Welcome to the raw food movement, where the healthy, whole ingredients in each dish are fermented, sprouted or gently cooked to no more than about 48°C (118°F). Here are five places that celebrate “living foods” that taste as good as they make you feel.
Pop by one of LifeFood Organic’s two industrial-chic locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica to sample its creative menu of living food with global influences. Try the Vietnamese spring rolls in a coconut-banana wrap or a delicious smoothie like the Green Life (mango, coconut yogurt, kale, coconut water, spirulina, hemp seed, cinnamon), guaranteed to make your metabolism zing.
This unique spot serves up raw food (the stuffed tomatoes and the Sun Portobello burger are must-haves) alongside vegan Ukrainian dishes such as borscht with coconut-cashew sour cream and veggie-stuffed cabbage rolls. The cheery café is also known for its daily raw vegan high tea, featuring adorable sweet and savoury dainties, such as vegan finger sandwiches, mini-cheesecakes and tiramisu. Reservations recommended.
A chic oasis in pretty pastels, Quintessence is as stylish as it is healthy. Well ahead of the living food curve, it has been serving gourmet raw food in Manhattan’s East Village since 1999. Drop in for a chia milk drink, a nori-wrapped roll or a pilaf of sprouted quinoa loaded with herbs and vegetables.
Step out of busy Oxford Street and into this peaceful spot. Help yourself to a generous buffet—more than half of which is raw, while the rest is gently steam-cooked—of curries, pastas salads and desserts. Or swing by in the evening and settle into the candlelit dining room to enjoy à la carte dishes like the Living Lasagna with luscious layers of squash, tomatoes, pesto and seed cheese. Cash only.
Collard-leaf tacos, zucchini noodles with pesto, kelp noodle pad Thai topped with crumbled cashews, veggie-filled spring rolls—the world is on your plate at Rawlicious, Toronto’s original raw food restaurant. Since it opened in 2008, it has brought its snacks and smoothies to seven other locations across Southern Ontario. They’ll even bring a Raw Box of classic faves like cheesy kale chips right to your door.
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