Early vegetarians were faced with the challenge of lassoing an apple off a tree or coaxing a corncob into a bear trap. Hunt a healthy harvest the easy way with today's Groupon to La Vie En Raw Café in Coral Gables. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of raw vegan fare and drinks.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of raw vegan fare and drinks, valid for parties of four or more people.
La Vie En Raw Café’s nutrition-minded owner Sabina Torrieri and her chefs break from meat-intensive meals by serving unprocessed raw vegan fare. The meatless bistro's menu hosts entrées such as lasagna dell’amore ($12, served Mondays), a venerable vegetable skyscraper of zucchini, tomatoes, seed ‘cheese’, and a vegan nut pesto, or raw pad thai ($11, served Tuesdays). In between sips of fresh-squeezed carrot, celery, and ginger juice ($5), plunge spoons or homemade barometers into cool scoops of the raw i-scream’s flavor of the day ($4), crafted from cashew milk and agave or maple syrup.
La Vie En Raw Café serves raw food with the belief that it contributes to a variety of health benefits, from increased energy and the reduced risk of heart disease to laser vision and the ability to turn back time. Containing fewer trans and saturated fats, the unprocessed foods are high in potassium, folate, fiber, and plant-based phytochemicals.
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.