fresh pecan-apple cobbler with dairy-free house made ice creme
No, although I do like the concept.
I recently made several trips to one of my favorite restaurants The Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine Florida.
The restaurant features organic, raw, live + vegan cuisine. Their slogan of excellence: Fresh Organic Living Food Made With Love & Gratitude
I just love that!
simple beginnings: pot of fresh mint leaf tea, cucumber infused water and Samuel Adams......
Middle East Peace Hummus: light + fluffy, no beans, "no mean hummus is blended with cashews and topped with mint oil and tahini sauces.....served with fresh veggies and FRESH corn chips" ~ excerpt from The Present Moment Cafe menu
The creamy hummus always arrives with an array of dehydrated crisp and crunchy house made corn chips.
I am completely addicted to them as they are sweet, savory and enticing.
The chips are made with finely ground golden flax seeds, almonds, fresh corn, yellow bell peppers, onion powder, cumin seeds, oregano + Himalayan pink salt. Thus spread onto flat trays and dehydrated to crispness.
The use of conventional heating elements such as a stove, grill or oven are obsolete here. It's the art of raw food preparation which relies much on the marinating process to 'cook' down the natural elements of vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits without losing the nutritional healing properties.
Don't fear, as I grew up an ardent meat eater, gourmand and still consider myself a slight food snob. Okay, serious food snob.....the dishes are delicious, intriguing and you will NOT leave hungry. That always seems to be the fear for those entering here without knowing....will I still be hungry?
No, and the best thing about it is you'll leave feeling fantastic.
vegetable sushi maki roll made with ground fresh parsnip root with shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, herbs, carrots + avocado rolled in nori and served with wasabi aioli + namu shoyu dipping sauce.
I make this at home often. I like to make my *sushi rice* with ground parsnips, fresh + raw ground almonds and a bit o' ginger.
You can see my raw maki sushi roll here.
Too answer your question: YES it tastes like a sushi vegetable roll!
coconut wrap samosa filled with curried veggies + lentils with a creamy cashew nut creme drizzle on a bed of fresh spinach leaves.....
Fresh young coconut meat is ground to a pasty consistency and spread on flat pans then dehydrated to form these lovely samosa wraps that are crisp + tender to the bite.
The dining room itself beholds for creativity, ease, tranquility + lotsa fun......
pad thai noodles - savory, crunchy, slightly spicy + sweet with glass noodles made out of fresh sea kelp......Is this getting too weird?
Upon visiting The Present Moment, you will want to note the menu does change with the seasons......as they must be ~ in the present moment.
*Me, TasteMemory and Jenn, The Left Over Queen just being girls + foodies.....*
Isn't Jenn cute? She is the sweetest thing too. She wrote a lovely post on our visit with her usual intrinsic + passion fitted detail.
If you haven't already, you must visit her blog and read about it
And mind you ~ she's the real deal (exquisite food writer that is)....did not even see her flick out a pen + pad during the dinner! Now that's expertise + taste memory!
flourless pure cacao truffle with cashew nut ice cream
Imagine chocolate in its purest form.
Imagine food in its purest form.
The Present Moment Cafe
*this photo courtesy of The Left Over Queen