Now opening on Wednesday Evenings

Happy. Happy.Happy!

We are finally opening our doors on Wednesday evenings in our Gzira outlet. We start serving food at 7pm and kitchen closes at 10pm.

On the menu will be a few set dishes and from time to time we will also be creating a special theme.

So far we have been inspired to hold Indian, Maltese and raw food nights. Coming soon will be Balinese, mocktail and acoustic nights. If you have any inspirations of particular cuisines or themes you would like to see us try, let me know!

Stay green!

New Superfoods in Stock

In both our outlets we have a few small shelves where we sell superfoods and other speciality products. Both our spaces have very little space, which means that we have to be ultra selective in what products we choose to stock.

So although our shops are small, they are jam packed with super special items. Just yesterday we received a whole new stock of amazing superfoods from one of our favourite suppliers. We notice such a difference in the quality of their product. Everything from the smell, the taste and way it leaves us feeling.

We chose the world's most nutrient dense green powders; including Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheatgrass and an amazing new SuperGreen Mix (which combines the top 5 green powders). After the green powders we chose a selection of adaptagenic powders. These are powders from plants which give us the ability to better handle stress. We have a range that comes from all corners of the globe, from Peruvian Maca, to Siberian Ginseng and Indian Ashwaganda.

Next we moved on to some amazing powders derived from fruits. The amazing Acai and Lucuma, a pair both coming from the Amazon which have very high nutrient densities, and also a largely unknown but hugely powerful fruit from Africa called Baobab.

The range is complimented with some classic additions such as Bee Pollen, Hemp protein powder and Guarana. Each one of these superfoods deserves its own article, as they each have unique contributions to give to our diets. Luckily our suppliers have upgraded their packaging so each packet now gives a thorough explanation of the qualities the superfoods has to offer.

And if you want any more guidance you can e-mail us at info@thegrassyhopper.com or ask in one of our outlets.

Raw Figolli Explained

Figolli are a traditional Maltese sweet prepared before Easter especially to be eaten on Easter Sunday. For those of you who know all about figolli, welcome to the world of Raw Figolli.

Given that raw figolli are around 3 times the price of normally figolli, we thought it would be fit to give an explanation of exactly how they are made.

As supremely tasty as the traditional figolli are, they unfortunately contain quite a few not so healthy (and also cheap) ingredients.  Namely; wheat flour, eggs, margarine, sugar, and icing sugar. Figolli recipes usually contain more then double the amount of wheat than ground almonds. These together with the eggs considerably bulk up the recipe and keep the cost low.

Over 80% of our raw figolla is made of pure un-roasted ground almonds.  As well as almonds we use walnuts and dates for taste and natural sweetness. These all create the main texture and give the figolla its classic almondy taste. 

Instead of eggs the raw figolla is bound using coconut oil and agave syrup - two rather expensive but high quality ingredients. Coconut oil improves good cholesterol in the blood, aides digestion, supports thyroid function, helps regulate blood sugar and increases your metabolism, energy and endurance. 

Instead of being sweetened by refined white sugar (of which the health consequences are reportedly numerous), our raw figolli are sweetened using dates and agave syrup - a sweetener derived from a cactus which has a lower glycemic-index (GI) than sugar. This gives it a much gentler effect on your blood sugar levels.

Instead of being covered in icing - we give our figolli a homemade coating made from pure cacao powder.

Since the filling of these figolli contains no wheat or eggs and is instead mostly raw nuts the cost is considerably higher - but the authentic richness coming from the nuts also means that you will be satisified by eating much less :)

So no figolli family wars ;)

(There are also a couple of taste boosting ingredients all natural ingredients added to the mix - but thats our little secret)

If you would like to place an order for raw figolli please contact us through our facebook page or e-mail us at info@thegrassyhopper.com

New Drinks Menu

We've revamped our drinks menu, keeping your old favourites but spicing them up with some new additions.

We always love finding new superfoods to boost our drinks, so we are really happy to be adding a Tumeric Tonic to the menu. This juice is made with fresh tumeric root, which is really one of the world's most amazing foods. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant as well as being hugely beneficial for brain function.

Another addition that we are proud is the Fennel Fun juice. Not only is the main ingredient the powerful and local fennel bulb but it is complemented with oranges and lemons and a pinch of pink himalayan salt.

