Naked Dining: A Dream Come True

Jade Sambrook The Naked Jade Blog Post Feature Photo: Naked Dining: A dream Come True

Word on the street is that the very first nude restaurant will soon be opening in London, England. In fact, word is spreading so fast about this concept that there is apparently a waiting list of well over 23,000 people anxious to partake in this clothing optional dining experience.

As a die hard nudist I would love to dine in this restaurant! However, with that many people waiting for a turn to publicly dine in the nude, one can only imagine how long it will take to get a reservation:

Customer: Hello, we would like to reserve for a table of 4…
Restaurant: Alright, the next availability is not until October 2019…
Customer: Sure, let me note that in my calendar…

The restaurant, named Bunyadi, will be run by restaurateur Seb Lyall, who has apparently made his reputation by running other restaurants around the city of London that involve original and innovative concepts. From this, one could presume that it was only a matter of time for nude dining to make it onto his list. Add to the mix that Lyall is apparently a nudist himself, and you have a match made in heaven for a successfully managed ”body positive” experience.

Of course the first thought that comes to mind for most people is surely regarding bare bottoms on public seats. Well, there is apparently nothing to worry about as they’ve got that issue covered, literally.

The way it will work is that customers will first head to a change room where they will be able to leave their clothes in a secure locker. And if I understand correctly, they will then be afforded a robe, similar to the house coat available in hotel rooms or at spas and saunas. The customers will then make their way to their assigned table and sit on their robe in order to avoid direct contact between the seat and their naked bums.

A half naked Jade Sambrook removing his sweater at a ''naked restaurant'' (staged)
A half naked Jade Sambrook removing his sweater at a ”naked restaurant” (staged)

Personally I believe that there are many positives to a naked dining experience. First and foremost it gives people the ability to try something different, to get out of their comfort zone or to push the traditional societal norms and boundaries, namely that eating out must always involve being fully dressed. Clearly those “no shirt, no shoes, no service” signs exist precisely because of our current societal norms and boundaries. Now instead we might see a sign at this new style restaurant that reads something like “no skin, no birthday suit, no service”.

[More on Nudism? Read: Jade sambrook: What if Nudism were a Religion?]

Secondly, the concept of nude dining allows people to eat comfortably without the constraints of clothing. And who knows, maybe it will become so popular and mainstream that it will help the grand majority of folks realize that nudity and nudism is not an evil concept, but rather something that is entirely healthy and harmless.

For me this kind of dining experience would mean no more mustard or red wine stains on my white shirt. And that alone and of itself would be extremely beneficial.

Last but not least I think this will be a great venue for those going on a first date, and who are looking for something original, out of the ordinary and fun. Nudist or not, it would definitely be a great way for people to get to know each other a little better before deciding on whether to go on a second date, right?

Interestingly, I recently stayed in a hotel room that was equipped with a restaurant style table— menus, wine glasses and all. And naturally I seized the opportunity to do a “naked dining” photo shoot as if I were really in a “nude restaurant”. It was very fun, and I can only imagine how liberating it would feel to actually attend a real authentic naked restaurant.

Jade Sambrook fully nude at a naked restaurant (staged)
Jade Sambrook fully nude at a ”naked restaurant” (staged)

Now, it would be great if  Mr. Lyall would open such a restaurant in my hometown, or start a franchise that would see Bunyadi expand across the globe. I would definitely be a very loyal customer. Short of this, maybe I should consider opening my own naked restaurant. Clearly 23,000+ people on a waiting list to experience dining in the nude is a sure sign that the idea has more than great potential for success.

[For more on the Bunyadi naked restaurant, please visit their website here: thebunyadi.com]

And if not, well at least it demonstrates that society may be taking a direction that is more open and accepting of a simple naked human body. I think we can all agree that when body positivity wins the day we are definitely on the right path!

The Nude Picture of 1000+ Words

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Then again maybe sometimes it’s actually worth more than a thousand words. I like to tell myself that that is the case with the picture here.

