Sometimes you’ll get to do so at home without having to change out of your pyjamas (even if your pyjamas aren’t really pyjamas at all, but a black leggings/tank top combination that makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn doing her existentialist dance). Other times, though, you’ll need to spruce up in order to visit raw food restaurants.
As soon as I stepped inside FÜD and found myself bedazzled by its brightly coloured and eclectic décor, I knew Amber had brought me to a place of joy (this was before I’d even seen the sparkling blue horse in the bathroom. A painting, that is. Not an actual horse).
FÜD’s Nachos came as a colourful mountain of chips, cashew nacho cheddar, cashew lemon cream, salsa, and guacamole, and dear heavens was that cashew nacho cheddar sauce good. So salty, but so good good good.
The Rainbow Salad of mixed greens with apples, carrots, tomato, squash, cucumber and pecans (to which I added two scoops of FÜD’s Wild Mild raw taco filling, made from wild rice and mushrooms) was fresh, vibrant, sweet-salty-nutty, and surprisingly filling.
Next up was Café Gratitude, an amusing and quirky restaurant not far from Amber’s apartment. Amusing both in terms of the names of the dishes (you’ll see), and because our waitress looked directly at Amber to ask “Have you been here before?”, apparently not realising that Amber’s cookbook was displayed for purchase on the Café Gratitude counter right next to us.
I wanted to proclaim this fact to the waitress, but Amber wouldn’t let me. Perhaps because she ordered the I Am Humble?
Matt was manly and went for the I Am Fortified meal, which I ended up wishing I’d ordered because…
… my I Am Gorgeous salad was the opposite of FÜD’s satisfying salad, in that it was pretty much just a pile of salad greens with a scattering of hemp and a tiny handful of figs and apples. I was starving again ten minutes after finishing.
Just as well I have endless stashes of candy, chocolate (Unjunked Peanut Butter Cups = tasty, but Unjunked Peanut Butter Cups < Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), and flavoured nuts (the glazed pecans were the best by far) in my suitcase at all times.
P.S. See Amber’s take on these restaurants here.