21th December 2010
We were meant to go snorkeling in Koh Tao but the sea is not clear at all due to the tropical storm so we decided to stay in Samui and enjoy what the island has to offer: waterfall, beaches, markets, massages on the beach, a second raw food restaurant…
What?! A 2nd raw food restaurant!? YES!
It’s called : “Raw food cafe”, it’s at the end of the main street in chaweng beach.
The salads are excellent.
The cakes and smoothies are amazing.
The rest of the menu is not very impressive… we tried the live pizza, the lasagna and the pad thai, they all taste the same. They are putting this kind of pinky red salsa in abundance in all the “sophisiticated” dishes… and it’s disappointing.
but the cafe itself is very clean and slick (maybe a bit too much asceptised) and is attached to a very expensive spa if you fancy trying it.
The other little shops next door who offers massage are great too and we ‘d rather go there: clean, professional and one of the best massages we’ve had in thailand.
20th December 2010
We’re off to AngThong National Marine Park.
We woke up a bit early to take the boat that will take us to this archipelago of 42 different islands!
The sky is blue. It’s hot already.
We’re going canoeing from one beach to an other within the archipelago and there are few hikes planned.
One of them is really steep and you need to hang onto a rope in order to get to the top and more importantly to go down afterwards!
This is a “difficult mode” hike, you need to be physically fit to do it, specially when it’s hot!
The view is worth it though:
You’re standing 500m above the sea, at the top of the island, on a kind of bamboo balcony built on a piece of rock…
Let me tell you, the balcony is not very reassuring, specially when other people are on it too but it’s a beautiful memory.
19th December 2010
We’ve been heard!
It’s 6am and sunny!
Today we’re off exploring the island.
We headed up to the spa resort beach in Lamai Beach which is 3min away from our hotel – handy.
It’s a really laid-back atmosphere and it’s more lively than in chiang mai.
The restaurant is right on the beach so you can eat with your feet on the sand.
We have our regular breakfast: juices, fruits, smoothies and coconuts.
The food there is pretty much the same as in Chiang Mai, which is sensible.
Overall, it’s reassuring to go somewhere on the other side of the world and know you have a raw food restaurant next door.
Although in Thailand, you can always find the most amazing fruits available in every restaurant and even at a reseller in the street.
18th December 2010
We still have a stormy weather in Chiang Mai this morning. I’m heading to the Yoga Class but the teaching was a bit disappointing…
We head to the airport and we’re flying with Bangkok Airways…
A little foot massage before boarding and our “raw vegan” lunch is awaiting us in the plane.
Bangkok Air is giving you the optionality to eat a raw vegan meal when yo’re flying with them! It’s much better than Air Asia where you need to order your food before boarding and you have to choose between a hot dog and a hot dog…
We arrive to our hotel in Koh Samui. We have our little villa with private pool. It’s also stormy here, water is everywhere on the roads. we are in our hot tub outside our bedroom, in our private courtyard and are watching the lights in the sky… and projecting ourselves in a sunny day tomorrow, hoping the universe is going to hear us!
17th December 2010
It’s raining here in Chiang Mai. We barely see the mountains, they’re are covered by clouds. It’s still about 27C so it’s a residual from the rainy season. We’re off to the mountains but we won’t benefit from the view unfortunately…
So back in thesparesort, we’re hanging out in our little house and as we’re on holidays we let ourseleves watch a bit of tv and end up watching a documentary by Michael Moore on medical insurance : Sicko. We recommend it if you haven’t seen it and you will realise how important it is to work on your health not to be confronted to any issue.. you don’t want to deal with medical insurance companies… very interesting….
Tomorrow we’re heading to Koh Samui… let’s hope it’s going to be sunny there!
16th December 2010
We’re off on a trek in the rain forest few hours away from Chiang Mai.
We are going up the mountains, the sun is shining, it’s hot, about 32 degres c, the vegetation is luxurious, there are dogs running everywhere, poultry, black pigs, cows and even elephants in rivers having a drink .
We walk to a nice big fall, and from a little bit further, we are doing a rafting in the most natural way possible: Bamboo raft! amazingly done! If you’re scared of being wet, don’t go there!! It’s a lot of fun.
Today we just connected with nature which we thought could be more hostile than what we experienced… at least in december…
So we had our bit of grounding for the day and we feel really, really amazing! Don’t forget to ground yourself anytime you can!
15th December 2010
We arrived at the Spa Resort CHiang Mai. It’s a “raw food Spa/ Retreat”. The restaurant menu is not very exhaustive. you can accomodate for few nights but we would find it hard to live on this for more than a week. There is basically 4 or 5 salads, a raw pizza that is decent, raw lasagna, a good raw hummous.
The pool is great: it’s a natural water pool, no chlorine! Yay! so we spent an hour or so at the pool.
We tried out the massages as well: traditional thai and foot massages. Awesome set up. I’ll post a picture later on.
Have to go and get some beauty sleep!
14th December 2010
We are off to CHiang Mai. On the way, we’ve checked out China Town! There is plenty off fresh fruits, nuts, and other non-raw thing which are very popular such as dried fish. And also, I forgot to mention, there is anything else you may want too!
