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Because my life is rarely boring.
Pictures by my favourite @anastasija_je
Last week the unthinkable happened: two ladies organised a chock-full event for health and fitness bloggers, professionals and brands.
The HBC Summit was an adventure in the making: not just because of the seven hours spent filling up goodie bags, the emails sent to multiple groups of people, the Addison Lee booked the night before.
The HBC Summit taught us that most times there will be some issues, major learnings, and a lot of high fives (and you should not be too hard on yourself for that). Truthfully, if you know you are doing the best you can and treat people (and yourself) with kindness, whatever you do will be a success (and also awesome material for a blogpost *wink wink*
The HBC Summit
I started this business two and a half years ago, standing on a plyo box talking to 30 people about how we were on a mission to inspire 1 million people to share their passion, expertise and dreams. On Saturday I was joined by some of the bestest friends (and boyfriend) a girl could have including Lauren Armes, Pixie Turner, Rhiannon Lambert, The Food Medic, Alice Liveing, Anastasija, Fran and the list goes on.
We had an amazing recap in picture form (you can find them all here) as well as a first teaser video below.
I was really proud and honoured to host panels discussing the ins and out of such a fast-growing industry, as well as the bull-shizzle that has been lurking around and WHY it’s about time to shake things up.
In our Nutrition and Nutribollocks panel(hosted by Pixie Turner) two nutritionists, a doctor, a chef (and a considerable number of qualifications between them) discussed which dietary advice you should really be following, which fads are harmless and which are harmful, and what really constitutes a healthy diet. Pixie wrote a great follow up to the panel HERE.
After discussing editorial and collaborations, we then tackled the fitness world with How Do We Foolproof Ourselves Against Foolish Fitness (hosted by Alice Liveing). As fitness becomes ever popular, boutique classes are popping up left right and centre. However, these classes can be expensive, some are extremely elitist and cliquey, and often the actual quality can be very poor. How can we improve the quality of the fitness industry as a whole? How can we promote better and safer trainers that are passionate about form and movement, and not just getting bums on seats? As you can imagine, the knowledge bombs were dropping left, right and center.
A special thanks to our ambassadors who did an amazing job, as well as Laura for kicking big asses!
We made sure we recorded our main panels and collected the slides from our workshops, which are now available HERE in case you did not make it on the day!
The Celebratory Dinner at TWID
After the Summit, we packed up our bags and headed to TWID, a lovely new restaurant in Battersea. It worked quite well, as I was in need of a delicious dinner (and a cheeky drink) as well as some (unexpected) entertainment.
I started off with one celebratory drink (went for the bubbly, as it had strawberry puree in it, and it felt like an obvious choice to get some of that five-a-day – flawless logic).
I then proceeded to get some fish action (because I love good quality fish, and I found that the pairings were so interesting I had to test them for myself). Laura went for a full vegetarian option, choosing 2 raw / vegan dishes. I mixed it up pairing scallops and crab with a raw/vegan sushi terrine (Nori, Miso, Avocado, Organic Soy Sauce).
The scallops (with the CRISPIEST kale ever, and I am not really a big fan of kale) were tender, and deliciously paired with raspberries – goddamit it works. The crab was sitting in a pillow of shredded apple and fennel, and the touch of basil made it extremely flavoursome.
In between courses we enjoyed some opera (as my eclectic music taste may have proven before, I do enjoy Judas Priests as much as old school classical music and Italian opera) in the most beautiful setting. The restaurant resembles a cosy theatre, with small balconies for a more private dining experience.
— Fab Giovanetti (@fabgiovanetti) April 15, 2017
The only criticism goes to the raw cakes. To me, a solid raw cake goes a long way (as in the past I have been trying far too many, back in my raw vegan days). The cake was tasty, yet the texture a bit too heavy, and the strawberry was shadowed by the nuts, which is a shame. Next time I would go for a more ’traditional’ dessert, and brace myself for the dairy coma.
As I felt a little cheeky I paired my dessert with the Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, which was dangerously more-ish.
Overall it was a great meal, and the opera interruptions definitely helped after a whole day spent making endless decisions!
There was so much goodness squished in one single day, and I seriously stopped on the way home and had a lil cry and shake up. Coming such a long way really put things in perceptive. Not too bad for a tiny Italian lady from the land of cows and tortelli.
I was really lucky to try TWID for a complementary dinner with Laura. My views are my own, and I truly enjoyed the experience.