Anisha Mistry Pop-Up Kitchen

As life becomes evermore busy and more fast-paced than ever, we are often left with little desire to slave over the kitchen hob and rustle up something inspiring after a very long and stressful day at the office. Pop-up kitchens are the new trend, to not only sample delicious food, but also as a new-age way to socialise within the comfort of your own home, or even host fabulous dinner parties without the pressure of doing the cooking yourself.

I was delighted to discover Anisha’s Pop-up kitchen here in La Zubia, Granada. I was even more thrilled to discover that she also offers the service of cookery classes within the comfort of your own home too! Specialising in healthy cuisine, she prides herself on using all locally produced ingredients in season, so you are guaranteed only the highest of quality when you dine with her. Moreover, she works alongside many food manufacturers that supply sustainable produce, supporting local businesses in the south of Spain.

The type of dishes you can expect to find, range from a plethora of multicultural delights. Anisha successfully draws her inspiration from her heritage and travels, as well as her decade working in the food industry, to produce dishes from Thailand, India and Spain to name but a few! She utilises her expertise to create unique recipes she has developed herself over the years.

When I had the pleasure of dining with her, I was treated to a gluten-free menu consisting of a revitalising Asian chicken and ginger soup, courgette and halloumi baked fritters served with a greek yoghurt lemon dip, and a seasonal summer salad with jamón Serrano, blueberries and figs. These were served with the perfect sparkling white wine and strawberry accompaniment on her gorgeous sunny terrace in Andalucía. What more could a girl ask for?

 


The Workhouse

A simple and laid back café, at the base of St Michael’s Hill in Bristol, with a small, ever-changing organic menu that never fails to excite.

A mere 10 minute walk away from the Bristol University campus, it’s a wonder that this trendy little café isn’t constantly brimming with students. The infamous gradient of St Michael’s Hill is my only possible explanation.

The Workhouse‘s sparse decor makes for an incredibly calming atmosphere. The various long and small tables and the stool-studded bar are merely adorned with some cool cabbage plants wrapped in brown paper. All focus, therefore, can be on the bar hosting the homemade produce of the day – plus the two huge windows making up the café’s front. These allow the sort of people-watching opportunities usually reserved for alfresco dining, a relatively uncommon phenomenon in rainy Bristol.

I’ve mentioned the bar, but I must divulge more. It is home to the homemade goodies, which, last time I visited, included a potato, kale, leek and mozzarella frittata and sausage rolls. These could be enjoyed alone or accompanying a selection of the day’s salads (£3.50/£7.00 with/without salads). If those fail to excite you, lunch at The Workhouse could instead be a steaming bowl of the soup of the day or a sandwich (£5.00). The interesting filling combinations (the puy lentil, aubergine, tahini, babaganoush with sweet potato and onion bhaji combination really caught my eye) are nestled between two huge doorstops of fresh bread.

The breakfast menu, served from 8am-12pm, encompasses all the classics yet they all contain a little twist. Here, a simple avocado on toast is in fact avocado with lemon and coconut oil on a generous chunk of sourdough bread with rocket pistou (similar to pesto), toasted sesame corn and puy dukkah (£6). This is truly delicious, as are their homemade, coffee-spiked baked beans.

Of course no café would be complete without a healthy tea and cake selection and The Workhouse does not fail to impress with their huge variety of organic, loose-leaf teas plus an inviting array of homemade cakes. Their delicious coffees are made with seasonal beans and you can even upgrade to Devon hemp milk if you so desire! If you’re not after a hot drink there’s also an interesting smoothie menu. How is anyone meant to resist a kiwi, honeydew, spinach, agave, lemon and mint smoothie!?


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19/20 Perry Road
Bristol
BS1 5BG


Causses

Somewhere between a fine French épicerie and the Selfridges food hall, is Causses. In other words, the upmarket health store that you’ll find in two of the trendiest arrondissements.

Passing through the black and white slick painted fronting, the organic fruit and veg is piled up in huge wicker baskets, as if it has just been brought in off the field that same day.

You’ll be sure to find something in this ‘boutique health store’ (if that is such a thing) that tickles your fancy, whether or not you think you need it. Everything from the carefully packaged products to the colourful array of jams sitting on the shop’s shelf is hand picked and carefully selected as part of the store’s earthy and enticing attraction. Due to its location and the nature of its products, prices are expectedly higher than your local Carrefour.. However, their Dolfin dark chocolate is simply glorious and worth every penny. Their 9th arrondissement store also has a little café attached, so if you want to have a simple snack ‘sur place’ (in store), you quite simply have the option.

One of Causses’ biggest appeals is its authenticity factor. Everything is relatively local, organic and lacks that big brand feel. Causses brings local, rural products to the big, bustling city, in a small, calm and eclectic environment.


55 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris

222 rue St Martin, 75003 Paris