Starbelly | San Francisco

Starbelly, in Castro is a wonderful choice for patio dining in San Francisco. Heated outdoor seating, in a relaxed neighbourhood whilst you enjoy delicious Californian comfort food. 

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TIP I: Remember to make reservations, it’s a local favorite and regularly busy.

 The food at Starbelly is excellent, with a good selection of small and larger plates to choose from. The chef’s combination of simple ingredients and memorable flavors was evident in every plate.

What to order

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house-made butternut squash dumplings, brown butter, lemon, sage & shaved grana

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house-made chicken liver pâté, buttered bread, sweet onion marmalade & grain mustard

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pizza margherita, buratta & basil

Sweet Tooth

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Go for the satisfying salted caramel pot de crème or warm toffee cake- you can thank us later!

Whether for brunch, dinner or drinks at the bar, we will be back for sure.

For menu and to make reservations checkout starbellysf.com.

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Breakfast at Culinary Boutique | Dubai

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Looking for a place to gather your friends, share good conversation and enjoy a delicious brunch? Culinary Boutique is a great go to spot -especially on a weekend. The buzzing atmosphere and wonderful service will definitely make you want to prolong your outing.

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Culinary Boutique’s extensive menu features mouthwatering staple breakfast dishes such as Eggs Benedict, fluffy French Toast, and healthy options like Granola bowls. The struggle was most definitely real when the time came to place our order. Too many favourites to choose from!

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Falafel Explosion – Lebanese falafel served in a warm round bun with sesame yoghurt sauce for dipping.

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Eggs-celent choices

Menemen- Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomato & lots of flavourful spices.

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Shakshuka – Poached egg & organic Greek yoghurt served with crusty French baguette.

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Spanish Omelette- Potatoes, Scamorza cheese & porcini mushrooms served in a cast iron skillet.

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Savory Truffle Egg Custard – served with crusty French bread.

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Eggs Benedict – Always a breakfast favourite. Asparagus, smoked paprika & Hollandaise sauce.

Avocado Toast- The craze right now. Poached eggs, cherry tomatoes & chives.

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Sweet tooth

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French Toast- Berry compote, French vanilla cream. This is the melt-in-your-mouth type of dessert you don’t want to share.

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Counting your calories? Go for their healthy Chia Seed GranolaRoasted chia seeds, mixed with yoghurt, nuts, kiwi, papaya, dragon fruit, quinoa & pomegranate.

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Pick to sit indoor among their homey and contemporary aesthetics; or if the weather allows, ask for a seat in the terrace or rooftop to catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa.

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Culinary Boutique is on top of our Dubai Lyst. We just can’t wait for our next visit!

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Cryo | San Francisco

CryoSF, nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s Marina district is the only Cryo spa in the City! It carries a variety of advanced health equipment such as the Cryo Cabin: where you expose your  body to the full treatment. The Intense Local Cryo: where you treat a specific area with a powerful thermal shock. Lastly, the Glow Cryo: where you experience a glow facial giving your skin a tight and smooth appearance.

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What is Cryo Therapy?

It is a hyper-cooling process which lowers your skin temperature to 30F (-1 Celsius). Ranging from 2 to 3 minutes, your body is enveloped with super cold air pulsating at a temperature of -220F (-140 Celsius). Yes. Freezing.

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Cold Hard Facts

The extreme cold stimulates skin sensors and causes the release of endorphins (natural pain & stress fighters) to leave you feeling energized and happy!

The sub zero temperatures also stimulates blood circulation. This in turn reduces inflammation by replacing toxins & metabolic waste with fresh supply of oxygen & nutrient rich blood, to stimulate cellular regeneration.

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Give me the good stuff

With regular practice, this particular treatment has shown to have multiple health benefits.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Athletic recovery
  • Improved sleep
  • Muscle repair
  • Relieves pain
  • Boosts collagen
  • Clears skin
  • Increases metabolism
  • Burns between 500-800 calories!

Really, need we say more?

Tip I: First timers, you can take advantage of the trial offer of only $40! Click here for more info.

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Urban Yoga | Dubai

This New York City industrial loft inspired Yoga Studio is located high up on the 37th floor of the Aspect Tower, in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay. It is here where you can disconnect from the bustling city life and reconnect with your breath.

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There are two studios: a large brick lined warehouse space with super high ceilings & breathtaking city and ocean views, as well as a cosy loft style studio on the upper floor.