Since our Maca Mocha smoothie was such a fan favourite as a smoothie of the month we've decided to add it to the menu permanently! This smoothie is based on the brilliant combination of Cacao and Maca...two of our personal favourites.

The trusty old guard of the Belle Verte, Berry Coconutty and Pachamama smoothies are all staying but we've also decided to add another Green Smoothie to the menu. This one uses green apples and limes with the addition of sunflower seeds for that additional protein and nutty flavour. It is the perfect drink for anyone undertaking an anti-candida diet.

Hope you enjoy the new drinks and if you have any suggestions for future menu changes please comment below!

Chefs Wanted

Do you want to be part of a conscious work environment? Do you have a vision that involves people eating the cleanest and most nourishing food possible? Do you want to learn how to prepare food which is organic, raw, gluten-free and sugar free?

We are looking for Chefs to join our team! Experience in this particular type of cuisine is not essential but general kitchen experience is required.

We encourage freedom and creativity in the workplace but are looking for people who have the responsibility and self-motivation to thrive in such a system. At the Grassy Hopper we provide a working environment that is based on principles of conscious business; Integrity, Responsibility, Communication, Humility, Emotional Maturity - an environment that makes work meaningful and fulfilling.

Everything that is really great and
inspiring is created by the individual
who can labor in freedom.
— Albert Einstein

Whilst we look for technical skills in our potential team members we also look for the interior skills that are required for a workplace to operate harmoniously.

"Can we create organizations free of the pathologies that show up all too often in the workplace? Free of politics, bureaucracy, and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom? Is it possible to reinvent organizations, to devise a new model that makes work productive, fulfilling, and meaningful? Can we create soulful workplaces―schools, hospitals, businesses, and non profits―where our talents can blossom and our callings can be honoured?"

This is the question we are asking and living. If you feel that you have the external skills and the internal desire to contribute to such a workplace please send us your CV: info@thegrassyhopper.com

Christmas Hampers

Healthy christmas logs, flourless mince pies? These are things that really get us excited, and we are super happy that this year we found the time to find the perfect recipes. They taste so good, and you can rejoice in the effect of the low sugar content when you accidentally eat 3 in a row.

Both the logs and the mince pies are available on order from either of our outlets. But even better is a hamper full of home made healthy Christmas goodies. 

We have hampers ranging between 20€ and 40€ and one extra special one at 70€. Everything in the hampers is homemade apart from the Zotter Organic Chocolate, Mango Green Tea and the Thank You Hot Tea Flask.

20€ Hamper - 5 Mince Pies, 3 Baci Balls, Granola Jar and an Organic Zotter Chocolate Bar

25€ Hamper - 5 Mince Pies, 3 Baci Balls, Granola Jar and a jar of Mango Green Tea (80g)

30€ Hamper - Christmas Log, 4 Mince Pies and 2 Baci Balls

40€ Hamper - Christmas Log, 4 Mince Pies, 2 Baci Balls, Granola Jar, Mango Green Tea (80g)

70€ Hamper - Thank You Hot Tea Flask 330ml, Christmas Log, 4 Mince Pies, 2 Baci Balls, Granola Jar and a jar of Mango Green Tea (80g) or 2 Organic Zotter Chocolate Bars

The Thank You Hot Tea Flask is a fully sustainable flask, made from recycled or earth friendly materials and is even designed using the Fibonacci Spiral numbers to help structurize the water molecules.

To order your hamper please send us a an email at info@thegrassyhopper.com or message us through our facebook page.

Looking for new Chefs!

Do you want to be part of a conscious work environment? Do you have a vision that involves people eating the cleanest and most nourishing food possible? Do you want to learn how to prepare food which is organic, raw, gluten-free and sugar free?

If yes...then we want to hear from you! We are looking for new people to join our team...not just anyone, but people who resonate with our mission and will come to work wanting to serve a greater purpose.

As well as passion for clean living, we expect the highest standards of both personal and professional hygiene as well as disciplined people who take pride in their work.

We are looking for people who share our values of transparency, honesty, integrity, humility and responsibility. We can offer a very nice work environment and work that is fun and meaningful!

Chef - (Full time/part-time)

Although work experience in a professional kitchen is an absolute must-have, this need not be in a vegan or vegetarian kitchen. Extensive training will be provided, including emphasis on the particular nature of vegan and vegetarian cooking, and catering to people with specific diets

- A qualification and/or (minimum 1 year) experience working as a chef/kitchen hand

- Must hold a valid drivers license and food handling certificate

- Must be passionate about vegetarian and vegan cooking

- Must have very good team working skills

Please send your CV's and question answers to info@thegrassyhopper.com

 

Now back open on Sundays

We are back from our summer reduced hours and into opening every Sunday.

