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This evening we ate at the Present Moment Cafe in St Augustine.
We each had a glass of carrot juice while waiting for our food.
Portobello mushrooms and walnut, sunflower and almond pate create a nice alternative to meatballs. Served over zucchini spaghetti noodles with a red pepper marinara sauce and topped with pine nut parmesan.
Tacos of Life
Pine nut-chili and walnut puree, fresh salsa, guacamole in 2 romaine shells with Coconut Sour Cream and Jalapeno vinaigrette.hubby had French coffee with agave and almond cream
and we shared a:
Fresh Fruit Tartlet
Macaroon crusted tartlet with a fresh berry puree and raspberry coulis.
Lady Green Jeans
08-18-2007, 10:30 PM
Wow! Thank you for posting the pictures. Everything looks so delicious. Did you both enjoy the food?
08-18-2007, 10:45 PM
I am drooling!!! :eek: :D looks and sounds delicious!!!
I wish we had raw food restaurants or cafes here :rolleyes:
08-19-2007, 12:29 AM
How wonderful! I bet it was awesome too! What did your hubby think? I hope to go to one of those restaurants one day. Until then, I'll be making my own gourmet goodies. :D
Thanks for posting those yummy pics.
08-19-2007, 12:34 AM
RAWks.........Thanks for Sharing your Evening with us..........
Thank you all for responding. The food was very good. Hubby likes my zucchini pasta better. I massage and strain the water out for him. He let me taste it and I like theirs better. It is thicker than any I've tasted and while retaining the fresh taste I like also kept it's water; there was no water on the plate. We both loved the sauce and croquettes.
The tacos would replace the sad version for anyone who doesn't particularly dislike lettuce or tomatoes. I like them both and the flavor and texture was very much TACO!!! That's saying a lot for me.
The chips were amazing. So much better than any corn chip you've ever tasted. They were the right thickness and crunch and the flavor of fresh sweet corn. Unbelievably good.
The desert was cookies that tasted like coconut and almond paste. The fruit was strawberries, raspberries (the first I've ever had - FL girl ya know) and blueberries. Hubby said we would definitely have to go back.
Lady Green Jeans, you are very welcome. You've been around long enough to know what it meant for me to finally get there.
belle and ChaiLife, believe me that I've felt that way myself. This place just opened within the past year. Before that I just kept reading and looking at pics here of places on the other side of the country. Hopefully a place will open near each of you soon.
I might add that a couple in the other corner were sharing a banana split when we left and they were obviously enjoying it very much. Hubby will probably try that next time.
08-19-2007, 05:21 PM
I love the Present Moment Cafe. I was there back in February.
My bf got a burger thingy I think. I remember I got a strawberry drinkie and the nut loaf with the fettucine alfredo. And we got a couple desserts cobbler and the blueberry parfait. We got free cacao cake because it was someone birthday.
08-20-2007, 12:50 AM
How beautiful!! Everything looks wonderful...the tartlet I wish I could pick up through the screen :) and the "French coffee with agave and almond cream" ...my husband would definitely have one of those!
08-20-2007, 12:55 AM
OHHHH, WOW!! the tartlet look delish. And the coffe with agave and almond cream sounds tasty AND elegant!
The tartlet pic is somewhat deceptive imho. The tray that it was on was as large as my keyboard. It was twice as long as the other dishes. So there was more there than it may look like in the pic. It was a pretty good size mound of fruit. And the cookies were really good.
Everything was good!!
Hubby asked before ordering the meal if everything on the menu including all the ingredients were raw. She said they were. He didn't ask again after the meal about the coffee. Don't know what it actually was. Should have asked. :(
Whatever it was she poured hot water into the container with it and told hubby to let it sit, I believe a minute and a half, and then push the long rod thing down and he could pour a cup. It held two cups. He wanted me to taste it so I did. It was much, much, much milder than I remember regular coffee being. Not acid at all. It did have a good flavor.
I got some Ho Shou Wo while we were in St Augustine so now I can make a version of RawVeganMom's best coffee ever. Don't have the Yacon so I'm going to use a medjool date instead. The woman at the HFS said she had just ordered the raw cocao powder and it should be in Thursday.:D
Foods we've tried at the cafe.
09-17-2007, 12:28 PM
The chips look good! Do they have a recipe book?
09-17-2007, 01:22 PM
I'm looking at those chips. I don't think I've seen raw tortilla chips look that appetizing! :) Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
They are made of flax, almonds, corn (in that order), and spices ... the ones i remember are cumin and pink salt. I would say equal amounts of the first three and season as desired. They are very good.
Here is a close up. Looks like some red pepper as well.
09-17-2007, 02:04 PM
Ok, I can stop licking the screen now. St Augustine is not close...but it is possible...mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Thanks for posting.
Vanilla ice crean with mixed berry sauce from TPMC. Hubby had Chillies Rellenos and I had Medeteranian Soup. Sorry neither of us thought of taking pics until dessert.
09-30-2007, 05:04 PM
Amazing. Thanks for the pics. I am so far from creating stuff like that - but I can dream. It is unbelievable how people figure this stuff out. What talent!
I went to this restaurant a few times with my mom when she lived in Jax (she is... at the present moment... moving to Massachusetts! She's driving up right now!), and I had really great experiences there.
In fact, it was there that I got some cacao for my mom who was trying to get off of coffee and going through mad detox. She felt bad enough (like getting off of crack or something) that I almost had to take her to the hospital!
AND I was making all sorts of raw food with my mom, but I had just gone raw myself when I went to hang out with her for a month, so my food was hardly gourmet. She thought I was trying to torture her until we tried their food. Then she switched to saying, "Hmmmm. Well I might be able to do this raw thing."
NOW, she is moving here for my support but also because she knows I will make her tasty raw dishes for every meal!!! And I'm getting to the point where the stuff I make tastes *almost* as good as theirs. :)
I have digressed a bit, but I guess my point is that The Present Moment in St. Augustine has been a huge force in our lives and helping us to realize that raw can and should be quite delicious and gourmet on occasion (rather than torture!). :)
10-01-2007, 06:09 AM
Cool! DH's parents live in Jax! And we already talked about going there when we visit them next time. And I've never been to St. Augustine, so it'll be a treat for me in more ways than one!:D
I ate there on Thursday. Well actually I ate at the deli next door, the cafe was closed and between the lunch and dinner times. I am brand new to this style of eating. I had a raw version of a cheeseburger that was great. The girl behind the counter was very nice and very infomative to a newbie like me. I'll be making sure that I am sure to travel to St. Augustine as often as I can.
11-12-2007, 12:35 PM
I spoke to them last week and hope I'll be going down next weekend.
DH is game so that's a plus!! Can hardly wait!! Thanks for posting the pics...they look wonderful. I'm in JAX~
03-15-2008, 10:24 AM
Where can I find those chips LOL.
move over! i want to lick the screen, too! :p
03-15-2008, 12:54 PM
Don't we all? :D
03-15-2008, 01:06 PM
I went there with my husband... twice in one day :)))) We ate a lot and even took out some stuff...
We live in Fort Lauderdale... so we dont go to Present Moment Cafe often, but... we have here RAW FOOD Underground... and we are there once month:) .
I love to make my own food too... :p
05-08-2008, 05:48 PM
I have eaten at Present Moment Cafe twice and enjoyed it immensely. Those chips are amazing and I would love to know how to make them for myself. Everything I've had there has been great. Love that place.
05-09-2008, 03:37 PM
Wow....thanks for the wonderful pictures.
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