Nook – The Interview

Nook – The Interview

Nook is an Australian influenced juice and bowl bar selling cold press juices, pokē, smoothies, and broth bowls with a  Japanese, Hawaiian and California twist. Recently opened in Frome, Somerset tucked away in a “nook” on King Street, I for one was very excited to get myself down to Nook to try out their menu. I was missing my pokē bowls.

As you walk down King Street , you will soon be greeted by Nook’s outside bench seating piled with cushions. Nook really does live up to its name. A couple of tables and bar seating is all that can be squeezed into The Nook, but don’t worry as Millie and Jake do take outs and delivery within a 10 minute walk of the shop.

I love the simple modern menu’s framed on the wall. Everything on the menu is made to order which I love as well.

I have tried making smoothie bowls on numerous occasions at home with no luck. So i am so happy I can grab a smoothie bowl in Frome now. This is Nook’s original Acai bowl. The smoothie is banana, acai and blackberries topped with bananas shaved toasted coconut and nuts finished off with a delicate edible flower. Packed with flavour and goodness,  just what I need to start the day with.

The pokē bowls come with your base choice, protein choice and then your dressing, crunch and topping choice! I am partial to the tofu bowls, with noodles, sesame and tahini. No two bowls are the same .

Now winter is here Jake has added daily broth bowls to the menu. Hearty miso soup topped with veggies is my go to broth bowl

And if you just fancy a juice, maybe a coffee and something sweet, you will not be disappointed by Millie’s daily vegan bakes, including brownies, coconut and lime cake, and protein balls to name a few of her baked delights.

The Interview

  • Tell us bit about you, where you come from and background ? 

I was born in Bath and moved to Australia as a toddler. I grew up on the sunny beaches on the Gold Coast in Queensland and moved back to Frome at 19. Ive worked in hospitality for 12 years in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars both here and in Australia. 

Jake and I met at At the Chapel, Bruton in 2015 when I was working as a Front of House Manager and he was working as a Chef and Baker. 

Jake was born in Salisbury, but grew up near Shaftesbury in a village called West Knoyle. He began his career in Food with Baking but not soon after got into cheffing when he went to work At the Chapel, Bruton.

  • How did your business idea come about ?

It was quite organic. We both knew we were becoming dissatisfied working for other people and wanted to take the leap into working for ourselves, but we were not sure which route to go down. Not soon after we found ourselves sitting on a beach in Byron Bay eating poke bowls and drinking cold press juice and we thought this would go down well in Frome. Fast forward 9 months and we opened our little shop NOOK.

  • Why Frome as a location ?

Frome is a haven for independent businesses and has an assortment of wonderful eateries with varied styles of food and drinks. We identified a gap in the market for a business that could sell cold press juice, , proper smoothies and selection of food for veggies, vegans and gluten free diets. We also felt that a Japanese style cuisine would go down an absolute treat with the foodies of Frome as there was nothing like that in the town.

  • Describe you business ?

We are an Australian influenced juice + bowl bar with further influences from Hawaii, Japan and California. We specialise in healthy, tasty and colourful food and drink products that are complex in flavour but straightforward with health benefits.

  • How did you get started in this business?

Inspired by a trip to Australia we identified products that were hugely popular and successful in Australia. Food and drink that we wanted to eat and drink here but only found in the big cities. So we thought, lets do it! 

  • How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?

Between the two of us we have 20 years experience working in the hospitality industry at a variety of different venues and for different employers. This has been a learning experience in both what to do and what not do in running a business so we have applied our experience and knowledge to open our own business. 

  • Whats steps to you take towards being an environmentally friendly business 

All of our packaging is made from plants and is 100% compostable and biodegradable. For our produce we buy organic, local and seasonal items where possible. We recycle all of our glass, card and plastics from our produce packaging and we try to encourage our deliveries to take the boxes and reuse. We also encourage our customers to bring their own containers and cups to use in place of plant plastics and ask them to bring back the plant plastics for us to reuse for them if possible.

  • Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? The next ten years?

In the next year we plan to do NOOK pop up’s and markets in both Frome and surrounding towns. We also plan to buy a food truck in a years time and have poke bowls on the go! in 5 years time we hope to be running another two NOOK shops in other towns similar to Frome. 

  • I love that the NOOK is a GF and 80% Vegan bar, are either of you GF or/and Vegan. If not did you make a conscious decision to go all GF and primarily vegan ?

Neither Jake nor I follow one specific diet. Our emphasis is to eat as clean, colourful and as plant based as possible without cutting out anything in its entirety.  We did make a conscious decision to be 100% GF as we know so many people who are GF and Celiac who struggle to eat out and have much less choice when eating out. Most of our products were GF to begin with so it only took a few changes in order to have menu that is 100% GF.

