Things to do
in August

London has a lot to offer! Also in August there are a lot of things to do in our favourite city. You can choose from a variety of events, from a relaxed night in an outdoor cinema to a sweaty workout up on a rooftop!

Below, you can find a list with our highlights of must-do’s in August. Enjoy hand have fun!

English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Ballet

When was the last time you saw a ballet? Romeo and Juliet are back in London and the English National Ballet Philharmonic will exhibit their talent once again. You will be excited about the performance the dancers show in their wonderfully pretty costumes. The Royal Festive Hall will take you to Verona, the little place in Italy. For nearly three hours, you will be part of the romantic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Pack your tissues and enjoy a wonderful night.

London Craft Beer Festival

Craft Beer Festival

August means time for London craft Beer Festival! From 4 August until 6 August beer will flow like water and if this wasn’t enough, it’s also the 5th birthday of the festival! This year the party will take place at Shoreditch Electric Light Station for the first time. Except from beer, you can find some delish food and listen to relaxed tunes mixed by selected DJs. So prepare your liver friends and raise your glass, cheers!

Pop Up Screens

PopUp Screens

You feel like going to the cinema but want to take advantage of the good weather at the same time? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The Pop Up Screens will set up shop in different places around London this summer. Lean back in your deck chair sipping a cider and enjoy the good old classics like Pretty Woman or the latest blockbusters such as Doctor Strange. Much better than a cinema hall but don’t forget to bring your raincoat (you know London…).

Sunfall Festival

Sunfall Festival

Summertime – Festival time! The one-day festival was invented by the teams behind XOYO, The Nest and Phonox as well as Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook last year. This year will be even more epic and Brockwell Park will be transformed to a huge party area on 12 August. Don’t be worried if there is some music you like. You will be provided with jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco – so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Have fun dancing the night away.

Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace

foodies festival

Foodies Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and this year it takes place at Alexandra Palace on Bank holiday Weekend (26-28 August). There will be five different areas, the chef’s theatre, the cakes and dessert theatre, the drinks theatre, a live music stage and a kids cookery theatre. Meet some of the most excellent chefs, bake some marvellous cakes or enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in a wine tasting or listen to some tunes at the live music stage. Don’t forget to bring your kids as they will have a great time at the kids cookery theatre. An enjoyable celebration about food, drinks and cooking.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The biggest street party known in London and beyond will happen as well on Bank Holiday Weekend this August. In and around London W10 and W11 the streets will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating the Caribbean culture. Decide if you want to go on Saturday and listen to bands or enjoy outdoor entertainment, on Sunday, the traditional Family Day, with the Sunday Parade in the afternoon or choose Monday, the Grand Final with the enormous parade. Get into that Caribbean feeling and experience something you’ll never forget!

Ham Yard Roof Terrace Summer Sessions

Ham Yard Rooftop Summer Sessions

The Ham Yard Hotel offers some amazing summer sessions from 31 July until 30 August. The month will be divided into three sections. From 31 July until 8 August the Summer Sundowners will take place, addressing the cocktail lovers. The Garden to Glass session, taking place from 12 August until 18 August will serve some delicious cocktails inspired by the kitchen garden and with some tasty ingredients. The last section (19 August until 30 August) is for the ones of you adoring wine! Rosé on the Roof provides a variety of the pinky beverage from around the world. Decide which session you like best and enjoy a memorable night with incomparable sunset views.

The Covent Garden Comedy Club and Nightclub

Covent Garden Comedy

Need some laughter again? Then go to Covent Garden and enjoy a night of comedy and fun. Throughout the month the Covent Garden Comedy Club will host some of the funniest comedians who will tickle the laughter out of you. Enjoy a Dinner & Comedy Package or bring your own food to top the night off. Everyone knows that we adults laugh way too little so take the initiative and head to Covent Garden.

HIIT the roof

HIIT the roof

Aviary is a rooftop bar and restaurant in the Mountcalm Hotel located at Finsbury Square. But this summer it doesn’t only serve fancy drinks but transforms into a gym! Yes right, you can have sweaty workout sets on the top of the 10th floor feeling a light breeze. The workouts will be on the basis of Run, Condition and Move. We wanna see you sweat!

Last Days of Shoreditch

Last days of Shoreditch

How about a casual evening or night al Last Days of Shoreditch? The venue offers several events on Thursdays to Sundays throughout the month. Have fun with friends at a karaoke night, join one of the great parties or just go there and have some food. Get that quality time and pack your friends!

Chef on a bike tells
us why he loves Chi

Who are you?
My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.

What is Chef on a bike?
Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).

Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.

