After shopping, I headed to GRO Cafe, Maine's first raw vegan restaurant. I recharged with a cup of tea, and took some raw chocolates to go. I'm partial to the coconut, but blueberry is nice, too. I find raw chocolate a little grainier and more rich than traditional chocolate. All of GRO cafe's ingredients are gluten-free and vegan, with the exception of the locally-produced honey used to sweeten drinks and desserts.
I ended the day, once again, at Green Elephant. I know there are other vegetarian restaurants in Portland, but I can't break away. I hadn't visited since going gluten-free, and was disappointed to find my choices limited to one appetizer, one soup, and one entree. While I appreciate that Green Elephant's gluten-free options are labelled on the menu, I expected more from a health and diet-saavy restaurant specializing in a cuisine not known for bread. (It's silly and frustrating that tamari is the only ingredient preventing me from safely eating the peanut sauce, since gluten-free tamari is widely available.) These raw collard wraps, with carrot, cabbage, mango, cilantro, and a tamarind dipping sauce were crunchy and delicious, but I missed my fresh rolls.
Next I ate Tofu Tikka Masala, with spinach, edamame, and chick peas served on rice. The tofu, Camden's own Heiwa, was the firmest, heartiest 'fu I've ever eaten.
I've got lots of cooking, house painting, and an all-day sock class planned for this weekend. We're already halfway through Vegan MoFo, can you believe it?