David and I have dined at my sister Sylvia’s raw vegan gourmet restaurant, Greens and Vines, many times since it opened in 2012. Every time we go, we like to try new items on the menu. The food is really delicious, and it is healthy precisely because it is raw, vegan, and organic (no animals, no dairy, no additives, no pesticides).
Last Saturday, I hosted a wonderful lunch for a party of 10 friends and relatives. We had a great time. Here are photos of the event.
Clockwise, starting from the lower left: Aunty Marilyn, friend Flo, friend Raymond, friend Robert, sister Nedra, friend Hank, Aunty Bobbie, David, me, and Uncle Harold.
At the opposite end of the table were Hank on the left and Robert and Nedra on the right.
We started the meal with drinks: Beer from Belgium, Prosecco (sparkling wine from Italy), Chablis, Kombucha (made from gogi berries and strawberries), iced tea, and Kona coffee. I especially enjoyed the Kombucha, which was refreshingly cold. David and Robert enjoyed the Belgian beer.
Then, the food came. Awesome!
Appetizers: Chips (flaxseed thins and onion bread) plus 3 types of Dips, which were unique and full of flavor. There also was chia seed Caviar with cashew nut cream on Radish chips. So colorful! Notice that the cream is not dairy; it is made from nuts.
Main entrée: Living Lasagna and side salad. This is their signature dish. Everyone raves about it, so if you go to Greens and Vines for the first time, you must try it. The lasagna consists of zucchini “pasta,” fresh tomatoes, sundried tomato marinara, spinach, macadamia nut cheese, and basil pesto.
The cute vegan cigar was absolutely divine! It was so addictive, I could have eaten more than one (made of banana, mango, chocolate, amaretto, with coconut “ashes”):
The Limoncello cleansed the palate and was almost too pretty to eat (consists of a fruit puree and assorted edible condiments on top). :
So, of this 5 course meal, there were 3 that were new to me: the Caviar on Radish Chips, the Cigar, and the Limoncello. That’s what makes Sylvia’s menu so interesting; there is always something new and different to try.
This is my sister Sylvia, the owner and chef of Greens and Vines:
If you want more information about this fine restaurant, just google GREENS AND VINES online.