Our Chef’s attitude to food does not just celebrate season and place, this, naturally, is a given. At the core of her culinary wizardry is the individual; the harmony of their soul and their overall wellness. It is for this reason that she follows a macrobiotic philosophy which aims to use both traditional wisdom and modern knowledge to support food and lifestyle choices that promote better health. A Macrobiotic lifestyle encompasses a gentle approach to holistic nutrition as well as Eastern philosophies and attitudes that look at the effect that the environment, exercise, and overall attitude have on the balance of our lives.
Macrobiotic means, literally, ‘long life’ – on a very basic level, a small part of this philosophy concentrates on what one puts in to their body, it urges the elimination of meat and dairy products from one’s diet and encourages mindfulness about the source of one’s food (local, without pesticides, antibiotics). More broadly, a Macrobiotic lifestyle encourages a positive mental outlook; the belief that the individual should be allowed to carve out a ‘space’ for themselves to reflect on their wellbeing; through being at one with nature, exercising, meditating etc. You often hear of people following a macrobiotic diet and though this is one aspect of the approach, it is much deeper than that, it moves beyond the idea that food and food quality can have dramatic effect on health and happiness although, as mentioned, this is an important part of the philosophy.
People who follow a Macrobiotics lifestyle eat an stimulating and wide-ranging assortment of foods, it is not a diet that is remotely limiting in quantity nor in sensory experience. With its origins firmly rooted in Japanese philosophies it includes fruit, vegetables, soy products, whole grains and occasionally fish. At Casa Fortunato we know that our macrobiotic vegetarian food is irresistible – Our Chef whips up aesthetically and palate pleasing plates in our bustling open kitchen and there is an opportunity to delve deeper in to this way of life by participating in the complimentary yoga classes and cookery classes that are offered at the Casa daily.
We only have nine bedrooms which we consider to be very fortuitous, this is because ‘nine’ is a sacred number, not only does it represent wisdom but it is also the symbol of completion and fulfilment. Nine is thought to be a number of great magic and power, and we believe that Casa Fortunato echoes this through the unique and individual atmosphere that she radiates.
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We are Filipa and Antonio Fortunato and, together with our four children (and our dog!), we have taken a shared dream and transformed it in to an exceptional reality. Casa Fortunato is the result of many years of planning and many more of love and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve achieved.