In my ongoing efforts to get wheat-free, sugar-free, and mostly vegetarian, I'm usually out there looking for short cuts. Because, let's face it, despite my dream of being a kitchen diva, it's just not happening.
This week, I checked out Rawlicious, a new North American organic cuisine franchise opening across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Focused on providing healthy fast food that makes you feel good, the Rawlicious menu is totally raw vegan.
Rawlicious in Westdale, Hamilton
The Hamilton, Ontario location is at 1044 King Street West, in Westdale Village. This is just a short distance from the McMaster University campus, and in a charming, foodie village setting. There is some street parking along King Street, and local parking lots in the area. You can take out or eat in their spacious and airy restaurant.
I'm not that into the raw food movement yet, but do think it's healthy to get enzymes, minerals and phytonutrients in their natural state and am interested in trying new things. Here's what grabs my interest on the menu.
APPETIZERS, SALADS, ENTREES
The olive-currant-nut and seed salad for $10.50 I think would make for a very satisfying lunch munch. It has kalamata olives, currants, pine nuts, and pumpkin and hemp seeds on a bed of mixed greens.
Caesar Wrap entree is seasoned nut loaf, romaine, bell peppers, onion bread croutons, with Caesar dressing all wrapped in a collard leaf, for $9.50.
I've been hoping to find a wrap that isn't in bread, so this is my next must try.
Ingredients: nutmilk, banana, vanilla, maple syrup, almond butter, nutmeg, and cardamom.
I had mine without the maple syrup and it tasted lightly and naturally sweet, and incredibly clean. Light on the tummy, and just made me feel good.
The smoothies run $7.00 to $10.00 for a 16 oz serving, and come in 8 flavours. You can also add extras such as hemp protein, SunWarrior brown rice protein, maca, spirulina, lucuma, mesquite, goji berries, and/or cacao nibs.
I've never heard of lucuma before and discovered that it's a South American super fruit sweetener/flavour with high levels of carotene and vitamin B3. It also grows in Laos and Vietnam.
Rawlicious Vanilla Chai Smoothie
The desserts are mostly based on cashew and coconut.
The Key Lime Square is cashew, coconut and lime filling on a buckwheat/almond/coconut/date crust for $6.00. I've had other vegan cashew based desserts and find them very satisfying so would expect the same.
The banana cream pie looks delicious and quite decadent.
Also on the menu are mixed fruit/veggie juices, and drinks such as Watermelon Slushy.
Rawlicious July Specials
Check out all the Rawlicious Web Links:
Rawlicious Hamilton/Westdale Hours:
11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Every Day
You will find Rawlicious Hamilton on Twitter here:
Rawlicious Hamilton Page Here
Rawlicious Canada website Here
Rawlicious also offers catering, and raw food and juice cleanse packages.