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Top 5: Guide To Healthy Eating Spots In Berlin

February 26, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating, Berlin has the most choice out of any city I have been to bar LA. When you ask if a café serves none-dairy milk, the answer (nine times out of ten) is yes! Often with a quizzical look as to why you would even ask!?

You can easily find tasty goodies made from un-refined wheat and sugar. There are also lots of bio-marts and supermarkets that sell all of the hard to find ingredients listed in healthy recipes.

So when I’m looking for a delicious organic smoothie or a bowl bursting with superfoods I rarely struggle. Here are some of my favourite healthy eating places in Berlin …

Lokal – The food here is perhaps not healthy in a ‘raw food bowl’ kind of way. But, it is a farm to table restaurant with completely fresh and organic produce. I’m talking delicious natural wines, heavenly local ingredients and a menu that changes weekly based on what’s currently in season. It has a wonderfully warm atmosphere with friendly staff too. OMG it’s so good. I love going here for special evenings out. Be sure to book as it gets very busy.

Holy Flat – Holy Flat is a great little lunch spot with South American and European inspired healthy bowls and flatbreads. Everything I’ve tried here has been flavorsome and nutritious. There is a huge hand painted mural of a Stag on the wall here which is fun and the last time I went they were playing some pretty trippy music too.

Liquid Garden– This sweet little place specialises in healthy green smoothies. With the staff concentrating on just smoothies, it means that they are uber knowledgeable in that field and maintain a high standard of tasty drinks- which isn’t always a given. I like going here because it’s decorated with funky wallpaper and plants, they play cool music and it’s situated in Prenzlauer Berg- one of my favourite neighborhoods in Berlin with lots of cute cafes and shops to explore.

Goodies– Goodies is like a fast food takeaway but everything there is good for you. Every little detail has been considered, they use sustainable energy and the packaging is compostable. I love the labeling system which tells you the properties of each item. So whether you are vegan, gluten free, cutting out refined sugar or simply looking for a tasty treat that’s good for you, you will be able to find something here. I love getting a Berry Bang smoothie and superfood porridge to go.

The Bowl – This is one of my go-to clean eating spots in Berlin. It has super sleek décor that reminds me of  lunch spots in LA. It’s a nice place to eat both in the evening and during the day. I love the roasted brussel sprouts with cashew cheese and the sweet potato fries with organic ketchup. There is a great vegan supermarket below it called Veganz and a Goodies too (see above). The service can be a bit hit and miss, and you can’t book a table in the evening so you often have to wait, particularly at weekends but the food is great.

Let me know if you have any suggestions too because I’m always looking for new places to try!

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Restaurant Review: The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

July 31, 2016

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OK, so I am just going to put this out there…this is one of the best meals that Nick and I have ever had. Now, I know that’s a bold statement, but here’s why:

So we are in London, the sun is shining and we walk though beautiful Chelsea past all of the incredible homes with black and white tiled porches and arrive at The Artisan Bistro in high spirits. The staff there make us feel like a king and queen, they really take pride in their work and act like they actually want you to be there (which isn’t always a given – I’m looking at you, Berlin).

The owner has a passion for wines and was keen to share his knowledge with us. He explained that it is imperative that the perfect meal is accompanied with the perfect drink.

I love really dark, smokey and stereo-typically ‘masculine’ cocktails, because of this waiting staff will often bring a round of drinks over and hand mine to Nick! In keeping with this tradition, I tried the owner’s favourite cocktail ‘The Artisan negroni’ and Nick had a glass of Malbec, which he very much enjoyed (as you can see from the picture).

The concept of the menu is to present the finest European dishes, sourced from all corners of Europe for quality. For example the oysters were sourced from Colchester and the lemon-sole came from Irish waters.

I absolutely loved the rock oysters, the lemon sole was gigantic (see picture above) and the chocolate souffle was that delicious that we devoured it without even thinking to take a photograph – oops.

The exceptional level of service is strengthened by the fact that the owner is also the manager and oversees everything in the Bistro, giving it a very personal feel. Next time I am in the UK I would love to go back, it was such a special experience.

