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Blue Lotus Cafe

Blue Lotus Cafe

By Blue Lotus Hua Hin
Plant-based cuisine is growing rapidly. Once a week Blue Lotus instructors are discussing and sharing how the industry is developing and how you can create & develop your own modern & sustainable business. 20 minutes on topics we would love to learn about when we started.
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How To Become An Independent Knowledge Worker?
We're back at sharing wisdom of Naval Ravikant. This week we are covering all the steps you should focus on to build necessary skills to create a business, design a lifestyle you want and play the long-term game. Find how you can be unique and remarkable, and find ways to build it into your brand. Join us also next week where we will take this topic into more details and share with you the insights about becoming an independent knowledge worker. As always, Christophe and Ivor are with you to guide you through the topic.
November 18, 2020
Active Resort
We believe in Active resorts. Not only we believe in them, but it is our mission to help develop them and give people a chance to find something that could transform their lives. Active resorts are based around great instructors, trainers and coaches who guide people through an experience where they can grow, learn more and become better in what they love. We are talking about transformation through practice and lifestyle changes. And active resorts can provide a safe environment exactly for that. 
November 11, 2020
Immune System
In the time of the pandemic, it is crucial to understand and build a strong immune system. This week we are covering what an immune system is and what habits you can develop to make it more resistant. When we were kids our bodies became stronger and more intelligent after every contact with microbes and viruses. In the older age this can sometimes be more challenging, so it's important to know how to approach and prepare for any future contact with different kinds of microbes.
November 4, 2020
Healthy Microbiome
More and more research papers on Microbiome are coming out every day. It's a hot topic with some intriguing science behind it and we are here to join the conversation. Today we are discussing what is a microbiome, how to achieve the right balance with diversity, and what the lab tests are telling us about the bacteria in our body. How many problems can we solve by feeding our gut right?
October 28, 2020
Future Of Vegan Junk Food
Ok, we have to talk about this. We have seen, been a part of and enjoyed the craze, but it's time to talk about what is behind it. Today we go into what's happening on the market and how is the food industry taking advantage of the movement. But also we want to discuss the vegan milks, cheeses, burgers and egg replacers. Let us know what you think about the vegan movement so far and where do you want it to take us. 
October 21, 2020
Future Of Catering
We have seen a big shift in the restaurant industry. Restaurants doing food delivery over external apps, people opening catering businesses, buffets disappearing... What is the next right move for anybody wanting to work with food? Are big restaurants going to come back or will we all keep ordering food to our house? How can we use this situation to our advantage and connect with our customers more?
October 14, 2020
Today you can hear us talk about Self-management.  From remote work to being a freelancer or doing deep work for yourself - knowing how to organize yourself and deliver in time is an essential skill to have.  We often hear from people that they struggle with staying focused and on track, even when their business depends on it. Why is it so and how to easily change the mindset and our habits?
October 7, 2020
Develop Your Audience
Are you in for our 90-day Instagram challenge? If so, in this podcast you will get all the information you need to develop your content, create a long-term strategy and find your true fans. We decided to do this challenge to test if organic growth is possible and to increase engagement with our followers through high quality content. The task is not easy, but the journey will be fun! Follow our IGTV and our Live videos to see the progress every month :) 
September 30, 2020
First Principles
Philosophy of First Principles was popularized by Elon Musk, but its roots are deep in essentialism and science. This approach can help you find solutions to existing problems and make the start easier. Have you tried it yet?
September 23, 2020
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
How difficult is it for you to exit your comfort zone? Is it worth the risk to see what awaits on the other side? What to do if you have to close your company in which you invested all your money and energy? Today we're challenging two mindsets to  see how to become stronger and more confident person, how to take and apply constructive feedback, and how to turn failures into new opportunities. Tune in to hear more about it...
September 16, 2020
Personal Branding
Time to change the perspective of Personal Branding! If you're trying to build a strong and sustainable business, you will need to start from yourself. Knowing yourself and aligning personal goals with the goals of your business can help you understand and better communicate your message. But there's more...
September 9, 2020
Exit Rule
We know you don't like to think about it - but for every project there should be an exit rule. It doesn't matter how great the idea for your start-up is, if you don't know when to give it up, you could waste so much more time and money. But, there are also things you can do before even starting a project which could help you to know how sustainable it could be... This is for us one of the most important topics when it comes to turning your idea into business.
