Podcast Episode 3 with Simon Paul Sutton Now LIVE!

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Simon Paul Sutton is a dear friend and supporter of the Grassy Hopper mission, so it is a great pleasure to have him on the podcast sharing his story. Simon is a hugely inspirational and humorous character who candidly talks about some pretty intense life experiences that he has been through. 

This episode of the podcast is largely centered around personal transformation and how we can live more honestly and authentically. Simon draws from his own life experiences to share the wisdom that he has gleamed and the vision he has for every person to step into greater levels of honesty.

As always we love your feedback and comments and would really appreciate if you could give our podcast a review in itunes and share with any friends who you think could benefit from this message.

Listen to the podcast here or search for The Grassy Hopper podcast in your smartphone Podcasting App or the itunes Podcast store. 

 

 

Syrian Night: charity dinner

Once a week, on Wednesday evenings, the doors of The Grassy Hopper in Gzira open for dinner. Wednesday 25th of January was an evening with a twist: we hosted a charity dinner featuring Syrian and Middle-Eastern dishes to celebrate the culinary wonders from this region, but also to raise awareness about the ongoing war and violence, and the dangerous crossing many Syrians and other refugees make over land and sea to look for safety. We chose MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) as the beneficiary of the money raised during the evening. MOAS is a Malta based non-profit dedicated to preventing loss of life by providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea.

The menu featured different vegan highlights from Syrian and Middle-Eastern cuisine, such as Mujadara Lentil Stew, with cinnamon, smoked paprika and garlic, served with rice, bean salad and vegan mint cream, a Ras el Hanout Stew with carrots, pumpkin, aubergine, cauliflower and Middle-Eastern spices, served with quinoa and fresh mint, and Sweet pea Falafel, served with hummus and tabbouleh.

We also served Shurbat Addes, a Syrian red lentil soup and Socca, homemade chickpea flatbread. For dessert our healthy sweet shop Theobroma prepared a delectable vegan rose & pistachio cheesecake, and we also baked vegan baklava, made with filo pastry, walnuts, almonds, agave syrup, cinnamon and fresh lemon.

To raise funds we held a raffle on the evening and had a donation box ready. In total we raised over €300! Prizes included vouchers for Eco-Spa & Yoga Hub Sanya, a box of chocolates from Theobroma - A Raw Cacao Collective, vouchers for a free meal & smoothie or coffee & dessert at The Grassy Hopper, and goodie bags donated by our lovely suppliers CORE GREEN:Organic & Fairtrade, Flavours for Health and Hames Sensi - Organic World. A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their generous gifts.

We were happily surprised by the great interest in the evening and want to thank everyone who attended for your support and contributions.

For more information about the work MOAS do, and how you can help, please visit their website: www.moas.eu



Photos by Jason Florio (MOAS) and Luca Séllei

Green Smoothie Challenge starts Monday!

The Grassy Hopper Green Smoothie Challenge is back! We start this coming Monday 23rd January on this quest to live a more nourished life. The challenge is a simple commitment to have a Green Smoothie every day for 14 days… sign up to our mailing list to receive recipes, tips and motivation.

Our intentions behind this challenge have not changed. We want to show you just how good you can feel by introducing this green drink into your diet. It’s a simple change with powerful effects. Our manifesto is all about eating to fuel a happy and fulfilled life, and this challenge is the most efficient way to get there. Get ready for more energy, improved hair, skin & nails, a clearer and more focused mind and just an overall boost!

A green smoothie every morning sets your body up for a full powered day. The benefits are endless! It’s a super easy and delicious way to kick start your metabolism, alkalise your body & fill your body with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it needs to feel great! You can also add in a number of superfoods if you want that extra special kick! The passion and commitment that we can bring to our lives is proportionate to the fuel we put into our body so this challenge is not just about the physical effects but also about getting closer to your highest potentials.

Every great finish was once a simple beginning. Start now.
— Robin Sharma

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. We will give you recipe ideas and would also love to hear yours.

To help you keep up the challenge and get inspired by other challengers, get creative and post photos of your green smoothie on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #14greendays . We will be giving out prizes to the most inspirational, dedicated and funny photos

We encourage you to continue the challenge on your own after the two weeks are up and are sure that once you experience how good you can feel, you will !

Here’s to a more nourished life!

 

 

Podcast Episode 2 with Maria Farrugia Now LIVE

This episode (#2) features an interview with permaculturist and founder of the Kul Kul farm, Maria Farrugia. The conversation goes into the twists and turns of the journey which took her all the way to Bali from Malta and ended up with her co-founding the Kul-Kul farm with her partner Orin.

