a review and vegan baking on the tv…

30 Dec

I’m in love.

I adore Portland. I love it so much that even thought Seattle has superior Asian cuisine and Mighty O Donuts, I am still always happy to see the Portland skyline when we arrive back in town, home of my beloved Blossoming Lotus, Proper Eats, Black Sheep and many, many others.

Enter Thrive, a newish (1 year old, maybe?) vegan restaurant in Seattle, conveniently located in our family’s neighborhood. It’s primarily a raw restaurant, with it’s only cooked food being some grains included in some recipes. The decor is warm and inviting. You can purchase some of the ingredients in bulk while you’re there. The service is incredible, so friendly and warm you’d think the workers were on something.

And they are! They are on their incredible, crave-inducing food that almost created an embarrassing When Harry Met Sally scene, as I had to keep shushing Jim as he exclaimed and made yummy noises with concerning gusto. It’s that simple kind of food, healthy and whole foods based, that explodes in your mouth upon contact. Lots of places can make food healthy, but to make a nutritious meal borderline (food)pornographic takes talent and they’ve got it at Thrive.

The pictures aren’t so hot, as I was more concerned with stuffing my face than photographing the food, but you’ll get the drift.

Boutenko’s Best smoothie- not quite as green as it normally is (I’ve had it twice now) as they were out of kale, but SO delicious and refreshing. Made, of course, in a Vita-Mix. Vita-Mix represent!

This is the Awaken Bowl, a base of Bhutanese red rice and quinoa with raw zucchini, carrots, scallions, veggies, marinated spinach, avocado and nori with a side of sesame-ginger sauce. This meal is so amazingly satisfying and complex, it blows my mind.

Okay, I know this picture is terrible, but we got dessert to-go and it was taken under the dome light of a 24-year-old car. So all things considered, it’s a great photo. 😉

This dessert… there are no words. Jim likes really traditional desserts, a piece of cake or a cookie. He’s not much a “fancy” dessert person. This is a slice of chocolate strawberry swirl mousse pie. All raw. MIND-BLOWING. I don’t normally like to share desserts, but the slice was generous and very rich, so I was happy to split it with Jim, who was eagerly spoon-fed as he tried to keep it cool while consuming said mousse pie while driving and keep us on the road. This was literally one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Period.

So while Portland is where my heart is, Thrive has lodged itself firmly in there and I’m gladly making space.

And in other news… I’m going to be on TV next week! A local morning show, AM Northwest on KATU news, will be featuring little ol’ me on a morning segment next Tuesday on vegan baking as a New Year’s resolution to a healthier and friendlier lifestyle. I will post the link to the show once it’s up. Horray for vegan baking!


9 Responses to “a review and vegan baking on the tv…”

  1. Bianca-Vegan Crunk December 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    Whoa. That raw pie looks out of this world good. I’d have had a hard time driving after eating that too!

  2. Bianca-Vegan Crunk December 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    I mean, “while” eating that!

  3. cmb0096 December 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Don’t forget MN, lol! Haha–just kidding…that place sounds fantastic, and I am jealous of all your Portland eats 🙂

    Congrats on the TV appearance! How cool are you?! Good luck–what are you going to make?


    • Kris December 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

      Thanks! There are some good places in Mpls, no disrespect. 🙂

      I’m going to make the “You Are My Sunshine Bread”. It’s got some good seasonal ingredients and is a very tasty and healthy bread for breakfast or as a snack. Since they are gearing it more towards health, it kind of limits what I can pick, LOL. No one is extending their life expectancy from eating cookies or cake, vegan or not. 🙂

  4. Jojo December 31, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    The awaken bowl looks delicious, just what I need right now!

  5. Katie Jayne December 31, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    I have walked by Thrive so many times when I’m in Seattle visiting family but I haven’t gone in yet. I’ll have to give it a try next time I’m in Seattle! Thanks for posting the review!

  6. Stacey January 3, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    The pie looks amazing. Any chance you’ll try and recreate so we can bask in the delicious glory of your creative efforts? Potential recipe in next cookbook installment? Looks like it’s worth the wait.

    Congrats on your television cameo. Have fun!

    • Kris January 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

      We shall see. I’d love to make it, but have never dabbled in raw desserts. It’s a tempting proposition, though…

  7. Jamie January 22, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Kris, Just spent a couple of hours looking over your book.
    Why was I wasting so much time on those “almost real but not quite” vegan recipes? I can’t wait to get started. Maybe I’ll do a ‘Julie and Julia’ thing and work my way through the recipes!!!
    I also wanted to reply on your new pots and pans. Not sure what kind you got but I found some that are not nearly as expensive as the ‘C’ brand and are just as good. They rated best value in Cooks Illustrated recently. They are called Tramontina all clad stainless steel. You can get them at WalMart for $150 for an 8 piece set. I love them so much that I got some for my son for Christmas. A great option for those who really want a good set of stainless steel all clad and don’t want to pay the higher prices.

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