Japanese-inspired eatery wagamama has joined forces with mindfulness expert Michael Townsend Williams to create a serotonin-boosting juice to help us beat the January Blues.
The evening began with a visit to the Art into Society – Society into Art (19 Jan – 6 Mar) exhibition at the ICA, which in itself was a rather unusual concept. It’s an exhibition about an exhibition – documenting a 1974 exhibition that was staged at the ICA and which featured film screenings, talks, performances and exhibitions showcasing the wide-ranging cultural developments emerging from West Germany at that time. My friend and I were a little more interested in exploring the rest of the exhibition spaces however, where we discovered some interesting video installations such asAngry Hotel, an angry rampage in a hotel room featuring two self-identified activists taking shots at the West for its media misrepresentation of Asian individuals.
Heading uptown after some thorough discussion about the#OscarsSoWhite outrage, we took the Northern Line up to Camden to watch a a friend’s play, Dinosaur Dreams, by Will Adolphy – about a self-confessed film fanatic who is hospitalised after a psychotic episode. With an opera adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis opening in May, this seemed like the perfect preparatory work.
Before curtain-up however, it was time to eat! We headed towagamama Camden, located just round the corner on Jamestown Road. In wagamama I always go for the ramen – I just love the ratio of noodles to rich flavourful broth. On this occasion however I ordered off-piste and opted for the Pad Thai, which everyone at work is always banging on about. My friend opted for the Ginger Chicken Udon, which could easily have been overwhelmingly gingery, but was actually deliciously fresh.
For drinks Manel went hardcore with the Super Green juice, while I was swayed by the new limited edition Positive juice, a tasty blend of pineapple, apple, lime, spinach and cucumber – fruit and vegetables that are recogonised for their natural feel-good properties, containing vitamins and antioxidants to help boost energy levels. I’m a big fan of juicing, and while I have a woefully underutilised slow-juicer at home, I’m often picking up a little something from The Juice Well in Soho on my way to work.
What I really like about the Positive juice at wagamama is the mixture of sweet pineapple and apple, balanced with the zing of lime, and the blatant healthy green-ness of spinach and cucumber. The overall effect is both tasty and worthy. The juice came about from a collaboration with wellness expert,Michael Townsend Williams, a blend of mood-enhancing ingredients which make it the perfect pick-me-up for January.
I’ve always known that what one eats and drinks has a profound impact on happiness and wellbeing, and in the winter months I tend to reach for the red wine and stodgy desserts. So this New Year, I followed wagamama’s lead to incorporate a little more positive eating; with fresh and healthy food – and it does seem to be paying off.
Going in to the theatre after dinner I felt refreshed and revived; able to focus on the performance of Ben Manz in a play which had many challenging themes, but portrayed sensitive topics with integrity and courage. A audience member’s comment after the workshop performance urged the director to include more lighthearted, positive elements to the story telling, and maybe it was just the juice talking, but I was inclined to agree.
The positive juice (from £3.50) will be available from 4th January until the end of February and will join wagamama’s much-loved range of juices, including super green, blueberry spice, raw, fruit, orange, carrot, clean green and tropical.