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!

Jade Sambrook Naked on Rollerblades at the WNBR in Montreal

If I am not mistaken it was a beautiful day in June of 2010 when I witnessed for the very first time the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) in action. I was leaving the Rideau Mall in downtown Ottawa and noticed what appeared to be a group of naked people on bikes who were waiting for the traffic light to turn green.

I wondered if I was hallucinating and quietly asked myself if these folks were really naked. I allowed my eyes to get a closer look by focusing onto a bike seat: ”Yep, that is indeed a penis” I told myself.

The light turned green and off they went chanting slogans like ”more ass, less gas”! I put two and two together and concluded that it was the WNBR. I couldn’t help but think how awesome and liberating it must be to participate in such a ride.


For those who do not know what the World Naked Bike Ride is, or what exactly it is protesting, I invite you to visit the official website of the WNBR by clicking here.

I had often read or heard about the World Naked Bike Ride from various media, but I had never participated in one. Jade Sambrook was now determined to do so! Unfortunately though, the following year the Ottawa Police warned that anybody not wearing underwear would be arrested for public nudity. This effectively ruined my motivation to participate.

My first opportunity to participate in a WNBR happened the following year in Montreal. At the time there was massive social unrest stemming from an unprecedented student strike in relation to unreasonable tuition fee increases. A naked protest against these tuition fee increases had been scheduled for June 7, 2012. This was in fact the first time that I would ever be appearing naked in public. And thankfully somebody had posted an invitation to the Montreal edition of the WNBR – scheduled for June 9 – on the Facebook page for the naked protest against tuition hikes.

I therefore scheduled myself to participate in the naked protest on June 7 and to participate in the WNBR on June 9. I had never been naked in public, and now I would have the opportunity to do so on two separate occasions only days apart. It was absolutely thrilling!

For those who may be interested, you can read more about my participation in the naked protest against tuition hikes by clicking here.

In 2012 the MTL edition of the WNBR was scheduled to begin at 10am on a Saturday morning with the bike route passing through a quiet area of town. In other words, not only is the temperature much colder at that time of day, but most people are also still in bed or haven’t left the house yet. This was not very good for visibility or outreach. After all, the WNBR is a protest and if nobody sees it then it is hard to call it a success. I would say that there were maybe thirty to fifty participants in this particular ride.

World Naked Bike Ride Montreal - 2012. Photo: John Jantak/Flickr
World Naked Bike Ride Montreal – 2012. Photo: John Jantak/Flickr

Nonetheless I still had fun. Maybe not as much fun as the naked protest that had occurred two days earlier, where I got to run away from the sound grenades and tear gas of the riot police while wearing nothing but my birthday suit – but I still had fun at the WNBR, and for a good cause to boot!

Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades behind a police car at the 2012 World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades behind a police car at the 2012 World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.

I am all against body shame and I am all for being proud of who you are. Allow me to say however, that I did the WNBR on rollerblades as opposed to using a bike so that I could be in a standing position and keep my stomach flat. Even somebody with a perfect six-pack abdomen will get stomach expansion when sitting down, and so I avoided sitting on a bike seat for this precise reason. Again, while I am against body shame I just feel better having a flat stomach – or as flat as can be – when I am naked in public. It’s simply a matter of personal preference and comfort. Besides, somebody needed to represent the rollerbladers, right?

Unfortunately I was unable to participate in 2013 or in 2014. Fortunately though, as of 2014 many changes were made after two of the participants took over organizing the event. They increased the outreach on social media so as to attract several more riders. They obtained permission from the Montreal Police for the route to go through the downtown core so as to increase the visibility of the ride. They also obtained permission to have both a daytime ride and a nighttime ride. Furthermore, the start time for the daytime ride was moved to 2PM when it is much warmer outside. While the daytime ride is seen mostly by shoppers, tourists and families, the nighttime ride which starts at 10PM is seen mostly by partyers, patio-goers and people out for a good time. In other words the Montreal edition of the WNBR is now seen by several demographics.

