Should Have Eaten Here Wednesday

by HEAB on May 9, 2009

Last night, John and Alice (my in-laws) took Chris and I out to dinner at the Mandala Tea Room, a vegan and raw restaurant located in downtown Scottsdale.  If I could eat like this everyday, I would have no problem eating an all vegan diet. Could I ever go all raw?  No way!  That would mean no oat bran in my life. :)

We actually ate at this same restaurant when CD and I were in Arizona over the holidays.  You can read about it here.  You know it has to be a great restaurant if 4 carnivores were excited about going back for more raw cuisine.

Me & CD smiling after the food arrives.

Me & CD smiling after the food arrives.

I got the raw Pad Thai

I got the raw Pad Thai.

Raw Pad Thai

Spiralized daikon radish, carrots + zucchini tossed with spicy thai sauce, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro + basil – served on a bed of kale topped with dehydrated teriyaki almonds.

Alice got the Tea Crumpets...I must recreate the artichoke spread.

Alice got the Tea Crumpets...I must recreate that artichoke spread.

Tea Crumpets

Rosemary spelt foccacia lightly toasted with a sampling of our favorite house spreads: artichoke + garlic, white bean hummus + sauteed green, and roasted tomato + fennel.

Chris and John both got the Live Chile Lime Nut Burrito.

Chris and John both got the Live Chile Lime Nut Burrito.

Live Chili Lime Nut Burrito

Inspired by flavors south-of-the-border, these healthy + savory raw burritos are stuffed with a zesty walnut filling, organic guacamole, salsa fresca, olives + sprouts wrapped in a collard green leaf 

I NEVER order dessert when we dine out, but I wasn’t passing up the chance to sample an all raw berry pie:



This item is not on the menu, but I’m guessing the crust was made from dates and nuts, and I did ask about the filling.  It was raw coconut milk, coconut oil, and nuts blended with berries and bananas.  TASTED AMAZING!

We also shared some vegan chocolate cake:

John was a big fan of the cake. :)

John was a big fan of the cake. :)

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: If you are ever in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend Mandala Tea Room.  The food arrived looking like a work of art, and everyone cleaned their plates.  What a fresh and amazing meal!  Gena, can last night’s dinner count as my meal for next Wednesday’s Raw Challenge? Just kidding, I’ll be back home with Vita-Mix next week. :)

Polly and I were discussing the following…who do you think would win in a fight? Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie) or Jay Robb?  Personally, I think Pa would kick Sexy Hot’s ass…sorry Jay. :) Please vote in the poll below.

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I’ve been dying to go to a Lululemon store ever since my mom bought me my first pair of Lululemon yoga pants, and there happened to be one right next to the Mandala Tea Room.  We arrived for dinner at 6:02 PM, and the store closed at 6…which leads us to…

CD’s Random Comment of the Day:

Ahh, perfect timing…CD smiles as I give him the evil eye. No worries, Alice is taking me back later today.  The store offers a complimentary Yin Yoga class every Saturday morning.  So excited!