Ca y est! Juicery Factory, le premier bar à jus de Marseille a ouvert il y a quelques mois, et il est juste à côté de chez moi, quelle chance! Lumineux et chaleureux, il me rappelle les nombreux Juice Bars que je voyais à New York du temps où j'y habitais. Les fondateurs se sont inspirés de cette tendance américaine, et plus spécialement des bars à jus de Floride, et vous en sentirez la cool attitude dès que vous y mettrez les pieds.
Juicery Factory sert une vingtaine de jus pressés à froid, tous faits à partir de produits de saison issus de l'agriculture raisonnée et locale. Chaque recette est travaillée avec une naturopathe et élaborée dans leur Juice Lab, également basé à Marseille. Ce que j'adore, au-delà du fait que leurs jus incluent des fruits et légumes frais, c'est que certains contiennent également des épices (comme de la cannelle), des super aliments (comme des baies de Goji ou de la Spiruline) ou de quoi chouchouter vos intestins comme des probiotiques et du charbon actif. La cerise sur le gâteau? Ils proposent une sélection de jus de saison comme un délicieux mélange d'agrumes et de cannelle l'hiver dernier, ou encore un jus vert à base d'asperges et un crazy latte (lait d'amande) rose aux fraises et à la betterave en ce moment.
Donc, que vous ayez envie de vous désaltérer en faisant le plein de vitamines, que vous vouliez vous faire du bien avec une pause déjeuner/gouter saine et gourmande (ils vendent les meilleures chips de kale que j'ai gouté en France !) ou que vous vouliez donner un peu de répits à votre système digestif en vous lançant dans une cure de jus (ils proposent 1, 3 et 5 jours), je suis sure que vous trouverez une bonne raison de passer chez Juicery Factory. Vous en repartirez régénérés et souriant, un peu comme si vous reveniez d'un long weekend au soleil !
Finally! Juicery Factory, first stand-alone juice bar in Marseille, opened a few months ago right in my neighborhood, lucky me! Bright and shiny, just like the ones I used to see when strolling down the streets of NYC... The founders did get inspired by the juice bar scene of Florida and you'll surely get that relaxed vibe as soon as you'll walk in.
They serve about 20 different cold-pressed juices, all made from organic and local ingredients, and elaborated in a juice lab with the help of a naturopath doctor. What I love about their juices is that, they not only include fresh fruits and vegetables but, some of them also contain spices (like cinnamon), superfoods (like goji berries or spirulina) and even digestive boosters like prebiotics or active charcoal. Cherry on the cake: they rotate seasonal juices. They had a luscious cinnamon citrus blend for winter; and for spring, they came up with an asparagus Green Zest juice as well as a strawberry/beet almond milk Crazy Latte!
So whether you're thirsty for some delicious juice, craving a healthy lunch/snack (they sell one of the best kale chips I've had in a while) or in need of putting your digestive system at rest for a few days (they offer 1, 3 or 5 day juice cleanses), you'll surely find a good reason to stop by and leave feeling refreshed as if you had just taken yourself on a mini-vacation!
Last week, I got the chance to attend Gilles Lartigot show conference in Aix-en-Provence. Who the hell is GL, you ask? A UFO in the French health and nutrition world, also known as The Heavy Metal Cook. In other words, very different from any conventional nutritionist you may have met before... Original from a village in the South of France, he spent most of his time in North America, where he personally experimented with junk food fully before turning into Health Food Guru. Heavy Metal Musician and Advertising Executive at some point, he's now an independent author, with no ties to any of the food industry giants. He's not afraid of saying what he has to say, pointing fingers and fighting for what he believes in: local, organic, homemade, non-processed food.
