View Full Version : Short business trip to San Francisco, Peeps!!! Cafe Gratutude or Alive! ??????????
07-08-2009, 05:25 PM
Let me know your thoughts and experiences.
When I was sent to Vegas for 4 days - I thought it might be theend of my raw. But I discovered GoRaw! cafe and although I did go hungry a few times, I made it!
2 days in San Fran - one dinner with the group,, one on my own, which should it be?? Give me some feedback! I might be able to the other for lunch on my way to the airport, will have to check out the travel times.....
Give me the news!
07-08-2009, 07:39 PM
Oh - just thought - anyone interested in meeting for dinner Tomorrow night?
I'm thinking cafe gratitude after perusing the menus.
A BIG disppointment is they both serve cooked food!:eek:
Common! If chicago can pull off 2 100% raw restaurants - but not San Francisco?
Shocking, peeps, truly shocking!!!
07-08-2009, 08:40 PM
I highly recommend Cafe Gratitude. The only cooked food the one I went to had was steamed quinoa and red rice. They tell you what it is in. They are both very alkalizing not acidifying so they justify using it I guess for the non raw people they get coming in with the raw ones. Like me and my friends last weekend. Everything else was out of this world. I bought their cookbook and it has all the recipes of all the things we ate. Trying the creamcicle smoothie right now. Mmmmm.
07-09-2009, 09:55 PM
I have had the pleasure of eating at Cafe Gratitude a number of times, at both the San Francisco and Berkeley locations. I wasn't aware that they had cooked food, but then again I've never ordered the quinoa or rice. I finally had the opportunity to try Alive! a few weeks ago before seeing a play. I have to say the food was very, very good. Everyone in our group was delighted with their meals. However, the ambiance of Cafe Gratitiude can't be beat. If this is your only opportunity to experience Cafe Gratitude then I say go there! The card game there is a must also!
Price wise, they are about the same, expensive!
07-11-2009, 09:55 PM
I made it through another business trip @ 100% and this is my sixth month aniversary.
<don party hats and blow on noise makers here>
I had a chance for 2 raw meals at Cafe Gratitude.
I had the coconut creme pie ala mode with added caramel sauce both times.
The second time, I really wanted to try some of the others, but I couldn't risk the disappointment if it wasn't as yummy, lol!
The food was truly excellent, very savory.
I will likely have another business trip there in the next 6-12 months.
Will be thinking of that caramel sauce on the plane.....:)
So far no clients want to take me to boston...maybe someday - and I can visit Alissa's place!
07-12-2009, 07:43 AM
Cafe Gratitude for the atmosphere, Alive for the food.
07-12-2009, 08:39 AM
Next trip will try to get over to Alive! so as to compare.
07-12-2009, 08:48 AM
I had the coconut cream pie also when I was there. My husband had the pecan and it was sooo much better. What else did you eat when you were there? Hubby had the orange creamsicle which was awesome and I have made at home now. (I bought their recipe book) My friend and I shared. SHe had the enchilada and I had the stuffed avocado. They were both amazing!! They were the specials of the day. They are also in the cookbook and I am going to try them someday. Very heavy prep work though. Lots of little recipes to make to get to the end result.
07-12-2009, 09:34 AM
my first meal there I tried the nachos appetizer and enchilada for the entree. The appetizers are actually the same amount of food as the entrees! And almost as expensive!
Second meal I had the mushroom bruchetta appetizer and the 1/2 order of the pizza marinara.
The mushroom bruchetta was the fave of them all - but I shouldn't think about it too much, I didn't do any shopping before the trip, and am too tired for gastronimical gymnastics after the trip, lol! I generally find these business trips pretty exhausting!
RU seriously telling me the pecan pie was better than the coconut creme?? I refuse to believe it!!!
You didn't put caramel sauce on it did you??:p
I think the caramel sauce was the real winner here - have you tried that recipe??? I must get a hold of it. Menu said macadamia caramel sauce - must use lacuma I think, which I've ordered about a week ago along with dates to try my hand at making deserts......
07-12-2009, 09:58 AM
You didn't put caramel sauce on it did you??:p
I didn't!!:eek: No one suggested it...
No lucuma in any of their recipes!! I'll email you the recipe from the book. Can I post it here?? Is that copyright infringement? I know no one post Alissa's recipes.
Caramel sauce on coconut cream pie:eek::eek:
07-12-2009, 10:51 AM
I did find a posting somewhere of the cafe gratitude book caramel sauce - the poster reported it is NOT the same nor as yummy as that in the restaurant.....
Would they really short change the recipe book to keep a secret?!?!?!
I really wanted teh caramel sauce for the ice cream - but the kitchen put it all over the pie. I easily scraped most of it off. Next time had them put it on the side, but found the pie needed a bit after all!
The ice cream didn't really do for it for me. Without the caramel sauce wouldn't get it again....HOWEVER it gave me a great idea for some icecream of my own, will let you lot know once I get around to experimenting....
Incidentally - if any are reading and thinking of taking in the cafe at some point in the near future - both meals ran about 50 bucks, with tip the first was 54 I think, second 46 or so. Both appetizer were really huge I must say - and I would say most diners would be just as satisfied with an appetizer as with an entree. I'm naturally a pretty healthy eater (some say pig:eek::eek:) and I tend to go hungry a lot on business trips as I have little control over my meals and want to stick it out with the protocol. So I do have to really fill up when I've got the chance. Both times I took some 'to go', although with only getting a 1/2 order of the pizza the second time, I only got it to go as I was running late for the airport but I needed to fill up!
I'm not a cheap date anymore! Used to be - any dinner out would be thai chinese indian or sushi - can get a great meal for under 20 with tofu in the main and an appetizer. Lots of times much less.
07-12-2009, 11:04 AM
I've only tried their creamsicle, which also meant making the vanilla hazelnut ice cream. Was just as good as at the Cafe. Will let you know as I try other recipes.
Dinner for four of us, and we only had the appetizer sampler not an appetizer each, but girlfriend and I had wine:o was about $120 before tip. That seemed reasonable to me.
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