Maria is a down-to-earth yet hugely inspirational person, who talks candidly about her inner battles and the joys and struggles of starting a conscious business.

The Grassy Hopper podcast is all about sharing stories that will give you the courage to pursue your own path, stimulate your thoughts and ideas and ultimately inspire you to live a more nourished life. 

You can listen to the podcast from the link below, through Soundcloud or by searching for The Grassy Hopper Podcast in your iTunes Podcast App directly from your smartphone.

We hope you enjoy this episode and please do send us your comments, questions or guest suggestions to info@thegrassyhopper.com

Reuse Resolutions

Happy new year from all of us at The Grassy Hopper! Now that the holidays are over it is time to sit down with a cup of tea and reflect on the year gone by, as well as look forward to the new one! It is the classic moment to think about our lives, our actions and our choices, and to set fresh intentions for becoming a better version of ourselves.

In light of the new year, several of our staff members, including our founder Yasmin De Giorgio, have set the intention this year to completely cut out the use of plastic bottles, plastic bags and disposable coffee cups from our lives. Our fast-paced, on-the-go consumption culture is contributing to growing landfills and the plastic soup in our oceans, and single use plastics and disposable coffee cups (which are not recyclable, as many people think!), are among the worst culprits. In the UK alone, 5.000 disposable coffee cups are thrown away every minute!* In Malta, 88% of municipal waste was landfilled in 2014, placing our country at the second highest rank in the EU.**

The Grassy Hopper is proud to have championed compostable packaging from the very beginning of opening our business: from day 1 all our take-aways have been packed in compostable packaging by Vegware, made from renewable and sustainable resources, such as cornstarch, sugar cane fibre and recycled paper. Of course, using reusable containers is even better! We love to inspire and encourage our customers and community to make lifestyle choices that are not only better for yourselves, but also better for the planet. For this reason we stock in our shop the beautiful Thank You bottles, made entirely from sustainable and renewable materials: glass, rubber, cork and wood. For only 50 cents you can refill your bottle with reverse osmosis water at The Grassy Hopper, so together we can create an alternative to single-use plastic bottles, and remain hydrated at the same time!

We hope to add more reusable products to our shop so we can help you in making the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. Which small change will you make this year to contribute to protecting our environment? We’d love to hear about your intentions in the comments! For now, we leave you with some further inspiration: reusable coffee cups / produce bags / shopping bags.  

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/dec/06/modern-life-rubbish-dont-need-packaging

** http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160326/local/malta-ranked-second-in-eu-for-waste-to-landfills.606796

Healthy Christmas hampers & packages

Can you believe we’re only a month away from Christmas? That means it’s time to start thinking about presents! Why not give your family and friends a selection of healthy and nourishing gifts this year? We create classic Christmas sweets with a healthy twist, that are also beautiful and delicious, and in our hampers also include a range of other homemade products from The Grassy Hopper and our raw chocolate shop Theobroma, such as homemade granola and nut butters. New this year are the inclusion of gift vouchers to our freshly opened eco-spa and wellness centre Sanya, such as vouchers for a massage, yoga class or a day pass for the spa.

This year’s healthy Christmas sweets include our homemade Christmas Log, Mince Pies and Baci Balls, all hand crafted with quality ingredients, such as raw cacao, coconut oil, cacao butter, nuts and dried fruits. All sweets are vegan and gluten-free* and are free from processed sugar, instead they are sweetened with dates and other dried fruits, coconut sugar and/or agave syrup.

We are offering the following Christmas Hampers, which are packaged together in a beautiful gift basket:

  • Hamper 1 (€30): 1x christmas log, 3x mince pies, 1 packet granola, 1 peanut butter (200g)
  • Hamper 2 (€40): 1x christmas log, 3x mince pies, 3x baci ball, 1 voucher for Sanya yoga class, 1 packet granola

  • Hamper 3 (€50): 1x christmas log, 5x mince pies, 3x baci ball, 1 Sanya day voucher

  • Hamper 4 (€80): 1x christmas log, 5x mince pies, 3x baci ball, 1 peanut butter (200g), 1 voucher for Sanya massage

We also sell the Christmas sweets separately or in discount packages:

  • Package 1 (€15): 4x mince pies + 5x baci ball

  • Package 2 (€25): 1x christmas log + 3x baci ball

  • Package 3 (€25): 1x christmas log + 4x mince pies

Christmas logs retail at €21, mince pies at €2 and baci balls at €2. At our outlets all sweets, including Christmas log slices (€2) are also available to enjoy with a warming cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. To place your order, either visit one of our outlets in Gzira or Valletta, or send us your order by e-mail to info@thegrassyhopper.com and mention what you would like to order, the date you would like to pick up your hamper and your contact details. Hampers can be picked up any day we are open between the 1st and 24th December, with a minimum of two days from order day to pick up, and the last order on 22 December. Packages can either be purchased directly from our outlets or ordered and picked up on an agreed day.