September 2, 2020
Financial Independence
One thing no one teaches us in school is how to manage our money. For most people it seems intuitive, but in the end of the month there are unexpected losses, no savings and no safety. Today Christophe gives us two perspectives for being smart with our finance - in the first part of the podcast we are discussing the context and the environment we find or put ourselves in, and in the second part we talk about layers that will help us prioritize and invest our money in a smart way. Enjoy!
August 26, 2020
Acute vs. Chronic Stress
Let's talk about stress. Although it seems to be our constant enemy, there are a lot of situations when stress is good for us. This is why we want make a distinction between the acute and the chronic stress today. In this episode we are defining each of those and discussing what are the best ways to avoid the chronic stress altogether. 
August 19, 2020
Sleeping Habits
Are you a morning person or a night owl? How many hours of sleep should you really get and what happens to your body if you don't get enough? Today we dive into sleeping habits and how to maximize your productivity while feeling fresh and rested. It's not only about the hours of sleep, but also about the quality of it. And to achieve that, there are couple of habits you might consider developing before going to sleep...
August 12, 2020
This week Christophe is sharing with you his to-do list to open a plant-based cafe. Learn more about what you need, even before starting a project. We always recommend to cover your grounds by doing an opportunity study. Until you put the money in, there is not much to lose and you can play with the idea and the concept. Time is on your side. Use it wisely and research every creative & administrative detail you will need. Develop your Tactic plan, Communication plan and Action plan. How? Tune in for more... 
August 5, 2020
Profit & Loss
Not following the food cost and the Profit & Loss is often one of the reasons why many businesses fail, especially restaurants who always struggle to achieve profit. Today Christophe is sharing a simple template to explain what you need to have in your Profit and Loss document and how to split the percentages. We often get occupied by the idea, the feeling and the mission of our business, that we forget, or ignore the numbers. But, they keep growing and at some point it can be too late. Make sure you control the numbers and don't let them play you out of the game.
July 29, 2020
Workshop Development
If you want to design and lead your own workshop, there is a lot more work behind the scene which often gets taken for granted. Today we share our experience of doing workshops for many years and explain how to develop the idea, structure your recipe handbook, prepare and practice before you get your students. In the end it an art of balancing the educational aspect with keeping it fun and engaging.
July 22, 2020
Recipe Development
So many of our students came to us with the same question - "How to create my own recipe?". It seems that it is almost impossible to think of something new and original, but is it even necessary? In today's episode we discuss where to get inspired and how to make it your own. We also encourage you to break out of the known conventions when it comes to servings, plates, presentations... Plant-based cuisine is an opportunity to create new rules, new flavors, new culture. And we need your help. Are you in?
July 15, 2020
Are you an Autodidact, or in other word, a self-learner?  Is it easy for you to put yourself in the mindset of a student and research and explore the subjects that matter to you? We know that learning should never stop, but we are rarely taught how to learn. This meta-skill, we would say, is one of the most important ones in our lives. When we know how to learn, and how to learn by ourselves - then there is no limit to what we can know and achieve. 
July 8, 2020
Show Your Work
In today's episode we're covering another great book from an American writer - Austin Kleon.  In "Show your work" he shares with us principles to manifest creativity, do what we are passionate about and share the process with the people who care. This is more than a marketing gimmick, it is a way to grow your ideas, make them count and get feedback. It is a way to do deep work that matters. It is a way to become better by doing. This is why it resonated so much with us, and we hope you will get a lot out of it too.
July 1, 2020
Steal Like An Artist
In today's and next episode we're covering two great books from an American writer - Austin Kleon. He describes himself as "a writer who draws", and his books are in a way his personal manifestos. In "Steal like an artist" and "Show your work" he shares with us principles to manifest creativity, do what we are passionate about and share the process with the people who care. This is more than a marketing gimmick, it is a way to grow your ideas, make them count and get feedback. It is a way to do deep work that matters. It is a way to become better by doing. This is why it resonated so much with us, and we hope you will get a lot out of it too.
