Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ooo Baby I Like it Raw*.....

Time for another food adventure! No animal sexual organs were ingested this time. I know some of you are disappointed to hear this. Jerry sure was!  He loves to eat the penis.

Pure Food and Wine is a raw food restaurant, which means that nothing is heated above 118 degrees and no animal products are used. The belief is that eating food in its natural state preserves its vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. I had been to Pure Food before and thought it was interesting enough to go back. When a Groupon for $25 of $40 worth of food and drinks came up, I jumped on it!

My favorite raw food so far is definitely the nut cheeses. Nut cheeses are made with nuts (duh) and nut milk. We started with a sampler plate of three different cheeses made of macadamia, almonds, and cashews. For the record, Jerry has totally fed into my "I can make that!" philosophy by suggesting we try to make some! Thanks for believing in me honey!

Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna
Next, we had our entrees. Jerry ordered the Zucchini-Tomato Lasagna, which also happens to be Howard Stern's favorite. I know this because Howard and I are such good friends. This entree used zucchini in place of pasta and had basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, and macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta. It was delicious! Not as delicious as real lasagna, but we're working with raw food here, people! I had the Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella. There was an awesome cacao mole sauce on the plate that was chocolatey and cinnamony!
Dark Chocolate Trio

Dessert was the best part! Everything was covered in dark chocolate. We had the Dark Chocolate Trio, which consisted of chocolate cardamom coconut ice cream cone, pistachio gelato ice cream sandwich, and chai tea creamsicle. The ice cream sandwich was ridiculously good. Jerry preferred the chai tea creamsicle. 

Ok, are you ready for my soap box? Here it goes!

Since becoming type 1, I have had several people suggest to me that I can "cure" my diabetes by eating a raw food diet. I have a real problem with people who suggest they have a "cure." In my professional life, working with families affected by autism, I struggle with this all the time. It angers me when people play on others' vulnerabilities and hopefulness while disseminating misinformation that can be potentially dangerous. By suggesting that I will never have to take insulin again by following a raw diet angers me and my fucked up pancreas. He's working really hard to not function, you know!

While I occasionally enjoy eating raw, if it comes down to eating raw for the rest of my life or taking a unit or two of insulin to enjoy a slice of cake, shoot me up baby!

*Title cleverly suggested by Jerry


  1. Nut cheese ;)
    The idea of Jerry making his own nut cheese :{

  2. Jerry replies

  3. I'm not sure Tom knows what that means.