What a difference some spring sunshine makes. I was driving home from work on the hottest day of the year this week and all I could see were crowds of people outside pubs and even more walking to the nearest park with a rug and pack of Corona under their arms. It’s the good life and long may it last.
Eating al fresco is one of the greatest pleasures when it’s beautiful outside and I started this week off right with brunch at Beets ‘n’ Roots Cafe on Cotham Hill, where a brand spanking new menu full of organic fresh food has just been launched.
The sunken, sundeck at the front of the cafe is a dream location for brunch, so basking in some glorious morning sunshine I quickly nabbed a freshly pressed raw juice and dived into the menu.
It was hard to suppress the desire to try everything on it, and to be fair, I gave it a good go (!), but I was lucky enough to meet Lisa aka The Fuss Free Foodie, who like me, wanted a little of everything, so we buddied up for some brunching.
Everyone loves avocado toast and I often make my own at home. What’s great about trying it when eating out is that sometimes you can pick up a fresh idea, which I did here. The cafe spreads tahini on to the sourdough toast before topping it with avocado, china rose sprouts and paprika. I absolutely loved the taste of the tahini, which is made from roasted sesame seeds and tastes a bit like almond nut butter. I absolutely loved the additional nutty taste and it’s a trick I’m going to try at home.
While I’m talking about nut butters can I give a quick shout out to Nutcessity. I’ve not heard of this brand before, but Beets ‘n’ Roots were offering samples on the bar and I devoured this. A long time nut butter lover, this was one I haven’t tried and just loved.
Next, and literally we couldn’t help ourselves, we ordered buckwheat pancakes complete with banana, chocolate and maple syrup, sprinkled with coconut shaving and pumpkin seeds. What’s not to love. It was utterly divine.
Yes, this was as delious as it looks and I can’t wait to take SP here. He will love it.
Lastly, and we did this the wrong way round, we tried our hand at making our own smoothie bowls. We used the chocosmooth, with all its fabulous ingredients (raw cacao date, banana, avocado, nut butter and coconut milk), as our base and covered the top with raspberries, seeds, bee pollen, kiwi fruit, etc, etc!
As wholesome, nourishing food goes, this was up there and who doesn’t like eating a rainbow of colour. I really like the raw living approach the cafe offers and I won’t lie I felt pretty virtuous when I left.
Set up for the rest of the day, I headed home, feeling full and happy. If you get chance, head to Beets ‘n’ Roots, it has a really great, chilled out vibe and I’m going back with SP to try a buddha bowl salad or chilli wrap. It’s in a lovely part of Bristol that’s great for a little mooch around afterwards. Perfect for warm weather weekends!
Have a great one.