New healthy spots in London

by Khushboo on August 15, 2016

Hello from London!  I’ve been back a few days and it feels oh so good! Between catching up with friends/family, settling into some kind of routine and just soaking up the sun, time is flying.  Unsurprisingly my weekend involved a crazy amount of delicious food, including a few new-to-me goodies. 

Regent's Park

Regent’s Park

First up: Activated charcoal bread.  Activated charcoal has recently been the rage due to packing in a number of benefits.  Unlike regular charcoal which is carcinogenic, activated charcoal is said to: 

  • Whiten teeth
  • Alleviate gas & bloating
  • Prevent a hangover
  • Treat body odour and acne
  • Reduce signs of waging
  • Cleanse the gut

(Source)

So basically activated charcoal is the new black ;)! Although I’ve never been interested to add it to my supplement routine, seeing activated charcoal in food form certainly piqued my interest…that too in a restaurant. My Saturday morning involved catching up with a friend over brunch at the cutest Aussie-inspried cafe on Seymour Street called Daisy Green. With a downstairs seating area that has been transformed into an Alice in Wonderland-esque outdoor/indoor garden, I found the cafe extremely charming even before scanning their menu.  In terms of food, think eggs any style, avocado toast, coconut bread French toast, broccoli & corn fritters and of course: activated charcoal bread

Daisy Green

Verdict? Although I’m not entirely convinced about the benefits, activated charcoal toast sure tastes delicious…and is a visual change from regular toast!  

Next up? Yorica i.e. Soho’s new vegan frozen dessert spot. Free from wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts, this dessert shop is a DREAM for anyone suffering from any intolerance to these common allergens. Heck it’s a dream for anyone who enjoys a cheeky dessert!  Made from natural ingredients like rice milk, coconut cream, sugar and a seaweed-based thickener, Yorica’s menu boasts a hefty selection of frozen yogurt, ice cream and shakes.  After sampling a handful of flavours, I opted for frozen yogurt, going halvsie on the ‘Good Vibes Vanilla’ & ‘Chilled Out Chocolate’, topped off with strawberries. My cousin ordered a cup of their ‘Cookies & Cream’ & ‘WOW Butter’ (i.e. a nut-free alternative to peanut butter).  

Yorica

Despite the lack of dairy & eggs, both tasted as rich and creamy as traditional ice cream…so much so that even those who can tolerate dairy would enjoy a dessert from here. Yorica describes itself as ‘groovy’ and I couldn’t think of a more fitting term!

Your turn- what’s the best thing you ate all weekend?

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Ayushi August 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Both sound ah-mazing (haven’t been to either yet!). Need to try charcoal bread, I wonder if you can find it in Bombay… x

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Khushboo September 9, 2016 at 3:16 am

If you manage to, share the deets!!!

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Jen @ Chase the Red Grape August 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

I would eat charcoal bread… At home… When I had the ability to brush my teeth after! Haha!
Yorica looks amazing and I would totally be there in a shot if I was in London… Won’t be for another year though! Gah!

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Khushboo September 9, 2016 at 3:17 am

Haha luckily it didn’t stain my teeth in the slightest!!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig August 17, 2016 at 1:05 am

Charcoal bread sounds too hipster for me, haha. I’m so sad that I didn’t hear about Yorica before I left London! I always get the major bloats after Snog, so this place will be a lifesaver the next time I’m in London.

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Khushboo September 9, 2016 at 3:17 am

ny chance you’re here before October, Tara?

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Lucie@FitSwissChick September 5, 2016 at 3:01 am

Never heard of charcoal bread, but well, I love to try new things! I miss London. Have the best time! My eats currently are all over the place, because traveling. Still clean and delicious though! 🙂

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Khushboo September 9, 2016 at 3:17 am

Hope you are enjoying yourself to the max during your travels, Lucie!!

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