Good news: I didn’t dream of cheese last night! I wouldn’t say I’m exactly over my cheese craving, but it definitely helped that I didn’t start the day fixated on pizza. (Also, shout-out to the nice vegan cheese makers who, due to my whining, contacted me via Twitter and offered to “make my cheese dreams come true”: you made my day).
Anyhow, Day 4 started out on a happy note with a Blueberry Hemp Smoothie (from This Rawesome Vegan Life), which I apparently drank down so quickly I forgot to take a picture of it when it was in the glass. But here’s the blender shot:
It was delicious: bananas, blueberries, hemp seeds, spinach, and two dates. I enjoyed the little chewy date pieces that my blender couldn’t quite pulverize. They weirded my daughter out a little bit, but not enough to prevent her from drinking her share of the smoothie.
My morning snack was a lavender-moon flavored “pocket snack” from Wild Mountain, which I bought because I liked the name. The flavor was very nice, but I found it to be a little bit too chewy. I miss crunchy things!
After that, I decided to give myself (and my food processor) a break and eat the rest of my meals out. There are a number of restaurants in Austin that serve raw dishes or “almost raw” (95% raw) dishes. But there was only one place I could find where the entire menu is raw; Premier Raw Cafe. So that’s where I headed:
They have a large menu which is entirely raw, vegan and gluten-free (except for the bison burger). They have juices, smoothies, and even low temperature drip coffee! But I was there to try the food. After much deliberation, I ordered The Italian, which is olive tapenade, “ricotta” (made with a “macadamia” base), basil, tomato and arugula on an herbed flaxseed “bread.”
It was really good! The tapenade tasted amazing and the texture of the bread was really perfect – just enough bite so that you really feel like you’re eating a sandwich. The house-made pickle was especially delicious.
They had stopped serving breakfast by the time I got there, but they were kind enough to give me a sample of their Banana Nut Pancake:
It was definitely not your ordinary, buttermilk pancake. But I would have eaten a whole plate of them. The blueberry compote on top was to DIE FOR.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a raw restaurant, but I was really impressed by Premiere Raw. The folks who work there were incredibly nice, the food was delicious and there was obviously a lot of thought put into each dish. I could definitely see myself being a regular here, if it wasn’t a 45-minute drive from my house. In fact, my only complaint (aside from the distance, which is obviously not their fault), was that they did not have high chairs. Which meant that my lunch date had to sit in my lap:
But he’s cute enough to get away with it. (Seriously though, I think this place could get a huge Mommy-lunch crowd if they got a few high chairs and maybe a kid’s menu. My three-year-old would go for the smoothies alone!)
I also ordered the Quantum Sliders to-go, to eat for dinner later:
The patty is sunflower seeds and veggies, and it is served with raw ketchup, cashew “cheese,” and another of their yummy pickles. The buns were interesting (gluten-free!). I gave my 10-month old a little bit to taste and he happily chewed away on it for quite awhile! Overall, I think I like the sandwich better but I definitely enjoyed the burgers too. They look small, but I was incredibly full after eating both of them – so full, that I didn’t even make it to the salad.
Dessert tonight was two chocolate truffles, also from Premiere Raw:
So today was definitely better than yesterday! I enjoyed my break from not-cooking, but I’m ready to dive back in tomorrow! I hope my food processor is ready too, because I have saved some really great recipes for Day 5 . . . stay tuned!