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Dine: Pure Food And Wine Organic Raw Restaurant

Pure Food and Wine I'm not sure if it's because I always over-partied during the holiday season, or it's because it's the beginning month of the year, I always feel motivated to go on a cleanse (see here for Juice Cleanse) or eat super healthy every January. The result of healthy eating is definitely glorious- not just the flat stomach, glowing skin, shiny hair and eyes filled with sparks... I am so not exaggerating. I have to admit though, sometimes there are just too many temptations in New York City, there are so many new restaurants to try, so many events to attend, it is not easy to eat healthy as much as I desired. I found out about Pure Food And Wine when I was on a Raw Food Diet a few years ago, and it has been one of my favorite restaurants in New York since then. Pure Food and Wine, as the name suggested, only serves pure and organic food. Not only that, they take the idea of "pure" to the next level- they serve only raw vegan food, the most basic organic, uncooked plant-based foods. In order to preserve all the nutrients and natural enzyme in the food, nothing in this restaurant is heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees celsius). The food here are either dehydrated, blended or marinated. However it is prepared, they're never cooked. Sounds crazy? I think so too! But you'd be surprised, they have some of the best tasting dished I've ever tasted in the world. With the freshest ingredients from the farmers markets, the chefs come up with the most creative dishes such Pear Raviolis or Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales. The combinations of flavors and textures, you'll never know your food in uncooked. And if you think you won't feel full or satisfied without meat, think again. Most of the dishes here are prepared with vegetables, nuts and seeds, you'll be happily full without feeling stuffy or weighed down. It makes this the perfect place to go whenever I try to eat healthy but not willing to starve or give up on tasty food. [caption id="attachment_659" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Pear Ravioli Pear Ravioli with Smoked Long Pepper Mouse[/caption] [caption id="attachment_660" align="aligncenter" width="517"]Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella[/caption] For those who are intimidated, the Zucchini and Local Greenhouse Tomato Lasagna is a good one to try. The tomato sauce is bursting with flavors, and the nut-based ricotta cheese is luxuriously creamy, it's so comforting that it has fooled a lot of my meat loving friends. Personally, I like to go for the lighter dishes such as the Raw Vegetable Sushis and the Sea Vegetable Salad. I called them "lighter", but it's definitely not any less fulfilling... I have no idea how they achieve that, but it's totally awesome, and I can't complain. [caption id="attachment_661" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Raw Vegetable Sushi Rolls Raw Vegetable Sushi Rolls[/caption] [caption id="attachment_662" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Sea Vegetable Salad Sea Vegetable Salad[/caption] Since I eat so healthy, I usually reward myself with some drinks or desserts after meal (well, drinks usually started way before meal). My all time favorite dessert here is the Tiramisu. Whether they lace it with crack, or however they make it, I have never thought a tiramisu made with vegan nut cream can be this good (there's no picture of it, 'cause I ate it and forgot to take a picture first, oops!). The Chocolate Sundae is a classic, too! Who would ever guessed that a ice-cream treat like this can be guilt-free? [caption id="attachment_663" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Dark Chocolate Sampler Dark Chocolate Sampler[/caption] [caption id="attachment_664" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Classic Sundae Classic Sundae[/caption] Last but not Lease, the drinks! Most of the cocktails here are made with Sake, since sake is one of purest form of liquor. And of course, all the mixers are real juices made fresh daily, which actually makes me feel pretty healthy consuming liquor for once. They also have a good selection of  chilled sake and wine, and as you guessed, they wine are all organic. There's nothing in this restaurant that's not pure, if you haven't figure that out. Check it out if you have a chance, it's sort of on the pricier side, but .. oh well, health is priceless, right!? Pure Food and Wine Address: 54 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 (between 18th St & 17th St) Phone: (212) 477-1010 Website: www.purefoodandwine.com  

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