On Sundays we try and funk up our daily specials to give you a taste of dishes that are more traditional but with a healthy twist. 

We also have a new breakfast item on our menu: A raw granola cup with homemade coconut yoghurt and an acai berry purree.

So our full breakfast menu is as follows:

* Acai Bowl - Banana, Berries, Coconut Milk, Acai powder, topped with homemade granola, chia seeds and coconut

* Granola - Our homemade granola blend served with milk of your choice

* Oat Cup - Oats, cashews, coconut, goji berries, banana and milk of your choice

* Scrambled Tofu - Tofu scrambled with veggies served with wholegrain toast

* Wholegrain Toast - Avocado & olive oil, tomato & Basil or homemade peanut butter

* Raw Granola Cup - Sprouted and dehydrated granola, acai berry purree and coconut yoghurt homemade with high quality probiotics

New Valletta Outlet Now Open!

We are so happy to announce that we have moved to our new Valletta outlet. The plans for an expanded outlet have been in the pipeline for a while and now the vision has been transformed into reality!

It is truly exciting for us to be able to offer our Valletta clients a bigger space with tables for the dining in experience and also some expanded services.. The menu has been expanded to mirror that of our Gzira outlet, and we will also have a different special on the menu everyday! We are also now serving coffee with an added selection of vegan milks  and a bigger variety of raw cakes.

You can find our new outlet at number 59, St. John's Street (corner with Straight Street). Enjoy our soft opening while we still add a few finishing touches to the space. We would love to hear your feedback.

Green Smoothie Challenge

The #hopper40 Green Smoothie Challenge is a 40 day commitment to have a Green Smoothie every morning.

The idea was born out of a desire to give our new staff members a taste of what it means to #eatclean. A green smoothie every morning sets your body up for a full powered day. Kick starting your metabolism, alkalizing the body, giving you a good range of the amino acids that your body uses to make protein, not to mention a full range of vitamins and minerals.

With two new people joining our team next week all The Grassy Hopper crew will be embarking on the 40 day challenge....and we are inviting all of you to join us.

You can buy your green smoothies from either of our outlets at a reduced price over this period or you can make your own at home following our recipe. To offer you the added incentive of completing the challenge we are offering A Free Meal For Two* to anyone who finishes the 40 days. The only condition? You must post a photo of your green smoothie each day on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #hopper40 so we can make sure you are sticking to your side of the deal.

The Recipe

To make 500ml of Grassy Hopper Belle Verte Smoothie

* 1 Apple, 1/2 a lemon, a thumb of ginger, kale, parsley and mint (or any other seasonal leafy greens)

* Add 500ml of drinking water and ice if you would like it cool

Our Offers

* If you make your full commitment on day one and buy 40 smoothies you will get 1€ off each smoothie - 112€ for the 40 days

Money can’t buy you happiness but it can buy you a green smoothie...and that is pretty much the same thing

* If you come for one off smoothies during the 40 days (and you have been posting your photos every day) you can have your Green Smoothie daily for 3€

 

Staff Wanted

At the Grassy Hopper we believe that food is the foundation of how happy and fulfilling our lives can be. Our mission is to make it easier for people to make good health choices. If this sounds like a mission you would want to get out of bed for every morning, then we want to hear from you!

We are looking for new people to join our team...not just anyone, but people who resonate with our mission and will come to work wanting to serve a greater purpose.

Do you want to be part of a conscious work environment? Do you have a vision that involves people eating the cleanest and most nourishing food possible? Do you want to learn how to prepare food which is organic, raw, gluten-free and sugar free?

As well as a passion for clean living, we expect the highest standards of both personal and professional hygiene as well as disciplined people who take pride in their work.

We are looking for people who share our values of transparency, honesty, integrity, humility and responsibility. We can offer a very nice work environment and work that is fun and meaningful!

Position Open: Bar Staff ~ Full time

Please send your CVs and a covering letter to info@thegrassyhopper.com

Position Open: Chef

Do you want to be part of a conscious work environment? Do you have a vision that involves people eating the cleanest and most nourishing food possible? Do you want to learn how to prepare food which is organic, raw, gluten-free and sugar free?

