Croatian born Lana Love moved to London in her teenage years searching for newer open horizons. “I love my country,” says Lana. “But from very early age I knew I would leave and live abroad.”
After living in London for 13 years where she was working in cafes and restaurants while studying design fashion styling at London College of Fashion and then drama at amateur theatres, she landed a place in a prestigious London drama school. “And I couldn’t afford the fees!” She decided to start a small summer business, hoping it would make her enough cash during the season to fulfil her dream of attending drama school.
Starting a brand new concept in an undeveloped area of Ibiza took time to become profitable. “I hoped opening Passion would bring me closer to my dream of studying acting but it has actually taken me away from it. I think the universe saw a bigger use of me, inspiring and feeding people better than me being on the big screen. It is still my dream! Maybe I’ll get chance to be someone’s grandmother in a movie one day,” she laughs.
Having survived the civil war in Croatia, Lana didn’t realise it had subconsciously left her with post traumatic shock syndrome, which a few years after the war started to cause her digestive problems. This is where interest in nutrition and different alterative ways to cure herself was born. “I started with Ayurveda, then macrobiotics, moving onto raw foods, juicing etc… My passion these days lies predominately with raw cuisine and juicing.”
It’s been a long journey since 2002, when Lana opened the first Passion café in Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza to its current incarnation of seven venues. The trend for health food is only just catching up now!
“People say ‘lucky me’ to have Passion the way it is at this time – that is, getting such huge interest. The only luck in this is that I have been doing it since 2002. The rest is a hell of a lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice and lots and lots of passion for what I do.”