Pandora Paloma – mother, author, founder of ROOTED LIVING and an Intuitive Living Coach.
Following a personal battle with food and body image, Pandora set about feeding her soul and trained as a nutritionist, Intuitive Eating specialist, life coach, yoga teacher and meditation guide. Through her teachings, she inspires women to rebel against societies beauty standards and instead feel safe, supported and empowered in the skin they are in. Whether turning toxic self talk on its head or teaching clients to celebrate food and connect to the body’s innate wisdom – intuition, Pandora’s transformative teachings, online programmes and Intuitive Living book have helped a myriad of women.
Between blissful beach walks in Kent and cooking (and eating, intuitively of course) at her kitchen at home in Ramsgate, Pandora loves nothing more than to relax with her daughter and finance around the tables of her favourite family-friendly cafes and restaurants in London and Kent…
1. I’d like a table for…
My daughter Romilly and I…my fiancé can come too!
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
My house. I’d be drinking my friend Phil’s coffee brand, Flying Horse Coffee. In Winter it’s in bed with my baby girl and partner Tom and in Summer it would be in our garden.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Victoria Park’s Pavilion Cafe is my ultimate place to go for brunch with kids. Eat, watch the ducks and then wander around the park. Lovely morning.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
To be honest, Romilly eats whatever we eat but I have a few favourites myself. Raw Duck in Hackney has been a firm favourite of mine for years. I love The Rose in Deal who do a great Sunday lunch and Mare Street Market in Hackney is great for kids as they have lots of space.
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Archive in Ramsgate is a hotspot for me. They have an area upstairs, which is great for kids and they always have enough highchairs.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Dreamland Margate has an Octopus Garden, which is pretty good for babies and toddlers. On one side there is a cafe and on the other, the coolest soft play ever!! The Turner Gallery space is also good for kids – after food you can head up to the gallery space.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Don’t use words like ‘treat’ or add rules to the dining experience, for example making children eating everything on their plate before they have dessert. These rules take kids further away from their own individual hunger and in my work with disordered eating, it creates difficult relationships with food. I don’t push my daughter to eat anything she doesn’t want. I offer fruits and vegetables at every meal, and if she doesn’t eat them, I try again another day. I don’t separate baby and adult food; she eats what we eat and I try and make her eating experience as easy and dynamic as possible. Lots of different flavours and textures.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
These days it’s takeaway and it’s always, pizza, sushi or Turkish. If we are in London it’s take me out and next on my list is Levan London.
9. My earliest food memory…
Spaghetti Bolognese followed by rice pudding on a Saturday night at home with my mum. My bed would always be clean and I’d get scared watching Casualty.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
It’s got to be my girl gang in Ramsgate who have been a saviour and are all superwomen with badass businesses in their own right. Clemmie (@Mother of Daughters) with her 4 girls, Kate (@Events by Kate) and her daughter Cleo, Katy (@AlsoMagazine) and her daughter Jean, Sophie Burch (@themammacoach) and her 4 boys and last but not least Jessie (@cuttsandsons) and her two lovely boys.