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We think it’s wonderful that so many restaurants are either featuring healthier products or specialising in healthy niches. However, as the market grows, is simply serving up a quirky latte enough or should more attention be paid to a restaurant’s ambience and environment?

A few months ago we visited a café in West London based on a recommendation from one of our readers. The menu boasted artisan coffees and classic meals made with the best ingredients so we were certain this was going to be a great visit.

Unfortunately, the background music of choice for the day was hip hop and every track was littered with f-bombs and the usual controversial terminology that is synonymous with hip hop music. For us it was nothing short of awkward but looking around no one else seemed bothered by it, so it was bottoms up for us and over the road for a latte from a high street chain who played no music.

Fast forward to the other day when we travelled to a café in East London that also came highly recommended from a reader.

Everything about the place was a win for us: a menu that had low carb options, gluten free options, offered breakfast all day and their interior invited people to chillax with play areas for children and a number of books scattered around for you to flick through. Unfortunately when it came time to pay the bill we noticed that we had been accidentally charged for an extra coffee. No biggie right? Wrong! After flagging the discrepancy at the till, the member of staff who dealt with us said ‘well, I remember making two decaf lattes’. Fair enough (sorta), so we caught the attention of the waitress who served us to ask her to confirm how many coffees she served and she put her hands up in the air defensively and remarked that it had nothing to do with her. The member of staff at the till eventually subtracted the extra coffee from the bill… after going through every single ticket.

It’s understandable that a business would want to watch the pennies, but surely you would believe the customer for the sake of the cost of a coffee, no?

These experiences led us to wonder whether if some of these healthy restaurants are relying on their food to attract the punters and giving little attention to the other factors that make a great dining experience.

Are busy bodies willing to sacrifice good service or pleasant ambience for meals that are tailored to their dietary requirements or do busy bodies want their (gluten-free) cake and want to eat it too? Let us know in the comments below!

Balance is Best

By BBB

Healthy eating

The term healthy eating is subjective. Despite the term popping up on a range of products, we are all different people with different requirements for a healthy lifestyle.

The landscape for the various nutritional requirements is very broad now: there are people who follow a paleo diet, clean eaters, flexitarians, pescatarians, carb cyclers, intermittent fasters, people who follow a ketogenesis  diet and the list goes on.

So we couldn’t help but chuckle when we saw an article the other day reporting findings from an Ohio State study which showed that ‘during times of stress, a healthy meal of steamed chicken prepared with sunflower oil is as bad for your heart as deep-fried wings’. Based on these findings, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s better to relax and enjoy a few more carbs than get yourself into a tizzy by double checking the calorie count of everything you have planned to eat for the day.

If nothing else the post made us feel even more convinced that the truly healthy approach has to be a balanced approach taking not just physical health into account but mental health also. There is also an argument for considering the impact our choices have on the environment.

We will continue to try and cover as many healthy restaurants and products as we can but we know that what is healthy for one is not healthy for another so bear with us. At the moment we are on the look out out for restaurants that either specifically cater to people with certain dietary requirements, and / or restaurants that make a commitment to prepare meals using only the best ingredients. We ultimately want you to have even more choice when it comes to your personal dietary needs.

So this is just a short post to encourage everyone to strive for balance – ‘cause there’s no point eating a healthy meal that has no benefit because you are stressed.