For 2015 I was lucky to participate once again and I attended both the day and nighttime rides wearing rollerblades – just like in 2012.

The daytime ride happened on Sunday, July 5, with approximately sixty to eighty participants. The turnout could have been better (apparently there were about 200 riders in 2014) but issues with the Facebook event page being shut down left many people with the impression that the ride had been cancelled. Surely next year the turnout will be much better, barring any issues with the Facebook event page.

Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.

Regardless of the turnout it was a lot of fun. It was a beautiful sunny summer day and the reactions and support from onlookers standing on the sidewalks or sitting in their cars was absolutely amazing. Some people honked their horns in support while others pulled out their cell phones in order to snap photos. Even families with children took the time to wave or give a thumbs-up. As I always say, nobody was harmed or traumatized because they saw a simple naked human body (or in this case a group of naked human bodies) – and this includes the children as much as it does the adults.

Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades in front of a police car at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades in front of a police car at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades with a female skateboarder at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades with a female skateboarder at the 2015 daytime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.

The nighttime ride happened on Saturday, August 1, with approximately 25 to 35 participants. Again, the turnout for the nighttime ride could have been better. However, several factors beyond our control complicated matters. To begin with it rained for a short period of time only two hours before the ride. This obviously dissuaded many people from coming. Also, the International Fireworks Competition was on, meaning that bikes are not allowed on public transit during this time. Clearly this may also have dissuaded many people from coming. Yet at 10PM we were good to go,  and just like the daytime ride, it was a blast!

Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades with a naked couple at the 2015 nighttime edition of the WNBR in Montreal. Photo: John Jantak/Flickr
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades with a naked couple at the 2015 nighttime edition of the WNBR in Montreal. Photo: John Jantak/Flickr
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades behind a police car at the 2015 nighttime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.
Jade Sambrook naked on rollerblades behind a police car at the 2015 nighttime edition of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal.

Once again people in cars honked their horns. Folks on the sidewalks screamed words of support. There were many smiles and thumbs-up. Personally, I savoured the feeling of rollerblading down a main city street with the warm breeze hitting my naked body all while chanting ”more ass, less gas”!

I’m already looking forward to next year. In the meantime I continue to hope that one day society will evolve enough to allow public nudity at all times, and not just for reasons of protest such as the World Naked Bike Ride.

I’m certain that had William Wallace participated he might have yelled: ”You can take away my clothes, and by doing so, you definitely wont be taking away my freedom”!

Last but not least, I was able to put together a short video from the daytime ride. Should this be of interest I invite you to watch it below:

Jade Sambrook inside the Montreal WNBR (2015)  – available in 720P

Jade Sambrook Naked in the Rain at Toronto Pride 2015

In a previous blog post detailing my experience at the 2014 World Pride Parade in Toronto – where I wore nothing but my birthday suit – I had mentioned that going forward I would be attending Pride in Toronto every year for the rest of my life for as long as it remained legally acceptable to do so in the nude.

Naturally for Toronto Pride 2015 I was extremely disappointed by the forecast of cold rain for the entire weekend. It literally rained on my parade! But in the end that didn’t stop Jade Sambrook from stripping off all of his clothes and spending a great deal of time naked in public. In other words mother nature was not going to get the best of me!

Jade Sambrook naked in the rain on Church Street at Toronto Pride 2015.
Jade Sambrook naked in the rain on Church Street at Toronto Pride 2015.

Yes there was obviously some “shrinkage” in the forecast due to the cold rain – however by and large I had the best weekend of my entire life! It was totally liberating. It was a feeling of freedom I cannot explain. And the reaction from people – including the Toronto Police – was nothing but positive.

Suffice it to say that spending so much time naked outdoors – in public – has both recharged and re-energized my soul. I received so many compliments, so many thumbs-up, so many smiles, so many winks and so many high-fives and fist bumps. So many women shouted to me “you are beautiful” and “I love you”! I met so many new people – again mostly women – that if I ever want a girlfriend I should probably spend more time naked in public. In fact I have come to the conclusion that I attract more when I am naked than when I am clothed.