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Tip I: When in the large studio, set your mat on the front right side of the room so you can catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa throughout the practice!

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Urban Yoga offers a range of classes for all levels. Everything from powerful Vinyasa to restorative Yin. With classes starting as early as 6.30AM for early risers, and as late as 8.30PM for those wanting to de-stress after a long day at the office. Click here for their full schedule.

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We tried the afternoon Strala class with Brittany C – an amazing instructor with so much passion for her practice. Originally from NYC, she adds to the urban vibe of the studio – making you think you’re right in the heart of Manhattan!

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At Urban Yoga there is always something to look forward to. Whether its a workshop, a 200 hour teacher training, or monthly events such as Rooftop Yoga, Partner Yoga, and Glow Flow: Yoga in the dark with neon attire & an upbeat playlist. Sign us up!

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Drop ins are AED 90 per class. But you’ll be back for more, so why not opt for their class packs or monthly membership plans. For more info on their rates click here.

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The Oberoi Hotel | Dubai

The Oberoi Dubai: where luxury meets business. A five star contemporary luxury hotel towering over the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s Business Bay.

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STAY

We checked into their spacious 52 square meter Deluxe City View room with floor to ceiling windows, boasting an uninterrupted view of the Burj Khalifa.

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This bright and spacious room features a super comfortable King size bed, housekeeping service twice daily, a fully stocked mini fridge with a Nespresso machine – a necessity for any coffee addict.

Tip I: Ask for the Pillow Menu and choose your favourite, with options to suit every sleep type.

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Their attentive staff offer exceptional service making sure your stay is as comfortable as can be. Welcome gifts upon your arrival and fresh fruits delivered to your room daily!

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The plush Italian marble tiled bathroom features a his and hers double vanity, glass paneled shower, and a standalone bath tub with spectacular views of the city.

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EAT

BREAKFAST at Nine7One

Make sure you don’t miss out on breakfast at Nine7One, served daily from 6.30-10.30AM. Choose from a variety of healthy and filling breakfast options from a variety of cuisines. Take a seat outside in their bright & peaceful courtyard and enjoy your breakfast under the morning sun.

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IRIS LOUNGE

Up on the 27th floor is where you will find Iris, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant/lounge. Grab a bite, a drink, and sit back to watch the sun set over the Dubai skyline.

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Iris is open seven days a week, and features a live band on Sundays & Tuesdays. On weekends, it’s doors are open until 3AM.

GYM

Sweat it out at the hotel’s 24 hour gym, offering Life Fitness cardio and strength training equipment as well as free weights.

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 The hotel offers complementary Yoga sessions everyday (except Sundays) from 6-6.45PM.

Tip II: Private sessions are also available for hotel guests at AED 100 for a 45 minute class.

POOL

Start or end your day at the hotel’s beautiful Olympic sized swimming pool. Open from sunrise to sunset, this temperature controlled pool is just what you need to re-energize.

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Whether you are visiting Dubai for business or pleasure, The Oberoi Dubai checks all the boxes.

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to book your stay!

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Cavo Tagoo | Mykonos

Summer has come to an end…we know! The work day is longer, nights are cooler, and there is no plan to wake up and meet at the beach. But hold the withdrawals, and instead start planning Summer ‘16 17. Where else would you want to spend the summer months, if not at the most cosmopolitan island in the Cyclades? Trust us, there is no other place you would rather be than the stunning Cavoo Tagoo Mykonos.

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This five star hotel is the epitome of chic, barefoot luxury. Blending into the natural curves of the Aegean cliffs, overlooking the endless blue sea, it truly feels like you’ve walked right into a jet-setters paradise. The all white and subtle gold interior brings a sense of serenity to its guests, making you feel so relaxed, so at home.

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Tip I: Their incredible concierge service can provide you anything you can think of. Whether it is a luxurious yacht to sail into the turquoise blue Aegean waters, a private helicopter to fly you over to Santorini for the day, or a special birthday celebration at Nammos – they will satisfy and surpass your expectations.

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The French artist Laurence Jenkell’s Wrapping Bonbon sculptures scattered around the Lobby, illustrates the hotel’s chic contemporary charisma.

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The all white minimalist theme extends over to the hotel guestrooms, with hints of gray and shimmering gold, making it understated yet so breathtaking.

