There are some places that you would just prefer to keep secret; little sanctuaries that feed the body and soul, filled with beautiful people and an almost transformative spirit.
Usually we look to nature or travel to mystical places in the East for such delights. More often than not, we look ‘inward.’
I found such a place and I did not need to travel far to find it. It was right here on my doorstep in the heart of Luxembourg city. It is called, Amapura.
Amapura is a Vegan Raw food restaurant and treasure trove of products to aid the body from both within and externally. The food they prepare is most certainly the ‘highlight’, but here you can also find organic food, essential oils, nose pipes, mediation cushions and jewelry. In essence, everything you would need to cleanse and revitalize the body and spirit.
For the ‘newbie’s’ reading this, A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed, raw plant foods that have not been heated above 40–49 °C. Raw food advocates, believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost much of their nutritional value and are less healthful or even harmful to the body.
Many people ‘recoil’ when they learn of ‘Raw Foods’ as our society has conditioned us to believe that there is nothing better than a cooked meal. However the benefits of eating a ‘Raw Food’ diet include; Lower cholesterol, boost immune system and lower the risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Amapura excels in providing delicious and nutrionist raw food dishes, which are not only decadent to the palate but also appealing to the eye (something so important with raw and vegan foods.)
On a recent visit, organised by the Petition 478 Face book page, we indulged in: a green organic smoothie . A raw salad with baby spinach, beetroot, avocado and, raw zucchini pasta alfredo. And for those who still had room, a mousse au chocolat made with chocolate, avocado and silk tofu. It was decadent.
Whilst food is certainly the raison d’être to dine out, ambience and environment are just as fundamental. Amapura may literally be small in size, but the environment is welcoming and homely. The open kitchen and large communal table are informal and inviting, allowing you to communicate and socialise with those around you, something sadly missing in today’s technology age. Discussions can be had, ideas exchanged and new friendships made. A unique experience in ‘busy’ Luxembourg!
Whilst researching this article, my curiosity led me to look for the meaning of the word Amapura. Amapura is a former capital of Myanmar in Burma and now a township of Mandalay but the meaning of the word itself in Pali only substantiated my experience – ” City of Immortality.”
Credits: Photos by Alix Burton.