Halong Bay – Vietnam

Halong in Vietnamese means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’… and thats exactly what we did.

On our second morning in Vietnam, we left our VERY comfortable hotel in Hanoi to drive 2/3 hours to Halong in order to board ‘Auca 2’. Mr French (what my brother and I nicknamed our strange, perhaps perverted captain) informed us that the monsoonal rains were going to end over the next few days and our three day cruise was going to be “millions of fun”.

It was decided in that first hour that we would be doing a lot of sleeping and eating on that boat.

WE WERE SO WRONG…

The weather cleared and over the next three days, my dad, brother and I descended into the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and really did have ‘millions of fun’.

Turns out Mr French was actually alright. Tai Chi began on the top deck at 7 and Breakfast was at around 8 every day consisting of dragons calved out of the FRESHEST of the freshest fruit, followed by PHO! (which makes for  a very very happy clompch). By 10, the days activities had began and included Kayaking, Caving, Bicycle Riding on Cat Ba Island (another post on that to come), Cooking Classes, Squid Fishing, Bamboo Boat rides (through a floating fishing village which was j’amazing), Swims and Walks. Happy Hour, which dad and James waited for every day, began at 5, followed by dinner and MUCH DESERVED bedtime.

I HIGHLY recommend going on one of these cruises if you go to Vietnam. I would never be one to choose to go on a cruise but Halong Bay is definitely best seen by boat and there are so many to choose from which are all very luxurious and the crew are all SWEETHEARTS.. the food is amazing, the rooms are SO comfortable, the views are incredible and the spa is also quite nice…

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One of my favourite things to do was take a bamboo boat around the fishing village. These people live in floating shacks with an hour of electricity every day. In a medical emergency it takes 20 minutes in a high speed jet boat to the nearest hospital. The children all attend the same school (another floating shack) and the villagers live off the fish they catch, the produce from Cat Ba Island and the vegetables home grown in foam boxes out the back of some homes. However these are the happiest people I have EVER come across. With zero exposure to things such as social media and hollywood, children look forward to going to school, growing up and earning an income by rowing fat tourists around their home town in a bamboo boat. Its so inspiring to see people living this way and it should be more encouraged for teenagers to visit these places and take a leaf out of these BEAUTIFUL people’s books. Not to mention, despite telling my dad he has a ‘buddha belly’ and that he is ‘like buddha man’ numerous times, these people are all so kind and grateful for everything they have. 

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Clompch 🙂

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Where to eat – New York City

HEEYoo,

I’ve just returned from a MONTH in New York City and I still feel like I haven’t experienced the whole NYC health food experience… And I did a lot. I have never been somewhere with such a huge variety of delicious healthy places in my life. I thought Sydney and London were good but oh my. I don’t even know where to start.

I barely needed to leave the West Village where I was completing a photography course at The New School (Parsons) to find the crazy amount of raw/vegan/gluten free/dairy free/refined sugar free/soy free places that i ended up eating at EVERY day (and the cafeteria at Parsons wasn’t even half bad!). I’m going to do my very best to put these in order of preference but honestly every place on here was equally amazing in different ways. If you’re going to New York anytime soon I ask you PLEASE for the love of clemfresh go to AT LEAST one of these places.

1. Hu Kitchen.

Everything about this place was amazing. It was unlike anywhere I have ever been. You know how lots of healthy places have a kind of slightly dirty/old feel to them? this couldn’t have been further from that. In the morning they do hot and cold breakfasts including pancakes, breakfast burrito (amazing) and paleo muffins. For lunch there is a selection of salads as well as meats and other meals and in the night time the lights dim and organic alcohol and beer is served. What I found so interesting about this place is the perfect ambience. At any time of day you could walk in and feel comfortable and at night time it feels more like a groovy bar than a health food cafe (perfect for dinner with my brother who could drink as much as he wanted while I could enjoy the healthy food, which he surprisingly really really enjoyed too). OH and how could I forget!! the ‘Mashbar’ – GENIUS. With the selection of a cashew cream, chia pudding or almond butter base and with a huge selection of toppings including mushed paleo choc chip cookies and fresh fruit these desserts were the perfect finish to any/every day.

Address: 5th Ave between 14th and 13th st.

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2. Ellary’s Greens.

It was a very close call between Ellary’s Greens and Hu Kitchen as my #1 favourites. Ellary’s very quickly became a favourite for dinner in my family. My parents are both really into healthy living but my dad LOVES his meat and is a big man who needs a lot of food… so its sometimes quite hard to cater for the entire family when deciding on a place to go for dinner. Not with Ellary’s. It offered such a great variety of foods suitable for everyone. Whilst everything was fresher than fresh there were enough heartier options (bacon, curries, sweet potato) that satisfied the whole family. A favourite of mine would have to be the scallion steamed chicken breast with steamed kale and roasted cauliflower. And I don’t know how they do it but oh my they serve THE BEST brussel sprouts i have ever experienced (i think cooked with apple or something else sweet and delicious). They also do amazing almond pancakes and other delicious gluten free and vegan desserts.

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Address: 33 Carmine St. Between Bleecker and Bedford.

3. Uway Cafe.

Simple and delicious salad bar. I had lunch here everyday when I was at Parsons. You can have personalised salads and I would have kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, grilled chicken and celery with lemon juice and olive oil.

I don’t have any pictures from Uway but you can take my word, it was delicious. And they have student discount √

4. Buddha Berry and Victory Garden Frozen Yoghurt.

Okay so Buddha Berry wasn’t in New York CITY but it was in the Hamptons and i decided that it deserved a place on this list. Oh my days. I have NEVER had such good yoghurt in my life. I don’t usually have dairy because it upsets my stomach but it was so worth it. I went with a few friends who all had different types of yoghurt and everything looked amazing. I had honey and cinnamon frozen greek yoghurt topped with berries, mango, ‘buddha mix’ (dried fruit and nuts), chia seeds, sunflower seeds and goji berries. I would go back to the Hamptons just for it.

