Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Change is Good and Tasty.

I don't have a recipe for you today, but that's because I went out for dinner at my new favorite restaurant and had an awesomely raw dinner.  

I live in Buffalo, New York, a place known more for its wings, pizza, and roast beef than having any healthy tendencies.  The exciting news is that our little city is in the midst of a dining make-over!  I don't believe that we should completely give up our food legacy, but restaurants with healthy alternatives, bountiful vegetarian options, juices and smoothies, and even raw entrees are definitely necessary in our little world.  Those restaurants are popping up, slowly but surely and it is oh so exciting!

Today I dined at Merge, a restaurant with tons of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and even some raw options.  I enjoyed a raw pizza with a walnut flax-seed crust, nut cheese, a very tasty tomato sauce, topped with fresh spinach and mushrooms.  The crust is perfectly crunchy and the nut based cheese is light enough to not overpower the dish.  The pizza is served with a healthy side of greens and definitely satisfied my appetite.  If you are in the Western New York area please stop in and check out Merge.  The food is great, the art is plentiful, and the people are lovely. : )

Someday, sooner rather than later I hope, I will work some magic in the kitchen and see if I can recreate the raw pizza in my own home. But, since I'm a big fan of easy to prepare simple meals, I may end up leaving this one to the trusted chefs at Merge.  

I encourage you to go out and explore your neighborhood for vegetarian/vegan/raw friendly restaurants and enjoy what your community has to offer.  If you're feeling adventurous, try going into a restaurant that does not have a raw entree, give them a list of raw foods you can consume and ask them to make up a raw concoction for you.  The chef will probably be delighted with the challenge as long as you aren't a brat about it. :P   I have yet to try doing this at a restaurant, but I have read many suggestions to try it out, so it must be worth a shot!

Eat Happy. : )

Listening to: The Garden-Mirah


  1. I am so glad that I came across your blog! I will actually be in Buffalo next week for work and I was feeling anxious about the restaurant situation - I will be stopping by Merge for sure!

  2. Emily! I'm glad you came across raw food punk too! What brings you to Buffalo? I checked out your website too, it looks really great. Thanks for putting a link to my site on yours, I really appreciate it! Send me an email when you are in Buffalo, I'd love to hear about your experience. (hayley@rawfoodpunk.com)