Monday, March 29, 2010

Brunch at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

I had a good, salad-filled weekend. I read a post on Healthy Happy Life where the author, Kathy, said she lives a salad-a-day lifestyle. I really like that. Not only do I like salad, but I like the idea of living a lifestyle where I eat salad every day. That reminds me of a passage I read in Raw Food for Real People that talked about how the author learned to quit smoking. Instead of asking if he wanted to have a cigarette, which he could rationalize as being "just one," he asked himself if he wanted to be someone who smokes. And he did not. This mindset can be applied to anything -- maybe I want to eat brownies at midnight, but do I want to be someone who eats brownies at midnight? No, I do not. I want to be the kind of person who exercises every day and eats salad.

I made myself kind of a "vanilla milkshake" this weekend out of almond milk, a little bit of date paste, vanilla powder, and maca. It was good and I liked how frothy it looked after a little time in the blender.

I used my favorite Kokopelli mug!

I also just had to take a picture of this huge, strange-looking strawberry I ate.

One thing I love about drinking smoothies is that they are a receptacle for extra produce. I cut the green tops off my strawberries and then put them in a smoothie. Whenever I have to peel something for a recipe, like a zucchini, I save the peel and put it in my next smoothie. Yay for extra greens and fiber and less waste!

Yesterday (Sunday) I went to brunch with a vegan women's meetup. It was so much fun and I got to meet some very interesting people. We met at Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, a raw vegan cafe in Santa Monica. I got the Sea Dragon Roll, a nori roll with greens, seaweed, and coconut jerky. It was super good.

From what I heard, it seemed like everyone liked their food. After brunch I went on a walk on the beach. Tons of people were out, sunbathing and even swimming in the ocean. I just love it! It's only March and yet it's summer.

Here's a strange plant I saw while walking yesterday. I'd never seen anything like it, so I had to take a picture.

Last night for dinner I made more Pad Thai because I LOVE it. I also had some green Caesar salad. I took the Caesar salad dressing from the Raw Food Revolution Diet and added some spirulina. It does change the taste a bit and also made the dressing bright green.

I also bought a spiral slicer last night, which is really cool. Now I'll be able to make zucchini pasta! I found someone on Craigslist selling her slicer for $15. I e-mailed her and it turns out she lives just a couple blocks away from me so I went over last night and bought it! She was really nice and she also gave me a few raw falafel that she made. I love meeting new nice people!! I haven't tried the falafel yet, but I'll eat them at dinner tonight. Along with some salad. =)


  1. I wish there were more raw restaurants around me. I just have to make do at home most of the time. That milkshake has got me craving one myself :-)

  2. I just moved to LA from Indiana in January, so I definitely understand! There aren't even any vegan restaurants in Indiana, much less raw!