I've been cooking up a storm for dad. I took a break on Tuesday to visit one of Dallas's only raw food cafes called Bliss Raw Cafe. Since I've tried raw food all over the world and I'm sort of a food snob, I kept my expectations reasonable. And I came out feeling blissful!
My dinner guest was my newest friend, Jamey, who runs the Dallas Vegan site, and has been holding up the vegan community here in Dallas for years. I'm so thankful that he wants to hangout and brainstorm about ideas for my business and for the community at large here. SO many ideas are brewing in this head of mine!
We started with the California Rolls, which are raw vegan sushi filled with lots of veggies topped with a spicy sauce with two dip: a sweet almond butter sauce and a spicier soy sauce. I have no idea what the "rice" was in the sushi but the whole thing was delicious and full of avocado. The almond sauce was so good I continued to eat it with my chopsticks after the sushi was gone.
For the next course I got the huge Kale Salad that is marinated in olive oil, garlic, hemp seeds, and agave then served with tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and avocado (left out the olives because me no like). I could and do often eat kale everyday so I was in love with this salad. And it really is huge.
Jamey ordered the Rawko Tacos, which I got a bite of and they are tasty! The dehydrated corn tortillas was one of the best I've ever had, and the mexican flavors, raw sour cream, nacho cheeze, and guac were delish.
The prices are a bit higher than the raw restaurants in Los Angeles, which surprised me, but I guess it makes sense since prices can be higher here on produce and raw food just tends to be more expensive to produce.
When I tried their NY style Cheezecake, it made every dime I spent all worth it. This is seriously the best raw food cheezecake I have ever tried in my life. It tasted like the real thing only better and full of bliss. It was covered with strawberry sauce and chocolate sauce with cacoa nibs sprinkled around it. On the side was fresh strawberry and blueberry garnish. Seriously, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
After we were through (and the only people left in the cafe) the owner came out to chat with us and introduced us to her cute dog Theodore. I told her my father's name was the same and explained what I am doing with my dad. She expressed her support and reminded me that it's work for so many people that it will work for him. I will be going back to try everything on the menu at Bliss!
Yesterday, I got to meet up with my best friend since junior high, cook her and her 18 month old lunch (Lily loved everything I made, yay!) and then we went to the park. I had so much fun. It's been a while since I've been around a child that age and she was so adorable, smart, and talkative. Being nearby now, I'm thrilled I get to be in their lives! Isn't she the cutest?
Today I'm going to the doctor with my dad for the first time. He's digestive health doctor found something in his blood work that they want to discuss. They don't know yet that he's been vegan for 1 week, woohoo!
Since they found him to be anemic they think he is bleeding internally even though they have tried every test, poked and prodded him and can not find anything. He's going to swallow a tiny camera that swims around all day recording what's going on. That camera is going to get a face full of greens!
Did you have a good week? What do you have to look forward to this weekend?