June 24, 2020
Coaching & Mentoring
After we covered what is the job of an educator or an instructor, we are ready to tackle on the roles of a coach and a mentor.  What may look and sound the same, is actually not. There are different ways to help your customer and there is a different focus on what is important. Being a coach maybe makes more sense when you are trying to find clients to help out, but mentors are the ones who often don't need to be marketed and whose wisdom will keep you on your true values. Hopefully examples in our talk help you make a clear distinction and to know what title to use in creating your brand.
June 17, 2020
Teaching & Training
In the next two episodes we want differentiate Teaching and Training as a job/career, from Mentoring and Coaching. Too many people use these terms interchangeably, but they are very different in the mindset and the approach. If you identify yourself with any of these labels, listen in to see what responsibilities it encapsulates and what is expected of you by your students.  This week we dive in Teaching & Training, a topic which compliments our previous episodes on "Instructor Mindset" and "Become a Teacher". 
June 10, 2020
Water Fasting
What is Water Fasting and should you do it? Today we explain why fasting on water could be useful and how long it usually lasts. We also share our own experiences on fasting which for each of us is for a different reason, with a different process, but with similar results. There is a lot of history behind it and today there are clinics which provide a safe environment to try it out. There are also times when you should do it, as there are times when you shouldn't. To learn all this and more ,tune in and let us know if fasting is something you already do or wish to do it. Thanks for listening!
June 3, 2020
Time Management Techniques
Last week we covered Attention Management, and today we want to share 4 different techniques that will help you manage your time and be more productive in your daily work. Learn more about Time Blocking, Batching, Grouping and Time Boxing. Learn how to remove distractions and set your priorities. We have been using these techniques in Blue Lotus to organize our work and become more effective. Why are they so important? Short answer - because Multi-tasking simply doesn't work. It's time to adopt new habits and do more in less time. Are you in?
May 27, 2020
Attention Management
How easily do you get distracted? Emails, notifications, social media, people... There are many things that make us lose focus and waste time. Our habits and strength to say No are the driving factors that could help us do more in less time. Christophe is offering couple of attention management techniques that you can start practicing today to improve your productivity. We don't say it will easy, but we do say it will be worth it. 
May 20, 2020
Dealing With Change
Change is hard - there is no question about it. But it is often necessary. How we deal with change is another question. Our abilities to adapt and to use it to our advantage are crucial to lead a happy life. Now it may seem more important than ever, but there are many times in our life when there is a need for the next step, for the transformation, to be lost, to start again... How should we use the stress, the discomfort and the pain? Can these triggers push us to improve our lives and to be completely ourselves? Today we share the Why, The How and the What of Changing our lives for the better. Is the risk worth it? Hell yes.
May 13, 2020
Learning How To Learn
This essential life skill has often been pushed under the rug and it was expected that we know how to do it intuitively. We think it's crucial to teach yourself what is your way of learning before you start pursuing different subjects. Today we talk about visualization, re-framing, teaching and practice as tools for developing a better understanding of how you learn with understanding and long-lasting effect. Do you have a favorite technique? Are you more of a visual learner and how important is it to you to include other senses?
May 6, 2020
Mind Mapping
Today we break down Mind Mapping and why it's such an efficient method to brainstorm, organize and memorize what you need. Both of us have been using Mind Maps for many years now and we even record this podcast by creating maps for each topic. We talk about where and when they are useful and how to get the best out of them. We want to share how we do what we do with all of you and if this method helps you, let us know on our Social Media pages. Thanks for listening and, once again, we hope you'll enjoy the show!
April 29, 2020
Dopamine Fast
Dopamine - this neurotransmitter plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior. In short - it gives us the feeling of pleasure which Social Media companies take full advantage of. How much time are you spending on Social Media and do you feel that it became addictive? We're recommending a break from this and similar addictions to re-focus and balance yourself. We recommend a Dopamine fast.
April 22, 2020
Trends in 2020
Is Plant-based food getting more important in 2020 and in the future? We are no Nostradamus, but we did our research and decided to talk how much it developed from 2019 and which segments are getting more attention in the food industry. We also wanted to cover labels such as "vegan" and "plant-based" and make a distinction between them as not all plant-based food on the market today has vegan ethics behind. Let's dive in...