Why Do You Love Chi’s products?
One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.

Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.

You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more?
Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.

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What’s the story behind your cooking?
I worked for what was known at the time as Conran Restaurants, established by Sir Terence Conran and associates. I had the pleasure to work with talented individuals and amazing head chefs. I always had a soft spot for the alps and winter/snow in general. So in 2005 I decided to do my first ever ski season. I worked for Chalet Ski Companies in the best ski resorts in the Alps.

What happened after that?
On my return to London I decided I wanted to be my own boss, so I became self employed and started to work for private clients, families and corporates creating bespoke catering events. Dinner parties and cooking lessons were the main services I offered.

How did you get introduced to cycling?
My cycling career started back in 1985 when I participated at the FIAC BMX World Championships making the A Final. From there on I raced all over Italy winning 6 Italian National Titles in both BMX 20″ and Cruiser 24″, 4th place in the 1989 World Cup, Podium finishes at European Races and in 1992 a prestigious European Title. I raced BMX in Italy, until 1999.

In 2008 I joined a BMX club in London and got into shape by training hard. I started competing again and after a few seasons I won the British Championships in 2011, British National title in 2012 and a 4th place at the World Championships 2012 in Birmingham.

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How did you bring your passion of food and cycling together?
My interest in food and the knowledge I gained in all my years as a professional chef, triggered an ever growing need to understand the importance of a balanced diet for athletes. In 2012, I started to read food / nutrition articles on the web and that kick started the need to know more about nutrition and WHY specific ingredients are a boost for athletes performance. I understood the importance to eat a more natural, organic (mostly plant based) whole food diet rather than a conventional omnivorous diet.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mario! Now to share this amazing recipe with our followers…

Chef on a bike’s Clean and Super Nutritious Porridge

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Ingredients:
1 cup of unsweetened Chi Coconut Milk
1/2 organic GF porridge oats
1 pinch cinnamon
2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 tsp smooth (or crunchy) almond butter
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1/2 banana sliced
5/6 raspberries

Optional ingredients:
blueberries / kiwis / acai berry powder / chia seeds

Method:
Pour the milk in a small non stick sauce pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Tuned the heat down, add the oats and the cinnamon and stir gently. Put the lid on and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium to large bowl of your choice, place the almond butter and the Chi coconut oil at the bottom then pour over the porridge. Top with fresh fruit and flax seeds and enjoy this super healthy, warming, nutrient dense breakfast that will keep your body fuelled for a few hours 🙂

 

For more information, follow Mario: @chefonabike

Christmas Gift
Guide 2014

Stuck on what to buy your health & fitness focused loved one for Christmas? Looking for more thoughtful and earth-friendly gifts? Tearing your hair out over what to buy for your Vegan cousin? Chi is here to help with our Christmas Gift Guide 2014 that hopes to cater for everyone.

Under £20

The Jar of Plenty – Coconut Oil
If there’s one thing that every healthy foodie should have in his or her cupboard, it’s Coconut Oil. Not only is it a staple “superfood” in the kitchen, used for cooking, baking and spreading, but it also doubles up as a natural beauty product. Coconut Oil can be applied to the hair as a leave-in deep conditioner, or to the skin as a nourishing moisturiser. It’s perfect for dry and sensitive skin, and can be used by all the family. At £9.44, this multi-purpose gift is a steal. Buy now

Chi Coconut Oil

Natural and Organic Beauty – Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard offers a wide range of organic and natural beauty products, which cater to all skin types. Their products are available across a wide range of Neal’s Yard stores, as well as online and at Wholefoods and Planet Organic. We love their latest selection of Christmas gift collections, starting from just £14. Buy now.

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Fitness Focus – Yogasphere Vouchers
Amazon has really wowed us with their latest offer: 5 yoga sessions at the prestigious Yogasphere, for just £19! That’s 75% off the original price of £75. Bargain! Sessions take place across three stunning London venues, and usually last 60 to 75 minutes each. To claim your voucher, follow this link.

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Under £50


Vegan-Friendly Fashion & Accessories – Reversible Tote Bag by Urban Outfitters
Good news for Vegan fashionistas, high street chain Urban Outfitters has launched a range of vegan-friendly items, including this faux leather reversible tote bag.  If the lady in your life prefers her fashion cruelty-free and stylish, then this bag is for her. Buy now  £38, Urban Outfitters

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Men’s Vegan Wallet – Rubben Black by Matt & Nat
For the Vegan gent in your life, we love this black wallet from Vegan friendly fashion brand, Matt and Nat. Although they are based in Montreal, Canada, they ship worldwide. Buy now. £43.00, Matt and Nat

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