Summer salads

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The scorchio weather that has reigned in London for the past few days has been amazing and is a true testament to the impact good weather has on mood and food. My local cafes are offering up the most delicious salads and plates of fresh seafood to entice the sun-loving clientele here in south-west London. So lucky to be part of a community that cares about quality, organic produce, great menus and happy staff. Here are a few of my local favorites in case you are finding yourself in my neck of the woods:

Green Swede Favorites

The Victoria Pub

Nestled in the leafy part of East Sheen village, this pub is sort of part of the furniture for anyone who’s got children in the local school. Whether you come in the morning with your laptop to do work whilst having one of their amazing coffees or hang out for lunch enjoying one of their lovely salads o this place is always welcoming and friendly. Particularly loved this Asian squid salad with bean shoots, edamame, chilli and peanuts. Gorgeously fresh and crunchy this will be a favorite for a while…

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Bhuti

Spa and wellness, vegan cafe, yoga and meditation centre located in central Richmond. Love, love, love this place and will choose to come here for a daily special salad or soup with a large glass of green juice. Their chefs do wonderful recipes and are very friendly and informative. Top place!

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Stockholm

On the slopes of East Sheen you’ll find Goran and Majvor’s lovely Swedish restaurant serving up super fresh daily specials and home-made cakes. With birch clad walls and shelves filled with Swedish delicacies this cosy, authentic restaurant will transport you back to Scandinavia in an instant. The super friendly staff will explain the menu and recommend local specialties such as Skagenrora, a super delicious and home-made dill and seafood concoction which is served on toast. A classic summer dish that brings emotive memories to any Swede living abroad.

The Robin Craft Cafe

Love this tiny cafe with a small outside space in the back.  Great coffees with different milks should you not want dairy. Their daily specials include Asian salads, spring rolls and gluten-free cakes. A lovely place to hang out and watch the world go on the slopes of East Sheen.

Yuma Sushi

Small sushi cafe in the heart of Richmond in one of the lovely alleys leading to Richmond Green. This place makes handmade sushi and salads as well as daily specials which are super fresh. Lovely seafood and seaweed salads as well as soups. Take away is a good option if weather is good – bring a blanket and sit on Richmond Green and enjoy people watching.

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Happy sunbathing! xx

Bhuti in Richmond

When I swapped LA for Twickenham in the 90’s, I thought I had died and gone to hell. Don’t get me wrong, central London and the English countryside were always amazing.  Suburbia, however, not so much. There was a curry house, a Chinese and a fish n’ chip shop.  In those smoking days everyone went to pubs (pre-gastro) to socialise as well as to eat (kidney pies with chips anyone?!) and sit on sticky velvet sofas. Boys huddled together in one corner, girls in another. To say I was unhappy would be an understatement.  If I could have been teleported back to California I would have. But I had moved to the UK for love of the man who was to become my husband and I was going nowhere. I had to embrace it. Continue reading “Bhuti in Richmond”

Top Autumn Tips

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Top things to love about Autumn? Colourful scenery, candles, cashmere jumpers, welly boots, warming stews, curry and good red wine. Love it! Unfortunately Autumn is also a time when flu’s, colds and Noro viruses sets in. What to do? Build up your armory to combat the bad stuff head on so you can enjoy the good stuff. Continue reading “Top Autumn Tips”

Tune in

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Stressful life situations can bring out the worst in all of us. We over-analyze, fret, escape from painful feelings and generally keep ourselves super busy hoping things will get better or, ideally, go away. More often than not, however, looking outward for a solution to our problems tend to bring meagre returns – at the end of the day we can’t fix that over which we have no control no matter how much we try. Continue reading “Tune in”