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Upcoming Urban Health Pop-Up Event ~ Israel Family Table
As part of our monthly Pop-Up Kitchen event series, we are pleased to present the Israel Family Table in June where we will have Guest Chef Ayelet Idan, together with our own Chef Andy, who will be cooking some delicious vegetarian Israeli foods and sharing the stories behind her dishes at the same time.
Introducing Guest Chef Ayelet Idan
Chef Ayelet was born and raised in Israel, where she was greatly influenced by her grandparents’ cooking and her home country cuisines. She is also inspired by fresh ingredients in traditional Israeli cooking and has a passion for spreading the flavours of Israel.
Introducing Guest Performer Van Chan
Talented local singer-songwriter, Van Chan is the lead vocalist of the Hong Kong local band “Nowhere Boys”. Formed in 2014, Nowhere Boys is a group of independent musicians collaborating with each other in search of a new soft rock sound. Look out on our Facebook page for sneak previews of Van Chan’s performances with the Nowhere Boys.
A rustic warm cooked hummus with piquant sauce.
Slow roasted pepper, onion, tomato and vine leaves stuffed with fragrant rice, herbs and cinnamon.
Cauliflower and tomatoes baked in Tahini Hyssop sauce
Sweet pudding in pomegranate & rose syrup
Sweet black coffee sented with cardamom
** 2 suprise Israel & Asia fusion dishes by Chef Andy developing with Chef Ayelet.
** All dishes are vegetarian and gluten free
** Venue offers Happy Hour price for all wine and craft beer all night
Upcoming Urban Health Pop-Up Event ~ A trip from Africa to Asia with Prana Yum
With our Pop-Up Kitchen concept in full-swing, in the upcoming month of April we are delighted to hold our first pop-up guest chef event along with Seema Bhatia ~ founder of Prana Yum for a night of adventure, featuring healthy yummy vegetarian homey foods from Africa and Asia along with a live performance from an amazing local singer, song writer and Ukulele player – Vanessa Gold at Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, our pop-up partnering cafe.
16th April Thursday, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
General ticket : $400 ++ (Use promotional code “UHfansT01” to get discounted on ticket)
Ticketing URL: EventBrite
Menu of the Night
Yellow Lentils with pumpkin . Chef Seema
Quinoa & brown rice with cilentro . Chef Seema
Turmeric Cabbage Okra stir-fry . Chef Andy
Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu . Chef Andy
Mini Chia seed pudding . Chef Seema
Turmeric shots . Chef Seema
Re-launching of Urban Health Popup Kitchen + Andy’s Corner
As many of you might know that we have been #1 on Tripadvisor for our private dining and cooking workshop experience for sometime, we are super thankful and grateful to all of our locals and international supporters. In order to carry on our mission to bring more healthy and allergy-free homey foods to the public, we are re-launching Urban Health Home Kitchen as Urban Health Pop-Up Kitchen.
We will be organizing a launch party on March 21, Saturday from 3pm – 5pm, at Opendoor Café and Courtyard. Come check out this awesome pop-up venue location for our future pop-up events, food tasting, drinks and more. I will be sharing with you our future plan for Urban Health Pop-up Kitchen, and what to expect in our future events.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in a Healthy Way
It is the time of the year where the Chinese get together to celebrate the spring festival, commonly known as Chinese New Year.
In this article, we look to provide insights to how we can celebrate Chinese New Year with the traditional Chinese food but cooked in a healthy way.
The recipe which we are introducing is a traditional Cantonese dish: “Dried oysters with black moss and mushrooms” (蠔豉髮菜冬菇).
The reason this dish is so popular during Chinese New Year is that the Cantonese name of this dish signifies “good things” (好事) and “flourish in wealth” (發財). You can find our healthier version of the recipe for the dish below, and also the nutritional value calculation for reference.
Whether you are a full time vegetarian, taking a break from meat, or simply trying to cut down, it is important to make sure that you are getting enough protein in your diet. Protein is a crucial part of our diet. It is a macronutrient, which means our bodies require a large amount of it. Protein helps to promote tissue growth, strengthen nails, grow hair, assists with bone health as well as enzyme and hormone production.
Fermented foods are all the rage of late. Whether it be kimchi or kombucha, more and more we are hearing of the wondrous benefits of fermented products. Consuming fermented foods and beverages can help to regulate the digestive enzymes in our gut and provide a host of benefits.
In the past few months, the writer of this blog has discovered apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar results from 2 fermentation processes: first the fermentation of apple juice into apple cider, and then the final fermentation of the cider into vinegar. The taste is a bit off-putting to many because it’s quite sour and tangy. When drinking apple cider vinegar, one should couple a shot glass worth of it inside of a glass of warm water. This will protect the esophagus, as the vinegar is extremely acidic. Apple Cider can also be used in a variety of other ways besides direct consumption; we will go over a few here.
Once you become accustomed to the taste (as many do within the first couple of drinks), you will reap the many benefits that apple cider vinegar has to offer. Here we will list some of these benefits and hopefully by the end of reading this article, you will be on your way to the store to buy some!
With the holidays coming to an end, most of us may be feeling our clothes tighten around the waist from all of the delicious treats and alcohol consumed this month. No doubt, it’s been a pleasure to indulge, but we must not forget how important our health is!
Perhaps, New Year’s resolutions were designed to help combat the guilt of holiday indulgence, rather than truly shape the upcoming year. Either way, let’s get out of the holiday slump and get into healthy habits that will make us alert and ready to face the challenges ahead and reach our goals in 2015. Urban Health has compiled a list of the 5 resolutions we think will help transform your health this year. Though you might have heard (or made) these resolutions yourself before, we have some practical advice on how to implement these changes and finally make those healthy habits stick!
Wow… In just a blink, a year is coming to an end and the beginning of a brand new one is upon us! Urban Health has turned ONE, and it has been an amazing journey so far.
Looking back to the beginning: From coming up with our name, purpose and aim to starting Urban Health; transforming what originally was simply a habit and personal interest into a business; expanding and spreading the love from a Facebook support group to the wider public; offering a space for local and world travelers to come enjoy safe, gluten free, allergy free dining experiences and cooking workshops; and striving to provide informative content to educate and bring more special diets to people everywhere…
Our aim was always simple enough, but it has not been an easy road.
None of the milestones along our journey would have been possible without the support of the like-minded friends we’ve met in the industry. Collaborating and sharing ideas with one another has been a big part of Urban Health’s growth and has made it one of the most rewarding years I’ve had personally!
Thank you all for your support, and do continue to stay tuned to our social media pages and newsletters – we look forward to bringing you more exciting collaborations and developments in 2015!
Finally, the Urban Health team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a healthy, exciting start of New Year!