Raw, Day 5

Raw, Day 5
After an uneventful day 4, highlighted only by our gradually diminished appetites and growing weariness of food choices, Day 5 was here. Wok Man and I had an evening out at Quintessence to congratulate ourselves on our milestone. Having lost the taste for our alfalfa and beet patties, the evening found us ravenously hungry. We had completed the whole work week! Saturday would be a day of juice fasting. Then we would break fast with a 75% raw diet on Sunday and 50% raw diet on Monday.
Quintessence was surely a treat. Flavorful and full of texture, something we had been missing dearly. We began with the taco appetizer: crisp corn tortilla filled with mock refried beans, guacamole, cashew “cheese”, “sour cream”, and lettuce. These were the best part of the meal. The combination of their “sour cream”, perfect guac and the earthy “bean” was spot-on. The corn tortilla was thick with a nice sweetness.

So many delicious-sounding choices for an entree! In the end, I chose the Big Moc: Double burger patties, avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion, and seasoned with thousand island sauce. Dare I say that the corn chips were the best part of the dish? This is, of course, related to what I had been so dearly missing all week: the sound of a sourdough pretzel, the crispy cereal flake against the soft banana slice: the satisfying bite of something crunchy on my tongue, not wet and alive. The Big Moc‘s bun was dense kamut bread and its salty burger and “bacony” strips of an unknown ground-up combination. It was satisfying, although I passed much of it off to Wok Man, who shredded through his California Sausage Pizza quickly. I was enjoying it at first but soon slowed my eating to a halt. In this moment, rebelling against the dish, I embraced my undying love for cooked food. Starchy carbohydrates: grilled, broiled, mashed, covered in sizzling roasted garlic, top with a running stream of Earth Balance; whole grains and not-so-whole grains- a sweetened batter poured into a pan and baked at 350 till the fork is clear. Aahhh.  I would not/could not convert to raw foodism. It was decidedly so. And so for a sweet ending, their Banana Split Chia Sundae: A combination of banana, chia seed pudding, ice cream topped with strawberries, pecan and chocolate sauce. Even considering the single stingy scoop of “ice cream” and the odd tapioca-like texture of the gelatinous chia seeds, this dessert was a very happy ending to our meal. 

Tomorrow is all juice.