Category Archives: Fresh Produce

13 Ways To Go Greener

A few simple steps that we can all take to make the world a better place for future generations.

1. Recycle (This Should Go Without Saying)

2. Whenever You Can, Walk/Cycle

Save the planet, excercise, enjoy the scenery/city rather than stand in the smelly underground/bus. It’s all good.

3. Get On Top Of Your Mail

Try online subscriptions and switch to online payments whenever possible.

4. Shop Responsibly: Read The Labels

Make sure you know where the food is made, how it’s was grown; is it fairtraid? Is it organic? Find out!

5. Buy Reusable Containers

It just makes sense to stop using and throwing away at least one coffee cup a day AND they’re pretty.

6. Go Paperless: Submit Electronically

This is not only greener, but it will save you from running around printing, writing and mailing all sorts of forms and cheques.

7. Buy Local

Purchasing from local farmers whenever you can not only reduces our carbon footprint but it also keeps money in the local economy.

8. Choose Greener Vacations

When you’re planning your next trip ask yourself the following questions before booking a hotel: What’s their environmental policy? What percentage of their employees are local citizens? Do they support the local community? What sort of policies have they implemented to reduce water consumption to conserve energy and recycle waste? How do they educate visitors about local natural areas, wildlife, etc.?

If you’ve never asked these questions, now may be a good time to start.

9. Sign Up To Your Local Library

This will save new ink and paper being used to produce new books -not to mention how much money you’ll save. Plus, 2nd hand books have more character!

10. Search and Support Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technology

It can be somehting as simple as switching to efficient lightbulbs or asking your energy provider about ‘green energy tarifs‘.

11. Keep Electronics Out Of The Trash

E-waste contains mercury and other toxins and its a growing global problem, plus, you can make money from recycling or reusing your phone.

12. Check Second Hand Options Before You Buy Something New

Save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

13. Study Up On Where Your Food Comes From

It’s important we know and understand where our food originates and to teach those around you.

Which of these are you already doing? What will you start doing from now on? Leave your comments bellow!

This article was originally published on urbantimes.co.

London Delis

ImageFresh pasta made daily from Lina Stores

I’ve been waiting for a while to write about some of my favourite London delis and gourmet food shops. I wrote a feature for Style Pärla magazine a few days ago and it’s now live, so feel free to check it out here. They’re all really good for different reasons and reasonably priced!

Since Style Pärla magazine is undergoing some changes at the moment, I thought I’d upload the article on to this post. This is the full feature, images are courtesy of the respective establishments except for the Taj Stores’s one, which I took myself.

LONDON CALLING – DELICATESSENS

In a city like London, it’s hard to make a short list of anything -there are simply too many options! After a big search, we’ve compiled four of our favourite delis and specialty food shops in London, from London institutions and neighbourhood favourites to international destinations; they’re all in the business of finger-licking delicious food!

Lina Stores

Lina Gianni, pasta chef

On the corner of Brewer Street and Greet Court, in the heart of Soho, lies the oldest Italian deli in London. Its lovely green-striped awnings and the prosciuttos hanging by the window beckon you into this renowned establishment. The layout of the shop looks great, without excessive frills and as you browse through their dry goods, cured meats and fresh pasta, there’s no doubt this is authentic Italian fare –imported to Lina for almost 70 years and cooked fresh every day on premises. It’s all good, but be sure to try their fresh pasta –it’ll change your life!

18 Brewer Street,
London, Soho,
W1F 0SH

Tel: 020 7437 6482

www.linastores.co.uk

Brindisa

Brindisa Shop 1

One of the first retailers in Borough Market, this shop has been growing strong since the 90’s, evolving from a warehouse into a permanent cage at the heart of London’s flagship food market. Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, pop by for a spot of hand-carved jamón ibérico, first-rate olive oil, an excellent selection of cheese and helpful staff who will offer to help with your shopping as well your Spanish cooking skills. On top of their gourmet selection, be sure to try a freshly grilled chorizo sandwich during market days, you’ll be back!

The Floral Hall, Stoney Street

Borough Market

London SE1 9AF

Tel: 0207 407 1036

www.brindisa.com

Taj Stores

Taj Stores 2013-07-13 14.09.16

Whatever your catering needs, you can be sure to find it at Taj Stores. This pan-Asian shop stocks products from all sorts of eastern and middle-eastern countries such as India, China, Thailand, Lebanon and many more. An original east-London establishment, this shop has been in business since 1936 and is one of the oldest international grocers in the UK, providing locals with the best seasonal produce flown daily from Bangladesh and hundreds of spices and dry goods. They also boast some of the best prices in London so whether you’re an east-Londoner or not, be sure to visit when you’re in need of Asian ingredients.

112, Brick Lane

Spitalfields, London

E1 6RL

Tel: 0207 377 0061/247 3844

www.tajstores.co.uk

Villandry

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This grandiose-looking café may not look much like a deli from the outside but if you step inside, you’ll be surprised with all it has to offer. The entrance to this multiple-roomed restaurant is divided into four main sections: takeaway food, cake counter, florist and, past all this, not immediately visible, is a careful selection of unique products. The takeout and salads are fresh from their kitchen and made to order; the cakes are beautifully displayed on a round marble bar. Yet what make this neighbourhood favourite unique are the one-of-a-kind gourmet products, from olive oil cakes to exclusive chocolates, whatever your purchase, it’ll be extra special.

170, Great Portland Street

London W1W 5QB

Tel: 020 7631 3131

www.villandry.com

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Local Food

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St Hilda’s East Community Centre is very close to my house and occasionally (I think it’s at least twice a week), they set up a couple of tables in front of their building with mostly local produce run by a local co-op. I’m a firm believer in buying local whenever I can -much more than buying organic from Peru say. Their prices are fantastic so it’s very much worth a visit.

They’re also looking for volunteers whose travel and lunch expenses would be paid. This is their twitter account for more info: @StHildasEast

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