Saturday, May 02, 2009

Ecopolitan: A Delicious Adventure

On Saturday I drove to Minneapolis to shop and to visit my pal Rebecca before I moved in to my downtown hotel for four days of action packed IRA goodness. We went out to one of Rebecca's favorite restaurants for our Saturday night meal. Ecopolitan is a raw food restaurant and since I'd never tried that route before I was intrigued. I was not disappointed.

Eating should make sense and be simple. It should bring health and wellness to your mind, body, spirit, and your community. Believe that people can change and improve their conditions of life. Be gentle with yourself, and those around you. Commit to making a difference, even if it's only a small one to begin with. This is the mission of Ecopolitan.

Ecopolitan is 100% Organic, vegan, and raw. So no dairy which is perfect for Rebecca with her gluten-free, dairy-free diet. It's quite liberating to be able to order anything off the menu and know it's going to be "safe" to eat. I'd highly recommend this sweet little restaurant. It's small in a cozy way & reservations are recommended (though we didn't make any). I'll be going back, maybe even later this week!

my meal--delicious.

Marinara Pasta -- Sweet sun-dried tomato marinara sauce on zucchini noodles with strawberries, red onion, olives, walnuts, and fresh herbs. Served on balsamic-vinaigrette-dressed spinach.

the menu

Rebecca's meal

Flaxseed Tostadas -- Two flaxseed-sunflower shells with lentil "taco meat," greens, marinated mushrooms, onions, olives, cilantro, cashew "sour cream," and hot sauce. Served with salsa and guacamole. Rebecca also added some not-cho "cheese" as a side.

Dessert number one -- divided we conquer?
Always eat your dessert first.

This one was a pistachio crusted, pie, cake? I'm not sure what it was called. The caramel looking sauce is made from dates. The center of the cake had a clove-y, pumpkin-y taste.

... and again at the end. :)
Why have one dessert when we can have TWO!

We also split one of their "ice cream" parfaits--Whipped frozen fruits served with coconut-date spread & nuts. This was to die for! Mmmmm....

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