A Vegan and Raw Food Experience | Never a Dull Date

When The Naked Sprout – our neighbourhood’s first vegan and raw foods restaurant – opened, I knew it would make for a creative date idea. As my husband and I are trying to eat healthier, this date idea wasn’t a hard sell. I also knew that this week we’d be pressed for time so a quick lunch at a cafe seemed like a fun date idea for the two of us.

As I mentioned, The Naked Sprout is the first of its kind near us so I was quite interested to see what it was all about. The cafe boasts that it only serves food that is pesticide-free, additive-free, dairy-free, meat-free, gluten-free, and that it is also served raw. While I was quite excited to try the food, I was also curious to see what kind of variety the menu would have to offer. To our delight it was quite extensive and offered everything from nachos, to pizza and noodle bowls.

In addition to their commitment to healthy food, The Naked Sprout is also very eco-friendly. The tables are made from reclaimed barn wood, and various other aspects of the restaurant were created from recycled materials. The fireplace and earth tone colour palette also make the atmosphere quite serene and cozy. Based on appearances alone, I was impressed. However, the most important question was yet to be answered – how good would the food be?

Not sure what we were in for, we chose to share a berry craze smoothie (with bananas, dates, strawberries, raspberries and goji berries) and, since it was lunchtime, an order of tacos. How can tacos be vegan and raw you ask? The taco shell was made from carrot flax and it was filled with guacamole, salsa fresco, cashew sour cream and sunflower taco meat. It seemed different, but nonetheless a safe bet for our first vegan date.

What can I say – the tacos were delicious! The sunflower “meat” looked somewhat similar to ground beef and had a very nice tex-mex flavour to it. The shells were soft, and while a bit grainy, were very good. The entire meal was raw, but not crunchy or hard as one might expect. I was extremely impressed! The food was not only delicious, but also quite filling. I would absolutely recommend a vegan and/or raw foods restaurant as a creative date idea and I look forward to going back to The Naked Sprout to try other things from their menu.

While “Meatless Mondays” has been a staple in our house for a while, this was our first official vegan date experience. You could say that until this date we were both vegan virgins! Have you ever tried a vegan restaurant? What about raw food? What did you think? I would love to hear from you!

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