RAW food

so, tonight was date night for doug and i. and we had our very first experience with RAW, vegan food.

we went to a foodie restaurant called live food bar – they mainly serve raw (preparations for every ingredient is uncooked – at most their flat breads are made from dehydrators) but there is a section for cooked vegan options. i suppose the idea of raw-ism is still just a small niche within our city so in order to sustain their business, they needed to be flexible.

it's a good idea. while doug and i loved our experience (we only ordered from the raw section), i don't think i could survive on uncooked food. this is something i would have once in awhile. i mean, if i had some one cook like this for me regularly, i would go raw at least once or twice a week. but… the preparations, as i've researched, is just crazy. i don't think i could do it. and buying pre-made raw food can be pricey. everything is organic, too.

anyway, we ordered the following to share:

Pecan 'Tempura' Sushi
Scrumptious pecan and sunflower seed pate rolled with carrots, sweet potato 'tempura' in crisp Nori sheets with a tamari Miso glaze.
Caprese Bruschetta

Balsamic marinated tomatoes, baby spinach, basil hemp pesto, and a cashew 'chevre' on our almond 'baguettes' sprinkled with a ground almond 'parmesan'.

The Big Bowl
A high protein salad mix of field greens, and kale topped with carrots, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, mixed seeds, black beans, avocado, and sunflower sprouts tossed with your choice of dressings.

Soft Shell Tacos
Corn tortillas filled with fresh salsa, guacamole, jalapeno jelly and spiced walnut 'taco meat'.

i believe the only thing that wasn't raw was the sun flower seeds in our salad (toasted) which one can sub for additional black beans (just soaked in water for a long time – not cooked).

i must stress again – everything was yummy. i especially liked the pecan sushi. the caprese bruschetta was also amazing.

the only option i could have done without was the big bowl salad. not that it wasn't great but it's something we could have easily created at home. it was doug's choice, though, so i went with it. had it been up to me, i would have chosen this combo, taste platter which contained the following, smaller portions which are, on their own, main entree options from the menu:

Mediterranean Pizza

A buckwheat and flax crust topped with a sundried tomato red pepper marinara, marinated baby spinach, black and green olives, mushrooms, and a crumbled cashew 'feta cheese'.

The Unstirfry
Jicama and parsnip rice topped with teriyaki tossed veggies, mixed seeds, and spicy almonds. A perfect way to get your veggies!

Pepper Poppers
Sunflower seed pepper Jack 'cheese' and corn pepper salsa stuffed into fresh sweet peppers,served with sesame mayo and an almond cacao mole.

Garden Lasagna
A cashew herbed ricotta 'cheese' layered between zucchini 'noodles' filled with marinated tomatoes, basil pesto, and baby spinach. A Live favourite!   

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9 thoughts on “RAW food

  1. yeah – i agree. and maybe it use to be less tasty but now it's quite yummy.still – i will stress that there's no way i would do a full raw diet. i like my steaks too much. πŸ™‚

  2. hmm…i've never ventured into the raw food thing, although i'm sure this was delicious. and i'm with you – i don't think i could do a whole diet of raw food. i think i'd miss the warmth of cooked food.
    and there are too many things in quotations for me πŸ™‚ i think i'd be a little less skeptical if it was just a raw food place and not raw and vegan.

  3. i think the quotations is just the whole RAW thing. when i borrowed some RAW recipe books, a lot of the titles had quotation marks but when you read the description, it's all legit.
    for example, the zucchini 'noodles' is basically zucchini cut into very thin slices so that it has the thickness of a lasagna noodle. it's more just an easy way to describe their food. πŸ™‚
    i think they say raw AND vegan because they do have cooked options but that they are all vegan options as well.

  4. Sounds yummy. Based on the descriptions of the dishes, I think I've made and/or eaten some RAW dishes (not counting salads, of course). I still haven't tried sushi, though. The bruschetta and taster platter sound the most enticing to me. Like you, I wouldn't be able to stick to a strictly raw or vegan diet. I'd miss dairy and meats too much.I wonder how "uncooked" their flat breads are. Some dehydration processes involve long exposure to a certain amount of heat, which can cook food a bit.

  5. i'm still unsure about the whole dehydration and true raw debate. i guess if it's at a low enough 'hot air' type heat, they don't count it? it does taste way better then bread, that's for sure! πŸ™‚

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