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Rawr Mint Chocolate Commended in FreeFrom Food Awards
Apr 23rd, 2015 by Rawr

FFFA 15 Raw Superfood Commended CNYK 300dpi

 

The title says it all…. Our mint chocolate bar has been commended in this year’s FreeFrom Food Awards! Mint is one of our most popular flavours and (in our opinion) one of our tastiest bars. We’re thrilled to have it recognised.

Here’s what the judges had to say: ‘A perfect after-dinner mint chocolate.’ ‘Well-chosen, nutritious ingredients.’

Raw Food at Sunrise Celebration Festival 2011
Jun 7th, 2011 by Kendra at Rawr

We love Sunrise Celebration Festival – an annual four-day event near Glastonbury celebrating all things organic, musical, creative, environmentally-aware, alternative and fun. This year, there were wild food foraging workshops, a raw food lecture by Holly Paige, a raw chocolate making workshop, natural beauty product making (raw cacao featured lots!) and much much more.

Veggie and vegan food was everywhere of course, but this year raw food had snuck its way onto the festival scene in a way bigger than ever before! A few cafes sold raw chocolates and cakes, there was an organic fruit and veg stall for stocking up on salad, but the best raw find was the little cafe Simply Rawgeous. Over the festival we sampled their spicy superfood green smoothie (ginger, turmeric, hemp milk, goji berries, dates, spirulina, maca, cacao and cayenne), raw falafels, raw lasagne and raw pizza – check out the pictures! Although it was tucked away in the corner, by the end of the festival it was hard getting a seat there – proof of raw food’s ever-growing popularity.

New Raw Restaurant ‘Vantra’: Our Visit
Nov 12th, 2010 by Kendra at Rawr

Having thought I’d been to all of London’s raw restaurants, I was really excited to hear about Vantra, a new restaurant near Oxford Street which opened just last month.

Vantra is not yet fully up and running. When we visited this week, the food counters boasting signs for ‘raw falafel’ and ‘raw buckwheat pizza’ were sadly empty, and the owners were still screwing together furniture around us! We read reviews from the grand opening on https://www.pizzaovenreviews.co.uk and were so excited, it was so hard to be so close yet so far. The restaurant has great potential though – bigger and more central than many of London’s other raw eateries, with long tables, high stools and attractive lighting.

We filled ourselves up at the vegan buffet – mostly cooked or steamed, but with some raw salads – and sampled a couple of the nut milk based drinks (the extensive selection of smoothies and juices is ‘coming soon’). My carob and vanilla ‘Living Latte’ (no coffee, just warmed nut milk) was delicious, as was the fruity Nut Milk Lassi.

Keep an eye on the Vantra website – we think it will definitely be worth a visit once it gets going.

Raw Restaurant Review: InSpiral, Camden
Jun 5th, 2010 by Kendra at Rawr

Dinner at InSpiral

Last Friday was my lucky day…. Not only did I get to visit Saf for brunch (see review below), but dinner was at InSpiral in Camden – one of the last raw restaurants in London on my ‘to visit’ list!

InSpiral has a fantastic location – right on the bank of the river and just opposite the vibrant Stables area of Camden Market. On the day we visited it was hot and sunny, and Camden was buzzing. We had our raw dinner overlooking the river and some great street drumming!

InSpiral, like Saf, serves a combination of raw and non-raw food, but the comparisons end there. Whereas Saf is gourmet with a very classy atmosphere, InSpiral serves raw food like you’d make at home (in fact, I think I know just which raw recipe books our food came from!), cheaper (£7/8 for each main meal), and with a more cafe-style environment. Saf is for special occasions; InSpiral for a yummy but everyday meal.

Raw Koftas

As there were two of us eating, we chose the two different raw meals on offer: a Sun Burger with ‘ketchup’, and raw koftas with lemon sauce. Each main came with a choice of 3 of 5 salads. We could also have chosen avocado halves with a mixture of salads instead of a main.

Both the burger and koftas were nice, but very strong in flavour, and just like the dehydrated food I make at home. I really enjoyed the accompanying salads though, perhaps more so than my koftas – a great range of ingredients and flavours.

InSpiral’s juicer was broken when we visited, so we had to pass up green juice in favour of one of the pre-made smoothies. Mine was very sweet, with banana, mango, coconut and agave; my Rawr partner’s was a little fresher with berries and banana.

Having skipped dessert at Saf earlier in the day, we made sure to share one at InSpiral! There was a good range of raw desserts to choose from, including key lime pie, chocolate cake, and numerous small chocolates and truffles. Raw chocolate being readily available in our house, we went for the key lime pie, which was delicious. On the side we had a scoop of vegan ice-cream with lavender and purple corn – the cafe has a huge range of homemade, cashew-based ice-creams with superfoods such as cacao and camu-camu.

Saf will always be my favourite raw restaurant, but InSpiral wins at the non-gourmet end of the scale!

Raw Restaurant Review: Saf, Kensington
May 28th, 2010 by Kendra at Rawr
Our meal at Saf...yum!

Our meal at Saf...yum!

If you’re interested in raw food and you ever get the chance to visit London there are an increasing number of raw restaurants on the menu. You can find a quick guide to them here.

Over the last couple of years we’ve visited several from the list, including Dragonfly Wholefoods, the original Saf and VitaOrganic. Saf was hands down our favourite – so I was thrilled to hear they’ve recently opened a second London branch, in the health foods mecca that is the WholeFoods Market in Kensington High Street. And I was even more delighted to be taken there for my birthday brunch!

We visited early, at 11 a.m., but even though we were the first to arrive we certainly weren’t the only diners by the end of our delicious hour there. Word has obviously got round! Saf also serves hot vegan food and cocktails, catering well to raw and non-raw.

Cheese Platter

Cheese Platter

As it was still early in the day, we decided to share a large raw cheese platter and a salad rather than going for two mains. Both came beautifully presented – Saf is definitely more on the gourmet end of the scale than the other raw restaurants we’ve tried. The cheese course came on a large slate plate, with several different types of raw vegan cheese, dehydrated crackers and a smattering of dehydrated tomatoes. Amazing. I’ve tried making seed cheese myself but nothing I’ve ever made has tasted as close to ‘real’ cheese as Saf’s did – truly delicious.

Sea Vegetable Salad

To accompany the cheese platter we chose the Sea Vegetable Salad: a really tasty mix of beetroot, carrot, daikon and sesame-ginger vinaigrette with half an avocado on the side.

Although the portions were quite small looking, we felt surprisingly satisfied afterwards. Though had we been hungrier we would have needed to order more, or at least a main course with, for example, dehydrated bread or more nuts and seeds. It was also quite pricey for the amount of food – £16.99 for the cheese platter for two (Saf also serves a smaller, cheaper platter for one as a starter) and £8.50 for the salad. But the price did reflect the amazing presentation and taste of the food – if only the raw food I make could taste as good!

Definitely one to visit, and perfect for a special occasion.

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