i am not entirely convinced

October 28, 2009

I had heard about Café Gratitude through the raw-food blogosphere, so when Liz asked if I wanted to go to the San Francisco branch, I couldn’t resist.  However, her first and only experience there had not been very friendly, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be in for Café Attitude.

I found the opposite: an ebullient staff making sure the restaurant’s feel-good concept echoed everywhere.  Before you even place your order, you’ll be asked the question of the day.  “What do you have faith in?” says the waiter with a beatific smile.  Liz thinks he looks like the comedian Carrot Top.

All the menu items are written in affirmations. Our live pizza – a salad, cashew cream, and tomatoes atop a sprouted buckwheat base with the biggest sprouts I’ve ever seen – was dubbed “I Am Passionate”.

Had I first encountered Café Gratitude – or any other live-food restaurant – a few months ago, I would have been all over the idea.  But now the heavy emphasis on nuts and seeds turns me off and feels too heavy.  I know that these foods helped me transition to a high-raw diet; but once I did, my food choices became very simple.  Live food?  Spare me the dehydrating and elaborate nut concoctions in favor of simple foods that really let you live.  Personally, if I’m going to have something cooked-like, I’d rather just have it cooked.

That said, the nut-free coconut cream pie, aka I Am Devoted, was worth the visit.

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  1. Jess December 19, 2009 at 00:04

    Thank you!

  2. Naismaddy December 10, 2009 at 23:22

    A lot of of people talk about this matter but you wrote down really true words.

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