I needed another quick restaurant dinner tonight that I could conveniently squeeze in before seeing the second of band-director-boyf's two middle school concerts. (They killed it, by the way! Photo and video at the end of this post.) I don't know what's come over me, but all of a sudden the whole idea of incorporating more raw eating into my lifestyle is completely top of mind - I've barely thought about anything else all day (except during the concert - love you, boyf!). I'm pretty much obsessed with Gena's blog, too, and have read just about every word she's written.
Needless to say, I'm determined to love raw food now, and though my first encounter was sort of neither here nor there, I'm not so foolish as to write it off based on one meal. So I trundled back to Adelina after work tonight to give it another go. This place is really affordable and convenient to my office, so having a raw (Italian!) restaurant nearby would be kind of ideal. I knew it deserved another chance.
Survey says...? Raw-some! And I'm serious this time! It helped that I was starved by the time I got there, but I really grooved on this meal. Ogle the goods:
House salad of romaine, tomatoes, apples, walnuts and dried cranberries, dressed in vinegar and enough olive oil to feed Italy. It was a great deal more oil than I'm used to on my salads, but after reading this post on the benefits of healthy fats, I fear it not.
For my main course, I chose the raw panini, which was avocados, zucchini, carrots and tomatoes between slices of their "famous" flat(un)bread, which was definitely the star of this show.
As with the zucchini "alfredo" type dish I tried here Monday, the vegetables were totally un-doctored, which meant I got to taste them for what they really were, but more importantly, I got to enjoy the flatbread, which I believe was made from dehydrated vegetable pulp and flax seeds, from the look of things. Tons of flavor due to the concentrated doseage.
Again, I loved the way I felt after eating a raw meal. That is, after I'd walked it off for a few minutes. I ate too much, too fast, and I was sporting a bit of a waddle by the time I left for Queens, but it passed in short order. I'll let Adelina take that as a compliment.
I have a lot of thinking to do as regards the role raw eating can/will play in my life, but in the meantime, I am soaking up the knowledge like a sponge and enjoying the journey. If you're curious about the raw lifestyle, please do take a moment to check out Gena's blog, Choosing Raw. It has all but shattered what I thought I knew about nourishing my body - in a good way!
Ultimately, it's about what works for me, so let's see how it goes one way or the other, shall we? For now, I'm just sharing my current thoughts on eating raw. I s'pose that's what a blog is for, after all. It also means I get to pimp out my successful boyf to the internets, since I'm in charge here. ;) Check out Mr. Studley in his element:
Homeboy oughta be feeling mighty proud of himself right now, because Lordy knows it's no small task to get middle school kids to play John Coltrane or Pirates of the Caribbean with only a year or two of band experience under their belts, let alone teach them to read and play music in the first place. Yeah Mr. Holland!
I took a couple seconds' worth of video on my cell phone, so it's pretty horrendous quality, but if you're interested in hearing a snippet of the kiddies, here ya go... The kids on the stage are string players, but you'll see the band on the floor in front of them, plus boyf in suited-up glory.
If you're interested in learning to play such tunes as the themes from Family Guy and/or Super Mario Brothers, let me know - one day you too could be jammin' with the pre-pubes.