April 15, 2020
Becoming A Teacher
What does it take to become a teacher or, in our case, a plant-based Instructor? We dive in the main differences between being a chef and being a teacher and how to transition from one to another or merge them. In this episode we will talk about the right mindset to apply if you want to use your skills to teach others and help them grow.
April 8, 2020
Becoming A Chef
What does it take to call yourself a chef? Are you a chef after finishing a cooking school? What about self-taught chefs? Today we dive in deep into what it really takes to be a chef and how the industry changed throughout the years. Is French, military style of cuisine even sustainable today? Listen to the French guy explaining his views and what should a passionate Millenial do if he/she wants to start cooking professionally. Especially in #plantbased cuisine. 😉
April 1, 2020
Creativity By Constraints
Especially in this situation in 2020 when we are stuck in isolation, there is so much we can do for ourselves. Although staying at home looks like a big imposed constraint, this constraint we can use to boost our creative processes. Sometimes removing things and limiting ourselves can motivate the creativity so we stay focused enough to solve a problem and get in the flow.
March 25, 2020
Each of us carry a story. Each story is made up of hundreds of small stories we call moments. There is so much to say, show and do that can inspire, motivate and have an impact on somebody's life. As storytellers, to express ourselves is our duty. By sharing we become more creative, and through creativity we learn. Today we talk about how to tell stories that matter and why are they so important.
March 18, 2020
What is Enough?
Should every business try to scale up? Can you be sustainable without constant growth, but by having your minimal viable audience? We are asking the question: What is enough? Help us define where is the limit where you have a sustainable business, where you feel happy and where you have enough satisfied customers every year. This episode is a sequel of our Sabbatical episode where we discussed how to grow your business without borrowing or investing money. Now, let's see how much money you need to be happy with the work you do.
March 11, 2020
You are doing your first Start-up? Before you start looking for investors or borrow the money, we recommend listening to this topic. Are you familiar with Bootstrap businesses? This concept is designed for new and small businesses and gives them an opportunity to grow and develop in a sustainable way. Christophe is covering everything you need to know about bootstrapping in today's episode. Tune in and don’t spend the money before you earn it.
March 4, 2020
Resilience - with John Fischer
We sat down with our student John Fischer, who is a CEO of a successful printing company in Colorado, to talk about his personal journey, struggle and how he used resilience to build his business after a dot-com crush. John openly shared with us how he manages his company and keeps on growing for the last 20 years. He talks about being transparent through Open Book Management and educating and supporting his team as a most important element to have a successful long-lasting business.
February 26, 2020
Sabbatical Project
How often do you take time for yourself to reset, recover, explore, experiment and develop a new skill? What if this was a normal part of our lives - how different would you life be right now? We don't believe in vacations, we believe in Sabbaticals. Listen more about it in today's episode! :)
February 19, 2020
This japanese concept translates as: a reason for being, and it talks about finding your purpose in life. The question that we have is - How often does our purpose change and what to do about it? For many of us it was a real struggle to find what we love to do and what we are good at. When it came to creating a business around it, that became a challenge of itself. So, is it possible to unify all 4 pillars that Ikigai stands on, or are some of them combined enough?
February 12, 2020
Zen Cuisine
Temple Cuisine is known as pure vegetarian food, “lent or fasting food” in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan; shojin ryori or “devotion cuisine” in Japan; “temple food” in Korea; “jay” in Thailand. Temple Cuisine in each of these countries is different and influenced by the local cuisine and ingredients. Today we sat down with Joyce - our Blue Lotus instructor and Damiao - one of our students, to talk about the philosophy of Zen Cuisine and how we interpreted it in our new cooking course.
February 5, 2020
Green Thai Cuisine
Today we have a special episode where we want to talk about why we designed a Green Thai Cuisine course in our school and what kind of experiences our students get by spending a week in Thailand. There's a lot to learn from Thai culture, its food and people. We are grateful to be here and to have a chance to share it with you.
January 29, 2020
Communication Tactics
After you define your message, it's time to develop your marketing strategy by going through this 6 communication tactics. We want to talk about your project goals, audience, redefine what competition means and help you produce your content easily and more efficiently. After that we will distribute and scale what works best for you. Join us in another conversation on digital marketing and grow your business by finding people that care about your mission, products or services.
