Dawn and I have been going to Quintessence quite a bit lately. I dont think Ive ever been a "regular" at a restaurant before.
I do think that we are getting more kamut bread with the Fofu Moroccan Platter than before though...so thats totally good.
Anyways...we were looking for some more variety. We have been to all the raw restaurants in NY, and most are great, but we were missing the vibrant scene of a youthful restaurant.
Just a note...when I was single..I NEVER went out. I felt like I could make it better anyways and I didnt have anyone go out with, so that summed it up. Plus, I was saving up to buy property and fruit trees, so it kept me pretty tight in the wallet area.
Im really digressing here, so let me get back to the point. I knew that a popular organic place nearby in the East Village called "Counter" had raw dishes. I checked the menu and saw that they had one raw option for each course. So I surprised her and took her somewhere new. It was great to be eating out somewhere different finally.
And the food? AMAZING! They had such good raw stuff and the prices were REALLY fair.
Here is what we had...
The "Caprese". A Macadamia Nut cheese layered with basil and tomato. WONDERFUL. Same texture as buffala mozzarella that I had in Rome.
So nice to have new dishes...
This was the "Vegetable Terrine". Holy jeez...so amazing. Same flavors as the lasagne, but with a new twist. We totally loved this.
And how thoughtful...they included a SALAD with the ENTREE. *Hint Hint* What does it cost to add a little side salad? 25 cents? Its the little things that really add up...remember that.
And for dessert we had this Macadamia Macaroon Tarte floating in rose-lime water. UNREAL. Cost? $9!!!!
This was some of the best raw organic vegan food we've had.
Here is the point about this whole post. Many vegetarian places arent hip to raw yet. EDUCATE THEM. Inform them that raw dishes will bring in more customers and will still be loved by the current vegetarian customers (and maybe more). Its a total win-win for them.
Let them know that you and many of your friends are looking for vegan places to eat at, but cant because most restaurant owners insist on cooking everything still.
Its up to us to bring more raw food into our lives.
Dawn mentioned to me that as raw foodists, we (me and her) probably live in the best neighborhood in the entire world for going out to eat and having raw food. We are here in the East Village of NYC and there are 6...yes 6 raw food or raw friendly restaurants within a ten minute walk. Thats ridiculous. Its too easy.
I have been taking this for granted. It must be so horrible to feel stuck at home all the time, when you just want to go out to eat with someone. Going out to eat with loved ones is such a cornerstone of social activity, right? I was always alone before so it didnt matter, and now I see the challenge that people go through. It has to be very difficult.
If there are vegetarian places near you, and you are sick of salads, see what you can do to get the management educated about the potentials of raw vegan dishes. Show them some cookbooks and give them some websites. If they see the $$$$....they will act.