so how long before EVERYONE is a raw vegan?

Because for some reason, my friends love me way more than necessary, I some how convinced a couple of them to go to a raw vegan restaurant in Chicago today with me (despite their typical meat-eating ways).

Don’t fret, i haven’t gone raw myself — it was just the closest vegan restaurant to my friend’s house. We made our way to Cousin’s Incredible Vitality and well, it didn’t suck.

I’ve never been to a vegan-only restaurant so I dived in with an open mind and the glass of warm water the waitress had given me (apparently, aside from avoiding fire, raw vegan also don’t use ice).

And I apologize in advance that the pictures are blurry, but they were taken with my cell phone. Yes, Sandy B., I know you do not approve, but it’s MY blog. so deal with it.

I ordered the sampler platter (pictured above), which included three appetizers:

Mini Flax Pizzas
Luscious Pizzas with almond cheese, marinara, olive tapenade avocado, love and gratitude.

Triple Taco
Mango salsa and refried beans” on three romaine taco shells.

Spinach Delight
Savory creamed spinach, shallots, fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, and love dehydrated to perfection.

I’ve learned that you can’t go around expecting vegan versions of things to taste like whatever they’re imitating, but I have to say, none of these were even close to what they said they were. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them, but I did not feel like i had eaten pizza, taco and spinach dip at the end of my meal.

The “tacos” had lettuce instead of regular shells, but they also had crap tons of flavor and were probably my favorite thing. However, I should point out that I did appreciate the “love dehydrated to perfection” in the spinach delight.

One of my friend’s orders is pictured above and I think it was the following:

Mediterranean pasta 9
zucchini noodles with choice of marinara or pesto sauce and pine nut parmesan

I’m pretty sure she really, really, really wanted to heat it up in some fashion, but other than that, I think she liked it.

My other friend’s order is pictured above:

Ravioli á la Turka
Cashew ricotta cheese folded into a delicious beet pasta shell smothered in spicy marinara.

He raved about it like there was no tomorrow, but I’m not sure whether he really liked it or whether he was just trying to make feel better about the fact that I had dragged two of my friends to a raw vegan restaurant.

He and I also got dessert, which I really did think was AMAZING, and he at least said was AMAZING, but again I couldn’t be sure if he really liked it or if he was just trying to ease my concerns. Both where cheese-less cheese cakes. Mine chocolate and his chocolate banana.

I have no freaking clue how any of these dishes were made, but I have to say, if I lived within a 15 mile radius of this place, I could see myself eating there on a regular basis.

So, does anyone know of any other good Chicago vegan restaurants?

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im not craving cheese, just a vegan resturant

Still vegan (if you care) and im doing pretty well if i do say so myself. It’s been well over two weeks without the butter and the cheese and the eggs and the sour cream and the mayo…. mmmm mayo.

(shakes back to reality).

and im really NOT craving things as much as i thought i might. I’m doing just fine — as long as i eat at home. seeing as how im a loser and i eat at home alone almost every night, this usually isn’t a problem.

but this past weekend my family came to visit. and we really wanted to eat out, becuase it’s kind of an event to eat out together. BUT there’s NO freaking place for a vegan to eat in Oshkosh. so we had mexican food. twice. and when we ordered pizza i ate homemade spaghetti with vegan meatballs while everyone else scarfed down greasy mozzarella. (mmm. mozzarella).

and it was all just kind of sad. and don’t get me wrong, my family DID try to be accommodating. it was just that EVERY restaurant in town uses butter on umm, everything. so that leaves me SOL.

im thinking of starting an organic/ vegan restaurant. anyone out there interested? i kind of have bad credit, so if you’ve got the ability to get financing give me a call! it would be super fun and i could blog about.

and then i wouldn’t have to eat at home. all. the time. for. every. meal.

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