January 22, 2020
Creating Content
Social media is one of the best ways to communicate with your audience and create stronger, trustworthy long-term relationships. But to do this you have to provide a content that will be valuable to them. A lot of companies get stuck when it comes to creating content and lose authenticity along the way. We have 3 simple ways to create and publish content consistently and it’s easier than you think. In this episode we will focus on professional accounts, micro-moments and micro-stories. Be a storyteller and attract people that are like you.
January 15, 2020
Blue Zones
Join us on the travel around the world to explore places where people live not just the longest, but also the healthiest. What is their diet? What are their habits? What is their environment like? What are the factors that make them stand out and have the most people above 100 years of age?
January 8, 2020
Essentialism: Execute
In the 3rd and the last part of our Essentialism series we talk about how to Execute the ideas to be more productive, efficient and to focus easier on what is really essential in your life. We talk about the Buffer zone, Subtracting, being in the Flow, being present and Celebrating small wins. We hope you will enjoy this episode as we did recording it.
January 1, 2020
Essentialism: Eliminate
In the part 2 of our Essentialism series we talk about Eliminating. Author of this book, Greg McKeown, has outlined 5 most important steps in how to eliminate what is not essential. In this episode we cover all 5 steps and give our interpretation of it. Learn to DARE to say No, CLARIFY your objective, UNCOMMIT by knowing you exit rule, EDIT to remove what doesn't bring value and LIMIT to deliver the most essential.
December 25, 2019
Essentialism: Explore
What is truly essential that will help you move forward and do deep work? In his book, Greg McKeown covers this and many more questions to clarify what is a priority and how to make the next step. We loved this book on Essentialism so much that we decided to cover it in three podcast episodes. In each episode we will talk about one of three main chapters from the book. The author structured the book so well that we decided "not to re-invent the wheel". We hope you'll enjoy the podcast as much as we enjoyed recording it and talking about the steps from the book.
December 18, 2019
Today we talk about how to hydrate before, during & after sport activities, where to source the highest quality water, and what to do when you constantly feel dehydrated. Christophe, as a marathon runner, trail runner & a book author has experimented a lot with hydration and created recipes for healthy home-made isotonic drinks, gels and smoothies. Hydration of the body is still one of the most important things to think of for your health, especially if your intake of fresh fruits is low. When it comes to athletes or anybody who is an active person, hydration becomes even more important since you start losing water and minerals through sweat. Join us in today's episode to learn more how to hydrate in different specific conditions and environments.
December 11, 2019
The 4 Agreements
Today we discuss one of the most popular books and Ivor's personal favorite - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. These 4 Agreements are fundamental in understanding how to live a fulfilled life by unlearning the norms that were put on us by the society. Often what sounds very simple is what is most difficult to adopt. We break it down to see where to put your focus in day to day life, and Christophe took the agreements and applied them to a Teacher-student Mindset. We hope you'll enjoy this topic and this excellent book!
December 4, 2019
5-DAYTOX Challenge
This is not a detox. This is a path to understand your relationship with food and settle where it works for you the best. In this 5-day challenge Christophe developed a way to try something new in a short period of time by removing groups of ingredients one by one. We talk today about stimulans and addictive cravings, time restricted eating, and how to approach the challenge day by day. Heather Berg joined us for another episode to share her experience with this challenge and how it all started. Are you willing to try it out? Are you willing to take 5 days and learn if you control your eating habits or they control you?
November 27, 2019
Fit After 40
Today we are joined by Heather Berg, yoga & pilates instructor who will teach on our first Pure Energy retreat in March 2020. We are talking today about how to stay fit after 40 and what are the main lifestyle choices to consider in each part of your life. Heather is sharing with us her personal story and how she overcame the struggle and pain that she had to deal with for a big part of her life. We hope this episode can help a lot of you that have been or still are on a similar path. We loved talking to Heather and got inspired with her story. She will join us in another episode next week when we talk about Detox - what it is and how to do it right. Stay tuned!
November 20, 2019
Opening a Cooking Studio
In this episode, we cover all the aspects, questions and pitfalls related to this idea: - What is a Cooking Studio? - How to design an Experience? And what are the differences from developing a restaurant Menu? - How to setup your own Cooking Studio? - What equipment do you need? - What are the alternatives? Pop-up? Retreat? Cooking Demo? Private Dining Experience? Teaching in a Cooking School? - How economically Viable can it be? What are the risks to launch a Cooking Studio? Potential side Income Streams? - How to manage your Cooking Studio? Partnering with other Cooking Instructors? Manage the Enrollment, your Marketing and Online Communication.
