Several years ago Daniel and I went on a 100% raw food diet. I had serious health problems at the time and thought a raw food lifestyle might be the solution. A couple of months into our experiment I had a very enlightening conversation with a knowledgeable woman on the subject. She set me straight on some things which prompted Daniel and I to incorporate cooked foods back into our diet.
In most cases, raw foodists are vegans/vegetarians. I’ve yet to meet a raw foodist that consumes raw meat (ick!) and rarely meet one that will consume raw dairy. In my experience, animal-based proteins are pretty much essential to good health. For a compelling firsthand account on this subject (written by a former vegan that switched to the Weston Price/Nourishing Traditions diet) check out The Labrawtory.
Daniel felt pretty burned by the raw food experience and pretty much refused to check out Bliss Raw Cafe . . . until Daddypotamus does the Standard Process Weight Loss/Purification Cleanse the cleanse. Suddenly any restaurant that served more than your basic salad started looking pretty good.
Despite the fact that Google Maps kept sending us in circles, Daniel and I eventually made it in time to meet our friends and their sweet baby, for lunch.
Regardless of our prior experience, two things are certain: Raw, living foods are good for you. And most of us don’t eat enough of them. If you sit down at Bliss Raw thinking (like I did) that you’re going to do your duty and cram your mouth with veggies whetheryoulikeitornot, get ready for a curve ball. More than likely you are going to love it. I did.
My California Pizza, although it neither tasted nor looked like pizza, was incredible. The pineapple/jalapeno mix over pignoli cream was mouthwateringly delicious. And let me tell you, Daniel’s Spaghetti and “Meat” Balls was astonishingly delicious. And yes, he cheated. It contained nuts. But at least the cheat was worth it.
Although they graciously put up with my restaurant paparazzi ways I didn’t take want to intrude on my sweet friends by eating off their plates. But our friends’ Primavera Bowl and Bliss Salad looked pretty darn scrumptious. Judging by their plates when the meal was over, I’d say they were.
So here it is in a nutshell: Although I don’t recommend a 100% raw food diet I highly recommend Bliss Raw Cafe. The flavor combinations will surprise you and win you over. And you’ll be doing a great thing for your health, too!
Quick tip: There are two sides to the restaurant. One is an elixir bar and the other is an open air patio. The elixir bar is air conditioned. We didn’t know that, and by the end of our meal we were more than ready to hop in our air-conditioned cars. At least those of us that can’t strip down in public.
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