Greens and Vines

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Desserts:

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”):

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The Limoncello cleansed the palate and was almost too pretty to eat (consists of a fruit puree and assorted edible condiments on top). :

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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:

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If you want more information about this fine restaurant, just google GREENS AND VINES online.

22 Responses to “Greens and Vines”

  1. Joanne Says:

    Good food and good friends, nothing better.

  2. DJan Says:

    Sure looks good! When is she going to open one in Bellingham? 🙂

  3. Alan Says:

    The food really is tasty and a refreshing alternative.

  4. Sylvia Thompson Says:

    I really enjoy making up Licious Dishes, at Greens & Vines. We’ve been around for 7 years as Licious and our 2nd Anniversary for Greens & Vines will be held on Oct. 26th from 1-4pm. In the meantime, we have a Happy Hour from 5-7 pm Mon-Saturday, and on the 2nd Saturday, Jazz from 3-5pm and Happy Hour from 3-7pm.
    Also, please spread the word of voting for us in the Hale Aina Awards Contest as Best Vegetarian. Last year Whole Foods took the Gold Prize, Down To Earth Silver, and Greens & Vines the Bronze.

  5. Hank Chapin Says:

    Gigi–Just posted a link to your blog on my Facebook site. I had a great time yesterday. Thanks to you and David for the hospitality. Your great aunt, Roberta, is a kick and very humorous, interesting and entertaining to talk to plus Nedra named her son after my favorite poet, Lorca.

  6. dkzody Says:

    This is just my kind of restaurant. We have a similar one in Fresno, Organic Fresno, but the dishes aren’t quite as deluxe. Sure wish I was one of your Hawaiian friends who could join in on this party.

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I like veggies in my diet, but don’t eat many things raw. Food poisoning, too many times. Doc told me to avoid raw food. Only cooked food for me.

  8. Christine Says:

    the food looks divine. Gigi do you feel completely full on just vegetarian fare? I ask because I am a meat eater although I like veggies. How lovely to have your friends and family together like that.

  9. Olga Hebert Says:

    I don’t know if I will ever get to visit Hawaii–but if I do, Greens and Vines is a definite must stop. The food looks wonderful.

  10. Kay G. Says:

    Wow, this looks so good. That cigar really looks like a big fat cigar, even down to the ash at the bottom!

  11. tom sightings Says:

    We went to a vegan restaurant in NYC last year, and it was pretty good. Next time . . . Hawaii!

  12. Bella Rose Says:

    I wish I lived nearby!

  13. Flo Says:

    Raymond and I will take it to the next level and vote for Greens and vines for the Gold Award in the vegetarian category. We’ve been raving to all of our family and friends at today’s gathering and also via emails! Keep up the great work Sylvia! By the way, David our waiter did a great job. Thank you Gigi and David for your generous hospitality.

  14. DeniseinVA Says:

    Lovely photos of a very fun time. Your sister’s dishes looked delicious!

  15. Suzanne Says:

    The food looks so good. Yummy!

  16. granny annie Says:

    That is some of the most interesting food I have ever seen. It appears that it would taste very good.

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