplying the restaurant. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s superfood cocktail list as well! Kensington Place, 201 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LX.
Wine Rides – a taste of the countryside
Are you a fan of the English countryside, a bit of wine and a good cycle? If so, we’ve got your next long weekend mapped out – literally! Wine Rides is a unique cycle touring holiday which aims to keep you active and also allow you to enjoy the finer things in life – food and wine. Wine Rides takes you across the High Weald and East Sussex, tasting fine wines, camping on vineyards and riding through the beautiful countryside. On the first morning you’re given a guided tour of the area before being armed with maps, directions and information on the best spots en route. Your luggage is transported ahead of you each day so you don’t need to worry about weighing yourself down. Every evening there is a complimentary wine tasting and depending on the package you choose, Wine Rides will set up a tented village in advance of your arrival, with the option of luxe tents if you so desire. What’s not to love? Packages start from £125 per person, per weekend.
A proper cuppa at Yumchaa
Over the past few years, the joy of taking time out from our busy schedules to relax over a hot drink has given rise to countless independent coffee houses. But while baristas are busy weighing out the coffee beans for the perfect flat white, there is equal dedication emerging to the art of making the perfect cup of tea. One company who takes their tea making very seriously is Yumchaa, who blend and serve only loose leaf tea, believing that their hand-picked, larger tea leaves hold more essential oils which infuse to make a rich, full and smooth drink. They put just as much attention into the water used to brew the tea, insisting that all drinks are made using purified water. Many of their tea blends take inspiration from London, like ‘Notting Hill’ (Apricot, Strawberry, Marigold Blossom and Cornflowers with a Keemun black tea) and ‘Regents Park’ (Papaya Pieces, Pineapple pieces, Strawberries, Raspberries and Rose Petals with a Chinese Green Tea base). There are several branches of Yumchaa throughout London including Camden, Soho and Kings Cross, but rest assured that you also can buy all the teas online from their website here.