Monday, June 23, 2008

Give It to Me Raw SEXY Dinner

Philip, Disa & Austin at the GITMR SEXY Dinner

Hey, I didn't make that up! That's what dinner last night at Au Lac, a raw and cooked vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Fountain Valley, was called. I had the pleasure of meeting several people from and of dining on the unbelievably creative Raw tasting menu Chef Ito prepared for us.

Although Au Lac is only 25 minutes from my home, I'd never made it over there before last night. I will definitely return again and again. I can't wait to take Lovely Boyfriend, who's always game to try something different. Of all the Raw restaurants we've visited, Au Lac ranks as Number One for most imaginative use of ingredients. Don't believe me? Take a look at the menu from last night.


Apertif: THE LOVE JUICE - Sweet grass, screwpine, frankincense, gold, hhut jolokja peppers

Nori, natto, sprouts, daikon, mustard, shrooms, shiso, cucumber

Avo, coconut meat, cilantro, chips and thyme

Watercress, "fried" onions, cherry tomatoes, jicama, carrots, teriyaki

Sea tangle, kalamata, "fried" onions, holy basil, parmesan, pesto

Funguy, oregano, chili peppers

Pineapple, "grilled" onions, zucchini, red bell pepper, melted mozzarella, marinara

Macadamia, cacao, blue agave juice, coconut base

Yes, we were served all of the above! And yes, it was as good as it sounds! Wipe your lips with the back of your hand, and look up directions to this amazing place. Normally, I sit around restaurants trying to figure out how to recreate the dishes at home. For several of these, I knew my only chance to experience them again would be to come back and hope they're on the regular menu. My favorites included THE LOVE JUICE, sweet with a spicy finish, the hand roll, soup, salad, pasta and dessert. I ended up bringing much of my meal home.

Alyssa & Chris, our wonderful organizers

The company was as wonderful as the food. Many thanks to Alyssa and Chris, who arranged this get-together for us. Philip from Lovingraw was visiting L.A. and made it down to the O.C. as a guest of honor. Matt Monarch was also in town and joined us. I didn't get a chance to chat with Debbie, from Debbie Does Raw. (Debbie- if you see this, I really enjoy your blog!) Gavin and Erica stopped by our table, too. I don't remember everyone's names, but I had the pleasure of dining with Disa, the Unbaker, and Austin, Dan (a raw curious guest), KarmaFree Kale Chips, Vanilla Bean and Pineapple Head, and another guy with a great sense of humor at my table.

Matt Monarch, author of Raw Spirit, chats with guests

I have many more pictures, most of which I will save for blackmail purposes, since I caught lots of folks chewing, and the light was low, casting scary shadows that make people look older than they do in real life. It was a pleasure to meet in person so many of the supporters of Raw food that I run into online. Can't wait to do it again!


HiHoRosie said...

Oooh, how fun and yummy! And Disa's a doll isn't she? That's so cool you got to meet so many people from GITMR. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Disa said...

Wow, I knew you would be blogging about this, but not right away! I hope you don't have any blackmail pics of me. It was so fun meeting you and enjoying the great entertainment at our table. Later on in the evening, I got to enjoying hearing Austin jam with Pineapple Head, and Govinda, and Vanilla Bean singing. It was a late night, but well worth it. Oh yeah and I wish I could have practiced self control like you, cuz my tummy hurts!

April Nicole said...

matt monarch is so hot. good thing I wasn't there, there might've been many an indecent comment and sexual innuendo made aloud. haha

Michelle J said...

Wow, i'm jealous!! Looks and sounds amazing! Glad you got to meet up with some great raw folks!!!

yardsnacker said...

Yeah I am so jealous too, but in a good way! What fun!

Sarah said...

I'm glad you got to hang out with so many like minded people! Yay for you :) Looked like a lot of fun.

Rediscover Raw Food said...

It was amazingly fun, and great to meet people in person, especially Disa and Austin, cuz they're right up the road from me. (Austin's claiming L.A. though!)

I wish I could've stayed for the jam session, but I was sleepy!

LB made me promise to post about the event first thing in the morning. Can't break a promise to the Lovely Boyfriend!

Miss Jamie said...

Wow good for you over coming obesity! You look so bright and are glowing. I just started 50 days raw.........if you have any tips I would love it, thanks!