Photography by Ndoema
When in Canggu Beach, I discovered a wonderful little raw vegan eatery called CuePlay Cafe run by my new-found Russian friend Dennis Jablonskiy (and his surfing pal - turned super raw chef - Andrew). I can't tell you how comforting it was and how grateful I felt to be enjoying such genuinely soulful company and to feast on the kind of healing and nutrient-dense meal that feeds my body and soul. When Dennis found out I was heading to Ubud the following day, he suggested I swing by Five Elements, an eco-conscious wellness retreat and raw living foods restaurant nestled on the lush, tropical banks of the Ayung River.
Five Elements takes a holistic approach to health by combining ancestral Balinese healing modalities with plant-based nutrition and Sacred Arts all within an eco-luxurious setting that's both innovative and an homage Bali's beautiful traditions and culture.
Though I had just left magical Candi Kuning market, where I had loaded up on truckloads of delish tropical fruits, I was hungry (as I always am ;) and thrilled to be sampling more fabulous raw food delicacies.
The ‘Zucchini Tomato Lasagna’ was also bursting with flavor with layers of cashew ricotta cheese, asian herb pesto, tomato ginger marinara, shitake and raw chili sambal.