London, you are too good to me!

  

 

I had the most amazing experience last week when I went to London! I just love that city so much. I feel like I belong there and I am not going to lie but I cried a little on my way home.

I knew my trip was going to be great when on my flight I saw the Northern Lights! Seeing the Northern Lights has been on my bucket list for years and it was truly an amazing experience. We were so close, I felt I could reach out and touch them. It was like they were moving along with the plane. It was truly unforgettable and I feel so blessed to have seen them up close.

  

I thought it would be fun to check out the food scene while I was on my trip since this month we have been focusing on nutrition. I wanted to see what healthy eating options were available and I found so many! I was actually shocked by how many all natural, organic restaurants were out there.

Natural Kitchen works with local butchers and carefully inspected produce in their restaurant. They care about the environment and only use suppliers who agree with their mission.

Pret has a “mission to create, handmade, natural food, avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today.” They even offer their unsold food to charity at the end of each day. That’s awesome!

Tossed is not your average salad bar. They use fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Food is made on site daily and there are so many options for all tastes!

London has an array of cafes and restaurants that pride themselves on the food that they serve. I noticed that most restaurants use locally sourced fruits, vegetables and meat. This is something that I loved. I ate at the cafe, Pret a Manger, multiple times throughout my visit. Pret is certainly very affordable and the food was good as well! They make their food in house each day and it tastes so fresh. They sell mostly soups, sandwiches and salads along with offering coffee. I have noticed that food tastes differently out there than it does in the states. This may be crazy to say but the meat tastes a lot different. I feel like it tastes better than in the states. It must have something to do with their processing techniques and where they get the meat.

I also tasted some unique dishes, including octopus! It was surprisingly good. It tasted like chewy chicken but not in a bad way. At the very least, I got to check it off my bucket list.

While exploring, I wanted to check out a few farmer’s markets to see what kind of fresh options London had to offer. It was such a fun experience. I visited the Marylebone Farmer’s Market and the Islington Farmer’s Market.

    

The Marylebone market was fairly small with about 20 stalls of fresh produce, cheeses, jams, and fresh meat. It had a very lively atmosphere as many people knew each other. The prices were great on a lot of the produce.

    

The Islington Farmer’s Market was a lot bigger than Marylebone’s market. There were about 40 stalls along a strip of road. This market not only sold produce but it sold household items. It was really fun! I ate at a small cafe around the corner and it was such a pleasant experience.

The whole trip taught me a lot about the lifestyle in London. I walked at least 10,000 steps each day and I absolutely loved it. I felt so energized walking around the city and interacting with the locals. I met some amazing people on my trip and learned that London is filled with rich food and culture. Needless to say, London is not a food desert. There are so many options to live a healthy life and eat all natural food at a great price. You just have to know where to find it!

Bold & Free readers, I encourage you to get outside of your comfort zone: travel, try unique food, make new friends and live healthfully. It’s totally worth it. The experiences that I have cherished as memories define who I am today. I implore you to do the same.

Cheers from London!

Be bold to live free, xo Aimée

“Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.” -Peter Hoeg