Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme by Erin Niimi Longhurst

Japonisme is one of those books which is actually a piece of art, thanks to the love and attention that’s been put into it. Erin Niimi Longhurst’s debut is a wonderful collection of insights and how you can incorporate the best of Japanese culture into your life. But more than this, Japonisme is full of beautiful illustrations by Ryo Takemasa and stunning photographs taken by Erin herself. 

I have been so lucky to have two weeks’ of Japonisme in my life – from the launch of the book, to reading it, to a Supper Club hosted by Erin and Toral Shah from The Urban Kitchen celebrating the best in Japanese flavours and their culture. So this post is going to cover all of that and include a competition at the end on how you can win a signed copy of Japonisme! 

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A little while ago some friends and I found ourselves at Andina, an all day restaurant in Shoreditch serving healthy food and drinks from the Peruvian Andes. We wanted to try their Replenish Menu which has been created by PT Harry Jameson. We’d all done a run and yoga session and I for one was exhausted having done also done a HIIT session that morning. As far as I was concerned this was the perfect experiment to see if I really was replenished after my day of activity.

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Once friend and I had had our cultural fill in the V&A at the Savage Beauty exhibition, we decided to find somewhere in Kensington to eat. This wasn’t a hardship as we were surrounded by delicious places to eat. One of them was Roots & Bulbs, a place I’d heard so much about. I’d had their cold pressed juices before but never eaten in their restaurant before. 

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I am trying to rework and rethink my diet. Step 1, buying a spiralliser. This of course wasn’t necessary but I saw a demonstration and knew it had to be mine. Step 2, use the spiralliser. This is what I did last night and the result was a delicious looking and tasting pot of vegetables with added miso paste.

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