St Balmain, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Hip
Food:  Freshly prepared brunch & lunch dishes, erring on the side of healthy…well, apart from the DIY donuts!
Service:  Cheery & attentive
Presentation:  White and blue enamelled tableware, funky mismatched decor
Ambience:   Buzzy little place
Location:  Side street off in the heart of Williamsburg, the Shoreditch of NY
Value for money:  Great, with menu items between $7.50 and $15 (£5 – £10), then add a tip of somewhere between 10% & 20%
Worth a visit?:  Definitely, I’ll certainly be popping back for the Brookes Breakfast Bowl when we’re next in NYC

We found this place thanks to the wonders of Four Square.  I’m always a bit sceptical of eateries my husband suggest, but on this occasion(!), he came up trumps and St. Balmain turned into my favourite place for food during our short stay in Williamsburg; consistently good food, prices great, easy to find – i’ll definitely make the effort again, if only for my Brookes Breakfast Bowl.

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Avo on toast

Retreat Cafe at Triyoga Soho, Kingley Court, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Haven
Food:  A perfect mix of salads & healthy light mains plus more juices and smoothies than you could shake a stick at! Oh and a good selection of treats and lots of take-away options.
Service:  Friendly and kind.
Presentation:  A small, but perfectly formed cafe, lots of light and lots of wood.  Food presented with rustic touches; think wooden platters and thick glass bottles for juices and smoothies
Ambience:  Very calm and chilled out midweek, although I can imagine the place gets buzzy with yoga bods over the weekend
Location: Slap bang in the middle of central London, a heavenly little escape away from shoppers and tourists
Value for money:  Yep, you’ll struggle to find the equivalent quality any cheaper in central London; £4.80 for a freshly made juice or smoothie, bowl of soup £5, avo on toast £4
Worth a visit?:  I’d highly recommend this little gem.  Whilst you’re there take a yoga class at Triyoga…it might just change your life!

The Retreat Cafe at Triyoga in Soho’s Kingly Court is the brainchild of Naturopath, Kimberley Parsons.  The ethos is clean, nourishing and delicious eats.  Where better to find health-conscious people than at a yoga studio in Soho, central London.

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Glo, Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Glowing
Food:  Just a joy to find somewhere without puffin or whale on the menu in Iceland…just kidding (kind of), seriously delicious healthy food here
Service:  Short but sweet, it’s a canteen-style set up, so there isn’t much interaction, however, what you do have is friendly and efficient!
Presentation:  Food on a plate in a warm and relaxed cafe away from the arctic winds
Ambiance:  Bright, sleek, warm, and busy – but never too loud or rawkus
Location:  Several in town: one just off the main strip in central Reykjavik, with the entrance hidden down a side street, another across from the Hilton and a third by the art museum
Value for money:  Definitely, one of the cheapest and nicest in my opinion in the whole of Iceland!
Worth a visit?:  Definitely, It’s hard to find tasty healthy food in Reykjavik, Glo serves this up by the plateful!

This one is an oldy dating back to January 2014, but definitely a goodie…in fact, it’s a must-do when in Iceland and i’m not why I haven’t posted this earlier.  I think we were travelling so much at the time I never got around to singing the praises of Glo…and I now I realise why: no photos!  I forgot to take my camera battery, not just to the restaurant, but to Iceland!

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