Alive and Kicking
Alive Vegetarian Cuisine, 1972 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123, 415 923 1052
Alive, creators of vibrant food for the body and the soul, were doing a promotion outside the Far West Fungi in the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday. They were selling samples of their food including some desserts made from Candy Cap mushrooms. I was curious and they sounded delicious as well as intriguing, so I bought two at $5 each.
I took mine home. Things were hotting up at the Ferry Building and I had an inkling they would taste better chilled. I firmed them up in the freezer for about half an hour. Both of these desserts were vegan and 'raw', made with nuts, cacao and fruit. Both had a candycap mushroom topping too. They explained this was just for the tie in with Far West Fungi promotion, their desserts don't ordinarily contain mushrooms.
When you eat either of these 'cheesecake'/tortes, you just cannot possibly believe they are either vegan or raw. They were both so totally delicious and different from each other I couldn't decide which one I preferred. The raw cacao had such a dense chocolate depth to it. The raspberry had a nice tart zing. I think they went pretty well with each other - maybe a chocolate raspberry should be Alive's next combination.
I am not sure I am ready for another full-on raw restaurant experience so soon after Cafe Gratitude. But I'll be working fairly close by to their restaurant in a couple of months from now, at which point I'll be sure to pay them a lunchtime visit. (Their lunch prices are cheaper than dinner.) If the delicious desserts I tried on Saturday are anything to go by, the experience will be something to look forward to.