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DINNER AT DON GIOVANNI, MANCHESTER

June 22, 2016

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Sophie is my favourite buddy to go for shopping, lunch and cocktails with. We call them our Gossip Girl dates and I miss them so much when I’m away! The general rule of thumb on a Gossip Girl date is that you get dressed up all fancy, order loads of naughty food then go shopping after a cocktail or two and encourage each other to buy extravagant things with words of encouragement like: “you earned it” and “it’s nice to treat yourself from time to time”. You need those kind of days out occasionally, right?

We were invited to try out Don Giovanni in Manchester which recently had a £400k makeover to celebrate its 31st birthday. We were seated in a sunny window booth which was nice and private for catching up, Gossip Girl style.

As it’s an Italian restaurant, we chose an Italian cocktail, the Aperol Spritz, which was gorgeous and so refreshing. To start I chose the caprese (buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and basil) and Sophie went for the bruschetta Al Funghi (sauteed mushrooms topped with dolce latte cheese). We both had fresh fish for our main which the friendly waiter prepared for us. Finally, for desert Sophie had ice-cream with an espresso shot poured over it (which she adored) and I had strawberries and cream.

I can’t wait for our next Gossip Girl date, but Sophie really needs to start watching Pretty Little Liars so I can sign my texts with -A rather than Gossip Girl xoxo

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THE SHIP TAVERN REVIEW: IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR SHAKESPEARE

March 27, 2016

LedByLucy-English-PubWhenever I’m in London I usually head to the funky bars to find my friends. But after being away from England for so long I was craving traditional taverns and wanted to see scenes of red telephone boxes and cobbled streets a plenty.
Que The Ship Tavern in Holborn which dates back to 1549, is one of London’s oldest pubs and is rumored to have played host to Shakespeare himself. If only the walls could speak, I’m sure they have a few stories to tell.

LedByLucy-Oysters-LondonTheShipTavern-London-ReviewThis place is the opposite of a touristy chain and it oozes original character. Located up a little cobbled street and surrounded by huge buildings, you need to know it is there to find it. With its slanted walls and crooked wooden beams, it looks like something from a Harry Potter film which sprung up out of the ground by magic.
Downstairs the pub was full of jolly locals and suited bankers enjoying tankards of real ale. Upstairs is an intimate dining room with a crackling open fire serving ‘proper’ pub food. Exactly what I wanted.

Here is what I ate from the a la carte menu:

  • Pan-fried halibut, basil mash potato, poached duck egg & blood orange hollandaise
  • Dorset rock oysters, merlot vinegar & shallots
  • Cheese board

london-food-review-LedByLucyledbylucy-london-food-blogThe food does the talking at The Ship Tavern, Everything is clearly made from scratch and is just so tasty! I have cut out refined carbs and refined sugar from my diet, so a lot of pubs are just out of the question for me. But I had ample choice on the menu. If I wasn’t on the diet, I would of totally ordered a pie. They looked soooo good and smelled delicious.

This is the place to go if you are in London and looking for an authentic experience in a traditional pub with delicious food.

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BLUEBERRY & ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE RECIPE

November 26, 2015

LedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BlogLedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BloggerThis wholesome blueberry and almond butter smoothie recipe is fast becoming my favourtie winter breakfast. It is filling, comforting and full of energy to help kick start your morning. Whenever I make myself a smoothie for breakfast I like to think that I am doing my body a little favour by feeding it all of those nutrients.

I don’t know about you but I love a cocktail with my Sunday brunch (a Bloody Mary, 8.5 on the spice scale please) and when it comes to cocktails the decorations and embellishments are a real seller. So I’ve been playing with healthy smoothie embellishments. I made fruit skewers and decorated the rim of the glass with chai seeds.ledbylucy-health-food-1ledbylucy-smoothie-blogger-health

Blueberry And Almond Butter Smoothie, makes one.

  • One peeled and ripe banana
  • Three pitted dates
  • Half a cup of blueberries
  • One tablespoon of chai seeds
  • One tablespoon of almond butter
  • One cup of cold water

Pop everything into the blender and give it a wizz for two minutes.

