With London’s healthy restaurant scene booming and new places popping up all over the place, it’s easy to forget the old haunts which have not only stood the test of time, but have set an example for their successors by placing their feet firmly in the healthy food camp many years ago. Food For Thought is a charming vegetarian restaurant in Covent Garden, serving up homemade salads, quiches, breads and hot food to a loyal following of hungry lunch goers who often queue out the door. You can also get take-away from the kitchen upstairs. The portions are incredibly generous and great value for money, and you can even have a go at creating one of their delicious recipes yourself with the help of their cookbook, available from the restaurant or online here. Food For Thought, 31 Neal Street, London WC2H 9PR
REVIEW // SMS Biosport Heart Rate Monitor Earbuds
Over the past year, the market in wearable technology has gone from strength to strength. Most of the healthy gadgets we’ve been asked to try however, are interesting at best and completely pointless at worst. What we are looking for is something that has the potential to not only log data, but to also inform the healthy decisions we make. One area of the wearables industry that is getting us excited is the rise in heart rate technology. This week TC hits the gym armed with a pair of SMS Biosport Heart Rate Monitor Earbuds to see just how useful measuring your heart rate from within your ear can be and whether this particular product is going to get our hearts beating that little bit faster… READ MORE
London Chocolate Festival
When it comes to good quality chocolate, we definitely apply our 80/20 rule….and it’s perfect timing to indulge in the dark stuff as The Chocolate Festival is coming to town. The UK’s biggest chocolate festival welcomes artisan chocolatiers such as Artisan du Chocolat, The Chocolatier and Seventy%. In addition to exploring all the different exhibitors, you can also take part in tastings (we recommend you try some Free From and Raw chocolate in particular), visit the chocolate cafe and try out the Cocoa Spa. You can also learn more about directly sourced chocolate from the Direct Cacao Zone. This weekend we intend to celebrate chocolate in its best quality form and we suggest you do too! The Chocolate Festival hits Islington’s Business Design Centre on 27-29 March 2015.
An Edible Balcony
There is no food richer in nutrients than that which has been freshly picked from the plant. But many inner-city dwellers miss out on the opportunity to grow their own and experience this benefit due to the lack of outdoor space. Last weekend we popped along to the Edible Garden Show and were so inspired by the amount of new companies committed to making grow-your-own easier for those with limited space. Over the coming weeks we’ll be introducing you to all sorts of technological advances, from self-watering raised beds, to hanging window gardens, and even roof-terrace beehives. But before we go all high-tech we wanted to take you back to basics and show you just how easy growing your own can be, regardless of what space you have. Think growing rocket in old guttering, tomatoes on your windowsill and carrots in a bucket. The Edible Balcony by Alex Mitchell was published a few years ago, but it remains one of our favourites. From New York to Mumbai and then to a teeny balcony in Tufnell Park, the book is full of awe-inspiring edible roofs and balconies and other easy growing projects, so you can turn your space, however teeny, into an edible Eden in the sky. Available from Amazon here.