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My Raw Vegan Pilgrimage to Pure Food and Wine

Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine

I’ve been a fan of One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine for years, ever since I discovered raw food-ism. There is a high-end, gourmet feel to their brand, and I think it’s well deserved. I’ve ordered from the site and visited the takeout bar a bunch of times, but I finally made it to PF&W this past weekend.

I always had an excuse for not going, it was too expensive or I didn’t plan well enough to make a reservation in time, but after their brief hiatus earlier this year, I made it a point to get there ASAP.

Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

It was a bit chilly when I got there, but I asked if I could sit in the garden. The hostess was super nice and said of course, and gave me a choice of seats. It was just after 2pm and there were a few tables of people, but it was very quiet and peaceful.

Pure Food and Wine Corner Seat
My Corner Seat

The garden area was beautiful. The plants and trees were a nice little oasis in the city and I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be at night with the lighting they have.

Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine

I was glad it wasn’t crowded because I had the opportunity to take pictures without disturbing anyone and really got to enjoy the atmosphere. The wait staff were really helpful and attentive. Right away my server asked if I had any questions about the food.  I asked for tea mid-meal and they brought me a menu and tea within minutes. I also added some to-go items which my server helped pick.

Tea - Indian White
Tea – Indian White
Spicy Sesame Salad
Spicy Sesame Salad

I ordered the Spicy Sesame Salad (shredded cabbage, beets, jicama, daikon, cashew, sesame crunch, wasabi aioli), Mint Sundae
(chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, vanilla cream), a pot of Indian White tea, and a Mallomar (chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream) and Moon Pie (chocolate brownie vanilla cream sandwich) to go.

Honestly, I came for the mint sundae. Pictures don’t do it justice. I almost didn’t order it because I read a yelp review that said it wasn’t that great, but I’m glad I didn’t listen. It was amazing.

Mint Sundae
Mint Sundae

The spicy sesame salad was also really good. I got a salad because I was pretty hungry and I knew how filling the salads were. I was afraid if I got one of the smaller entrees I’d still be hungry, but now I’m kind of regretting not trying something more fun. I did like the Mediterranean Salad (arugula, kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette) that I got another time at the take out bar a little bit better than the Spicy Sesame because of the kalamata olives and the parmesan, but both were huge and really filling.

Mediterranean Salad
Mediterranean Salad

I ordered a Mallomar to go because they are incredible, but I should’ve just eaten it while I was there because it was crushed by the time I got on the train. I still ate every single drop. To be fair, the server recommended the Chocolate Caramel Bar (chocolate dipped pecan caramel bar) because it would hold up better, bit I’m a sucker for the Mallomar. The Moon Pie held up perfectly. I got it for my mom and she raved about it. They look pretty small, but they’re really rich and it is the perfect amount.

Smushed Mallomar
Smushed Mallomar
Mallomar
Mallomar Not Smushed
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Chocolate Caramel Bar
Chocolate Caramel Bar
Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

I can’t wait to go back!

DC Vegfest 2014

This past Saturday was the DC Vegfest sponsored by Compassion Over Killing. I only realized it the Monday before, so it was a wonderful surprise and a totally spur of the moment trip. DC VegFest

The day was a total blast and even though it was a bit hot, the weather was beautiful. It’s been announced that there was about 15,000 people there throughout the day…15 THOUSAND people! That’s crazy…and awesome!

The first thing I wanted to do when we got there was obviously eat! Only having gone to the Bethlehem VegFest, I was NOT expecting such crazy lines. I didn’t mind it for the most part, but we actually skipped Vegan Treats all together because the line was ridiculous from the second it opened. We took a quick stroll around to check out what food vendors were there, and I saw someone with a plate of nachos from DC Bread and Brew and very enthusiastically exclaimed, “I NEED NACHOS!” And boy were they worth it. They were huge and delicious, and were served in a frisbee. We sat in the music tent and listened to  a very talented two person music group, Buntopia.

DC Bread and Brew Nachos
DC Bread and Brew Nachos

I ate most of the nachos, so my husband wanted to grab some sushi. I only had a piece of two, and it was good, but I think the nachos were a better deal (both being $7 each).

Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden
Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden

I was super torn because I really wanted to buy a bunch of crap I don’t need stuff, but the sensible side got the best of me. I really wanted a t-shirt from Herbivore Clothing, but my husband politely reminded me I don’t need anymore t-shirts, and he’s completely right. I love supporting ethical companies, but not just for the sake of acquiring more stuff.  Although, I did see someone later tweet about this tank top they got and I had a small twinge of buyers remorse.

Herbivore Clothing
Herbivore Clothing

There were a lot of free samples to be had, especially from the bigger companies. So Delicious (have you read about their latest news?) had a little stand with a bunch of free samples and coupons. There was always a line but it moved quickly. They had a coconut cappuccino drink (Cococcino), which was sooo good, I wish I could drink/eat coconut products without breaking out. They also had chocolate milk samples, and ice cream bars in strawberry and mocha almond fudge.

So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge
So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge

We ate our ice cream and listened to Bryant Terry speak a bit. I learned that the Black Panthers started the free breakfast for school children program. There was ALWAYS a crowd in the speaker tent. A little later in the day we listened to Robin Quivers talk about going from working in the medical field to being a patient. I was very impressed with their speaker line up.

Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry
Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry

I do have a few regrets of the day, and it’s always the same thing when I go to a food festival…I get so full and can’t try everything I’d like to. I saw someone sit down with a Gyro from Randy Radish and for the rest of the day I kept saying “I’d really like one of those gyros…maybe next year we should bring a Tupperwear.”

Randy Radish Menu
Randy Radish Menu

The lady from Ape Man Foods mentioned to me that their food was all raw because I had my Eat Raw Live Long shirt on. I declined politely, but what I really wanted to tell her was how much I wanted to try her BLT (with eggplant “bacon”) but that I was so stuffed nothing I was afraid to shove anything else in my face.

Ape Man Foods
Ape Man Foods – I really wanted to try everything they had, but I was so stuffed at that point. Very reasonably priced too!

I also kept saying we’d get some Sticky Fingers on the way out so we wouldn’t have to carry it around with us, but by the time we were leaving it was so hot, I was still full, and there was a decent crowd around their tent. Plus we still had cake at home.

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers

Even though DC is a good 2 hours away, I think it’s important to support these events to let companies/organizations know the demand is there. 15,000 people were there this past weekend, and whether they were vegan, vegetarian, or neither, the attention being brought to animal activism and a plant based diet is amazing.

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

Recipe: Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are incredibly chewy and moist. They taste like a traditional brownie, but there’s no sugar or flour, and they’re completely raw. The icing is just as rich and delicious, and it only contains cashews and agave (or date paste).

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
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Recipe type: Vegan, Raw
 
Ingredients
Cupcake
  • 1 cup dates + water to blend
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • maca powder (optional)
Icing
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked over night
  • agave to taste
Date Caramel (optional)
  • 5-6 dates
  • water to blend
Instructions
Cupcake
  1. Start by making the date paste. Blend the dates with about 2 tbsp of water. Add more water if necessary.
  2. You can remove the date paste from the blender to grind the oats, or blend everything at once. I do it all together, but it takes a few minutes longer to break the oats down that way.
  3. Blend date paste with the rest of the ingredients. The mixture should be moist enough to stick together, but not watery. You can add more water if it's too dry, or more of any of the dry ingredients if it's too wet.
  4. Form into balls, or use a silicone mold to shape cupcakes. I used a silicone mold to make the heart shaped cupcakes.
  5. Dehydrate the cupcakes 4+ hours until they are the desired consistency. The longer you dehydrate them, the less moist they will be in the inside.
Icing
  1. Drain the cashews of the soaking water and add them to the blender. Add about 3 tbsp of fresh water and blend together.
  2. Add the agave and any other flavorings you would like.
  3. The more water you add, the thinner the consistency.
Date Caramel
  1. Blend dates and water til a smooth consistency.

Raw Chocolate Cupcakes