As time goes on it becomes more evident that plant based eating is the future. We did not want to be 100% vegan as we did not want to deter people that are not vegan from experiencing our food. Equally we wanted to be a high percentage around 80% of vegan food so that the growing vegan population in Frome have somewhere they can come and have a much wider choice rather than one option on a menu.

 

So what are you waiting for , next time you are in Frome get on down to King Street and enjoy a delicious smoothie bowl or why not design your own pokē bowl, no 2 bowls are ever the same.

You can find Nook at 14 King St, Frome BA11 1BH

My 7 Favourite Podcasts

My 7 Favourite Podcasts

I am addicted to podcasts, there I said it! I absolutely love them. I listen in the car, soaking in the bath, when I am editing and before I go to bed. There is never a time I don’t pop a podcast on these days.

A podcast is so easy to listen too and I often feel like I am sat in a room with a bestie. Here are a list of my current favourite podcast that I am listening too, in no particular order…

Hashtag Authentic

Hosted by Sara Tasker of Me and Orla Instagram fame. Sara lives in Yorkshire , England with her husband and daughter Orla

“Hashtag Authentic is my podcast for Instagrammers, bloggers and online creatives. Each month we share strategies, stories, tips and experience to help you bloom and grow through your online adventures. Brought to you by Sara Tasker, Instagram coach and photographic influencer, this podcast is for anyone navigating the world of online success whilst trying to stay true to themselves & their future dreams.”

Sara’s podcasts are mainly focused around social media and entrepreneurship. Sara holds solo podcasts as well as inviting guests to talk about subjects like “how to get press coverage”, “how to stop worrying about what others think” all things instagram, branding and being an entrepreneur in general.

Sara has published a book “Hashtag Authentic” which comes out early next year.

Hashtag Authentic podcast can be found here 

 

Goal Digger

Jenna Kutcher is the gal behind this podcast. Jenna is from Minnesota , she is an entrepreneur, photographer and online marketing guru!

“A chart topping business podcast led by Jenna dishing the best mini-marketing trainings and sharing interviews featuring the ultimate girl bosses”

Jenna is all about the hustle and promoting girl bosses! Jenna talks openly about how she grew her businesses starting life out as a wedding photographer to earning 6 figure sums with her online businesses helping other female business women.

 

Goal Digger can be found here

 

 

Raw Milk

I love Beth Kirby, also known as Local Milk on Instagram and her website. Beth lives half the year in Tennesse and the other half in Paris. Travels the world teaching her food and lifestyle photography workshops.

“Raw Milk is Beth Kirby’s Instagram filter-free podcast for creative entrepreneurs where she gets raw, real, and sometimes ridiculous about what it really takes to build a life and business you love, live slow, travel more, make an impact, and make money while you do it.”

Beth talks openly about her mental health struggles on her podcasts. She hosts solo and also has some pretty awesome guests. Subjects cover all aspects of running a business from ” how to stand out in a crowd” ,”the big fears that hold creatives back” , instagram and mental health for creatives.

Raw Milk can be found here

 

 

Janet Murray

I have just started to listen to Janet Murray’s podcasts. After suggesting to a friend I realised I hadn’t listen to one myself! Janet has been on constantly these past few days in the car. Janet was a journalist for The Guardian before she set up her business as a marketing expert.

I highly recommend episode 318 ” How to ace your content strategy 2019. I am actually going to have to listen again with a note book to hand! Full of so much amazing content as are all the podcasts I have listen to so far. Highly recommend you tune in to Janet now for setting your marketing intentions for 2019. You will not regret it!

Janet Murray can be found here

 

Make it Happen

Hosted by Jen Carrington, Make it Happen is a podcast for big-hearted creative business owners. Jen is another newbie to my podcast listening. A business coach Jen gives lots of great advice in her podcasts, and I never leave empty handed . I am always motivated to carry out her advice.

Currently 7 series in her podcast list so lots of catching up to do. Some of my favourites are season 4, episode 1; The books that have shaped my creative work and life. Season 7, episode 2; Start with your mindset.

Jen’s podcasts cover all areas of being an entrepreneur, the self doubt we have and the tools to help us become a better person.

Make it Happen can be found here 

 

The Fringe of It

“A weekly podcast from Liv Purvis (What Olivia Did) and Charlotte Jacklin (Betty) aka out of touch early grandma’s (wishing they had their own radio show), navigating their way through millennial life and laughing a lot in between.”

I have been following Charlotte on instagram for over a year now and am in love with her stories and feel like we are BFF’s already lol! So it was only natural for me to go and listen to The Fringe of it when it launched earlier this year.

Definitely one for the girls, grab a glass of wine and nibbles whilst listening to Charlotte and Liv chat all things style, holidays, stress and people pleasing among some of the topics the girls discuss.

