Eaten at any raw food restaurants lately? I bet you didn't realize that most high quality restaurants serve some sort of raw food appetizer or have raw food meals.
Most people associate raw food restaurants with raw vegan food, but it's time to change that perception. I think that a plate of food that features primarily raw or "rawish" foods whether they be plant, animal, or seafood is what should qualify for a raw food meal.
For example, when you go to a Japanese restaurant - you will find an array of raw food meals in the form of sushi or sashimi. And if you need to remain gluten free, just don't eat their soy sauce. Bring your own bottle of Tamari.
You will always find a raw food appetizer at almost every decent restaurant that
exists in America like raw oysters on a half shell or poke if you live in Hawaii.
And almost every type of restaurant will have some sort of tasty raw salad to offer to their patrons. Mexican restaurants typically offer a shrimp ceviche and a taco salad that contains a decent amount of raw foods.
I think we need to broaden our horizons when we think of what should qualify as raw food restaurants.
If you are making your own raw food appetizer, you can choose to have the best raw cheese and cured meats on your antipasto platter.
Some other great raw food appetizers are "Real" Caesar Salads, Carpaccio, and Fish Ceviche.
Gazpacho which originates from Spain is probably the most popular or well known raw food soup. It's a chilled soup made primarily of raw fruits and vegetables. And it's usually a tomato based soup that's red in color. Just be aware that sometimes this raw food soup will contain bread that contains gluten. Make sure it's gluten free.
You could also have an avocado gazpacho soup or a chilled cucumber soup that uses raw cucumbers, herbs, and cultured dairy as its main ingredients.
A popular raw food meal from France is steak tartare which is finely chopped raw meat that often includes a raw egg along with traditional tartare ingredients. This is a raw food meal that I make at home occasionally. It's served in high end restaurants and in some French restaurants.
However, if you order a really rare steak - that could be your raw food meal which can be found at almost any fine food restaurant.
Seared fish is another really great choice. I have a fond memory of eating seared Ahi topped with Olive Tapenade and surrounded by a Passion Fruit Cream Sauce - yum.
Now that you see how many raw food meals are available at these "makeshift" raw food restaurants, you can satisfy your taste buds as well as your nutritional needs.
Most restaurants will always offer some sort of raw food salad and depending on the type of restaurant you are visiting - will probably feature at least one or two raw food meals or appetizers.