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Monday, July 29, 2013

Portland OR Part 2 - Roland's Raw Food Family Finds Raw Foods in Portland


We visited two great vegan restaurants in Portland that served raw foods. Prasad Cuisine is a hip yoga studio with restaurant place. They had an interesting menu of raw foods. We thoroughly enjoyed the Fettuccine Alfredo which had wide slices of zucchini with a white cream sauce. Their raw juices and smoothies were a delight as well. I had a green smoothie with parsley that was potent greenness and pure delight. I recommend that you get there early for lunch or dinner as the place is popular and a lined formed at lunchtime.

We also dined at Blossoming Lotus which also is very popular. Their raw juices and smoothies are very good and extensive. We had their “Super Green” and their “Berry Blast” smoothies; both were great. We also really liked their "Live Nachos" platter the best as it was unique and highly flavorful. The "Live Green Curry" with zucchini noodles was also very colorful and tasty.

We ate at the Veggie Grill since it was just a block away from our hotel. It is a new vegan chain restaurant that was started on the west coast. It serves typical fake meat stuff and not much for rawfooders. The only thing we could eat was the salads, which were not that creative. This place is certainly better than eating at a typical restaurant because of their commitment to cruelty free, healthier foods.

We shopped for foods at the Peoples Food Coop which we traveled to on the city bus. This is a nice little store with local fresh organic produce (they had a stand just with local, in season berries!), a little seating area with books and windows, and a small children’s play area. Most important of all, and the reason we came, there was a raw food section of all kinds of mostly local raw food snacks. We stocked up here on many snacks and produce. The berries were the most amazing. There was a berry I had never heard of called the Marion Berry that was delicious. They even had edible gardens out front of the store, potted vegetables and herbs plants for sale, a juice bar in an rv, and green streets where the runoff drains into the planted medians. Truly many ways of being green are evident here.


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