Nut lovers will rejoice at the discovery of Carpo, a specialty food store in the heart of London. Here you'll find top quality nuts, dried fruits, chocolate and coffee from around the world.
A whole host of delicious goodies can be found at Carpo from pistachios, peanuts and almonds, to the whole sweet preserved lemons, goji berries and dried kiwi fruits. While the raw materials are from far and wide, much of the process and production required to get many of the ingredients from nature to the shop floor takes place here and many products are straight from the oven to the shelf.
A feast for the eyes...
Stacked high and beautifully colourful, Carpo’s bright and highly visual merchandising gives the appearance of a vintage sweetshop, with row upon row of glistening treats lining the walls. Slabs of chocolate in vast quantities are splayed across tables, while rustic sacks bursting with the impossible array of nuts add a traditional market like feel.
It is this vast selection of nuts that is Carpo’s star attraction and real passion. Each with its own unique health benefit and packed full of proteins, fibre and essential fats they provide energy and are the very heart of the store.
Indulge your sweet tooth...
No less impressive is the eye-popping display of home-made chocolate. The giant roughly broken bars include blends such as strawberry and pink pepper, or sesame and sea salt, as well as high cocoa content plain and milk varieties all made from top grade fair-trade cocoa.
With so much to chose from, it is only natural to want to try before buying, and this is very much part of the experience. Whether it’s a simple walnut or something a little different, visitors are always encouraged by friendly knowledgeable staff to taste the many flavours before they part with any cash!
Get your caffeine fix...
The store also boasts some of London’s finest coffee, with both a take away offer and tables inside. Iced cappuccino is their signature drink - a great summery kick start consisting of espresso topped with whipped icy foam that is a favourite across Greece and many of the sunny parts of Europe.
Savse is a lip-smackingly delicious range of cold-press fresh fruit and veg smoothies that are crammed full of healthy goodness. Health mavens will love Saves'e natural approach, with no artficial flavourings or heat pasteurisation, to ensure that their smoothies are 100% natural.
The range includes a variety of flavours including:
Each flavour within the range was tasty and unique, but my personal favourite was the Super Green, which sounds like a weird combination, but the flavours really work together. A close second was the Super Purple, which has a slightly earthier flavour, thanks to the inclusion of beetroot and avocado.
For more information or stockists details, visit http://savsesmoothies.com/#stockists.
Now available at Selfridges (London) and available nationwide in the UK this summer, Beauty & Go is a range of health drinks designed to help you look and feel your best.
Beauty & Go comes in 4 variants: Vitality, Anti-Ageing, Radiance and Detox, all of which contain collagen and hyaluronic acid to help your skin look and feel its best. Each variety of goodness in a bottle is truly delicious, which makes it easy to make being healthy a part of your everyday routine.
Fifteen years of research has gone into the design of these beauty formulations, which have been developed by the globally renowned scientists behind luxury skincare brand Natura Bisse.
Key benefits of the Beauty & Go range include:
For more information, visit www.mybeautyandgo.co.uk.
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