A new cafe called Real Food Charlotte featuring vegetarian and raw cuisine opened in July and I have been wanting to try it for a while. KERF was born to eat there! (Emily, we can go back!)
When Matt got off work we headed up town and met Sarah + Josh at 1PM. They are totally awesome.
They had been shopping at IKEA and brought us some I-K-E-A cookies and Lindonberry preserves!
Our excitement!! [Can you believe that I have YET to go to the new Charlotte IKEA? I think I’m scared of it (the spending money part). And it’s also kind of far away]
Real Food was decorated with all kinds of fun things at which to gaze –
Sadly, I was not all that hungry from my late breakfast, but I sure managed to eat enough Real Food!
We had to have them explain most of the dishes because they were all kind of mysteries! Lucky for me, there are NO RAW ONIONS in 90% of the dishes! That was such exciting news!
The beverage menu included raw juices and smoothies
We got two green ones –
I ordered the Ouroboros, and all I remember about it was that it had lots of greens, and I think citrus and maybe ginger?
It was definitely grassy, but remember I have acquired a taste so I liked it a lot. Very refreshing. [And notice I am sporting the fleece on October 1st!]
S+J ordered the Avo-colada – avocado and coconut for sure. Theirs was delicious!
Out came the food!
Josh ordered the Dolphin Plate (no idea why it was called that!) and it came with lots of veggies and tabouleh. He wanted to go all raw to see how invigorated he felt 😉
Sarah ordered the Harvest Plate with avocado, hummus and bread.
Matt ordered a focaccia + veggie sandwich
And I had the Gyro’s Journey, a homemade pita stuffed with tabouleh and a side salad.
I ate about half the pita and all of the salad and most of the tabouleh out of the middle
Sarah‘s hummus was really good so I requested a little extra and we were presented with a nice little plate with pita chips!
Lastly, we shared a little Goji cookie four ways. It was not all that fabulous.
- The presentation of everything was gorgeous
- We all raved about the salads – they had nuts and seeds and honey and the presentation was beautiful!
- The drinks were really good – although really expensive too
- We all agreed that the bread products were really, really dry. (Although I thought the herby flavor of my pita was good)
- It was a bit expensive for the portions, but all tasted very fresh
- My favorite part was the hummus, which gave me garlic breath that I now can’t get rid of!! But that’s my all my fault 🙂
Next time I want to try a homemade soup!
Salad Girl Maggie (who I just met in SF!) actually just posted about the raw food trend on her blog the other day after reading/listening to this transcript from NPR about the new book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by primatologist Richard Wrangham. Maggie summarized it here: "Does Cooking Make Us Human."
I was |this close| to being an Anthropology minor at Davidson and took a handful of classes like "Humankind Evolving" and "Human Adaptation and Variation", so I am always fascinated with anything anthropological (Matt was an anthro major!!) I will say that I have only had time to skim the NPR transcript, but at first glance, I really like what Wrangham has to say. I really think there’s something to be said about the success of our species in the scope of all life on this planet.
I downloaded it and can’t wait to listen to the whole thing. This stuff fascinates me.
What do you guys think?
To class, then, To Weekend!