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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Adventures in Raw


Leaf is a raw vegan restaurant with two locations in LA. My omnivorous friend Jodi absolutely raves about this place, so when I met up with her for dinner tonight, we headed to Leaf in Culver City.

We had the mock salmon nori rolls as an appetizer, which was really delicious! For a main course, we split a Bombay Burrito Wrap and a Rawzagna (that is, lasagna but made raw!). Both were pretty good. And, for dessert, we had apple pie. I was pretty skeptical about raw dessert -- last time I had a raw dessert item, a raw chocolate brownie, it did awful things to my gastrointestinal system. But, the apple pie was amazing, and there were none of the previously experienced after-effects.

I'll admit, I haven't had a lot of experience with raw cuisine. I've heard talks on the subject and how food is not heated above a certain temperature to preserve the enzymes in the food, and how the enzymes are beneficial to our bodies. I don't buy into this theory and there's really no science to back it up. But, what I can say, is that raw is healthy in that the food isn't processed, has no animal products or cholesterol, is full of fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

3 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

In my opinion, I believe that a combination of raw and cooked foods is good for optimal health. Leaf sounds like an interesting restaurant - I've been wanting to try a raw foods restaurant, actually...

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Jody from VegChic said...

I'm a fan of raw food, though many of friends are not. There is a pretty good raw restaurant north of Boston in Beverly. In the winter I have more difficulty feeling full when I eat raw vs in the summer.

Interesting article about height and sports. I also thought taller people would have an easier time running than shorter people. Guess I was wrong.

Hope the holidays went well for you and your family and that you had an easy fast!