On a recent trip we were lucky enough to see the hills and shores of beautiful Bali. We shared out time between two places; Ubud, in the hills and Seminyak, along the coast. In Ubud, the climate is much more tropical than along the coast with fresh, crisp evenings overlooking the valleys. The days can be spent enjoying early morning yoga, trekking, visiting temples or simply enjoying the sunshine! A must-go-to evening spot in Ubud is Naughty Nuri’s, even simply to soak up the atmosphere there!
We continued on to spend time along the south-west coast in Seminyak where the sea roars unrelentlessly – it’s an absolute surfers paradise. What more do we need to sooth the mind and body than the sound of the sea and warmth of sun on the skin – perfection! Another great place we visited in Seminyak was Potato Head Beach Club. Admittedly, it’s more cosmopolitan than cultural, but worth a look if only for the design and achitecture. It’s built in the amphitheatre style and entirely clad in antiquated french-style shutters, subtly lit from behind. Quite a sight to behold.
We’ve only touched on a small part of this region and if we’re lucky enough to go back we’d love to visit the north of Bali to dive at Pulau Menjangan and also explore the many and varied neighbouring islands. Next time….
Hop Farm Festival, Kent, UK
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July 2011
Featuring Bryan Ferry, The Eagles, The Human League, Morrisey, Prince, Tinie Tempah and Imelda May to mention but a few!
This Festival came about after a survey was taken, and the sentiment amongst fans buying festival tickets, was that they ended up feeling the lowest on the pecking order. The organisers felt it was time to go back to basics and let it be about the punter and the music. They promise No Sponsorship or Branding, No VIP areas, Children aged 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult, ALWAYS Live Music and it includes a line-up of various Activities & Entertainment for all sorts too!
To ‘James Blake The Album’. As Alexis Petridis from The Guardian wrote; ‘One thing the world really doesn’t need is another straightforward singer-songwriter. It could do with invention and originality, with music that sounds utterly of the moment, in that you struggle to imagine it being made at any point in time before now: precisely the qualities James Blake has’.
The Shape of Thing To Come: New Sculpture
The Saatchi Gallery, London
27th May – 16th October 2011
This is an exciting show of diverse sculptural works made with wide-ranging materials including clay, metal, fabric, plywood, dirt, horse hide and styrofoam by 20 international artists. They include Roger Hiorns, Rebecca Warren, David Altmejd, Berlinde De Bruyckere and John Baldessari. It has received some great acclaim but also been criticised for the wording of the title, being perhaps more about ‘The Shape of things Now’ since the exhibition contains several already established artists, such as Rebecca Warren, Roger Hiorns, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009, and the Californian conceptualist John Baldessari, who was born in 1931 and, if truth be told, is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. See it for yourself, and whether or not the title is somewhat misleading, you can form your own opinion of it! It is definitely worth a visit.
See saatchi-gallery.co.uk for more details.
Magic, Madness or Miracle: Paintings by Linda Lencovic
Art Work Space, London
Tuesday 5th July — Sunday 31st July 2011
Art Work Space is proud to present Magic, Madness or Miracle, the London solo debut by artist Linda Lencovic. In this exhibition uncanny figures are seen transcending the everyday – engaging in ephemeral moments of magic, madness or miracle as they try to fill an unnamed loss. Working with carefully chosen snapshots and stills, the artist reveals mysterious narratives while exaggerating ambiguities present in the source
material. Through the manipulation of thin layers of oil paint and ink, luminescent figures are unveiled on shimmering textured surfaces. In these works Lencovic offers an insight into moments that are haunting and ethereal, inviting the viewer into a miraculous, often absurd dark world.
See artworkspace.co.uk/linda-lencovic.php for more details.
Roof Top Film Club
A Summer Event – check the site below for an exact schedule
We went recently to see The Labyrinth (1986) starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. We hurtled up the stairs of this hectic drinking den, to the roof top, where we sat ourselves down with blankets and head-phones in eager anticipation of the film ahead! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience – all slightly surprised and humored by the inappropriate cut of David Bowies trousers – something we’d not noticed in our mid-eighties innocence!!
Keep an eye on:
Not far from Atone HQ, The Hackney Pearl, London’s most laid back cafe/bar, is hosting a month-long short film competition this summer. From July 11th to 18th, 2011, they are inviting all London-based filmmakers to come out and make a film – and win some great prizes! From the competition, they will put together a select programme of the best shorts, which will screen publicly throughout August. At each screening the audience will vote on their favourite films, with the finalists going before a panel of judges who will choose three winners.
And the winner of our April Recipe Competition is……….Mark O’Shea from South London.
Thanks for all the other delicious entries we received, but we had to make a decision, somehow! Winner Mark will receive a free set of 2 x 180 capsule jars of Atone Supplements of his choice, as promised.
Raw Indian-Spiced Wrap
This recipe really begins with the Indian spiced cashew dip:
Raw Curried Cashew Spread (yields approximately 6 servings)
1 1/2 cups cashews (soaked at least one hour, preferably several)
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 pitted dates, soaked
1/4 tsp salt (the next ingredient is miso, so if you’re sensitive to salt, start with a little less and add more as needed)
1 tbsp mellow white miso
1 tsp mild (but high quality) curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a food processor, stopping a few times to scrape the bowl. When the mix becomes relatively smooth, add a thin stream of water until it’s very creamy, but still thick in texture — akin to a hearty hummus. Serve on its own, in wraps, on salads, or as a dip. This spread is a stand alone hit, and you should make it just as fast as you can. If you want to turn it into a meal, though, give this amazing wrap a try!
Raw Indian-Spiced Wrap (yields 2 wraps; serves 1)
Along with your spread, you’ll need to make these Indian-spiced veggies. Begin with chopped vegetables – about 1/3 cup each of aubergine, courgette, red peppers and carrots. Toss them in a few teaspoons of coconut oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, a tiny smidge of agave nectar and 1 tsp garam masala. After tossing them to be sure they are all coated in spices then pop them in the oven at a low temperature until they’re soft and fragrant.
To put these wraps together, you need to do little more than combine your tasty spiced veggies with the curried cashew spread in a collard wrap! Simple, quick, easy. If you’re rusty on using collards, it’s very easy: just slice a V shape at the bottom where the very thick stem is, then use a paring knife to shave down the remaining “vein” in the leaf.
Spread a few tablespoons of curried cashew spread about an inch from the bottom of the leaf, and top it with half of your veggies. Tuck in the sides, and roll upwards, and you’ll end up with something that looks like the picture above.
Repeat with a second wrap, and you’re ready for dinner! Hopefully you all give this one a try — at least try the cashew spread! It’s truly delicious, and it would work just as nicely in a wrap as it does in a collard or chard leaf. And we all love versatility! Enjoy…!
Read about us in the latest July editions of Vogue UK, featured above, and also in Mens Health. For more press and to see what we’ve been up to feel free to visit the press link on the bottom left of our home page.