I’d say that every paleo family has their 80/20 cheats, and for mine it’s sushi. Everyone adores it, and although we sometimes make it at home with mashed avocado instead of rice, it’s just not the same. So you can imagine how thrilled my girls were when I told them they would be going to a Yo! Sushi Mini Ninja Class to properly learn how to make one of their favourite foods.

We were out the door nice and early and headed into London’s Southbank to the Yo! Sushi at the Royal Festival Hall for 11am. The class lasts for an hour, which is absolutely perfect for the age range they recommend of 5-12. Our chef Malio, was lots of fun and very good with the children. His instructions were clear and easy to follow, but he also kept a look out for anyone who looked like they were struggling and needed help.

What happens in a mini ninja class?

Yo! Sushi Mini Ninja ClassThe children sat around one of the counters, with all their sushi making paraphernalia laid out in front of them. As hygiene is of the utmost importance at Yo! the very first thing the kids had to do was put on their catering gloves and chef hats. This is quite important to know in advance, just in case your little one might have an issue with wearing them.

Malio explained which three types of sushi we would be making – which were cucumber maki, salmon nigiri and crab handrolls. My kids would choose the nigiri and maki from a menu anyway, so were really happy to be making their faves.  

Malio took the children through each of the steps to make their three dishes, and afterwards their efforts were boxed up to take home, along with a little goody bag. All in all a productive way to spend an hour, and we stuck around afterwards for lunch. I even managed to feed myself on the GAPS Intro Diet, with delicious sashimi and miso soup. 

Mini Ninja classes are running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August, and will set you back ÂŁ15 per child. The cost includes what the children have made, plus one blue plate from the sushi train. It is also possible to book a private class for a birthday party or function, just enquire at your local branch.     

Did you know? A few facts about this fabulous sushi chain 

  • Yo! Sushi are a British company, who are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year
  • Their first restaurant was opened in London’s Soho
  • Freshness is everything to Yo! Sushi – their tuna is frozen at us minus 60 degrees on board the boat where it’s caught 
  • All their seafood is sustainably sourced, and approved by Fish2Fork
  • You will never see bluefin tuna on a Yo! Sushi menu, because it’s an endangered species. They serve only the finest yellowfin and albacore tuna in their restaurants
  • They currently have 33 vegetarian dishes and 16 vegan dishes on the menu

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**Disclaimer: we were given our mini ninja class, and our lunch afterwards FOC, in exchange for this honest blog post. Full my full disclosure policy, please click here.**  

Hubby has taken this week off work to cover the last week of childcare over summer, and we had a great time yesterday at London’s Southbank. Their Festival Of Neighbourhood is on until the 8th September, which is celebrating the best bits of being part of a neighbourhood community. They’ve got all sorts of funky installations and a ton of plants, fruit and veg growing in their mobile allotment. Well worth checking out if you get the chance.

I had booked tickets for Family Wednesday, a free event which they’ve been running throughout the holidays with lots of fun things to do with the little ones. We started out on the rooftop of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, drawing colourful pictures on the pavement with chalk to encourage the bees to come and pollinate the plants. We then took a wander around the sky garden – the girls were really impressed with all the gorgeous colourful tomatoes (among other things) that are growing there. Most impressive though, had to be the indoor forest with wooden toadstools, exercise apparatus and loads of small logs for the kids to climb. It also boasts impressive views across the City and the London Eye looks like it’s within touching distance.

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The gardening work is done by volunteers through a not for profit group called Grounded Eco-Therapy, a mental health organisation helping locals who have had a hard time with substance abuse. Check out the photos below for more details.

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All in all a truly magical day, made even better by the brilliant sleeping both girls did all night! They clearly wore themselves out with all the running around and climbing 🙂
Linking this post up to #letkidsbekids
which is run by Karen over at Twinlifeonline.

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