Passing through Toronto on my way back to the US after my trip to Scotland, I stumbled upon a fantastic health food restaurant called Rawlicious. The name is quite fitting – raw, vegan health food that is in every sense of the word delicious. I discovered they have 10 locations throughout Canada!
Raw food you ask?! Don’t be alarmed. Raw foods cuisine might be a new term for some, so I’ll provide a brief overview: The principal behind raw cuisine is preparing the foods at temperatures below 118 degrees in order to preserve beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are often destroyed by heat with typical cooking methods like boiling, baking, and frying.
Raw cuisine involves fancy tools like dehydrators, juicers, blenders and vegetable peelers to transform whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouts, into smoothies, juices, pizza, salads, nut cheeses, crackers, wraps, cookies, cakes, etc. It’s quite impressive. If you haven’t tried raw foods cuisine yet, I highly recommend you do so ASAP. If you aren’t near Canada, have no fear. I’ve got recommendations for lots of cities. Let me know if you need some suggestions for your hometown. My favorite places to score raw food in Cleveland, Ohio (where I currently dwell) are Anna in the Raw and Root Cafe (Every Thursday, Root has a special raw foods menu). If you find yourself in Canada, RAWLICIOUS IS WHERE IT IS AT , MY FRIEND! For the full menu and a list of locations, visit their website at Rawlicious.ca
Its not easy to find a raw foods restaurant as they are few and far between. I was delighted when Rawlicious came up in my yelp search. I visited the Bloor Street location. The atmosphere makes for a relaxing dining experience. Local art fills the colorful walls. The seats are large and cozy. The staff was all very friendly and helpful at suggesting popular menu items
I started with the Tropical Green Smoothie and my pal had the Watermelon Slushy. Both drinks were refreshing, and rawlicious! For an appetizer we shared the Herb and Onion Flat Bread. The raw version of pizza, it was satisfyingly savory and filling. That didn’t stop us from proceeding to order the quesadilla. Filled with cashew cheddar cheese, avocado, and tomato, it is absolutely divine. It was by far, one of the best vegan cheeses I’ve ever had. Take it from the girl who has been meat and dairy free for 11 years. Some vegan cheeses taste like glue, but this cheese tastes like heaven. No joke, we both loved the quesadilla so much that we ordered a second one, and happily devoured every bite.
For our happy ending, we enjoyed the Brownie with coconut vanilla icing, Key Lime Pie and Salty Caramel Ice Cream made with coconut milk. I’m a foodie who loves to travel the world and check out different restaurants. Today, Rawlicious instantly became one of my favorites. My only hope is that they open one up in Cleveland, Ohio! Until they do …. road trip to Canada anyone?
Next time you are in Canada, check if there is a Rawlicious location near by and get your grub on! Tell them Lil Miss Wellness sent you.
All My Love,