The Fringe of it can be found here

 

 

Reasons to be Cheerful

Totally non business related this one. Hosted by ex labour MP Ed Milaband and radio host Geoff Lloyd. I was introduced to Reasons to be Cheerful by a good friend to listen too a particular episode on transgender issues. This podcast comes under news and politics, pretty unusual subject matter for me to be honest, but I really enjoy them. I choose episodes that are on a subject matter I am interested in ie plastic plastic plastic episode 58 . More like a radio chat show as several guests are part of each episode.

Reasons to be Cheerful can be found here 

 

 

I hope you find a new podcast to listen to from my list. Do you have a favourite podcast I should listen too? Would love you to pop a link in the comments.

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” Theodore Roosevelt, argues that comparing your work, your life, or whatever else will only serve to make you unhappy.

 

Powerful quote don’t you think? And from my post on Instagram it seems most of us deal with comparing ourselves to others as some point in our life’s, others more often. Unfortunately I am one of those that spends a lot of time browsing the internet and social media feeds , comparing myself, my work , my lifestyle with others. What good does this do for me? None whats so ever!

Since childhood I have been told that I am not good enough, my grades could be better, not pretty enough, not slim enough , the list goes on , by family members and boyfriends since I can remember. It’s led me to never take compliments well, and on the flip side too seek recognition for anything I do, from cooking, to wearing a new top, to business ventures. I need to be told I am doing OK.

Motherhood comes around and we spend the next 5 years comparing our children to other children by how fast our baby walks and talks, reads on their own, does up their shoelaces. Deep down we know our children develop at different rates and they will get to their own milestones when they are good and ready. In a world of social media where every like counts its a pretty damaging place we can get ourselves into. Comparison is generally the fast track to unhappiness. It’s a recipe for misery. All it does is keeping you focused on what you don’t like about yourself and your life.

So how can we change this shift in our heads and remind ourselves we are all unique individuals with our own stories to tell, our own lives to live in our very own and special way.

Here are my 5 top tips to stop comparing yourself to others 

 

  • Do a social media detox. This sounds scary I know, but social media is the biggest problem in todays world when it comes to comparing ourselves with the unreal “instagram” world. We all do it, we all wish we were that person , living that life in those tiny squares. There are lost of apps out here that can help minimise your time spent on social media ; Freedom and In Moment are two worth having a look at.

 

  • Turn comparison into inspiration. Those images we see on social media, there is a back story to them and probably not so glamorous as the final image. We tend to focus on their success and not on the thousand of hours spent getting there. Be inspired by their hard work and let this motivate you to try harder at reaching your goal. My plan is to move to the South of France , part of achieving that goal is I must be able to speak French. I have weekly French lessons, taking me one step closer to achieving my goal. Looking at someone sitting in France living my life is not going to happen if I don’t do anything about it !

 

  • Look at your past . I bet you have achieved so much already. Be proud, write down a list of achievements you are proud of, big and small. You will most likely surprise yourself with your list. Pin it up somewhere prominent to remind you.

 

  • Meditation and exercise. Such a great way to spend quiet time with yourself , away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Empty your mind of all that negativity. Headspace is a great app that I highly recommend. My son uses it as well and has found meditation helps with his anxiety. Taking yourself outside for a walk in the fresh air, helps boost those endorphins and will, I assure you make you feel so much better.

 

  • Be grateful for what you have. Oprah said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Never a truer quote. Stop wasting valuable time putting yourself down and start improving your life and well being with positive people around you and positive thoughts.

 

I need this reminder as well and will definitely be listening to the headspace app again, and doing a social detox . The weather is perfect for a walk outside, wrap up warm and breathe in some fresh air and enjoy nature.

Would love to hear how you deal with negative comparison in the comments.

Anna x

 

Hello

Hello

It’s been a long time in the making but here it is!

New look, new feel to Anna Bowkis Photography. A place to come and sit down with a cuppa and read about my travels, share recipes and talk about our favourite places to grab a coffee and cake. Sharing real life struggles and successes in this world of social media and running a business, interviews from small business owners and top tips to help you navigate this digital world we live in.

For those looking for my photography, wether you are looking for my brand photography or my family sessions , easy to navigate galleries for you to scroll through are here.

The struggle has been real as I have put off launching for a long time, and realise there really is never going to be a right time, so today I decided to push the live button!

I am looking forward to building my home on the web and hope you will share this journey with me. 

Conversation is key, and I love a good natter so do get in touch !

Anna xx

72 Hours in Prague

72 Hours in Prague

 

Be still my beating heart, Prague you have stolen my heart… From streets that make me feel like I am part of a Hans Christian fairytale, to sipping on cocktails in a Art Nouveau American bar, I am coming back .

