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Wellness and nourishment with Miiko's Lana Culley

We caught up with Lana founder of Miiko, a neighbourhood space home to creative, plant-based, vegan and gluten-free dishes along with treatment rooms and an events space that sees regular wellbeing classes.

Opened in 2019, Miiko is still a local favourite amongst the young and health conscience residents in the east of Dorset seeing long queues at the weekends for brunch and lunch.

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We are great fans of Miiko and consider it our go-to stop for a delicious brunch meeting and number place to pick up healthy smoothies... We can't get enough of the Energy smoothie!! How did the cafe come about? 

 

In the last 8 years, I have learnt the importance of nutrition and alternative medicines through previous health struggles. I always found it difficult to find somewhere I could eat out that was healthy and 'trendy' ( and worked with my specific diet requirements). Whilst spending the winter kitesurfing in Cape Town, South Africa, I found so many amazing wellness cafes and restaurants, it straight away made me think about the gap in the local food and beverage market in Poole/ Dorset. I knew Miiko was the right decision, so I could make wellness accessible to everyone at home. 

 

What are your three top tips to help people achieve 'everyday nourishment'? 

Personally; - Endless herbal teas, Balanced diet of un-processed foods ( I strongly believe in Moderation! )  and most importantly a Positive mind - Do whatever gets your mind out of everyday life and fixed on doing something you enjoy for you! For myself that is getting in the sea doing the sports, I love, for others that may be running, yoga or cooking! Just anything you get a buzz out of. 

 

Best choice for your first visit to Miiko? 

100% the most popular all year round is the French toast style banana bread! There is nothing that can compare. Drink: Pumpkin Spiced Chai Elixir ( Hot or Iced!) or our latest special - The Charcoal Smoothie.

After visiting Miiko, where would you suggest visiting...? 

Take a stroll along sandbanks beach and ground yourself with your toes in the sand! Even head over the chain ferry to Studland and enjoy a class of 'Yoga at the Space'.

 

Tell us about home, what is it about Dorset you love the most?

I have grown up in Dorset so I have never known any different, but I appreciate how lucky I am to be here, each time I have been away travelling amazing places, I always appreciate just how incredible it is at home in Dorset too! I love the jurassic coastline, it is so beautiful and there are so many hidden gems, endless viewpoints, hikes and picnic spots! Where I live enables me to do the sports and hobbies I love so much, such as Kitesurfing, surfing. Along with just being in the sea. I love calling Dorset home.  

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