Normally I don’t really drink, so even the slightly more-than-average consumption of Campari and Prosecco over the indulgent festive season has left me with a messy head, and the greyest of pallor’s – far from the desired snow maiden complexion! And then when a pre-festive drink with a friend ended with me (horror of horrors) asleep on my bed fully-clothed, I know it was time to detox. The timing was perfect for a break from booze, coinciding with me preparing for the ensuing whirlwind of shows and travel for this season’s AW15 marathon. Help came in the guise of a photographer friend who agreed to meet me for lunch at Nama Artisan Raw Foods - the raw food paradise situated on Talbot Road in Notting Hill, London. Obviously we were not the only ones with cleansing on the mind as Trinny, of famed duo Trinny and Susannah, was happily tucking into a salad at the next table! The restaurant is becoming famous for its great selection of salads so we opted for one ‘Seaweed Salad’ with dulse, wakame, nori, carrot, cucumber, kohlrabi, mixed seeds, sesame and tahini dressing, and one ‘Kale Salad’ with marinated kale, hemp seeds, sun dried tomatoes, cucumber and pumpkin seed dressing. The consensus – Both were truly delicious Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Nama’s menu is pretty extensive, as well as totally wheat-free, organic and vegan! They also offer raw food courses, catering, raw food cleanses and juice cleanses – If I spent enough time in London, this would definitely become my nirvana! Before leaving we shared our enthusiasm with Irene Arango, one of the owners behind the Nama brand. She said it really is all about sourcing top quality ingredients. Stepping back out onto the street and into the greyest of January days, I literally felt full of goodness and beaming with health – and all after just one meal.
Fotography Nyla Sammons