Healthy Eats London – Rawligion (and Voice Over Hacks)

As a Voice Over artist I never really know when and where I will be working until the day before. There are a couple of areas where there’s a build-up of studios like Soho. 10/15 years ago almost every VO booking meant you went to Soho. But with crippling rate hikes, studios started to spread to Fitzrovia, The East end and Chiswick.
Most of the time I go to the same 10 studios. But quite often I’m booked in studios where I’ve never been before located on streets I’ve never even heard of.
I love that about London, you take a wrong turn and end up in an area with a completely different vibe. (even after 20 years!).

Food and drink is important when you do voice-overs. You are booked hourly and need to be totally prepared and your “instrument”  i.e. mouth needs to be performing as soon as you step into the studio as time really is money on these jobs.
In the olden days when you only had the choice of full fat or skimmed dairy milk in your latte, coffee was a no-no until the job was done as dairy makes your mouth produce deplorable clicking sounds… This can also happen if you don’t eat anything at all before a session. Clicking sounds are best removed with fairly hot water.  (Apples have NEVER worked for me). Another trick of the trade is to put a pen side-ways in your mouth and then read the script before you go in. This looks and sound very weird. but, when you remove the pen the words turn out beautifully. This is especially good if you have a booking in the morning and have only made grunting noises before the session.

When I’m booked in Fitzrovia I always pop into Rawligion for a healthy lunch or snack. I adore the Hard Green Smoothie with coconut water, spinach, broccoli, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, mint, parsley and apple.
It might sound to extreme but it’s delicious!

Rawligion is on Holbeach Mews off Tottenham Court Road.

Healthy Eats – London: High Mood Food

Several ferments, kombucha, kefir and my favorite fermenting book on the shelf (The art of fermentation by Sandor Katz).
High Mood Food is my kind of cafe!
I use to trek down to Chelsea to visit the Pop up , but now  High Mood Food got a permanent home opposite Selfridges.
This is a healthy cafe focused on fermented foods.
If you are new to gut friendly fermented foods and drinks this is the perfect place to dip your toe in the culture pond before you dive in and start your own little probiotic factory in your kitchen.
As I always have a couple of tablespoons of fermented foods with my meals at home, I’m really pleased  I can now get my fix when I grab a quick lunch in town.
Both flexitarians and vegans are well catered for. Everything is colourful and delicious and the staff is super friendly. I think I got a new favorite spot.


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Healthy Eats – Stockholm: GAST

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and that you are ready to take on 2018. I absolutely love Christmas and eat everything traditional and Christmassy. But now I’m done. I am craving vegetables!
We headed to new cafe/lunch spot Gast (old swedish for ghost) for a late breakfast. It’s beautifully designed airy, light and spacious with a great play list. The menu is in English and the staff seems to all be from an English speaking country, making this the perfect place to discover the real Stockholm and at the same time not feel like an outsider. Gast is situated slap bang in the middle of Stockholm but it’s a slightly hidden gem and even I had to give the address a google. I had a wonderful vegan soup with fennel and zucchini. So delicious and fresh. There is always a beautiful vegan salad on the menu and the soup of the day is often vegan. They serve great coffees and loads of traditional pastries like the gluten free and nut free chocolate roulade. (my teenager’s favorite). Now I’m getting ready to pack up and head to the airport in a few hours. Goodbye Stockholm and 2017.




Healthy Eats – London: The Good Life Eatery

Marylebone is quickly becoming the to go to area for great healthy places to eat. A few days ago I popped into The Good Life Eatery for a quick lunch bite.
I had a warm gluten free Gangsta Wrap with baked quinoa and sweet potato falafels, served with a side salad.  Asked them to hold the feta cheese –  no problem at all.  I prefer to eat a mainly vegan diet but I eat anything if I’m offered. My family comes with a whole host of food restrictions due to celiacs disease, nut allergy and oral allergy, it would just be to much to cater to a vegan as well 🙂
With both celiacs disease and nut allergy to take into consideration cakes can be an absolute nightmare to order. I was VERY impressed with the selection of cakes that was both gluten AND nut free, The Good Life Eatery got both these issues covered in the same cakes! Hurray!
I bought 2 slices to take home for the kids to try, one red velvet and one coconut, both were so delicious!
The Good Life Eatery is on Marylebone Lane 69.





Healthy Eats – London: 222 Veggie Vegan

I went to 222 Veggie Vegan for lunch today.
It’s a 25 minute walk from my house and it was so glorious and sunny I really enjoyed my walk, soaking up the rays.
For lunch 222 offers an eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet for £9.90 and a take away box for £7.50. (They are also open for dinner with a completely different a la carte menu).
This is vegan comfort food!
Mains like Quinoa Tofu Bake, Carrot Tart, and Mixed Bean Curry draw a completely different crowd from what I’m used to in healthy lunch places – MEN!
Male body builders, swimming teachers, personal trainers and local chaps, mixed in with female office workers. NOBODY left hungry!

Everything I cold see was gluten-free and other allergens like soya, sesame nuts etc. were clearly labelled.
I tried almost everything, it would be rude not to, right?
So yes, I had both plates in the photo above.

Oh, yes and as a bonus, there’s a new Vegan food shop next door.
I bought whipping cream, chocolate, meringues and vegan honey…
Not that I was especially hungry, but looking forward to try it all the same.
Had not even heard about vegan honey?!

(222 Veggie Vegan is at 222 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NU)

Happy weekend!



Healthy Eats – London: Yeotown Kitchen

Had a few hours to kill between voice-over jobs on Monday. (one where I had to sound like a 10 year old girl…not an easy task!!) No wonder I was starving afterwards!
I headed to Marylebone’s Chiltren Street to new healthy restaurant Yeotown Kitchen.

The mood is healthy- happy: loads of yellow, wood and motivational quotes. Just up my street. There’s a take-away area and a restaurant room with table service.
Down stairs there’s a small meditation area with cocooning egg chairs where you can re-charge with a short guided meditation. Loved it!

On to the food. The menu is long and full of goodness like Courage Bowl with Kimchee, Positivity Autumn salad, Vegan Burger, a wide selection of  smoothies, juices, vegan ice cream and sweet treats.
Unfortunately on the day I visited all my first choices were unavailable.
Had I taken my kids, or my parents for that matter, there would have been a complete melt down!
But I had been chilling downstairs and was filled with white light, so I patiently chose the a Warming Hot-plate Of The Day with Columbia beans, quinoa, spinach, sprouted mung beans and soy cream with cucumber for £11.95. So warming and filling, perfect for the first cold autumn day.  I also had a  Yeotonic Cherry Strawberry Kefir drink. at £5.95  and that really perked me up!