September 14, 2008
I've been meaning to write this post ever since my bridal shower in July. My awesome friend Ellen planned the shower at Alissa Cohen's new raw vegan restaurant in Boston's North End, Grezzo. Sweet!
Of the group, only Ellen and I were familiar with raw food but everyone was adventurous. It was definitely a conversation piece as well: "How did they make these breadsticks? What on earth is THAT? What's kombucha?"
After our meal we had a special trip to the kitchen to learn a few things about preparing raw food. The chef showed us how to make a Papaya steak that looked remarkably like salmon. It's a hunk of papaya marinated in apple cider vinegar and spices. Tastes like chicken! Just kidding, it did not taste like chicken.
It tastes somewhat savory and definitely juicy though. I know because last weekend Max and I went back for dinner, and ordered the papaya. For $21 you don't get a heck of a lot of food (and raw vegans know you don't need much, but for the occassional epicurean adventurer, beware) but it sure was tasty with the accompanying garlicy 'pasta.' We also ordered an absolutely delicious Farmer's Market lasagna with creamy, creamy delicious nut-cheese. To drink I had a $5 stick of rosemary in hot water. Not raw, I suppose, and not worth $5, but interesting nonetheless.
Then we went and got cappuccinos because we are not perfect people. It was the first caffeinated drink I've had in months and I was up all night. Lesson learned...
On another note, I will be away for a week at Kripalu starting, oh...in about 10 minutes! Very excited and will hopefully come back with some good topics to share.