From Our Editors
Rawthentic has opened a new location in Parksville and is proud to still be doing things a little differently...You might order a Pesto Pasta and treat yourself to a slice of delicious cheese cake and although this sounds like a meal at your standard Italian restaurant, it isn't what it appears to be—the noodles are actually made of raw zucchini, the cheese is made with nuts, and the cheesecake, though decadent, contains no cheese at all. This double take is exactly what Rawthentic Eatery's creators had in mind, since they strive to create healthy raw and vegan meals that complement the lifestyle of every diner, vegan or not. Ingredients are never heated to more than 105 degrees, the temperature at which food begins to lose nutrients. The 'no gluten just gratitude' wraps are dehydrated in house and made with vegetables and ground flax seed. Everything is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. This requires the chefs to be innovative—besides using vegetables as pasta, they blend smoothies that substitute dates for refined sugar and use chopped nuts to make up the breads and pie crusts. As a result, a bounty of raw comfort foods such as meatball subs also draws in non-vegans who simply have food allergies, high blood pressure, or bad memories of dating a microwave.
Rawthentic Eatery serves as a hub for socializing, eating, and even grocery shopping. But, instead of a restaurant in a grocery store, they have a grocery store available in their restaurant. They offer not just superfoods, produce and bulk dry goods, now you can get everything from Toothpaste and Shampoo to Coconut Ice Cream and Vegan Frozen Dinners all at wholesale pricing. Shop local and save!