His book EAT is based on interviews with unusual professionals in their own field - such as a Biology Research Professor, a Slaughterhouse Spy, a Vegetarian Musician, a Bee Keeper and an Herbalist - all of them sharing light on why today's processed food is making us sicker and sicker and most importantly, what to do about it. He ends the book with his secret ingredients as an iron pumping athlete himself and a nice array of life-energy-bursting recipes, easy to make from the comfort of your home. The book is available both in French and English, so no excuse not to support Gilles, follow this independent activist on social networks and support him spreading his message worldwide.
If you ever come to Marseille, don't think that every soap you'll find on a cute market stand is a "Marseille Soap" made in Marseille, cause most likely, it will not... A few days ago, I took a soap-making workshop at the Grande Savonnerie de Marseille and learned a few secrets behind these quintessential goodies from the South of France.
The main one begin that 3 things need to be respected for a soap to be called Marseille Soaps:
- Natural ingredients (and only 3 - lye, water and a minimum of 72% olive oil - though palm oil can be used too for its detergent properties) and no added-fragrance nor coloring agents must be added,
- Manufacturing process in 4 specific steps,
- Location of the production (region of Bouches-du-Rhone in France).
On a side note, if you see Sodium Tallowate listed in your soap ingredient list, know that you are washing your face with rendered beef fat, and that it may cause eczema and blackheads. This lovely ingredient is often used in wax paper, crayons, margarines, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving creams, other cosmetics, be ware...
On the other hands, Marseille Soaps are known to be hypoallergenic, moisturing, disinfectant, biodegradable (in less than 28 days). Much better, no?
La Grande Savonnerie - 36 Grand Rue 13002 Marseille
I know, it's been a while since I wrote on here... you'll understand in a minute. Let me put it this way: I've been keeping busy with major transitions in the last few months ~ I got married, moved back to my home country after years of gypsy-ing around and perhaps, most importantly, I've been appreciating the biggest change to come so far: motherhood. I'm now settled in my new home, creating life as we speak, building our nest one branch at a time, looking at life with a brand new lens and while I'm getting used to all of this, I decided it was time to start spreading the love again, from Marseille.
The first gem I found and wanted to blog about is the oh-so-cute-lunch-place named Kitch&Bio. Opened over 2 years ago by former architect Marion, you get a nice homey feeling as soon as you walk in. Her sense of style shows in every corner, from the décor to the plates. Her goal being for her customers to leave satisfied and happy, she serves generous vegetarian "plats du jour", all made with fresh, organic, local ingredients delivered daily to her door. As the sweet tooth that I am, I couldn't resist to also try her einkorn-flour-cookies, and yes, they do deserve their title of Best Cookies in Marseille ~ even if that's the only one I've tried so far!
Like many, I've read numerologic predictions in several women magazine and never paid it mind much... Until my good friend Barbara once told me she had an amazing numerologist she swore by. Being curious by nature, I asked for more and next thing I know I was having my first numerology skype session with Julian Michael, which blew-my-mind. It was in 2008, I've been having one every year around my birthday since. Why? Not because I am trying to predict my future but because I gives me tool to better understand every single experience I go through from the bigger scheme of things. Numerology is an ancient science, a secret language, broken down over 500 years B.C by Pythagoras, who said, “Everything in the Universe has number and that number has a meaning.”
Julian has the amazing ability to bring light to individual number vibrations, to help realize, transform our own stumbling blocks and to assist in being creative, productive and prosperous . Who wouldn't want that?
"It’s time to embrace Numerology as a science. Be empowered. Guided. Directed to be passionate and live your sacred numbers with total awareness." - Julian Michael
Last fall, while I was learning all about culinary nutrition with the lovely, wise, bubbly and oh-so-knowledgeable Meghan Telpner, I was also introduced to a community of like-minded women (no offense guys, there were just no men attending the program unfortunately), all here to learn how to properly feed and educate themselves, their loved ones and/or their clients. Among them, Michelle Vodrazka, an amazing human being, CEO of 2 companies, certified fitness, yoga, pilates and spinning instructor, certified sports nutritionist and proud mother of 4. Well, I guess Michelle had a little too much time on her hand, so she also decided to become a writer and just launched her book called Smart Snacking for Sports. Being lucky enough to be among the first ones to taste some of her incredibly simple yet deliciously healthy breakfast, energy and recovery drinks, pre- and post-workout snack recipes, I felt the need to spread the word out.
