You are what you eat

July 13th, 2010 · Lisa · Fun with Friends, restaurant review, Review · Comments

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Were any of you obsessed with the original Iron Chef series that ran on the Food Network about ten years ago? It was recorded in Japan, but entertaining voiceovers and subtitles were added for the English-speaking audience. The conversations were comical, ingredients were unusual and I loved it (although, it was very unvegan). Each episode began with that Brillat-Savarin quote and a stylized photo montage of the challenger’s life. The narrator’s lilting voice tracked the individual’s journey through unbelieveable hardships to the ultimate achievement of unparalleled success that had prepared him or her to compete in Kitchen Stadium. Today is “celebrate your inner geek” day so I couldn’t help but share my fascination with the campy sensation created by Chairman Kaga. Do you have any geeky habits that should be celebrated?
Anyway, yesterday I had the opportunity to meet a group of inspiring individuals whose beauty and radiance truly exemplified Brillat-Savrin’s message : beautiful food makes you beautiful – inside and out. Arriving at Rawlicious was surreal, walking into the back room to find some of my culinary muses cuddled around a long wooden table. The atmosphere was dream-like (I was a little sleep-deprived), we all lounged on jewel-toned pillows, savoured conversations about favourite flavours, unique ingredients and friendship.
Spending a few hours in the company of these amazing women was the perfect way to be welcomed back to Toronto after six days at Vegetarian Summerfest. If you have visited Heathy, Camille, Nelly, Marlie, Kristin or Kelli on the interwebs that you already know they are talented culinary connoisseurs. Yesterday I learned, that is just one tiny aspect of what makes these women incredible. I loved hearing about their careers, hobbies, and histories. It is interesting how much we already knew about each other through the connecting power of food blogs and twitter. We had formed a supportive community of like-minded individuals long before we even realized how many of us lived in close proximity (although we hope that future meet-ups can bring together friends from further-a-field). Since they are all fellow food bloggers, no one even blinked when each course was welcomed with a flurry of flashes.
Along with all the chatting we dined in style, under the attentive care of the Rawlicious staff.
We shared platters of crunchy raw nachos, topped with guacamole, fresh salsa, and raw sour creme.
Followed by fresh spring rolls and a decadent dipping sauce.
Then we each ordered an entree – soon our table was topped with platters of leafy green goodness.
Garden salad with ginger-date dressing.
Caesar salad with crunchy onion croutons.
Caesar salad wrap and a tangy lemon drizzled side salad.
Pad Thai
After much deliberation and difficult decisions, an array of beautiful desserts were selected. Including a blueberry cheesecake (much lighter in texture than most raw versions I’ve tried).
Macaroons
Brownie truffles.
I just loved these tiny dessert bowls. I need to find a place to procure a few of my own.
After all the joyous feasting we were each sent home with goody bags.
Seriously, I am going to be friends with these ladies forever. They know how to celebrate. Nelly had prepared more of her, now famous, caramel moon pies.
Heathy sent us home with two of her raw chocolate confections.
I am saving them for a very special moment (something like, whenever I want).

Marlie presented us with individual cupcake containers – so we will never have to leave home without our delicious raw vegan desserts.

It was an amazing afternoon with some fantastic friends.
Since I’ve been back in Toronto I’ve had to dive into a long list test recipes that require my attention. Here is a sneak peak at one of the parfaits I’ve prepared to enter in Heathy’s next raw dessert competition. There are many more perfect parfait posts to come – so stay tuned. The contest ends July 25 so head over to Heathy’s site to get involved in all the fun.
I haven’t forgotten about Vegetarian Summerfest – it was just such an amazing experience that I need to let it digest a little before I prepare a post. But I promise it will be up soon.

13 Comments

  1. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Looks like a great time. I have to admit both Lori and I are jealous that you all get to hang out! Love you all!!

    Pure2raw twins

  2. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    as always a very very beautiful post lisa…your words are always so perfect…and anyone that wasn't present, will definitely feel as if they were.

    thank you.

    you are a very beautiful lady.

    *hugs*

  3. Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I need to get going on the parfaits too! Thanks for the reminder.

    I so love reading about all your experiences. I have thought of you all many times this weekend and so wish I was there!

  4. Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:19 am

    god, i love that quote. i was nuts about iron chef… seriously entertaining… i watched it practically every night it was on from the age of 11 to 15 or something ridiculous like that i think. can't wait to read about the vegetarian summerfest!

  5. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

    looks like you all had a grea time! I can't wait to hear about the summerfest.

  6. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

    What a great time!! :) So jealous! :) I love everything you guys ordered too.. raw nachos are my favorite!!

  7. Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This looks like a wonderful meet-up at the perfect restaurant!

  8. Posted July 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Such a beautiful post! The photos are incredible, and a nice way to document this meeting of such wonderful ladies:)

  9. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    What a fabulous afternoon it was — great post! You're fabulous.

    Did I see you write that you had a powerpoint presentation for Summerfest? You should post it :)

  10. Posted July 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    OMG I loved the original Iron Chef!! The American version paled in comparison, but I really believe that it was the hilarious voiceovers that helped to make it so wonderful.

    Looks like an awesome meet-up and Rawlicious is so delightful!!

  11. Posted July 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I really MUST get to Rawlicious! I've heard so many good things and your lunch just sounds fabulous (food AND company) :)

  12. Posted July 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Lisa, this is such a beautiful post with wonderful pictures; it really captures our afternoon. It was so lovely to meet you on Monday in person :) We absolutely must have another get together soon – so much fun! :)

  13. Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Lisa! What a beautiful account of our time together. Im loving the black and whites too!

    It was wonderful to meet you – at last! The beginning of many more visits!

    OMG your parfait looks gorgeous!!!! Cant wait to see what else you have in store :)

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