However Victory Garden IS in NYC (right next to Ellary’s greens) and IS dairy free. Goats milk yoghurt who would have thought? I was slightly concerned about the name of the original flavour being ‘tangy goat milk’ but topped with pistachio, granola and agave syrup it was anything BUT tangy. I used to be obsessed with frozen yoghurt when i lived in Sydney and once i gave up dairy I was mostly disappointed about not being able to have my weekly fix of wow cow froyo, so as you can imagine discovering Victory Garden was possibly the highlight of my trip!

Addess: Carmine St. Between Bleecker and Bedford (next door to Ellary’s)

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New York is packed with delicious food places. There were other delicious places i went to but i don’t want to bombard you with information. If you want to hear about other places to go feel freee to send me an email/comment on this post. However these are the places that stood out the most for me. I have been to a lot of healthy cafes and these three/four were mind blowing. In the future I hope to have a cafe half as good as any of these places!

BYE.

Borough Markets, London

HEEYOO,

Sorry I haven’t been posting very much (not sure if i said that at the beginning of my last post) but I’ve been super duper busy and I am brewing a load of good posts.

Today I went with ma friend Issy to Borough market which is London’s renowned food market and it was so much more than I expected! I was told before I went by a few different people that I wouldn’t like it because a lot of the stalls are cheese and pastries. THEY WERE SO WRONG AHH. While there is loads of cheese and pastries there are also LOADS of fresh fruit, veges, wholegrain and wheat free breads, teas, meats and not to mention a bakery class! ahhhhhh. Anyway we went in the morning and spent around an hour looking around the stalls… afterwards we explored the area which was quite cool and found a few good cafes one which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. But the only problem is I literally have no idea what it was called… it had no sign and the menu was on a chalkboard. Anyway here are a few pictchaas, enjoooyyy.

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And heres me about to die 🙂

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Palm Beach (Australia) Pt.2 – not food

Heyo, I’ve been getting heaps of requests for specific recipes and I will be making separate posts very soon! The internet up here in Palmy is not that great but I’m working with it…..

The last week my dad has been working on getting me fit after recovering from Glandular fever. We’re also planning on going to Vietnam in April to eat yummy food and do lots of yoga, bicycling and other crazy cultural things. (If anyone has been to Vietnam and has recommendations let me know pleaseeee).

In order to get me back on track dads been making me do loads of paddle boarding (core strength), kayaking (core strength), running and walking (cardio) and we’ve been going for loads of swims in the surf after he has beaten me in tennis.

Stand up paddle boarding is especially ggeeewwdd because training on unbalanced surfaces is very effective for building the core muscle groups (stomach and lower back) and for training muscles to work in co-ordinated ways so that the benefits are transferable to other dynamic sports.  In sport we require our bodies to provide  strength while we are on the move and THAT is why stand up paddle boarding is so great. yay.

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BYE BYE now

 

Palm Beach (Australia) with Sophie Dalala – Pt.1

EErry year for the last 10 years I’ve been going to Palm Beach with my fam. Its the perfect opportunity to do nothing except eat good food and occasionally explore the northern beaches. This year for a few nights Sophie Dalala from http://www.dalalaland.com came up to visit me so we could make yummy food, read good books, listen to good music, watch good films and do nothing much else.

The food we had consisted of:

Lunch one – Grilled chicken breast with a salad of honey roasted pumpkin and sweet potato, pancetta, grilled zucchini, roasted pine nuts and avocado with a sweet balsamic based dressing.

Night one – Green salad with caramelised macadamias, spare ribs and chicken skewers. We also made iced green tea with raspberries, lime, mint and white nectarine.

Breakfast – Homemade muesli made from puffed spelt, high protein berry and seed mix, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds served with almond milk

Lunch two – Mung bean noodle salad with prawns, sweet pork, mung bean noodles, chilli, peanuts, shallots and basil.

Dinner two – Asian style barramundi with Chinese broccoli and green beans.

Feel freeeee to request any full recipe you like! Just comment below or send me an email (clem@macdoch.com)

Here are some yummo pictures.

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ps. plenty more palmy posts to come!

 

Bloomfield with Sophie Dalala

Helloo,

My mum has been working on building a house in the country (in Australia) for the last two years and last weekend was my first stay. I took up my friend Sophie from the dalalaland blog and we spent the three days there in the sun eating lots of healthy food and thinking up loads of ideas for our future…

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We made loads of yummo food including:

Banana and Berry smoothie:

  • Two frozen bananas
  • A punnet of raspberries
  • Almond Milk
  • Vanilla protein powder

Served with homemade muesli, coconut yoghurt and manuka honey

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Quinoa and Coconut Berry Parfait:

  • Quinoa flakes soaked overnight in coconut water
  • Mushed Berries
  • Homemade Muesli
  • Coconut Yoghurt

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DIY Face Masks:

  • Avocado, Macadamia oil, Lemon and Coconut Oil
  • Quinoa Flakes, Manuka Honey, Yoghurt (Full cream) and Coconut Water

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Iced Chai and Banana:

  • Two frozen bananas
  • One chai tea
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond milk
  • Topped with pistachio nuts

 

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Sophie and I plan to do many exciting things in the future and are both hoping to attend Central St Martins in London (I would start in 2014 but Soph would start in 2015) and taking our healthy food obsession to new levels. Woooooo! Definitely check out her fashion, food and travel blog at http://dalalaland.com. At one stage we plan on linking our blogs to make it easier for everyone to see our variety of interests.

bye now, have fun.