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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.


LizNoVeggieGirl 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!