On an unrelated side note, I have to say that I really dislike using ‘that that’ together in a sentence. Although it is grammatically acceptable, I simply prefer not to use it. But that is another story, isn’t it?

Back to the point: the picture! It was taken during the month of June last year. When I look at it, I am reminded of the warm summer air, the beautiful blue sky, the birds and the bees as well as the trees and flowers that are so full of life. Summer truly is my favorite season – as I am sure is the case for most people – especially if you are a nudist like me.

Jade Sambrook taking walk in the woods while nude on a beautiful summer day.
Jade Sambrook taking a walk in the woods while nude on a beautiful summer day.

Here in eastern Canada where I live the winters are long and cold. Freezing cold. Did I say long too? Yes I did.

For a nudist like me winter feels like the enemy. It might not completely stop me from practicing my passion for nudism, but it is definitely nowhere near as good as summer. Of course during the winter months I can still be naked at home. And I might even go for a quick jog through the woods while bottomless – but again, winter will simply never beat summer.

I should mention though that I discovered that the white snow is great for tanning the legs and buttocks. It acts like one big reflector, equally dispersing the sun light onto any exposed skin. I learned this after spending much time outdoors – naked from the waist down – during a particular winter some years ago. Never had the skin on my legs and buttocks been so dark.

Now some folks may ask why bottomless and why not fully nude? The answer to that is that body heat is easily lost through both the nuque (back of the head & neck) and through the upper torso. So as long as you have a tuque on your head, a warm winter jacket on your upper body and a good pair of winter shoes or boots on your feet, then you can pretty much spend a great deal of time naked from the waist down out in the snow.

More on winter nudity? Read: The So-Called Victim of Montreal’s Mysterious Naked Jogger

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that it’s ideal. I’m not saying that it should or can be done when the temperature is minus thirty degree Celsius. Nor am I saying that men wont suffer from a little bit of shrinkage, because they definitely will! All that I am saying is that there is a way to experience nudism in winter – albeit only partially naked – and even get a good tan on your legs and bum while you’re at it.

Jade Sambrook naked in the winter snow
Jade Sambrook naked in the winter snow.

Alright, back to the original picture now! It was taken during the summer – not during the winter – so I should stop talking about cold snow for crying out loud! The truth of the matter however is that like I was saying earlier, a picture speaks a thousand words, or more. And the words coming from the picture is that summer is such a great season for any true nudist.

During the summer nudists can go to the nude beach. We can justify not wearing clothes at home because of the heat waves. We can go for a nude walk in the woods – or more simply put – free hiking.

When I look at the picture I am reminded that nudism is liberating. It’s healthy. It’s therapeutic. It’s extremely comfortable. In fact, I use to leave the office after a day of work with feelings of major stress and anxiety. I would then go for a walk in the woods while nude and I would come out completely cured from that stress and anxiety.

That is why I believe medical practitioners should be able to prescribe nudism as a remedy for various ailments. I am convinced that nudism might just heal many folks without the need for them to use pharmaceuticals.

And if medical doctors could prescribe longer summers along with a heavy dose of nudism, then we would definitely be living in a Utopian world. One can always dream, right?

Jade Sambrook free hiking bottomless at the end of winter
Jade Sambrook free hiking bottomless at the end of winter.

In the meantime – as winter approaches – I will continue to look at that picture to remind myself that summer is right around the corner. Yes I’m optimistic! I will continue to remind myself that soon I will be on the beach, in the woods or wherever I so happen to be – fully naked – without a single piece of clothing on my body. No tuque, no warm winter jacket and no winter boots. Just a pair of walking shoes or sandals at the very most.

Those are the words that I am reading from that picture. Somehow though I feel like it’s telling me way more than a thousand words. They are good words. Naked words. Words that make a die-hard nudist like me happy. In the end I can only be grateful for such a great picture: a nude picture of 1000+ words.

An Early Trip to the Nude Beach for Jade Sambrook

It was a long and cold winter this one. And like they say in Game of Thrones, winter is coming! That’s right, summer hasn’t even begun and winter is almost upon us. I know this because here in Canada, or at least in Eastern Canada, summer is very short. The amount of nice and hot weather that we get is quite disproportionate to the cold weather we are inflicted with each and every year.

