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Raw Friday: the rawness continues

Published January 8, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Friday the raw continued. Thomas had to take the car down to Miami, but was able to pick me up for a lunch date, so we headed over to 4th Generation Organic Market in east Boca for a nice raw lunch. I had a slight headache, a busy morning at work, and had only had some ginger tea, so I was kind of hyper and cranky when he grabbed me.

I mention this also because the slight headache lasted all day and I think it was due to eating high raw for about a day, and my body was likely starting to detox. Thankfully the next day it was gone.

Consequently, I forgot I wanted to try the highly recommended raw pizza that they usually have already ready in the refrigerated case. I got a raw mock tuna wrap and he got the raw hummus & falafel wrap. I’d had both of these before so I knew they were safe bets. I also picked up a couple of cookies and some maccaroons (not pictured.) I ate one of the raw chocolate maccaroons right away (coconut and cacao nibs, amongst other things) to get my blood sugar up. These things are mad delicious in any flavor! I always pick some up whenever I go there. The cookies were just okay. The wraps were wonderful.



After work, we picked up my lovely friend and author of the introspective Why is my cat so sad? blog and made a trip to Total Wine to stock the fridge for Friday night fun. Beer isn’t raw, but at least some of the beer I bought was organic?! ; )

For dinner I made the Broccoli Salad with Raisins from Raw Food. This awesome salad is so much more than broccoli and raisins! It also has carrots, red onion (I used a shallot), tomato, sun-dried tomatoes, an apple, raisins, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper. This says two servings, but the three of us were able to each have about a bowl and a half full. So definitely enough for two people to be very full, and then some. So good!


Later I wanted a sweeter snack, so I decided to make the Every Occasion Balls, since I had all the ingredients. The recipe called for walnuts, raisins, honey, carob powder, salt and optional coconut flakes for rolling. I subbed agave for honey and raw cacao powder for carob powder.


I think I processed the walnuts for a little too long, because the mixture was INCREDIBLY oily. (I think I must’ve been close to making walnut butter!) I put the little dough ball into several sheets of paper towel and squeezed. It soaked through about 7 sheets of paper towel. Then I rolled them out. They were still unbelievably oily at this point, so Mary decided we should try rolling a couple in coconut flakes. This made them taste kind of like raisin bran, which is fine, but I was still freaked out about the amount of grease. We also decided that they were way too big (makes 12), so I broke them up into halves or thirds, re-rolled them and put them in a paper towel lined container in the fridge overnight. This morning they were a really great texture and the oil had either absorbed into the paper towels or back into the balls. Regardless, I would recommend proccessing less and refrigerating or freezing for sure. I know the walnuts have nice omega-3 fat, but that was just a little out of control!


La Vie en Raw, Coral Gables, Fl

Published July 29, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So I found myself in Coral Gables for a couple of nights last week. Thomas was working on the Univision awards show, Premios Juventud, and I got to do some vegan exploring around the city.

I had been planing to go somewhere else, but the headache/carsickness I encountered on my way down in rush hour traffic prevented me from doing so. This actualy worked out just fine because after searching for vegan places in the area, and found myself on La Vie en Raw’s website. Though their closing time said 7 pm, there was also a disclaimer to call for closing time, because sometimes they stay open until 10. It was 8 o’clock. The voice on the other end let me know she expected to stay open another hour, so I headed right over. It was about a 10 minute ride from where I was staying, near University of Miami. The parking was easy, and it was right on Calle Ocho (8th st) across from La Carreta!

What a wonderful little gem!

LVeR is a quaint little raw vegan restaurant with seating for 14. There were a few tables still dining, so I decided to have a seat. Local art adorns the walls, and the kitchen is all open, right in the center. There are two chefs, and I met Sabina Torrieri, who hails from Roma, which boded well for the gnocchi I ordered!

I was offered soup or salad as a starter, and chose the salad. It was very fresh and came very lightly dressed with a barely discernable carrot ginger dressing.

Then came the Gnocchi Della Nonna! Cashew gnocchi served on a bed of spinach and garnished with basil pesto, $14. This was more delicious than I could have imagined! It was really exquisite. I was so pleased with my choice.

I ordered dessert to go, a slice of raw chocolate pie $6. It seemed to be drizzled in agave, and topped with shredded coconut. It was good if you’re used to raw desserts, not overly sweet, and mostly nut based.

I also took a spinach “hummus” wrap to go for Thomas. I snuck a bite, and it was pretty good.

They also had some cacao kale chips, which she let me sample, and I took a bag a bag with me to work. Hah, they definitely got mixed reviews, but I liked them! 🙂

They haven’t put the new menu up on the website, so I’m including a pic here:

I had a really great experience here and they seem to have a nice rapport with the locals too. If I lived closer it would definitely be a regular spot to frequent. La Vie en Raw is open Monday through Saturday (call for hours), and located at 3808 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, Florida, 33134. 305.444.3826.

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