|David and Kat Azanza own Juju Eats and Juju Cleanse|
Tonight I had a really fun dinner with Kat and David Azanza, the owners of JUJU Eats, a casual restaurant just past the Dasmarinas Village gate along Pasong Tamo.
Actually, I shouldn't have had dinner as I actually started Day 1 of a three-day Juju Cleanse today.
And there I was at Juju Eats having a meal.
|Just some of the many choices for salad toppings at Juju Eats|
But I figured that Kat wouldn't really mind, even if she's very strict about the Juju Cleanse regimen to maximize its effectivity, as long as I stuck to really healthy green salads.
The first thing she said to me when I walked in was this: "You're actually not supposed to be here. You're on the Juju Cleanse."
She said this with a smile, of course.
And I smiled back.
|With the executive team of Sofitel today|
If only she knew that I'd had lunch at the Sofitel today as well (a very small serving of kare-kare!) and that I'm actually hosting a big and delicious lunch for 45 people tomorrow.
And then it's a big Russian dinner on Thursday and five days of Michelin restaurants from the weekend, in another city, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
My schedule this week is so not ideal for a Juju Cleanse.
NEVER THE PERFECT TIME.
JUST THE RIGHT MINDSET.
But then I figured that there really is never such a thing as an ideal time.
If I had to wait for three days that I didn't have meetings, meals or events planned, well, that's never going to happen -- especially not in a Travelife.
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A BEST EFFORT BASIS
It's more a "best effort" sort of thing -- and it's certainly better to be drinking six bottles of organic, raw juices on a daily basis for three days than not to be doing so at all. Meals or no meals.
Also, I did skip breakfast today, though, and I will again tomorrow.
GREAT SALADS AT JUJU EATS
Juju Eats is Kat and David's new "baby."
It's a simple restaurant that serves honest-to-goodness healthy foods like salads, wraps, soups and Juju juices, of course.
And everything is at relatively reasonable prices.
You can order a recommended salad, or you can have a DIY salad and put all kinds of things into it.
You just pay per "topping."
THE KING OF DIY
|David creates a DIY salad for me|
Kat said to me: "David's the DIY king. He's really good at making DIY salads."
So I chose the tabbouleh salad as a base -- my usual favorite anywhere in the world -- and then I let David add on all kinds of things.
The server put everything into a bowl, and then turned it over on a large chopping board.
Then he chopped everything up and placed it back into the bowl. And, voila, I had my salad.
MIRACLE IN A BOTTLE
I also ordered a malunggay soup to go with it, plus a bottle of cucumber juice.
"What's the best juice you can recommend?" I asked Kat.
What I really meant was this: which juice here will help me lose weight, give me glowing skin, and boost my energy levels all at the same time?
I was really looking for a miracle in a bottle for around 300 pesos -- and aren't we all?
Kat replied: "If you want a juice for nice skin, then it's the cucumber juice for hydration."
That's how I ended up with the cucumber juice.
THE EASIER WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT
Everything was delicious and so healthy.
Juju Eats has only been open for two weeks, but I could already imagine meeting friends here for lunch, or stopping by on the way home from work for a takeaway salad in between my never-endingly eventful Travelife.
I said to Kat: "I have so many friends who went on this radical diet program that prevented them from going to restaurants. They basically stopped having a social life, so as not to get tempted to break their diets. This would be the perfect place to meet them."
Kat said: "We even have a scale for their food if they want one."
There's also a delivery service for orders of PhP300 and over. Talk about a convenient way to good health.
TRAVEL AND LIFE GO TOGETHER.
THAT'S WHY WE'RE CALLED TRAVELIFE.
Of course, when we weren't talking about Juju Cleanse and Juju Eats, we were talking about Travel and Life.
I told them about my recent super enjoyable trip to India and showed them some great photos.
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We also talked about Cape Town, Johannesburg (read about our crazy 40 hours in Joburg in this new issue of Travelife) the Great Wall and my upcoming trip to Tanzania that will include the Ngorongoro Crater and the last bastion of real wilderness in Africa.
LOOKING FORWARD TO ZANZIBAR
We're also going to Zanzibar. I was really busy today and not supposed to be surfing the Net; but for a very limited number of minutes earlier, I quickly went online trying to shortlist the places to stay in Zanzibar.
I've narrowed it down to four, and I thought I'd sleep on it or do an eenie-meenie-minie-moh later to choose the final hotel.
THE PERFECT COMBINATION
Kat said to me: "I'd love to have a Travelife."
Earlier, you see, I'd commented on how lucky she was to have the equivalent of an inhouse full-time nutrition center.
She can have Juju juices everyday, or do a Juju Cleanse every month. And now she can have Juju Eats everyday as well.
So I replied, teasingly: "Actually, the best combination is to have a Travelife, and then to have a Juju Cleanse and Juju Eats when you're not on a Travelife."
And, although I said it teasingly, I wasn't joking.
Health and hopefully a little wealth, too, in a never-endingly eventful Travelife, is probably the simplest secret to happiness.
And, oh yes, a little loving wouldn't hurt either.
2297 Pasong Tamo Extension
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