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Welcome to the Junior Suite featuring: an outdoor pool with an incredible sea view- and an oversized wooden deck to help work on that necessary tan!

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A cosy shaded terrace area overlooking the turquoise blue waters- the perfect spot for an afternoon read.

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A plush king size bed, so comfortable you will end up missing breakfast. Room service & this view? Yes please.

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A full size jetted Jacuzzi tub including all the amenities needed for long luxurious soak. There’s no better way to get your evening started.

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A double vanity decked with Korres  – one of Greece’s most popular and all natural: hair, body & facial products.

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Think you’ve seen it all? We’ve saved the best for last. Cavo Tagoo has one of the most breathtaking infinity pools that we have seen – all you Instagram and Snapchat lovers can literally caption: NO FILTER NEEDED on every single shot.

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Tip II: This 38 meter saltwater pool is the ultimate life hack to getting that golden Mediterranean tan.

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This is where you can experience the MOST spectacular sunset view in Mykonos. Grab a drink, sit back & soak up the panoramic view of the sun diving into the horizon.

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Tip III: The hotel has a complementary car service for all its guests, dropping you off at the Old Town (at any given time, yes – even at 3 AM). Just remember to take the driver’s business card to call him when you’re ready to be picked up!

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See you in Summer ’17!

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Core Collective | London

Definitely London’s hottest fitness destination. Tucked away, behind the bustling streets of High Street Kensington, you will find a new style of fitness classes requiring no commitment. It’s simple, with no strings attached – just pay as you go.

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Sweat, tone and fire up your core at any one of their regular classes: Accelerate, Velocity, Resistance, and Sculpt.

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 Core Collective’s sleek and spacious studios offer classes to suit everyone’s needs. Looking for a total body workout? Want to gain strength and stamina? Then Resistance: a 45 minute TRX class, is the one for you. If you’re more into focusing on body alignment, flexibility, and strengthening your core, then go for their Power Yoga or Mat Pilates classes.

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 We went along for a taster session of Velocity with Paddy. A 45 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class leaving you energised and high off endorphins!

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Paddy will undoubtedly push you to your limits, getting rid of what you don’t want and toning up what you do! Using a variety of equipment ranging from assault air bikes, to ropes and the TRX, to body weight exercises such as press ups and burpees, its super intense but super fun. Trust us, you will be crawling back for more!

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What we also loved about this boutique studio is their classy but understated Cafe. The perfect setting to grab a pre or post workout smoothie, socialise with friends, or catch up on work emails.

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Tip I: Don’t have time to eat in? No worries, you can take out their freshly made health foods and super food smoothies, or even order through Deliveroo!

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Nut Just Banana Smoothie | peanut butter, banana, vanilla whey protein, cinnamon, almond milk

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Top: Buckwheat pancakes | whipped coconut, fresh berries, cinnamon, toasted coconut

Bottom: Salad Selection | roasted cauliflower with onions, and roasted broccolini & snap peas

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Convinced? Sign up here to claim your Intro offer: only £20 for your first class. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.

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Juice Baby | London

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Without a doubt Juice Baby has got to be the go to place to get your morning juice, pre-workout smoothie,  power packed wholesome lunch after an intense yoga session, afternoon Acai bowl, and guilt free selection of raw desserts.

What we LOVE other than their out-of-this-world selection of vegan food and delicious fresh juices, is their genuine philosophy behind eating well.  Believing that little by little, with small changes and substitutions, you can replace any unhealthy food addictions and curb chocolate cravings! They are proud to encourage the consumption of more plant based foods, and aiming to produce products that maximize real nutritional value.

Do you even Juice bro’?

One of the things Juice Baby is proud to offer its customers is cold pressed juice bottled daily. All of their juices are completely unpasteurised (no HPP or UHT). In other words: preserving its natural flavour, freshness, and nutritional value -keeping a shelf life up to 72 hours only.

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We’re in LOVE with the COCO. This 250ml bottle of 100% raw organic coconut water is simply SO refreshing. Also comes in 500ml for all you coconut lovers!

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Green Glow | apple, cucumber, seasonal leafy greens, celery, ginger, lemon. Not just any ordinary Green Juice, it’s zesty, refreshing and gives you that instant glow!

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Spicy Immunity | pineapple, ginger, cayenne pepper. The name says it all. This detoxifying juice will bounce you right back onto your feet after a rough night out!