13th December 2010
Our 1st full day in Bangkok. After 2 exotic sliced fruits platters from our hotel, we ‘re heading to the Grand Palace. We want to go there via the canal and opt for the long way: we hired a boat that will take us through Konbhuri, the old Bangkok. The journey lasts 2 hours. We stopped at a snake farm (which was cool but a kind of tourist trap). The temples are closing at 4pm so by the time we had finisehd our first visit, we had to find a cab to take us to our favourite restaurant: RASAYANA!
We tried new dishes from this delicious restaurant and as we were ordering dessert, a fit and friendly cyclist with a “go vegan” (http://govegan.com/) shirt walked in the restaurant: Hi/Hi.
We started talking and we actually found out that Harley was a raw food expert, coach, with one of the most visited raw food website and a competitive athlete! That talked both to Matt and I and we had a wonderful time sharing information and listening to his very sensible viewpoints on the raw food diet. Here is his website if you’re curious: http://www.30bananasaday.com/
12th December 2010
We landed in Bangkok and by the time we check in our hotel and go out it was lunch time!
Yay! Let’s try out Bangkok’s raw food restaurant: RASAYANA! We don’t know wht to expect at all… since last year we were blessed with the raw food restaurants in LA: juliano’s, the earth cafe etc…
We take a cab which left us at Sukhumvit 39, so we had to walk 10min or so to arrive to our destination…. suspense! What is it going to be like?! We end up walking in a sort of private road and then here it is: RASAYANARaw food Cafe and detox center!
We arrive and have a sit at a table on the dark wooden terrace and have a nice feeling about this as
we are seeing the cakes in the refridgerator: cheese cake, banofee pie, pumkin pie, brownie, carrot cake, etc…
We took 3 specials: Avocado tacos, Kale salad and Hawaiian pizza which was very feeling, very well presented and delicious!!! Definitely, our first meal in Bangkok is a success!!
Oh i almost forgot, we treated ourselves with a dessert, even if we were not hungry anymore, we tried the banofee pie which i’m still dreaming of! I’ve asked for the recipe but they wouldn’t understand… I’ll try to make it myself back in London!!!
As a proof of our tips on how to fly in the best conditions, see my picture after a 12 hour flight, no sleep, no shower, no make up.
11th december 2010
TIPS for Flying in the best conditions as a Raw Foodist!
We flew from London to Bangkok.
It’s a 12 hours flight.
The radiation doses received by the flight crews and passenger vary with the altitude and latitude: the higher the plane is flying and the closer to the poles, the higher the radiation doses (from the sun).
So, we decided to take a night flight in order to lower the radiations we could be exposed to.
you can check this article for a bit of insight : http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/14/us/radiation-exposure-seen-as-posing-risk-for-airplane-crews.html
An other tip for flying in the best conditions possible is: FAST!
Needless to point out the food served in planes is very low quality and bad for you: it’s heated by microwave, highly processed with a lot of preservatives etc… Even a vegetarian meal is not an option.
Matt & I we are always fasting when we are flying, and i’m sure yo’ve heard a lot of hollywood stars say that they always refuse the food in plane, even in business or 1st class! I guarantee, you will feel so much better when you land and you will look at other struggling passengers through refreshed eyes.
Also, lately, we’ve been told that we can bring fruits in planes! So, if you can’t wait 10 to 12 hours without eating something, bring some organic fruits with you!!
Please do remember our tips for next time you travel. It’s easy… to sumarise: fly during the night and fast!
9th December 2010
It’s day minus 2!! in 2 days we are off to Thailand!
We are so excited as both of us have never been. We will try our best to blog our holidays!
Come and check us out!
At the end of the year, you have two options:
- you are over-busy and you need to excape a little bit => have a look at our blog and relax for a second
- you are NOT busy and lots of free time => have a look at our blog and enjoy a nice moment that is going to transport yoU!
I will see you very soon!!!
30th November 2010
this week end we had dinner at VITAO (used to be called vita organic)! it’s a vegan restaurant in soho (london) where you can find a good range of salads and raw desserts! it’s supposed to be organic as well!
They serve you scoops of food which costs 2gbp each.
We had a delicious raw chocolate cake for dessert.
We also had a good surprise: they just opened a new restaurant in soho street! it’s called Ventra.
I find it funny as “ventre” means stomach in french.
Anyway, We are definitely going to try it out soon and will let you know if it’s worth going.
Or…. if you have tried thsi newbe, please let us know what you think about it!
See you soon!
26th November 2010
Christmas is coming and I got inspired!!! I came up with an amazing custard recipe! you will be able to check it out under the recipe section over the week end! I can’t wait to make it again Guys!
Now i’m looking for a real raw pudding recipe. If you guys have any ideas, let me know! Thanks!
23rd November 2010
It’s the last day of a 10 days personal development training and I’m on a high guys!
I’ve learned so many powerful tools and have more clarity on my future.
It’s definitely the best investment i’ve done so far and I can’t wait to work on the return of this investment.
Raw food wise, i’ve been doing good despite the very busy past 3 months. We are moving in a new home and it has been a challenge to find this place but we eventually found the ideal place for us.
I have to go now but i will come back with more posts on raw food!!