This March, my husband and I had a short break in Prague meeting with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. Prague was not on my destination list, I hadn’t heard anything about Prague so was intrigued to get googling.

Well I was not to be disappointed , it was a photographers dream.  I started to put together my list of places to visit , eat and drink, and lucky for you it is all here in this post for your next visit to Prague.

We flew with Easy Jet from Bristol airport and stayed at the Hotel Basada Prague.

Day one

Unfortunately it was rather grey and wet when we arrived, but that did not stop of us buying an umbrella and heading onto the streets of Prague. First stop was Mysak.

Opened in 1911 and redesigned in 2017 Mysak has been a staple for decades  , even under Communism, with a focus on speciality coffees and drop dead gorgeous pastries. I had a cronut type of pastry which was delicious!

We then headed onto the Leica gallery where Marek Musil “Burning Man” exhibition was on. Do check Leica Gallery web page for their current exhibitions. They also have a coffee shop.

Next stop was Wenceslas Square in New Town where many demonstrations, celebrations and public gatherings occur. The main star attraction for me was this Art Nouveau Hotel that reminded me of Wes Anderson. The Grand Hotel Europa is currently boarded up and has been sold to J W Marriott and is scheduled to open in 2020. Will be interesting to see how they renovate this beautiful piece of architecture.

It was my husbands birthday that week so I booked us a table at Hergetova Cihelna ,  a lively and stylish restaurant on the bank of Prague`s Vltava river with a spectacular view of the Charles Bridge.

We sipped pink champagne , dined on sumptuous food and enjoyed breath taking views of the Charles Bridge.

I highly recommend either of the restaurants by the Kampa Group for a special occasion. Stunning views, mouth watering food and attentive service.

Day Two

Up early for breakfast and we caught the tram no 22 to Prague Castle. The no 22 is the most scenic tram route so well worth jumping on for a view of Prague.

Prague Castle dates back to 870 and boasts several different architectural styles including Gothic and Romanesque. The cathedral is stunning and well worth the queues.

Beware it is a steep walk up to the castle but well worth it for the breath taking views of the city.

Within the walls of the castle is Golden Lane and is included in the price of your ticket. A row of brightly coloured houses that were once residential cottages. Now it houses gift shops, and a armour museum.

We then headed into Mala Strana, also know as Lesser Town for a bite to eat. This was by far one of my favourite areas of Prague, beautiful cobbled streets and stunning buildings with handprinted Murals decorating the walls. Charles Bridge connects Lesser Town and Old Town by foot.

We had an amazing Czech lunch at Magistra Kelly, traditional Czech food and good beer and wine for less than £20 for two (starter, main course and alcohol). Not the easiest place to find and quite a walk, but so worth it!

I had Knedlíky or dumplings,  the Czech side dish made from potato flour and boiled in water as a roll and then sliced and served hot. Peter and our friends had Guláš (pronounced as “goulash“) Goulash (guláš in Czech) .

Prague is not very vegetarian friendly and I did struggle a little when looking for traditional fayre.

Ended our day walking across Charles Bridge and grabbing those all important photos!

The evening we went to The American Bar for cocktails which is located in  the Municipal House a stunning Art Nouveau decor with leather seating and a cosy atmosphere, followed by seeing  The Four Seasons by Vivaldi in the concert room. A snip at about £30 each for a box!

Day Three

Back to Old Town for a traditional Trdelník to be eaten. I opted for mine without the cream and just plain, dusted with cinnamon sugar! When in Prague….

Old Town as you can imagine is full of tourist shops but walk around some of the quieter alleys and you will find a few gems. This absinthe shop did not go unnoticed by my husband !

A must visit and not widely mentioned to see is the Prague Library .

The Klementinum library, a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, was first opened in 1722 and is the most beautiful library I have set my eyes on!

As well as the library you can visit the astronomical tower for outstanding views of Prague, not for those who are scared of heights mind. Steep spiral iron staircase takes you to the top of the tower. The high shutters are opened one by one to reveal the most breath taking views!

Do visit the website for stunning imagery and more info.

Peter and I then visited the Gallery of Art , an exhibition showcasing Dali, Mucha and Warhol. I have seen the Warhol exhibition in Hong Kong, there were many personal artefacts here that I had not seen before. And finally we made a quick visit to the John Lennon Wall !

We had the most amazing time, I highly recommend Prague as a destination to visit, preferably weekdays to avoid the stag do’s as beer is cheaper than soft drinks.

Unfortunately the Astronomical Clock was under repair when we visited Prague, hence no photos to show or mention.

Never enough time to try out all the places I wanted to visit so a few mentions below that have come highly recommended from other websites :

Cafe Savoy/Jewish Quarter/Lokal/Sisters Coffee Shop

Recommended Websites :

Gallery of Art Prague 

Taste of Prague 

NB : Please note all photos and words are my own