For the decorations pop additional fruit onto coktails sticks to make skewers. Run lemon around the outer edge of the glass then roll it in a saucer of chai seeds. Make sure that the seeds just go on the outside of the glass so you don’t end up with more in the liquid.

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Note– If you make this in bulk and store it in the fridge overnight then it will expand considerably into a thick yoghurt like texture (I literally had to eat mine with a spoon the next day). So I would suggest drinking it fresh and only blending batches as you need it.

This particular smoothie was inspired by Deliciously Ella, her healthy lifestyle recipes and tips are 100% worth checking out if you haven’t done already. I also love Kimberly Snyder and featured her Glowing Green Smoothie in this old post which I wrote a very long time ago.

In the spirit of organic goodness I’d like to introduce you to ULTRA TEE, the lovelies that made my Artichoke Jumper which you can see in my photos. All of the ULTRA TEE range is organic, eco-friendly and fair trade. I said earlier that drinking my smoothie makes me feel as though I’m doing my body a favour, wearing this jumper makes me feel as though I’m doing some good for the earth too.

Happy smoothie making, let me know your favorite recipes too. x

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NHOW BERLIN REVIEW: A SUNNY LUNCH DATE

November 12, 2015

LedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-BloggerLedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-BlogLedByLucy-Berlin-Fashion-ASOS-BlogLedByLucy-Food-Blogger-Nhow-BerlinLedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-Travel-Blognhow-berlin-1LedByLucy-Cru-London-Fashion-BloggerA lunch out with my boyfriend was exactly what I needed after recovering from the flu and working from my bed for a week. The weather had been miserable and so I was skipping down the street when the sunshine showed it’s face for our date.

Our choice of venue was the nhow Hotel in Berlin because on a sunny day the terrace looking onto The Spree is glorious and I was craving some fresh air.

Located between Universal and MTV nhow has a strong musical theme. Guests can hire guitars or amps to be sent to their hotel rooms and there is a huge mirrored recording studio on the top floor. The musical theme continues throughout the bar, restaurant and lobby with grand pianos dotted around and musical lifts (one for jazz, another for pop and so on). While I was ordering my food a fellow customer took a seat at the piano and played a perfect rendition Lana Del Rey’s Video Games which inspired someone else to hopp on stage (yes there is a stage) and have a go on the drums. To me the resemblance between nhow and the set for Live and Kicking is uncanny. It would also be the dream home of a 90’s pop band with its gold pleather seats, curved floors, pink bathrooms and purple mood lighting.

If a 90’s pop aesthetic isn’t your thing, the outdoor terrace really is special in the sunshine with brilliant views of the Oberbaum Bridge. I was so happy sitting there with the sun on my face and a delicious glass of champagne in hand. We ordered the Clubsandwich “Klassik” and Berlinner Currywurst mit Pommes from the vinyl shaped menu which was nice, simple and tasty.

Let me know if you have been or decide to go. Lucy x

Wearing: Rollas Eastern Bandana Hi Neck DressWomen’s Seafolly Georgette Sunglasses (similar mine are vintage), Head Over Heels Sandals by Dune and Willow Weekender by CRU London

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Tea Time at Sugar Junction

January 12, 2015

Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image1I have been lucky enough to have some extra time off work after the Christmas holidays. So, while everyone else is focusing on #NewYearNewYou I am being pretty naughty and continuing the indulgence!

My friend Kate is visiting from London and we went for tea and cake at Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter.

Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image2Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image3Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image4Kate and I have known each other since we were 17 and we took a good half an hour to place our order because we had so much catching up to do, I have not laughed so much in a long time!

We finally ordered scones which were served warm with clotted cream and jam. It was delicious. I had Pucker Up Lover tea, a blend of hibiscus flowers, rosehip, strawberry, apple, rose petals, elderberries and orange blossom – it is my favourite.

Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image5Tea-Time-at-Sugar-Junction-image6If you are visiting Sugar Junction (and I recommend that you do) I suggest avoiding lunch times at the weekend as it gets super busy. The afternoon tea is also amazing.

It was such a lovely lunch date, we both left with tummy ache from laughing so much.

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