Eating Raw With Bloggers

Posted on February 7, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning! I meant to set something up last night that’s exciting to auto-post, but clearly that didn’t pull together in time. Such excitement will have to wait for the week, but I can show you what exciting things did happen. Lunch was about a 7 on the excitement scale.

Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, And Cauliflowe With Grass-Fed Steak And Colby Cheese

Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, And Cauliflowe With Grass-Fed Steak And Colby Cheese

I think 7 is very good for leftovers. I steamed some vegetables and shredded some raw & probiotic colby cheese on top(but remembered not to stick it in the microwave because that would defeat the purpose of raw!). On an inside grill, I reheated the leftover steak in grass-fed butter, and then poured the drippings after cooking on top. OK–the steak was good, but the drippings were fantastic. Butter and beef fat–yumm. After lunch I made a little dessert.

Raw Vegan Brownies With Frosting

Raw Vegan Brownies With Goji Berries And Hulled Hemp Seeds

Before you start drooling too much, this was only 1 pan. The first photo was a before and the second an after shot πŸ˜€ But I didn’t make these all for myself(though I could have); last night there was a Boston blogger meet-up at Grezzo’s Restaurant which is all raw so I thought this would be an appropriate(and tasty) dessert, recipe here. Let me also show you my new adoration:

Bob's Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seeds

Bob’s Red Mill hulled hemp seeds. I don’t know where to begin. The nutrition? Fantastic. The preparation and care they put into providing and packaging their product? Amazing. The inherint, nutty vanilla flavor? Sock it to me. These were perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Chocolate Coconut Oil And Hulled Hemp Seeds

Now that’s exciting. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as filling as I was expecting. Was there not enough fat? o_O Sooo, after reading other blogs, I decided vanilla froyo must be the missing secret ingredient. We may not have self-serve frozen yogurt around Boston, but we do have freezers and delicious varieties of name brands.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

My favorite, for anyone keeping track.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

That hit the spot and held me over for dinner. It’s cool. It’s creamy. It’s everything a vanilla should be. Unfortunately, that’s all she wrote for it.

Empty Container

:-/ At least I made plenty of space in the freezer for another container!(which will probably be an exact replacement of this one :-P). Right before leaving, I found more evidence of my exciting insensibility: Something that I thought I brought to school, looked all over for, decided I left at home, looked all over for and could never find turned out to be in my backpack all the while. Thank God I can laugh at myself because I give me a kick πŸ˜€

At 7 I arrived at Grezzo’s and found a great number of bloggers and readers. There were 9 of us in total; it was all set up by Melissa at Crunches For Cupckakes. Thanks, Melissa! I think I was the only one to have eaten there before(documented here). That didn’t matter much because the menu had completely changed for dinner. I wasn’t sure what to order but I ended up going with a pasta dish(I know–I was surprised with me here, too!) that 5 other people also got.

Gnocchi Carbonara

The “gnocchi” were made out of cashews and oat flour, I believe, and in a nut-cream sauce. It was delicious! They were soooo rich and doughy and simply melted in your mouth. I think I liked them way more than regular gnocchi. The cream sauce was also good, but I only ate about 6 peas; I’m just not a fan of raw vegetables.

Bloggers

One of the interesting things brought up at the table was if we thought we could eat like this much. The easy consensus was no. For 1, raw takes sooo much preparation; some of our food was made and sat for days in advance. That’s simply not easy to do on a working schedule. The other reason was simple: We love hot food! Oatmeal, baked vegetables, microwaved vegetables–I know I, for one, couldn’t give up things like that. A big bowl of baked veggies and tofu with maple syrup is totally my comfort food. At first I wasn’t planning for a dessert, but… c’mon πŸ˜‰

Chocolate Mint Cookie With Chocolate Frosting

Surprisingly, this was one of their less extravagent desserts; can you believe it? Check out Lauren’s blog for a shot of her brownie sundae. Next time I go, I most definitely want to try their gelato. The rawest ice cream I’ve had is banana soft serve so that would most definitely be a kick. All in all it was a great night and my first chance to meet some awesome bloggers. I even got a few new ones to add to my blogroll! After stopping at a party where my parents were to say hi to old friends, we didn’t get home until late. Let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve seen Saturday Night Live live. I also wasn’t terribly tired and a little voracious. I think the cookie had ton of agave nectar, which won’t spike your blood levels but will keep you going and going and going(I was like the Energizer Bunny!). The other half of that was that eating raw meant so much less volume of food, even if it was calorically dense. The solution?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Pumpkin oats! Another example of why I could never go raw πŸ™‚ I certainly enjoyed my night and I can’t wait to go to my next blogger meet-up someday!