That is why I rushed to Oka nude beach this year. It’s only May 2, and there I was, on my way to get a bit of sun on my buns.

Jade Sambrook naked on the beach at Oka clothing optional textile free nude beach

Oka beach, located inside of Oka Provincial Park, is actually divided by both a textile side and a textile-free side. The nude side is actually an unofficial nude beach where going textile-free is simply tolerated by the authorities. Ask the Provincial Park staff at the gate if there is a nude beach on site and they’ll simply answer with a ”no comment”.

When you arrive at Oka beach and park your car, you actually have to walk a few minutes before you get to the clothing optional side. And for the first time out of all the times I’ve been, this year I noticed a couple of big signs along the trail that spelled out the criminal code offences in regards to public nudity. I had never noticed these signs before, and I was left to wonder if maybe all of sudden the unofficial nude beach was no longer.

If nudity on the clothing optional side were in fact no longer tolerated, I couldn’t help but think that society was definitely becoming more regressive, and that I would definitely be packing my bags in order to move to Vancouver, British Columbia, where Wreck beach is still alive and well.

Jade Sambrook naked on the beach at Oka clothing optional textile free nude beach

Thankfully though I was doing all that thinking for nothing. When I arrived on the textile-free side I was happy to see several naked folks enjoying the sun on the beach. I asked a couple of nudists about the signs, and whether there had been any recent issues with law enforcement.

Apparently I had simply failed to notice these signs during my past visits because according to them, these signs have been there for years. I guess since it’s an unnoficial nude beach, putting these signs up allows the authorities to invoke the criminal code should they ever decide to. And maybe it dissuades folks from wandering off of the nude beach and shocking those that are not expecting to see the “horror” of a naked human body. Whatever the reasons for these signs, I was just happy to learn that the textile-free side is still in perfect working order.

While I wont delve into the criminal code as it relates to public nudity, allow me to say that I am in total disagreement and that I absolutely object to public nudity being a crime. We are born naked, nudity is natural, and so it shouldn’t be a criminal offence to wear your birthday suit, whenever and wherever you please.

Jade Sambrook naked on the beach at Oka clothing optional textile free nude beach

Anyways, getting back to the subject of sun on my buns, I duly stripped my clothes off and spent the better part of the afternoon taking in the sun, enjoying the breeze and cherishing the total feeling of absolute freedom.

While the tide is quite high at this time of the year, meaning that beach space is quite limited along the shoreline, I was happy to see and speak with many nudists, including families with children. For Jade Sambrook there is no better way to educate your child against feelings of body shame than to let them build sand castles on a clothing optional beach.

I’ll definitely be going to the nude beach often this spring and summer, and thanks to that I will gladly live without any tan lines. I know that winter is fast approaching and I therefore wont miss the opportunity to freely enjoy nature the way it was intended to be enjoyed – naked – on the beach and everywhere possible.

Jade Sambrook naked on the beach at Oka clothing optional textile free nude beach
May 2, 2015 – Jade Sambrook enjoying the sun and the breeze at the Oka nude beach

Jade Sambrook: What if Nudism were a Religion?

What if nudism were a religion? What if the practice of ”Nudism” were considered equal to the practice of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Abrahamic religion or any of the other many religions that exist today?

If nudism were a religion then surely I could no longer claim to be an atheist. I’d be attending Nudist Church every Sunday and even volunteering my time towards the church on other days of the week. Heck, I’d even be interested in becoming a nudist preacher! Continue reading

Black & White Photo: The Liberty to be Fashionably Naked in Nature

“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” ― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

I enjoy the liberty to be naked in nature. It makes me feel at one with the earth. Sometimes I like to do so fashionably, like here, with a black jacket from Le Chateau and a pair of black and white 3 stripe Adidas from where, I don’t know.

Nudist Jade Sambrook fashionably naked in nature
Jade Sambrook – The liberty to be fashionably naked in nature