Curious? Below is one of her recipe ~ Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ yummo!
Convinced? Get the book HERE!
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Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Cookies
• 1 1/2 c old fashioned GF rolled oats
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1 banana, chopped
• 1/4 c natural sunﬂower seed butter
• 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
• 1/4 c brown rice ﬂour
• 1/4 c ground palm sugar
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 c dairy free chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Place oats and baking soda in a food processor and process until
the oats turn into a ﬂour-like consistency.
3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) to food
processor and blend together.
4. Place dough into a large bowl and mix in the chocolate chips by
5. Roll dough into Ping-Pong sized balls, place onto a cookie sheet
lined with parchment paper and then ﬂatten slightly with hand or
6. Bake for 12-15 mins.
7. Remove from oven and let cool.
It's only been a couple of months since I was introduced to Vedic Meditation through Emily Fletcher, yet it feels like it's always been part of my life... From the first videos I watched, I resonated so strongly with Emily's words and energy, that I knew I had to take the dive. Within 4 short days, Emily transformed the way I thought and felt about meditation. She made it sound simple, easy and fun (no joke) and gave us the ins and outs about what meditation would bring into our life. It's only been 2 months now but I can already feel major shifts in my relationship to stressful situations, see old patterns fade away and a sense of grounding settle in.... As you know, this blog is NOT a commercial one and I only write about people and initiatives that I experienced for myself and loved so much that I felt called to share them with my community. So I will leave it as is for now, hoping that this post triggered your curiosity enough to want to know more. Emily's next Intro to Meditation Talk in New York will be held on June 10th at 7pm. For those of you who are not in NYC, Emily offers Zivamind, the same teaching from the comfort of your home. And to finish on a powerful note, here is the link to one of my favorite video of hers "The Divinity of Desire ~ What you want is already on the way" because we all need to remember this stuff!
Years ago, I bought Yamerra products on one of these pop-up markets on Broadway. The pure Shea butter based skin-care products left an indelible mark in my memory, so much so that I decided to reach out to her beautiful founder, Maryam Moma, so we can meet again and talk natural beauty, wellness and wisdom. In Maryam's world, Yamerra stands for being driven with love, upward-moving, growing at heart and that's the energy Maryam stood in while starting her brand a few years ago and the one she's in today to make it blossom one step at a time. Maryam originally started making products that would heal her dry and scratched skin from playing in nature too much as nothing on the market would do the trick. She expanded into soaps, body butters, hair oils and is now launching her very own lighter-texture body lotions and men products. All her ingredients are carefully sourced from the best of the best. If there was one thing Maryam would not compromise on, it would QUA*LI*TY. You can find her products online, in a few stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Japan and if you are a traveler of the world as... hum hum... some of us, she just opened her very own mini-boutique in her native Nigeria. Need I say more for you to get your Shea own or does Maryam's skin below speak for itself? I thought so...
While running errands all over Manhattan in the last few months, I once stumbled upon this cute little pastel bakery on the Lower East Side, which, obviously, caught my sweet-tooth attention. Tu-lu's gluten-free bakery originated in Dallas, Texas, out of necessity for its founder, Tully Phillips, to enjoy her favorite treats after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance.
Walking into Tu-lu's is like walking inside a doll-house offering an adorable and scrumptious experience. Well-known for their cupcakes, they also offer a wide assortment of cookies, muffins, paninis made with their sunflower bread and frozen-cookie dough that you can bake at home, with some vegan options. I was lucky to taste one of their dairy-free baked Doughnut and Snickerdoodle cookie, both deliciously sweet and gingery! Need a pick me up on that rainy Thursday? Well, you know what to do and where to go now!