Jade Sambrook posing for a photo with people while naked in the rain on Church Street at Toronto Pride 2015.
Jade Sambrook posing for a photo with people while naked in the rain on Church Street at Toronto Pride 2015.

I always meet tons of new people when I wear my kilt because it is an icebreaker. And it seems like I meet even more people when I am only wearing shoes. Probably because my shoes are pretty awesome and that alone is a great icebreaker.

Again, the rain initially had me depressed, but in the end I chose to sing and dance under it wearing nothing but my birthday suit and a great big smile. You only live once, and I definitely took advantage of that during Toronto Pride 2015.

Jade Sambrook posing naked with two Korean women before the start of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook posing naked with two Korean women before the start of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook posing for a photo while nude in public along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook posing for a photo while nude in public along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook filming naked and greeting the crowd along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook filming naked and greeting the crowd along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook dancing naked in front of a crowd of onlookers gathered along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook dancing naked in front of a crowd of onlookers gathered along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook naked in public and high-fiving folks in the crowd at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook naked in public and high-fiving folks in the crowd at the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook performing a side-glide à la Michael Jackson while walking naked with the TNTmen group along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.
Jade Sambrook performing a side-glide à la Michael Jackson while walking naked with the TNTmen group along the route of the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade.

I have put together a video that highlights my experience. It is somewhat long – with a run-time of almost 35 minutes – but it is something that I will be able to watch over and over while laughing and telling myself that I did absolutely everything that I wanted to do during my short time here. Again, you only live once!

Naked Pride 2015 (Toronto Pride) with Jade Sambrook:

Finally, should you be interested, my Toronto Pride 2015 photos can be found on my Flickr page by clicking here.

In the meantime I will be impatiently awaiting Toronto Pride 2016, and I hope to see you there just like me – without any clothes – rain or shine.

Finally a Post: Naked Podcasting and Pantsless at Pride

Ouch! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to the Naked Jade blog, so I figured better late than never, even if it’s a small update void of any great news.

The Naked Jade Podcast

Actually, come to think of it, I do have some great news! I’ve decided to venture into podcasting, and, I will be producing a podcast for this blog called The Naked Jade Podcast. In fact, getting everything set-up for the podcast is what has been taking me away from regularly posting on this blog. Continue reading

The So-Called Victim of Montreal’s Mysterious Naked Jogger

Earlier this week a friend of mine texted me a link to an interesting news story that has Montreal Police looking for a mysterious middle-of-the-night naked jogger. Fully aware of my lifestyle, she was quick to ask me if I might just so happen to be the nude jogger in question. The truth is that I definitely could be, considering that Jade Sambrook has a propensity for this type of freedom inducing activity. Continue reading

Jade Sambrook: My experience at Bareoke (Montreal’s Strip Karaoke)

About a month ago a friend sent me a last minute Facebook invite to an event called Bareoke, where you are allowed to strip down as ‘bare as you dare’ while you karaoke.

It wasn’t hard for Jade Sambrook to accept the invitation to attend the event. I love to sing, I love karaoke, and above all, I love to be naked!

I was also pleased to learn from the invitation that Bareoke is a monthly event, held at Club Playhouse on Du Parc Street in Montreal, which as a former strip joint still has a licence that allows for public nudity. Continue reading

Jade Sambrook: My experience with Public Nudity at the 2014 Toronto World Pride Parade

Every year a group called TNT Men (Totally Naked Toronto Men) walk in the Toronto Pride Parade wearing nothing but their birthday suits. This is permitted by Toronto Pride, the City of Toronto and the Toronto Police itself.

As you may know, there is a historical context to this public nudity being allowed at the Pride Parade that relates to the 1981 bath house raids. I must admit, however, that my personal knowledge of the facts surrounding the raids do not allow me to write more profoundly on that subject. Continue reading