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With only my breakfast green smoothie & an almond milk latte in my belly, I was quite hungry by the time I made it to Peace Pies. And since my lunch was all raw, I thought it would be okay to treat myself to an appetizer, wrap, & dessert! I started with the house made flax crackers & cashew hummus…
The crackers were slightly savory & crisp, & the hummus was wonderfully smooth & creamy, & not too garlicky. They were even nice enough to let me take the container home with the rest of the hummus which I will enjoy with celery, or wrapped in a chard leaf.
Choosing my entree didn’t come easy, as they offer a wide array for dishes to choose from – a hearty kale salad (which I’ve had before & is fabulous!), zucchini linguine, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, dried goods & pizzas (which they are known for). After much mulling over the menu, I went with a raw wrap…
I love raw wraps, & often make them at home stuffed with veggies & hummus or a vegan “chickpea-of-the-sea” spread & was intrigued by the sunflower pate. It also sounded healthy & light, which I was in the mood for. I really enjoyed the sunflower pate (& immediately picked up a bag on my way home so I can make the recipe in Crazy Sexy Kitchen) as well as the collard leaf wrap. I’ve always been wary of using a collard leaf in my wraps because I was afraid it would be to dense, so typically use chard, but I found the collard held up much nicely than my chard leaves & was a sturdier vehicle for the goodness enveloped inside. I also loved the addition of pickles (my fave) & will be adding pickles to my homemade wraps. Yum.
And finally, dessert…
I had to! They’re named Peace Pies for a reason, folks, & their raw pies are divine. The coconut creme was a no brainer for me – I am cuckoo for coconuts! I decided to take a slice to go to enjoy at home with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack. It was a glorious treat. Rich & velvety cashew & coconut filling nestled on an almond-raisin crust.
For anyone living in or visiting San Diego who enjoys raw foods, Peace Pies is a must. The Encinitas location is small & casual, with friendly service, & a quiet outdoor patio where you bask in the sunshine while listing to some mellow reggae vibes. Every time I eat a raw meal, I walk away thinking this type of diet is something I could really get used to. I enjoy the lightness of being that I feel after consuming raw foods, not to mention sustained energy & vitality. Incorporating more raw foods into my daily diet is definitely an intention for 2013!
With a satisfied belly full of delicious raw delights, & a renewed surge of energy, I made my way to my favorite San Diego spot – The Self Realization Fellowship’s Meditation Gardens (check out my post last year for more photos of this magical place).
I do believe that this is the most beautiful place in all of San Diego. Quiet, calming, & serene with amazing ocean views, it always calls to me when I am in a pensive mood – it is THE place to sit & quietly contemplate intentions for the new year, meditate, do some journaling, or just sit in silence while soaking up a healthy dose of vitamin D. Every once in a while the dolphins come out to play, as the did yesterday, frolicking in the waves with the surfers! What a sight.
This was truly an enjoyable “day for me” & a ritual I will repeat every new year, & beyond.