We’re looking forward to celebrate Christmas with you this year and provide you with healthy sweets & presents during this indulgent month.

*Christmas logs, mince pies and baci balls are gluten-free and prepared in a gluten-free environment (at our gluten-free raw chocolate shop Theobroma). However, since hampers are packed at The Grassy Hopper outlet, please advise us in case you are coeliac so we take extra care to avoid cross-contamination at The Grassy Hopper. The granola offered in some of the hampers is not gluten-free, but we can arrange a gluten-free substitute for the hampers containing granola if requested.

 

First Episode of the Grassy Hopper Podcast now live!

We are so happy to be able to share with you the first episode of our new podcast.  This Podcast is our space to explore further what it means to live a healthy life. 

The Grassy Hopper is not just about food. Food is a big part of it, but as you can read in our Manifesto, we also feel that living a healthy and fulfilling life has many other aspects to it. On this Podcast Yasmin interviews people who have an inspiring perspective or life experience to share. The interview will cover a vast range of topics, and often food might not even get mentioned, the common thread is a reflective view on life and how we can be more happy and fulfilled.

Our first episode welcomes David Zammit who is an adventurer, blogger and photographer, who left the corporate world behing to travel the world. His adventures include an epic 4,000km cycle, alone across the Australian continent. This conversation does into why Dave made certain choices and the impact of his adventures on his life view.

Subscribe to our Podcast for more episodes: 

https://itunes.apple.com/mt/podcast/grassy-hopper-podcast/id1178075086 

If you enjoy the interview, please send us your comments and recommendations of more inspirational stories that need to be told.

Massive thanks to Monochrome Keys Music Studio for producing the track. Check out the website for one of the most passionate and awesome musicians we know.  Guaranteed quality tuition and workshops!

 

E-Bike Delivery

We've been delivering healthy food and drinks for almost a year now from our Valletta outlet, and although we're happy with providing a delivery service, we were on the lookout for a faster, more reliable and more environmentally friendly delivery method :) 

We believe we have found it in the form of delivery by electric bicycle and have been testing with a brand new local company for the past weeks. As of next Monday 21 November you can now have food and drinks delivered to your home, office or workplace by electric bicycle from both our outlets! 

We are providing the e-bike delivery service for orders over 10 euros. We deliver from our outlet in Gzira to the blue area on the map (Pembroke, Madliena, Swieqi, Tal-Ibragg, San Gwann, St. Julians, Kappara (incl. University & Hospital), Sliema, Gzira, Ta' Xbiex), and from our outlet in Valletta to the green and red areas on the map (Birkirkara, Balzan, Imriehel, Santa Venera, Hamrun, Qormi, Msida, Pieta, Valletta, Marsa, Paola, Tarxien, Fgura, Birgu, Bormla, Isla, Kalkara, and Smart City). If you are unsure if we can deliver to your location, just give us a call to double-check (Gzira tel: 21311676, Valletta tel: 27645890). 

To order a delivery, simply follow the following steps: 

  1. Look at our menu on www.thegrassyhopper.com

  2. Place your order by sending an email with the items you'd like to order (specify any add-ons such as cheese please), your address and phone number and your preferred delivery time (any workday between 11:30-16:00) to deliveries@thegrassyhopper.com 

  3. For orders to the blue area please phone our Gzira outlet on 21311676 , and for orders to the green and red areas please phone our Valletta outlet on 27645890 to confirm (best is to email & call before 11:30, so we can plan in deliveries, last order at 14:30) 

  4. We will liaise with the delivery company and they will confirm the nearest available delivery time with you via e-mail

  5. Payment upon delivery in cash

The delivery fee is a standard €5 euro, and €3 for Valletta and Floriana (including Valletta Waterfront).

With this move we hope to make healthy and delicious food and drinks accessible to even more people, while providing the service in an environmentally friendly way! 

As always, we welcome your comments & feedback, and we make a continuous effort to provide the best service. You can contact us on facebook, via e-mail or by phone. 

 

 

Bar-staff wanted!

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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

We're 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