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Eating to Live on the Outside: Cafe Bliss

Okay, the work week is over, time to relax—but first! We’ve got to check in on the world of Eating to Live on the Outside. So, where are we headed this week? To sunny—Michigan! Well at least it’s not winter. Besides, I hear Michigan is beautiful, but, is it bliss? Let’s find out, as we explore this week's restaurant Café Bliss. Now, the name sounds promising, but does the menu live up to expectations? Saddle up troops, we’re going in.

Alright, first the appetizers, they look good—not perfect, but what is? For starters, I’m digging the Garlic Roasted Vegetable Paté, although, the word “roasted” makes me nervous. That usually means burnt and that spells acrylamides. But the buzz-word for Eating to Live on the Outside is concessions, and, its time to make one. So, beyond the acrylamides, the Paté comes with fresh vegetables, garlic, herbs, spices, and garlic-roasted crostini. Clearly the crostini is a refined grain concession, but all the veggies are enough to quell my worries. The Portabella Mushrooms are cool too, provided you ditch the butter—egad, butter! Besides the butter the mushrooms are prepared with spinach and pecans. Can you say nutrient-dense?

The salads have potential. There’s some tweaking to be done, but no serious overhauling. The House Salad is a fine option. It’s made with organic spring greens, fresh vegetables, Romano cheese, multi-grain croutons, and soy Dijon vinaigrette. Okay, goodbye cheese, adios croutons, and ciao vinaigrette! Instead of the vinaigrette I’d probably just put some vinegar on the salad—it’s a new habit I’ve been settling into. The Fresh Spinach Salad is probably an even better choice. It’s prepared with spinach, feta cheese, honey-roasted red peppers, black olives, pecans, baguette, and a poppy seed balsamic vinaigrette. Again, the cheese is out the window, same with the croutons, and I’ll toss the baguette too. So, the major concession here would be the honey on the roasted peppers—I can live with it. It’s a mantra; focus on the veggies…focus on the veggies…focus on the veggies.

Now the entrees, there’s hope here too. The Tofu Gahn is my first choice. It comes with marinated tofu, garlic tahini sauce, rice, and sautéed veggies. I mostly like it because its all veggie and the other entrees include fish, cheese, or chicken. The concession here is probably some olive oil or sesame oil, sautéed means cooked in oil and most likely that sauce includes some sort of oil, but regardless, I’d order it. I’m also feeling the Chinese Stir-Fry. They make it with chicken or tofu, ginger, garlic, orange peel, sautéed veggies, brown rice, and stir-fry sauce. I’d order the stir-fry with tofu, so that avoids the chicken issue. With that being said, the concessions here would be the sauce and the brown rice. Trust me, you could do worse—can you say Denny’s!

Well, that about does it. The desserts are too iffy, but, if you were feeling adventurous, maybe you give them a try, but that’s a lot of sweet. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it. I can do without. So overall, Café Bliss is pretty cool. If you’re feeling stranded in Michigan, an Eat to Liver can make Café Bliss work, but hey, what do I know? Check out Café Bliss’s menu and let us know how you eat to live on the outside. Make a comment or send an email to diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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