Eating to Live on the Outside: Lifefood Gourmet

Hooray for Saturday! And this Saturday, Eating to Live on the Outside is “off” to Miami, Florida for a quick meal at Lifefood Gourment, a veg-restaurant saluting food and science.

It didn’t take long to shift through the Lifefood’s menu. Here’s a rough draft of stuff I might order:

Alfredo Elixir Soup

  • Alfredo sauce, macadamia motza cheese and hand picked veggies; I’m not sure what “motza” is and hopefully it’s not salty.

Tomato Magic Soup

  • Tomato blended with spices; I love tomato, just as long as it isn’t salty.

Insalata Caprese

  • Tomato, baby spinach, basil, macadamia motza cheese, olive oil and dried oregano; sounds awesome, but I’m getting the dressing on the side.

Lifefood Gourmet House Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, baby arugula, onion, bell pepper, tomato and tahini dressing; same thing with the salad dressing.

Lifefood Gourmet Caesar

  • Kelp, Irish moss, Romaine lettuce and pumpkin seed croutons; I’m cool with this.

Minerals of the Sea Salad

  • Greens, hijiki, arama, kelp, onion, celery and tahini dressing; sea vegetables can be salty, so I’m not absolutely sold on this one.

Life Gourmet Burger

  • Sprouted quinoa and flax dehydrated buns, walnut, pumpkin seed, Brazil nut, onion, celery, flax oil patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup and mustard; the oil is a bit of a drag, but I can deal with it.

I got a break this week. Lifefood’s menu is short and sweet. Now, I like a few things, but if I had to pick. I'm going with the House Salad. It’s got plenty of greens and other awesome vegetables.

How about you, what you order? Flip through Lifefood’s menu and let know what you think.

Image credit: Lifefood Gourmet

Eating to Live on the Outside: The Organic Grill

I’m so glad its Saturday. I was burning the candle at both ends this week. I’m cranky and pooped, but enough about me. Time for Eating to Live on the Outside! This week my digital trip is pretty short, we’re off to New York City to peep The Organic Grill.

The menu is pretty hearty, definitely some enticing food to choose from. It’s not all a slam-dunk, but you’ve got a few options. So, at first glance, here’s a preliminary list of stuff I might order. Some things are better than others:

Mesclun Salad

  • Cucumber, red onion, carrots, sprouts, grape tomatoes, marinated tofu and avocado; sounds perfect, but I’ll get the dressing on the side.

Grilled Tofu Sandwich

  • Grilled, marinated tofu, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, garlic aioli on five grain wheat bread or spelt bread, with slaw, pickle and home fries; I’ll go with the wheat bread, garlic aioli on the side and ditch the fries, maybe swap in a side like blanched greens or quinoa.

House Made Veggie Burger

  • Sunflower seeds, brown rice, mushrooms, carrots, herbs, red onion, lettuce, tomato, sprouts with tofu mayo on sprouted wheat sesame bun; no mayo for me.

Roasted Garlic Humus with Warm Pita Bread

  • Humus with roasted garlic, topped with cucumber-tomato salsa served with pita bread; the bread is iffy, but I can deal with it.

Tostada Salad

  • Wheat or corn tortillas layered with the bean of the day, brown rice, cheddar or vegan cheese, mesclun salad and topped with pico de gallo; I’ll pass on the cheese.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

  • Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, pepper, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and topped with tofu mayo on multi-grain or spelt toast, served slaw, pickle and home fries, no fries, I’ll go with the multi-grain and I’d probably order a side of blanched greens again.

Grilled Portobello Sandwich

  • Grilled, marinated Portobello mushroom, red onions, roasted pepper, lettuce, tomato and sprouts, topped with tofu mayo on a sprouted wheat sesame bun, served with slaw, pickle and home fries; I’d ditch the mayo and the fries.

Grilled Portobello and Tofu Plate

  • Grilled, marinated Portobello mushroom and tofu served with mashed sweet potatoes and garlic sautéed greens; you might not like the sautéing, but I’m not too worried about it.

The Organic Grill is not clear cut. There are a few hang ups, but overall, it works! Now, if I had to pick something, I’d go with either the Mesclun Salad or the Grilled Portobello and Tofu Plate. I’m cool with both, but I’m leaning towards the salad.

Actually, I haven’t been to the city for a while. I should probably drag my lazy butt in there and hit up The Organic Grill, but in the meantime. Take a few minutes, flip through The Organic Grill’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Peace.

Image credit: The Organic Grill

Eating to Live on the Outside: Cru

It snowed in New Jersey this week. Making me desperate for nice weather! That’s why Eating to Live on the Outside is taking a mental trip to Cru, in sunny Los Angeles, California.

And Cru serves up a lot of good stuff. So, after going through the menu, here’s a list of stuff I’d consider stuffing my face with. Take a look:

Mezze Platter

  • Cucumber tzatziki, beet, apple salad, fig pate, cashew cheese, flax crackers and garlicky kale; provided the tzatziki is dairy-free, it’s very cool!

Deep Green Salad

  • Marinated kale, avocado, tomatoes, sprouts, sunflower seeds and chili lime dressing; sounds great, but I’d order the dressing on the side.

House Salad

  • Field greens, avocado, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, sunflower seeds and chili lime dressing; same deal, dressing on the side.

Strawberry Cucumber Mint Salad

  • Field greens, strawberry, cucumber, mint and lemon poppy seed dressing; again with the dressing.

Yellow Thai Curry

  • Creamy coconut curry and julienned veggies; just as long as there is no dairy.

Pesto Wrap

  • Cashew cheese, pesto, cabbage, field greens, onions, cucumber, sprouts and Caesar dressing wrapped in a collard leaf with sweet potato chips; the pesto might have oil, but I can deal with it and I’d ditch the chips and order dressing on the side.

Greek Wrap

  • Avocado, cucumber, tzatziki, alfalfa, field greens, olives, mint and red onions wrapped in a collard leaf with sweet potato chips; I’d pass on the chips and olives.

Channa Masala

  • Indian chickpea stew over quinoa; hard to beat that combination.

Pumpkinseed Walnut Chorizo Wrap

  • Sautéed bell peppers, pumpkinseed, zucchini, onions and chorizo, wrapped with field greens, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro in a collard leaf; certainly a lot of cool stuff, veggie chorizo sounds interesting, I might order this.

Sweet Potato Curry

  • Chickpeas, spinach, sweet potato, curry and tomatoes served with quinoa; sounds good, but it could be salty, I’d ask first.

Pan-Seared Kabocha Squash

  • Beets, walnuts, kabocha squash and basil over quinoa; I love beets!

Okay, Cru’s got some good mojo! But gun to my head, I’d order either the Deep Green Salad or the Pesto Wrap and I’d swap in a side of quinoa or daily greens instead of the chips.

Alright, I think Cru is Fuhrman-friendly, but what about you? Check out Cru’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Until then, eat powerfully! Peace.