Tuesday, September 2, 2008
heaven in a bowl.
many months ago, my swedican friend julie told me about a vegan restaurant in california that she frequented often: 'native foods'...i had never heard of the place. apparently they also have a cookbook! well, julie's been telling me about their amazing 'mecca azteca salad' and i've been dying to make it. the last week i was in sweden, before i arrived here to la palma, julie invited me over for dinner and we fine dined on this long-awaited salad at last. i still have memories of how delicious it was (and how sweet the company). there was nothing about it that i would change...it was everything i love (besides my dear swede) tossed in a bowl. crunchy mixed lettuce leaves, soft grains of quinoa, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, avocado, mango...then sprinkled with pumpkin seeds, big, juicy raisins and a dash of cayenne pepper...all drizzled with the most wonderful mango lime vinaigrette. the dressing alone is a masterpiece of pureed mangoes, golden syrup, fresh squeezed limes, oil, vinegar, sea salt, and freshly grated ginger. every flavor comes alive at each bite taken. i will for sure make it again...and again. as for that cookbook? it's ordered and on it's way to my doorstep.
fred scale: 4.5 ('very, very good! i was tempted to hand out my first 5, but it was a tad bit too sweet')