If yes...then we want to hear from you! We are looking for new people to join our team...not just anyone, but people who resonate with our mission and will come to work wanting to serve a greater purpose.

As well as passion for clean living, we expect the highest standards of both personal and professional hygiene as well as disciplined people who take pride in their work.

We are looking for people who share our values of transparency, honesty, integrity, humility and responsibility. We can offer a very nice work environment and work that is fun and meaningful!

Although work experience in a professional kitchen is an absolute must-have, this need not be in a vegan or vegetarian kitchen. Extensive training will be provided, including emphasis on the particular nature of vegan and vegetarian cooking, and catering to people with specific diets

Chef (part-time/full-time)

- A qualification and/or (minimum 1 year) experience working as a chef is an absolute must

- Must hold a valid drivers license and food handling certificate

- Must be passionate about vegetarian and vegan cooking

- Must have very good team working skills

If you are interested in this position please send your CV to info@thegrassyhopper.com

Nepal Donations

For those that have been following our journey you might have seen the Adventures Of Our Tip Jar.  Every 3 months we distribute our tips and 1/3 of the tips collected are distributed to a charity chosen by the team.

Last month we decided to donate the proceeds to SOS Malta in aid of the Nepal reconstruction effort after the recent earthquakes.

We held a fundraiser at the Cafe and added 20% of the sales of the evening into the pot and also collected donations in a 'Help Nepal' Jar.

In total we collected just over 550€ which have been handed over to the SOS Malta team. We'd like to thank Friends of Nepal for supporting and inspiring the collection process, especially Melanie Vella.

And thank you to all who donated generously into our Jar and into our Tip bowl. We love the Pay It Forward movement!

Yasmin's talk at Earth Garden

A little snippet from a talk that Grassy Hopper founder Yasmin de Giorgio gave at the Earth Garden workshop area. 

Yasmin De Giorgio speaking at Earth Garden in the Why Not? Workshop & Healing area - Her powerful insightful talk was on "Conscious Business" Yasmin is the founder of The Grassy Hopper, an Innovative Vegertarian / Vegan cafe in Malta :) If you dont know it, then its worth going to explore

Posted by Why Not? on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Polly Higgins at The Grassy Hopper

We had a fantastic time welcoming Polly Higgins to Malta, as she travels around the world speaking about Eradicating Ecocide.  We hosted Polly at the Grassy Hopper for a night of learning about Ecocide and Earth Laws. A massive thanks to those who came and participated in the discussion...for those of you that missed it, this is a little bit about Polly and the Eradicating Ecocide Initiative.

Polly is a lawyer who after many years working in London had a moment when she realised that the Earth needed a really good lawyer. She took a year out, (which became a lot more than a year) to really dive into what a law to protect the earth would look like.

You could say that the earth is now Polly's only client ;)

 

 

Polly's journey took her all around the world and into the ins and outs of what a law to protect the earth could look like, and how it could work on a practical level. In 2010 she submitted a proposal to the UN to amend the Rome Statute to include an International Crime of Ecocide.

The Rome statute is one of the most powerful documents in the world, and it is where the current laws against genocide, war crimes and  crimes against humanity are legislated against.

The addition of the law against ecocide would have a dramatic and very much required change in our paradigm. It will create a duty of care for the earth and a prevention of mass environmental destruction that will also be transposed into national regulations.

Currently businesses have a legal duty to put the interests of their shareholders first, making the maximisation of profit the overriding objective. However if serious environmental damage is outlawed, this maximisation of profit would have to be carried out within different perimeters. Banks, investors and shareholders will not expect or allow their companies to conduct criminal affairs to make profit, so Ecocide Law will turn off the tap of funds to activities which destroy the earth. Just as shareholders will not invest in companies making money off genocide or other criminal activities, businesses post ecocide law will be discouraged from harming the environment by the very people who are currently making money off it happening.

It will in turn cause investment to be channeled to cleaner businesses activities. Activities which provide solutions to environmental issues.

The idea of a law preventing Ecocide is right up our street at The Grassy Hopper. We are all about businesses being a force for good, and trying to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible. So having Polly with us for a few days has inspired us further on our mission to be a Conscious Business. In fact we already have a few ideas up our sleeve, so keep your eye out for those!

Polly's latest book Dare To Be Great will also be on offer from The Grassy Hopper Gzira Outlet through heart to heart funding, as of next week.