November 13, 2019
Organic Growth on Instagram
How to grow organically on Instagram? How to understand and use the hashtags? What is micro-content? In our first podcast on marketing we are covering essential questions about this widely-used social platform. Instagram is our primary platform to communicate with our audience and because of that we are always experimenting by creating different kind of content that will engage our followers. What is your approach to this platform and how do you use it? Visit our Instagram profile @bluelotushuahin and send us your profile account to check it out!
November 6, 2019
Time is flying. And since time is not a renewable resource, you can not buy some extra time. So, at best, you can try not to waste too much of the time you have. In this episode, we talk about how to deal with your time using Kanban. Kanban is a useful, easy to use tool for Time Management. It is a visual system for tasks management. It was first established by Toyota to visualize the work, limit the work in progress and improve efficiency (or flow) in their factories. All you need is a set of bright post-its or a simple white board, a weekly planner or Trello (free app for Tasks Management). We adapted Kanban to a personal and weekly context using a simple board and card per task to get the work done and minimize the Work in Progress (WIP).
October 30, 2019
In this episode of the Blue Lotus Café Podcast, we talk about the stoic philosophers, how we interpret Stoicism as instructors and what these three stoics can teach us about life and our own learning process. What makes Stoicism interesting for us is that it is more a way of life than a purely theoretical discipline. It’s a helpful reminder to focus on what you can control and not worry about events beyond our control. The book « Daily Stoic » by Ryan Holiday (also available on twitter and IG on @dailystoic ) is a collection of quotes from three stoics: Epictetus - a Greek Stoic born slave; Seneca - a Roman Stoic Philosopher born in Cordoba (Spain), raised in Rome and later the advisor of the Emperor Nero; and Marcus Aurelius - a Roman emperor and Stoic Philosopher. The book contains one sentence from a stoic for each 365 days of the year as a self-reminder and a morning dose of inspiration. The author comments each quote, but it is for you to interpret, to reflect and hopefully to apply some of their antic wisdom.
October 23, 2019
What the hell is Kaizen? What about changing for better? Kaizen is about taking small steps in the right direction and doing simple activities to improve a little day by day. Don’t wait for Perfection to strike you all of a sudden. Go get it… by incremental Improvement on a daily basis, by developing an accute attention to details, by taking actions to simplify and reduce waste and complications. Get better at adaptating to change by accepting small changes on a daily basis. Kaizen is not only a cute sounding word. Kaizen is not a philosophy. It is a call for Action… Right here, Right now! How to start? Start by making small changes. Look for simple activities and habits that you can try out right now. Figure out, Experiment and then Evaluate the results. Adjust and Improve along the way. Learn from and by the process. Rest to recover well. Repeat. Before you know it, you are doing Kaizen ^^
October 16, 2019
SOUL Plant-based Food
Times are changing! It’s great to see Plant-Based Foods on the rise… The fact, that processed vegan foods are widely available now, doesn’t imply that we have to limit our cuisine to them. We just question the idea that we *all* should eat the same plant burger patty, use the exact same spicy sauce or even have the same avocado toast in every single vegan cafés anywhere in the world. Diversity makes life more interesting. There is much more to discover and experience in plant-based cuisine than the very same açaí bowl to start your day.
October 9, 2019
Artisan Mindset
Who is an Artisan, what is their mindset, and how can it help you? For any freelancer or entrepeneur, it is important to adopt a certain mindset to grow faster in his/her personal life, and in the business aspect. If you want to be a plant-based Instructor, this episode will hit a home-run for you. Combine it with the Instructor Mindset from episode 10 and set your own guidelines which will help you in your creativity and work.
October 2, 2019
Personal Manifesto
Get your message out! Loud & Clear… And don’t let your inner voice feed the monkey mind. Write down your core values, your principles and guiding rules… your Manifesto. Define, clarify and formulate your personal set of rules, like what matters for you? what’s essential? what inspires you? In this episode of the podcast, we talk about the importance of clarifying your aspirations by drafting and editing your own manifesto. In some cases, it can be meaningful to define a manifesto per project as a set of guidelines, inspirations and motives to communicate and share. Enjoy the show.
