A BLISSful graduation gift
Secret Agent Almost Hegan (a.k.a. Matt) would like to pass on that he’s appreciating all your comments on his international travel manifesto. He plans to respond to each one, as soon as he completes his most recent adventure in hegan espionage. 😉
Speaking of Matt, I mentioned in my graduation post that he and I had been invited last week to dine at Bliss Raw Café & Elixir Bar in celebration of my completion of Level I at the 105degrees Academy! Dee, the owner, offered us drinks, dinner, and dessert on the house at their new Preston Center location. (Sadly, their Greenville location, where Matt and I ate twice before, has closed, but luckily the new one has the same menu.) What a terrific graduation gift! Dee is a fan of my blog, and has loved the previous reviews I’ve written of Bliss Café, so it was a delight to be invited back.
Matt and I arrived around 6:30pm last Saturday, and were greeted by name at the door. Our server, Sean, is evidently an Almost Vegan reader too—he actually asked me why I don’t like salad! Too funny.
This new Preston Center location is very different from the Greenville one. For one, it’s indoors! It’s got great mood lighting, and gorgeous photographs displayed on the wall.
The kitchen lies right on the other side of this frosted glass window.
To drink, I ordered my favorite, the Hemp Horchata (hempseed milk with cinnamon, mesquite, and agave nectar—so creamy, it’s like a milkshake!). Matt got something new, the Blissfully Green, which is their Chocolate Bliss drink (raw cacao superfood blend with agave, tocotrienols, coconut, and cacao butter) with Revitaphi (“phytonutrient alkalizing beauty blend”) and spirulina. Matt’s drink tasted a little too “greeny” to me, but my Horchata was the best one I’ve had there yet.
I knew ahead of time that I was in a kelpy mood (whatever that means), so I got the Vietnamese Bowl: kelp noodles tossed in almond sauce with carrot, red pepper, jalapeños, cashews, and black sesame seeds.
So, so, so good. It had not even the slightest hint of sea taste (a necessity, for me, with kelp noodle dishes), and I was so wonderfully pleased with the sauce—it was full-flavored but feather-light. I’d eat this again in a heartbeat.
When Sean brought Matt’s Spaghetti and Meatballs to the table, both Matt’s and my mouths nearly dropped open.
Now THAT is a plate of food! Alongside a huge salad, it had spiralized zucchini noodles with sundried tomato marinara, pistachio pesto, chopped black olives, a splash of lemon, and of course the “meat”balls, which were surprisingly tender and perfectly complemented the crisp salad and fresh “pasta.”
Did you know that Bliss Café’s chef, Kelly Dennis, is the former pastry chef at 105degrees?! Matt and I were fortunate enough to get to try her heavenly Pumpkin Cheesecake.
This thing was out of this world good. The crust was so chewy and nutty, the filling was so warmly spiced and flawlessly sweetened, and that cinnamon-honey-caramel glaze on top was just to die for. Kelly, if you’re reading this, 1) thank you for creating this amazing treat, and 2) pleeease tell me the recipe!
As if that weren’t enough, Sean brought us two little chocolate truffles to end the meal with.
He also kindly snapped a couple pictures of us, blissfully sated after this beautiful dinner.
We got to meet Dee outside afterward, and she was a joy to chat with. She’s opening up another restaurant in Dallas soon, a cooked vegan eatery called The V-Spot. I can’t wait to visit there!
After we left, Matt was inexplicably happy and hyper; a bit “high on life,” it seemed. He couldn’t stop saying how good, how satisfied, how alive he felt after this meal. That, my friends, is what raw food is all about.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!
And thank you again to Dee, Sean, and everyone at Bliss! We hope to return very, very soon.