It is a call to each and every one of us, this is really about being sacred activists
 

Catering for the President

The more we cater for events outside our own premises the more fun we are having.  Not only do we get to create specific menus for different settings and events but it also gives us the chance to create new recipes.

For this event we took a finger food buffet menu to the President's Palace for lunch. The menu was varied, from pickled kholrabi salad boats (garnished with mung bean sprouts and crushed almonds)  to mini-veggie burgers and sandwiches.

A 7 item food menu was spiced up with some of our delicious raw brownies and a selection of energy balls. But the best part of all, was that the whole event was catered using sustainably sourced compostable packaging. The serving dishes and plates were recycled bamboo and the cutlery and glasses made from corn starch.

The crew hosting the event were excited to see a vegetarian buffet look so appetizing.  We are always half surprised and half enjoying to see the bewildered yet enticed look on the surrounding faces when we set up our buffets.

Our Compost Hero

We are super grateful to have crossed paths with Colin. When we were operating our kiosk, we had a store in San Gwann and in collaboration with Garbage to Gardens we were sending our compost to Vincent's Eco-Farm in Mgarr.

With the move to the Café and the closure of our store in San Gwann we didn't have a convenient way of getting our compost to the farm.

We agonized over how we could create a practical system to make use of such a precious resources. Kilos of fresh organic vegetable scraps and juice pulp. Then we met Colin.

Colin is super dedicated to the natural lifestyle. He grows his own vegetables, makes his own sour dough, kefir, sprouts and even shampoos. In fact his whole family are an inspiration for natural living. 

Colin (or sometimes his lovely substitute/wife) comes everyday to our Café in Gzira to pick up our organic waste. Sometimes he brings us some of his own grown organic chard or homemade whey protein. A beautiful collaboration based on the mutual aims of reducing our environmental impact and creating natural products.

Thanks Colin :)

Compost_hero
We must become humble, responsible stewards and students of nature who apply sustainable principles to create truly successful businesses that heal the planet
— Horst Rechelbacher
 

What is a raw figolla?

Figolli are a traditional Maltese sweet prepared before Easter especially to be eaten on Easter Sunday. For those of you who know all about figolli, welcome to the world of Raw Figolli.

Given that raw figolli are around 3 times the price of normally figolli, we thought it would be fit to give an explanation of exactly how they are made.

As supremely tasty as the traditional figolli are, they unfortunately contain quite a few not so healthy (and also cheap) ingredients.  Namely; wheat flour, eggs, margarine, sugar, and icing sugar. Figolli recipes usually contain more then double the amount of wheat than ground almonds. These together with the eggs considerably bulk up the recipe and keep the cost low.

Over 80% of our raw figolla is made of pure un-roasted ground almonds.  As well as almonds we use walnuts and dates for taste and natural sweetness. These all create the main texture and give the figolla its classic almondy taste. 

Instead of eggs the raw figolla is bound using coconut oil and agave syrup - two rather expensive but high quality ingredients. Coconut oil improves good cholesterol in the blood, aides digestion, supports thyroid function, helps regulate blood sugar and increases your metabolism, energy and endurance. 

Instead of being sweetened by refined white sugar (of which the health consequences are reportedly numerous), our raw figolli are sweetened using dates and agave syrup - a sweetener derived from a cactus which has a lower glycemic-index (GI) than sugar. This gives it a much gentler effect on your blood sugar levels.

Instead of being covered in icing - we give our figolli a homemade coating made from pure cacao powder.

Since the filling of these figolli contains no wheat or eggs and is instead mostly raw nuts the cost is considerably higher - but the authentic richness coming from the nuts also means that you will be satisified by eating much less :)

So no figolli family wars ;)

(There are also a couple of taste boosting ingredients all natural ingredients added to the mix - but thats our little secret)

If you would like to place an order for raw figolli please contact us through our facebook page or e-mail us at info@thegrassyhopper.com

 

Grassy Hopper Packed Lunches

We were back at the University Valletta Campus today to start the first day of a three day catering job for a conference being held.

We are super happy to increase accessibility to our food by providing the service of packed lunches.  If you are interested in bringing The Grassy Hopper food to your event please e-mail us at info@thegrassyhopper.com or call 21311676

Grassy Hopper Finger Foods

Conference catering doesn't have to be pastizzi and pizza :) Thanks to the Centre for Environmental Education and Research for choosing us to bring a slightly different feel to their lunch break.