We take inspiration from so many places. Here, we share some of these with you. This list is by no means exhaustive, and is often updated – keep checking back for motivation!
Why we love Ros from A Manner of Eating:
‘My meals always start with plants, focusing on vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds and oils. I do also include fish, meat, eggs and dairy in small quantities. When sourcing these I am a stickler for quality, sustainability and supporting small producers who are doing the ‘right’ thing. There are a heck of a lot of us in this world and feeding us all, while looking after our four-legged / finned friends, requires a bit of care and attention. I’m not vegetarian or vegan but I believe we (and our little planet) could all benefit from these types of meal in our lives, hence many of my recipes are.’
Oh, and she cooks all of our guests amazing food 🙂
Teresa Carles opened her first vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona in the eighties. She now has three outlets across the city, including a more flexitarian option, and a quick lunch snack-bar. When we’re in Barcelona, we eat here. When you’re in Barcelona with us, so will you. Rik never fails to order the wasabi-beetroot-tuna tartare, despite being tempted by the many other mouth-watering options.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Veg Every Day’ is the cornerstone of our kitchen library. Hugh was very vocal about his love of meat, until he published this book and made a public turnaround towards a veg-heavy diet. We like that he wants to share a love of food with a love of nature, and to demonstrate the link between the land and the kitchen. Plus, his recipes are no-nonsense and delicious.
Laura gifted Dale Pinnock’s first book ‘The Medicinal Chef’ to a friend for his birthday. After months of hearing how great it was, she finally got herself a copy – and knows exactly what the hype was about. This wonderful book categorises meals by ailments that they can help to address. Got a cold? Try ‘Spinach, tomato, and Shiitake mushrooms on toast’. Feeling hormonal, then it’s the Thai fish soup. Dale has since brought out two more books, and a qualification course for nutritionists. He is here to stay!
Lindsay and Moira Merrithew updated Josef Pilates exercises, based on advances in the understanding of body mechanics and anatomy during the 20th century. The Stott school of Pilates has adapted the exercises to be appropriate for different levels of strength and flexibility, injury, and body types. Laura qualified as an instructor with Stott, and is always happy to discuss the minutae of the Pilates method with anyone who might be interested!
Budget bikes are a Barcelona-based bike rental and bike tour company. Their bikes are unmistakably orange, and very easy to ride. Budget Bikes provide tours of the city by knowledgeable and experienced guide for very fair prices – check them out!
Our friends at Green Bikes do a fantastic job spreading the world of cycling throughout the city of Barcelona. One of their beautiful green rental bikes never far away. (Especially if you’ve bought an ex-rental and parked it in your kitchen…) Their workshop is staffed by knowledgeable and friendly mechanics, who have looked after our ever-expanding bike collection over the years. Thanks, guys!
La Tavella is a wonderful social enterprise, just a stone’s throw away from the Healthy Start Holidays villa. La Tavella engages more than 500 disadvantaged employees in their strictly organic working farm. They deliver boxes of ecological eggs, meat, and vegetables across Catalunya. You will meet some of the team on a trip to Healthy Start Holidays during our tour of the farm!
These guys walk the walk. Everything they make is made of 100% reused or recycled materials, including the packaging that they use to send out their beautiful hand-crafted lanterns, hair pins, and bespoke furniture items. Check them out for great ideas for gifts for your eco-conscious friends.
Lily Lipstick is a fun beauty blog, which espouses the principle: be whoever you want to be. We love this! Lily is a city professional, with what started out as a secret blog about lipstick, that she tried to keep under wraps from her more serious colleagues. Now, with tons of followers, she proudly displays her love of fashion online and encourages us all to be whoever we are on the inside, on the outside.