Been doing a lot of eating and drinking lately, and decided it was time to lighten the load on my system a bit. So, since Monday I've been eating all raw foods. Those of you that know me know that I was 100% raw for 2 and a half years. I've never felt better... but I really missed the social aspect of food. Sharing meals with friends and family just wasn't the same when nobody was eating the same things as me. Plus cooked food is just plain yummy. That being said, whenever I feel the need to regain balance and gain some vitality, I go raw for a while. I love eating all the best fruits, greens, sprouts, nuts, and seeds out there, and I love to shop for those things even more.
One of the places I always head before a raw cleanse is Cafe Gratitude. This quirky bastion of all things uncooked now has 6 locations throughout the Bay Area, but I'm partial to the 1st - a tiny space full of love and happiness on Harrison Street. When I walked in the other day, I headed to the cooler in the back where the to-go items are, and got my two faves: The almond hummus ("I am Happy") and the olive tapenade ("I am Opulent"). Both are delicious. But then I saw the cutest bottle of raw almond milk and had to have it. This then prompted my decision to go for the raw granola ("I am Great"). Holy crap is that stuff good. Apples and coconut and sprouted buckwheat, oh my! Not only do I get to eat well, but now, whenever I open my fridge, a wonderful question awaits:
Now isn't that something to ponder in these rough and tumble times?
Cafe Gratitude is beloved by vegans, both raw and cooked, along with all the "others" out here by the bay. Next time you want to eat an amazing meal and feel good too, go on over and feel the love.