September 25, 2019
Positive Cash Flow Model
Got a Great Idea? What about your Model? We praise so much « good ideas », « revolutionary » concepts (so good, that we cannot reveal yet), that we hardly ask ourselves about business models. With a « negative cash flow », the more successful you are, the more money you need to finance your growth. With a « positive cash flow », you can afford to start from zero, auto-finance your project and get to financial independence. The choice is yours.
September 18, 2019
Instructor Mindset
Looking to become the new MasterChef!? Oops… sorry, you knocked at the wrong door. Here we talk about quiet ego and positive attitude to help your students achieve their best on their learning journey. In this episode of the Blue Lotus Cafe PodCast, we talk about what it takes to become a great teacher and how the mindset guides the right attitude with your students. Sorry but we don’t talk either about guru (we know we should), about Star (damn, we are losing influencers right now) and Celebrities (I think that right now we can forget about being in the top 10 Podcasts). Enjoy!
September 11, 2019
Opportunities beyond a plant-based cafe
Looking to open a vegan Café? Really? This episode of the Blue Lotus PodCast is an invitation to think twice about your project before getting started! Us included, it is fun to see that almost any vegan cook thinks at some point about starting-up his café or restaurant… which turns out to be a very GOOD bad idea! In this podcast, we talk about all kinds of alternative business models that are booming at the moment, and why you may have to reconsider the vegan café idea.
September 4, 2019
Vegan Gold Rush
Vegan food has taken over the world and established itself as a #1 trend in the culinary industry 2 years in a row. Although the focus lies a lot on the so-called "junk food", there are a lot of ingredients and possibilities that restaurants today definitely cannot ignore. Christophe is explaining how and why it all developed and we're talking about companies like impossible Food, Beyond Meat, Oatly, Violife and others, and their impact on the industry. Tune in and stay updated on the latest plant-based / vegan news!
August 28, 2019
Evaluating the Food Cost
Designing the food cost is essential to every culinary-oriented business, from restaurants and caterings to cooking schools and working as a personal chef. Wrong food cost percentage can take you out of the business or it can help you become sustainable fast. Check your numbers with us and bring your project more profit by understanding the fundamentals of creating a recipe.
August 21, 2019
Cultivating Mindsets
Use habits to create a mindset and build more confidence, discipline and motivation. In this episode we're talking about 4 different mindsets you can apply to improve your life, learn more and inspire others to do the same.
August 14, 2019
Time Restricted Eating
Find out why Time Restricted Eating has taken the world by storm and why it makes more sense for your health and recovery. It's not about what you eat, as it is when to eat. Tune in for more advice from Christophe and develop new habits to see new changes.
August 7, 2019
Set Up Your Price As A Freelancer
How much should you charge as a freelancer to live a life you want to have? Today we talk about finding your hourly rate, what to focus on in projects and how keep on learning while getting paid. This is a big topic that we all missed in school, but is essential to live a sustainable and safe life.
July 31, 2019
Self-knowledge: Learning through practice
How well do you know yourself and what do your weaknesses say about you? Christophe and Ivor are discussing how to climb up the Self-knowledge ladder and understand your personality to be able to work with it.
July 24, 2019
Plant-based cuisine as a speciality cuisine
Today we talk about the difference between vegan and plant-based, all other naming conventions important in our industry, and how to approach & help develop plant-based cuisine as a new style of cuisine.
July 18, 2019
Pure & Simple WFPB Lifestyle
Meet Christophe and Ivor and learn how to implement more colorful, local and seasonal ingredients in your Whole Food Plant-based #wfpb lifestyle. Learn about circadian rhythm and time restricted eating, and get ideas for you power bowls. Our first episode is a warm up for big topics that will help you understand the development of the culinary industry, how to apply healthy habits and create a sustainable business in this industry. We hope you like the first episode and we welcome you to ask us what ever you are interested about regarding the plant-based lifestyle.
July 10, 2019
Intro - Blue Lotus - What We Do
Little bit about who we are, where we are & what we do. Welcome to the Blue Lotus Cafe!
July 10, 2019