I’m noticing that each time I start one of these Portland posts, I want to tell you that THIS was one of the best meals I had on my trip. The problem is that, if you could call it a problem, everything I ate was delicious. I’m having a tough time picking favorites, but if forced to rank my meals this one at Blossoming Lotus would definitely be a top contender.
I’m not a raw foodie, but I certainly eat a lot of raw veggies and fruits by default. My last experience at a raw food restaurant was less than stellar. They do serve some cooked foods here as well but it’s the raw stuff that’s their specialty. Ordering something cooked here would be like going into a Thai restaurant and ordering Italian. So it was with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity that I approached my lunch at Blossoming Lotus.
Everything on the menu sounded good. I was having trouble deciding what to order, and not really knowing what to expect made the choice even more difficult. It was a no-brainer therefore to order the ‘Live Sampler Platter’, which came with everything that sounded most yummy to me on the menu. I figured if there was ever going to be time to impress me with raw food, than this was it. And impress me they did! Allow me to break it down for you…
In the picture above, from top left we’ve got:
Live Pizza: buckwheat crust with cashew cheese, live marinara & veggies. Mine was on a flaxseed cracker/bread and I’m pretty sure that sweet fruity sensation (the yellow chunks) was mango. Fantastic! Even up until the last second before this gorgeous thing hit my mouth, I was a doubter. I was concerned that the flax seed cracker would crumble and the whole slice action of it all would fall apart. Up until I bit into it I thought, “I hope this doesn’t suck, it just looks like a fancy salad on a pizza shaped cracker”. Any such silly concerns of mine fell away as I realized how delicious this was turning out to be. The crust-cracker-bread did not fall apart and held up quite nicely, and tasted great too. I loved the whole thing, too many flavors here for me to be able to discern them all. The salad topping was perfectly dressed and everything just came together perfectly. I could have eaten a whole plate of this pizza alone, and I was somewhat envious of my friend who did just that. But not really, because everything else on my plate was just as good.
Move to your right over the tomatoes and find yourself at:
Cilantro Lime Pate: made with sunflower seeds, served with cucumber, tomato & flax crackers. If you love cilantro, and I do, you’ll love this. I never actually received the crackers so I made due with scooping it onto my cucumbers and that was a wonderful work-around. Intense flavor, I couldn’t eat all of it in one sitting (maybe with the crackers), but I’m a better person for having tried.
Next, wedged comfortably between the cucumbers and avocado is the:
Live Pasta: zucchini noodles, carrots, spinach, beets, sea vegetables & scallions, tossed in basil pesto, served with cashew cheese. Just rad, there’s no other way to say it. Ok, I wasn’t under any sort of impression at any time that this was anything like real pasta, but who the heck cares when it’s this tasty? The combo flavors of the basil pesto and cashew cheese blob were out of this world good.
Last but certainly not least head over to the tastefully beet & sprout adorned…
Live Garden of Eden Salad: mixed baby greens, carrots, beets, sweet & spicy eden nuts with ginger dressing. Simple ingredients but not simple flavors. The ginger dressing rocked, the nuts I don’t specifically remember, but as you might imagine I was somewhat in an altered state of mind at this point brought on by all this pure, unadulterated nutrition.
Because you really need to get the full effect of all this, here’s another view of the same plate from the other side. I’ll understand if all the foodporn pervs out there need a moment to compose yourselves before going on.
Another of the star attractions at Blossoming Lotus is their vegan soft-serve ice cream. At the end of our meal though I was so stuffed and satisfied that I just couldn’t see myself putting down an entire serving of ice cream (tempting though it was). Instead, my two friends and I opted to share the equally popular ‘Live Fudge’, made with raw cacao.
We’d planned to take it to go, but I noticed that it was meant to be kept chilled and was rapidly starting to melt in the bag. So we quickly passed it around, getting a couple of bites each out of it. Please excuse the blurry photo… we’d eaten our little bundle of joy before I even thought to photograph it, so I grabbed a quick shot of the display counter.
Wow, Live Fudge is amazing! I’ve never had such a concentrated sensation of chocolate before, it was so rich… and tasted darker than the darkest chocolate but not at all bitter. The taste was incredible, rich and thick and gooey, and I’ll be damned if it truly didn’t feel alive. I’m not even kidding when I tell you that I got an immediate rush after eating it, feeling for a little while afterwards much more alert, awake and aware. An appropriate sort of reaction to be having I suppose in an organic, raw food place situated inside of a yoga studio.
Like I told you back at the beginning, I’m being non-committal on picking favorites from this vacation. I will say however that eating at Blossoming Lotus was definitely one of the highlight meals, especially so because I wasn’t expecting it to be. For sure I’d recommend them as one of the “must have” vegetarian/vegan restaurants to try when in Portland, a fantastic thing to do for yourself after too many days of waffles and vegan donuts (more on that yet to come). They’ve also got another location on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, so if you go there please take me with you.
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