Bowls, Bowls, Bowls

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Top: Dragon Bowl | Steamed quinoa, shredded kale, beetroot slaw, sauerkraut, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, miso sesame dressing

Bottom: Taco Bowl | Walnut taco mix, steamed quinoa, cos lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cashew cream, chili

Perfect choice for any vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free foodie. These wholesome bowls are full of flavour, vitamins, and all the good stuff -leaving you feeling 100% satisfied.

Go Green

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Left: Green Glow Juice (500ml)

Right: Acai Verde Bowl | wild acai berry, banana, dates, almond butter, spinach/kale, spirulina. Topped off with coconut chips, crunchy dark chocolate buckwheat granola, frozen raspberries, fresh blueberries and bananas.

Did we say we LOVE this place?

Guilt Free

WARNING: The following items are free from unrefined flours, refined sugars & sweeteners and are NATURALLY delicious!

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Left: Vanilla + Salted Caramel Bar | cashews, coconut, agave, almonds, macadamia, maple syrup

Right: Brazil Nut Brownie | brazil nuts, walnuts, dates, cacao, almonds, vanilla, maple syrup

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We can’t wait to go back and try out their organic, dairy & refined sugar free ice creams!

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Eforea Spa at The Hilton | Doha

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Pamper yourself at Hilton Doha’s luxurious Eforea Spa.

With a variety of skillfully designed treatments ranging from Hydrating Cleansing Facials to Hot Stone Therapy, without a doubt, each one will leave you in a state of complete physical and mental relaxation. Their therapists are extremely professional & attentive, carefully addressing any concerns or problem areas which you may have. They use the finest range of organic skincare and luxury spa products – free from alcohol, chemicals, & all the nasties!

Following your treatment, you will be guided to the Quiet Lounge where you can unwind, read a book, and enjoy a warm cup of ginger tea.

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Complete your Spa experience by visiting the tranquil Thermal Lounge. Take a dip in the Thermal Pool, open up your pores in the Aromatic Steam Room, detoxify in the Sauna, or reawaken your senses under the tropical showers.

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Tip I: There are separate timings for ladies and gents at the Thermal Lounge. Ladies are from 9AM – 2PM and Gents from 2.15PM – 9PM.

Eforea Spa is perfect for couples wishing to book a Spa Day together, a group of friends looking to recharge after a long week, or if you just want to feel rejuvenated, renewed & refreshed.

Be sure to check out Hilton’s Spa & Recreation Membership Offer. One of the many benefits? 20% off all Spa treatments! Call them on +974 44233441 for more information.

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We had a blissful Spa experience and simply cannot wait for our next visit!

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Comptoir 102 | Dubai

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A similar idea to Paris’ Colette Store, yet a more bohemian, low key and organic version.

This concept founded by Emma and Alexandra, two Parisians living in Dubai, is so beautifully designed- you almost forget it’s located on one of the busiest streets in Jumeirah. The villa’s inimitable style takes you to a sanctuary far away from the stress of city life.

Comptoir 102 houses a Store and a healthy Café: No 102, specialising in organic and locally sourced foods.

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The French style windows opening out to the airy bamboo lined patio, the Moroccan inspired brass tables, the vintage berber rugs, all exude simplicity & elegance.

Café No 102 is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious guilt free meal either with friends or solo, catch up on emails, and just get some time to yourself.

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Tip I: Check out their Organic Grocery Store while waiting for your food to arrive. Here you can find all the superfoods you’d want to add to your daily diet: spirulina, acai, raw cacao & many more…

SUPER FRESH

 Just as fashion changes with each season, so do the ingredients at this health café; bringing you super fresh & natural options to choose from their daily menu.

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Not only is the food generously sized, nutritious & colourful, but it truly tastes as satisfying & rewarding as it looks. Making you feel good on the inside & out.

Their detox juices and fresh almond milk smoothies are a MUST try, a wide selection on offer so choose your favourite…or choose two! Get refreshed & energized with the Heaven on Earth Smoothie: Dates, Banana, Almond milk, Raw cacao, crushed Almond, Cinnamon. DELICIOUS.

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Once you are ready to leave behind the zen atmosphere and return to reality, be sure to browse through their super chic concept store. You can find one of a kind pieces ranging from homeware, jewellery & apparel.

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