What You'll Get
Being a vegan can be hard, thankless work—extended family members rarely understand that many restaurants don't accommodate you, and cows still try to devour you every chance they get. Today's Groupon proves that vegan eating can be stylish, sexy, and delicious: for $6, you get $12 worth of raw vegan fare at La Vie En Raw Café, located in Coral Gables.
La Vie En Raw Café breaks from meat-intensive meals by serving unprocessed, vegan-friendly snacks and entrees packed with health-assisting nutrients. The menu starts with squeezed-to-order 16 oz. juices in lip-smacking variations such as carrot ($4), the carrot/celery/ginger Jazz Trio ($5), and the celery/cucumber/parsley/apple Green Symphony ($7). Cool down after a day of molten-lava jet skiing with a 16 oz. smoothie concocted with fresh fruit juice or Thai coconut milk ($6). The café's entrees rotate on a daily basis––on Wednesday, Beet Raw-Violi soothes stomachs with a mixture of beets, cashews, tarragon, and a flavorful yellow-pepper nut sauce ($12). For dessert, the Raw I-Scream ($4), chillingly conjured from cashew milk and maple or agave syrup, is a delectable cowjuice substitute.
With better health in mind, chefs Sabina Torrieri and Cristina Gonzalez serve raw food for its low fat content, its high nutrient content, and its ability to increase energy, conjure superhuman concussion beams, and improve digestion. With paintings and photography from local artists decorating the bright, quirky space, you'll be fully immersed in an alternative and upbeat lifestyle.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 add'l as a gift. Limit 1 per table/visit. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
VeganAroma's owners, Sabina Torrieri—dubbed a "health food guru" by Daily Candy—and chef Grace Augier, know that any specialty diet, and healthy eating in general, can be extremely difficult to maintain while eating out. So they created VeganAroma in order to help diners get access to healthy foods that are 90%–100% organic.
The duo actually takes healthy eating a step farther by following the raw-food diet, which relies on uncooked fruits, whole-grains, and leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and superfoods to nourish the body and help aid digestion and weight loss. Some of the food is never heated above 116 degrees so as not to destroy important enzymes and nutrients. Cooked vegan entrees are served up as daily.
The plant-based meals are yeast-, dairy-, and 95% gluten-free (excluding sandwiches) and handcrafted using vitamin-rich ingredients, such as kale, quinoa, and cashew cheese. Juices, served up individually or for 3- or 7-day juicing detox cleanses, are made fresh from leafy greens. Desserts such as raw cheesecake and chocolate macaroons satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings, as highlighted by the Urban Times, which raved about the chocolate-mousse pie.
The "ARTernative vegan café" also attempts to better the community by displaying a colorful collection of locally made artwork. It spreads the word about raw eating through regular cooking classes and offers wellness programs that teach healthy lifestyle habits, such as how to floss using celery strands.