Hippies got it right: eat healthy, be vegetarian and make love not war.
Raw-Living foods movement is many times associated with the hippies. Unfortunately many of the vegan restaurants have the hippie vibe and consequently are not very tidy or clean. If you ever want to take your friends to a more “presentable” looking raw restaurant, 118 degrees in Costa Mesa is the place. My suggestion is to try the Sunday Brunch where for $22 per person, you get: starter, salad, soup. entree and dessert.
Five Couse Sunday Bruch, Yummy!!! and very filling!!!
Five Course Sunday Brunch- Buckwheat Granola
Five Course Sunday Brunch-Salad
Five Course Sunday Brunch-Enchilada
Five Course Sunday Brunch-Soup
Chocolate Cake and Caramel Cheese Cake
Cakes were so good the I forgot to take pictures before eating them!!!
Au Lac, a Raw Food Restaurant in Fountain Valley, Orange County
Not too long ago, Au Lac was renovated to a quaint place with comfortable red booths and dimmed, cozy lights.
Here you can order vegetarian, vegan and raw entrees. The reknown Chef Ito is always around, mingling, smiling and dispensing hugs.
With all due respect to the numerous fans, as a raw foodist I’ve crossed out this restaurant from my list of possible future visits. The reason? The food of course. Although the presentation of the meals is nothing short of a masterpiece, they were very greasy and not with natural oils but with some buttery product, I suspect is commonly used in asian kitchens. Even the dehydrated veggies seemed covered with it, resulting into what it felt like crunchy fries. It didn’t feel truly raw and it took a long time to digest.
On the upside, the chocolate cones for desert were exquisite. Maybe we’ll stop by sometime just for that, when in the neighborhood!
If you don’t go to Cafe Gratitute, Cafe Gratitude will come to you!
Three years ago I found out about Cafe Gratitude, and ever since then, I’ve been hoping that my travels would take me to San Francisco, so that I could try the great dishes and atmosphere I’ve heard about. Well, I ventured to other cities around the country but couldn’t make it there. Imagine my excitement when I learned that one opened up in Los Angeles. My husband and I headed there the first week, and here is my take: We loved the food, I ordered a raw deep dish pizza and it tasted out of this world. The side salad was so fresh (organic!). I also had a chocolate smoothie and chocolate icecream (made with almonds, not cashews, yeay!) both delicious.The restaurant was packed with interesting and smart looking people. A minor drawback: they offer cooked food too, and just as in the past, when I was vegetarian, I didn’t like to eat in restaurants that offered meat, now that I am raw I prefer raw restaurants to be 100% raw. This I didn’t care much for: the restaurant has a new age theme going, with a “game” where the waiter asks you a question like “what can you contribute?”. You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. Some names of the dishes: I am eternally sweet , I am bliss… Also the check comes with a card with some positive affirmations or phrases meant to be thought provoking.
All and all, we’ll be definitely coming back!
Cafe Gratitude celebrates your Birthday, or your friend’s, in the most lovely and fun way! They sing and some times even dance, an upbeat Happy Birthday song, or a nice choir sings a lovely Happy Birthday song for you!
Eric’s Birthday at Cafe Gratitude: a lovely and fun surprise!
Interview with Cary, manager of Cafe Gratitude LA
This was mine, my wife surprised to me!!:
Go and celebrate your Birthday in Cafe Gratitude! Lovely fun GUARANTEED!!!
We came back today, Saturday March 19, 2011! Food was great! Drinks awesome! and desserts were just delicious!!!
For main raw food dishes we had:
Cafe Gratitude-Raw Food dishes
I AM NOURISHED $13 Live sandwich with almond pate, seasonal vegetables, avocado and mustard sauce on live curry bread
I AM ELATED $13 Enchilada in a live spinach tortilla with sprouted seed filling, topped with spicy mole and cashew sour cream. Served with creamy chipotle coleslaw
The Raw Specialties are very well prepared. The dehydrated wraps are just right: soft, tasty, and strong enough to keep the inside ingredients so you can comfortably eat them without breaking apart!
the drinks were:
Cafe Gratitude-LA-Chocolate Smoothies
I AM ETERNALLY SWEET $8
Raw cacao milkshake
I AM LUSCIOUS $8 / add coffee $9
Hazelnut milk, fig, date, raw cacao and vanilla bean smoothie
Smoothies are just delicious!!! Specially the “I am eternally sweet”!!!
and for desserts (OMG!!!):
I AM MAGNIFICENT ~
CHOCOLATE MOUSSE> $8 A light, smooth and creamy raw cacao mousse
Cafe Gratitude Raw Desserts
I AM CHERISHED ~
SEASONAL PIE (flavors change daily) $8 A ‘cheese-cake’ style offering with a rich cashew filling on a crunchy nut crust
We just couldn’t get enough of those delicious desserts! Easy to eat, smooth, soft and tasty crust! Just out of this world!
Cafe Gratitude Desserts are just out of this world! You can eat them after a good raw food meal, and not feel heavy, or sleepy!!! I told my wife when we were leaving: “This is the very first time I am leaving a restaurant very happy because of what I eat!!!” and the eating experience: very nice and courteous waitresses, environment, and music!
The question of the day was: “what are you good at sharing?”
Our rate: ♥♥♥♥♥!!!
PS: CAFE GRATITUDE LA has the most clean restroom in LA, along with 118 Degrees! It’s part of the restaurant experience!