Eating Raw

Tasting Other Aspects of Life

Ever consider going to a restaurant and eating raw? Just think of it as tasting other aspects of life.

After my heart attack, my body requires a low-sodium and a heart-healthy diet. Yet there comes a time when you need a break from the norm.

With that in mind and a ladies’ night due, I chose a local Triangle restaurant that I need to recommend. Living Kitchen is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina on Fayetteville Street. It’s in walking distance to the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Meymandi Concert Hall and Red Hat Amphitheater.

Been to any new, healthy or out of the norm restaurants? Any healthy choices to help in “My Midlife?”

I felt as if I walked into Ikea – the bamboo colored tabletops, simple chairs and stools décor whispered a very clean and “green” atmosphere. It was very much a “raw,” “organic,” and healthy restaurant to try something “out of the box” for an evening.

The waitress was pleasant, welcoming and guiding us on our tour for the evening. Explaining my health concerns, she showed me what to avoid and what would be safe.

I chose a healthy tropical drink to start – the Avocolada. They blended avocado, pineapple, coconut, vanilla and apple juice for a smoothie.

And for my appetizer, I ordered to share – the Portobello Falafel. According to the menu, these were “three Mediterranean style falafels, served with cashew yogurt tzatziki and tabouli.” According to Wikipedia, Falafel is usually made primarily of chickpeas and deep-fried.

Remember, I told you we were at a raw restaurant. But as our waitress explained, this is one of the menu items not totally raw, yet it’s not traditionally deep-fried either. It is actually toasted. And also unlike the chickpeas, their version is mainly portabello mushrooms. The end result – a tasty treat. The cashew yogurt tzatziki sauce and tabouli tasted very much like the traditional side items.

My main course was a unique choice full of flavors, introduced in a new way. I’ve been on an avocado kick lately, so I was eager to try the Avocado and Basil Sandwich. This treat from the garden consisted of a “toasted multi-grain bread piled high with fresh slices of avocado, tomato, red onion, sprouts, basil, a lemon-parsley hummus and cashew sour cream.”  My side item was a Broccoli Waldorf salad made of “broccoli, green apple, celery, walnuts, raisins, and red onions tossed with cashew mayonnaise.”

I do have to say, I didn’t realize that cashews can be used so many ways. And though they have fats, according to our waitress, they are one of the healthier fats.

Our overall reaction – extremely tasty and filling. It was so much so, that we boxed our left overs and skipped dessert. As with being downtown, we still had to walk to our car – another healthy move for the night.

So if you ever want anything out of the norm and crave something raw. Just think of it as tasting other aspects of life and see where your taste buds take you while visiting the Living Kitchen.

I’d love to hear from you on your thoughts about this restaurant and if you think it will be somewhere you may visit. Blessings to you in your journey.

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