A few weeks ago I received an invitation to come and check out Labcuina, a kitchen in a semi-hidden co-working space in the Born. The invitation came from Martina Wastl who runs a project called Prana Kitchen. She told me a bit about herself and what she does and I was so intrigued that I asked if it would be possible to come over and eat lunch with her already on Christmas Eve, which was the closest date available.
Said and done, the 24th at 14.00 I wandered around the back streets of Born with Google maps in my phone, walked a bit back and forth and finally found Apocapoc, a green, eco-friendly and sustainable co-working space. I was greeted by a couple of big but tremendously friendly dogs, and that's always a good sign (unless your allergic or terrified of dogs of course! But neither applies to me).
In the kitchen I found Martina. She had been cooking away since 7 AM, and had set a beautiful table in the room next door. Martina is from Austria but has been living in Barcelona already a few years. She's a massage therapist and is also trained in several other holistic therapies, she's a yoga teacher and now she also finds herself cooking at yoga retreats.
The food that Martina prepares is all vegan. But not only is it vegan, it's really healthy food too. And here comes the twist: Martina prepares her food with LOVE. A whole lot of LOVE. I don't know how to transmit this feeling to you readers, but I am certain many of you know what I'm talking about. You enjoy every little piece of food you're served, because you know how much effort and grace has been put into it.
There's nothing like the sensation when somebody is proud over the food they have prepared, because you know there has been a lot of work and love behind it. It's a privilege to participate in such a meal. I enjoy it to the fullest, I'd even keep talking to a minimum. I enjoy tasting every single flavour and how they combine. It's almost a sacred experience.
Martina and I weren't the only ones going to enjoy the food though, the table was set for five people. It's interesting how food can bring people together, it felt like I knew everyone there, and it felt like we would see each other again although we were perfect strangers.
So what did we eat? The starter was a kale salad with cranberries, pecans and oranges, with the kale massaged and marinated. We also had a glass of delicious green juice to wash it down with. The main course consisted of a lentil loaf, a mushroom casserole and roasted chicory. For dessert we had a delicious gluten-free pumpkin pie. There were also tasty gluten-free seed crackers and home-made chips with guacasabi (avocado and wasabi, delicious!). Oh, and tasty vegan cookies, too!
So how can you join this feast? Martina cooks lunch every Thursday at Labcuina, but drop her a line or give her a call to make sure she counts you in the meal planning. Contact details for Labcuina can be found here. Or maybe you're into yoga and would like to join her at a retreat? Check out Prana Kitchen's retreats here.