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I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. I’ve been dying to meet you. I was planning on ordering the same dish you and everyone else got too! Oh, you know I checked that menu beforehand πŸ™‚
I’m glad you liked the restaurant. I agree that there are so many hot foods like oats and sweet taters I could never give up. It’s great that there’s a restaurant in Boston now where people can give raw food a try. Have a great day!

Lol. I think we were all scoping out the website beforehand; I’m surprised it didn’t crash! We’ll need to do a March meet-up. That one even alliterates πŸ™‚

What a fun night! I’ve never tried eating proper raw food (I don’t think eating raw veggies occasionally allows me to say ‘i eat raw food!’), but the stuff you showed looks good – especially that gnocchi…I loovvvve gnocci, and cashews, so a double win! Though I’m like you, I love my hot food too much to give it up…
Ugh. Frozen Yogurt. WHY have England not cottoned onto this trend!? I want some so badly!
Have a good day πŸ™‚

Blogger meetups are so much fun! I’m glad you had a good time (even if you didn’t like the peas…)

mmmm….i had pumpkin oats for breakfast this morning too. i just love my food extra hot and mushy!!!

hey I just stumbled upon your blog from reading Eater Not a Runner and I just wanted to let you know that I really like it and applaud you for having such good eating habits so young! it took me until my last year of college to get my act together and start eating better!!

-Meredith @ Sweat Every Day

thats so cool you got to mee tother bloggers and that raw food sounds interesting !! also, chocolate coconut oil sounds tasty

Blog meet up looks great! And I AM OBSESSED with anything chocolate mint and that cookie looks phenomenal!

& I agree- cooked veggies and oatmeal are 2 things I’d never be able to give up!

Sounds like a fun meet up! There is no way I could give up hot food. Actually like my food piping hot!

I’m with you, pumpkin oatmeal is an important part of life!

It was great to meet you and thanks again for the brownies πŸ™‚

blogger meet up, so fun! looks like a great restaurant too. the frosting on your vegan brownie looks extra delicious today. and i’m glad you found a fave froyo, those can be hard to come by!

Raw food can be pretty easy too – I think the stuff you get in places that serve raw food is more elaborate because people who are already raw probably wouldn’t want to pay much for food they could make themselves in less than 30 minutes. Kale massaged with avocado, for one thing – takes 5 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious! When I dabble in raw foods the veggie prep takes me the longest but I still prep veggies when I cook them so I figure I’m still taking less time πŸ™‚

With as many raw brownie creations as you make, it’s a good thing I don’t like brownies or I’d be craving them constantly!

Awesome meet-up!! I wanna meet someone.. that looks like fun.

Hemp seeds are amazing.. Natures Path has a fabulous hemp granola bar which Im totally obsessed with at the moment!

Oh wow, what a great blogger meet up! Meet ups in general are fun but the fact you guys went to a raw restaurant ups the ante. Sounds like a fun evening!

Your steak looks wonderful, as does all the food from the restaurant, especially the pasta. Yum!

I spent half an hour tearing my room apart looking for my phone, then my friend came over and called it, and it was sitting on my bedside table. I am totally insensible too!

Hemp and gojis! Two of my most very favorite things. On top of raw brownies sounds like perfection to me. Have you ever tried your oats in a froyo/ice cream container (like oats in a jar)? HEAB’s blogged about it once and it looked delish!

The meet-up looks great! I tried my first raw dish a few weeks ago and I have to say that I loved it…so different!

Oh this post just goes on and on…wow.
Raw Vegan Brownies. You’ll have to fill me in if you’re using my recipe, something based off it, something totally diff (and if so, who’s b/c I want it LOL) and what your thoughts were on them.

The blogger meetup. Jealous.

This:Butter and beef fat–yumm.
Oh god, scrumptious. KIDDING

The raw ice creams and tons of agave. Sounds perfect to me!

πŸ™‚

The recipe I use for the raw brownies is this one: http://foodmakesfunfuel.com/recipes/raw-vegan-brownies-with-chocolate-frosting/ I based it off one I found online but made it more chocolatey and used seeds instead of nuts because I think they work better here.

Hi Evan! It was so great to meet you on Saturday night and especially excited to have discoverd your blog! LOVE

Thank you for bringing raw brownies to try! they were so good!

I hope we all get to do it again soon…and I think frozen yogurt should be our next trip πŸ˜‰


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