There are many reasons why I’m jealous of the folks who live in California: random celebrity sitings without their makeup, beautiful weather and beaches, great shopping, and, most of all, Cafe Gratitude. I see this place mentioned on blogs and Instagram and each consecutive picture is like a knife in my heart.
Cafe Gratitude, with several locations, none of which are anywhere closer to me in Maryland, is this lovely little cafe that serves vegan and raw foods that are good for the body, community, and soul, with groovy names like:
I AM ELATED
Enchilada in a live tortilla with a sprouted seed filling, topped with spicy mole, cashew sour cream and scallions. Served with spicy Mexican coleslaw
Could you die? I mean, it’s like you went to sleep and woke up living in an Anthropologie store, complete with retro-chic toothpaste holders and indie-printed shams.
I’ve even been inspired to create my own menu for a similarly-themed restaurant. I shall call it Cafe Craptitude. Here’s a sampling:
I AM SHAMELESS
a bed of cool greens, topped with a scoop of our secret recipe chicken salad, garnished with queso dip and Captain Crunch berries
I AM CRANKY AND BLOATED
A base of house-made ripple cut potato chips, smothered with warm chocolate fondue and dusted with flaked coconut and candied peanuts. Biscoff served on the side, as requested. Perfect size for sharing, but why?
I AM OH, DON’T EVEN GO THERE
A Funfetti cake milkshake, topped with cream cheese frosting, peanut butter cups, chocolate cookie crumbles, and caramel popcorn. Served in a rhinestone-crusted feeding trough.
I AM MAKING UP FOR A FEW DIETARY TRANSGRESSIONS
Raw spinach on a plate. Deal with it.
I know the menu could still use a few tweaks, so for now, I’ll just look to the Cafe Gratitude cookbook for guidance. This Cashew Date Shake was one of my saner moments of recipe tweaking. It’s so darned perfect and spa-like – zen for the tummy and yoga for the spirit. And it’s probably best I stick with that.
Soothing Cashew Date Shake
(Adapted from I am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratititude)
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon cashew butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for garnish
3 medjool dates, roughly chopped
5 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until all items are pureed. Garnish with more cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately.
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