Back at home - still raw!
byon 05-08-2007 at 07:10 PM (609 Views)
I was out of town and without my crutches: blender and my prep and cooking abilities.
Eating raw while traveling is harder than I though, even in a veggie friendly city. I learned just because a restaurant is vegan, it doesn't mean its raw friendly. Sure, they had good salads on the menu, but the dressings contained soy powder (I had to avoid soy prior to going raw) and canola oil. The pumpkin seeds and nuts are all roasted. So I pretty much had a sprout salad with avocado and lemon juice (I had to bring my own) and carrot juice. The salad was pretty good, even without dressing and raw nuts. I've been at places where its was just lettuce and maybe some tomato.
The rest of the menu was pizza, Mexican and Indian food: cooked, gluten, soy - the works. My cooked vegan DP ordered a salad, grilled tempeh and air baked sweet potato fries. Since they were oil free, I had a few (literally 3!) "fries". I was happy just having a taste.
There was also a Whole Foods nearby, so I was able to get fresh produce, some dehydrated crackers and a salad bar. Oh joy! but it was better than nothing. They also have a smoothie bar, but I had to modify what they used too much so I decided to skip it and just order fresh pressed juice. I did miss my blender, and salads and salad dressing I am able to make at home.
Sure, you can eat raw while away from home by modifying the menu and (hopefully) having fresh, organic produce at your fingertips, but having a raw restaurant is optimal. Not only can you have a great loaded salad, but you don't have to worry if the dressings are raw, if the smoothies have dairy, soy or pasteurized juice.
Next time we go to that same area, I'm going to bring my blender!