How is it possible that I have been in Bend,OR for almost three months and had no clue that Sarah’s Raw & Vegan Cafe was open? I’m subscribed to the Happycow updates and somehow missed this hidden gem. This is currently the only No Meat Kitchen in Bend serving up an impressive menu of superfood smoothies, raw lunches and delectable desserts.
Sarah (pictured above) has the space located behind her husband’s chiropractic office on NW Colorado Ave . I smiled to myself as we passed the sandbox and toys walking to the rear entrance. Yup, you can actually feel the good energy flowing out of the tiny cafe. My Aunty and Uncle came along as food warriors today after our Zumba workout and we were famished. Today’s featured lunch was a raw pizza: flax cracker base, romaine lettuce, marinara sauce, cashew cheese, tomatoes and almond cheese shreds accompanied by a leek salad. We tend to dissect all the elements of a dish and agreed that this was superbly composed. The cracker was hearty enough to hold up to the moist ingredients without becoming a soggy mess while the marinara had enough complexity to avoid being lost in the greens.
Dessert surprised us all..a petite persimmon stuffed with date puree spiced with cinnamon and cloves, topped with a fresh raspberry sauce. Perfect to share and eat enough just to touch the heart ♡
The smoothie options are extensive. It was hard to choose between the Coconut Chocolate Dream, Luscious Lavender or about twenty other choices, but I settled on the Chai smoothie sans avocado. My smoothie was a blend of cashews,dates,banana,cinnamon, clove, nutmeg,warrior protein,vanilla and Himalayan sea salt. So good, I must try and recreate it at home when I leave Bend. I got mine to-go in the honor system Mason jar (return jars to the cafe for continued good juju) and found out they really make an effort to reuse/recycle to cut down on waste. Instead of purchasing to-go containers, Sarah’s Cafe either uses the Mason jars or they pack your goodies in the containers that herbs,dates or other ingredients are shipped to them in. No paper napkins, plastic utensils or straws here.
Grab a hula hoop and burn off those overt fats after your meal. If you’re an expert at wiggling your hips, try it tandem with one of the super friendly staff members! We had a fantastic experience and wish Sarah and the staff much continued success.
*Vegan caveat: I asked about the cheese they used to top the pizza after realizing it was not any of the usual cheese alternatives I was used to. Unfortunately, I had already eaten the whole pizza since the cafe is marketed as “vegan” and I didn’t think to ask before wolfing it down. The almond cheese used here is a brand that does contain casein. I will suggest that perhaps they give Galaxy shreds or Daiya a try.