Date night at Live Organic Food Bar

I was reminded this weekend that I am an incredibly lucky person. Yes, I have great friends and family, I have a wonderful partner, and I’m in good health. Those things are all important, but there’s another reason that I felt so lucky over the weekend — because I live just a very short walk from one of Toronto’s best raw food restaurants, Live Organic Food Bar!

I haven’t blogged much yet about Live, but it’s definitely one of my favourite restaurants. I go there fairly regularly since it’s so close by, and I’m never disappointed. Founded in 2002, Live started off as a small juice bar, but soon expanded into a full-menu restaurant, with a beautiful, fresh interior, and sublime backyard patio when the weather is nice. The menu is 100% vegan, focuses on wholesome, organic food, and includes a variety of both raw and cooked dishes. This is something I love about Live, because it means there is always something for everyone to eat — friends who are less familiar with eating raw can find something to tickle their tastebuds. They mix up the menu seasonally (something else I love, because who doesn’t get excited over new dishes?), and they serve a spectacular brunch on the weekends. Live also sells a line of raw snacks and pre-made, fresh raw meals-to-go at local health food stores – a great way to eat raw on the go!

Saturday was date night. Before heading to the movie theatre to watch Inception (awesome film!), we stopped in at Live for dinner on the patio. It was the first time I had been there since they brought in the summer menu, so I was eager to try some of the new dishes. I had a hard time choosing! I always yearn for my old standard, the Rainbow Kale Salad (you know of my obsession with kale), but we decided to split two new entrees — the Unstirfry, and the Pepper Poppers. Am I ever glad we did!

The Unstirfry was mind-blowing, featuring jicama and parsnip rice, topped with teriyaki-tossed veggies, mixed seeds, and spicy almonds. Wow! Such a tasty way to get in some extra veggies. The Asian flavours melded together perfectly — this dish rivals any cooked stir fry I’ve ever eaten.

And the Pepper Poppers — yum! I used to love the deep-fried, cream cheese-stuffed red pepper poppers served at so many pubs and mainstream restaurants. But those things just can’t compare to Live’s Pepper Poppers, which were stuffed with sunflower seed pepper Jack ‘cheese’ and corn pepper salsa, served with sesame mayo and an almond cacao mole. So fresh and tasty! If you like Mexican food, you’ll adore these.

We skipped dessert on this particular evening, mostly because we had a movie to get to, but dessert at Live is always a pleasurable experience. I know I’ll be back soon to make up for no dessert on Saturday. And to try the remaining entrees on the new menu :)

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12 Comments to “Date night at Live Organic Food Bar”

  1. I need to get up to toronto! you guys have some good choices for raw restaurants.

    just saw inception, it was very interesting and thrilling.

  2. Wow! Both plates look DELISH! What I would give to live near a Raw foods resty! You lucky lady, you. I’d probably visit often too! Looks like a great place! Thanks for sharing. Never know, when I might be up that way to visit! *wishful thinking* ;)

  3. OMG…Amazing!….the colors…nom! nom! nom! Enjoy!

  4. looks like i’ll have to make another trip to toronto!

    that food looks incredible and i love eating outside. glad you enjoyed your date night!

  5. Wow, yum! You guys have the most delicious raw restaurants up there!! I need to visit!!

  6. YUM!! Raw food so close by? lucky girl!
    Everything looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your date night:)

  7. Gorgeous pics! You can tell that food is vibrant and ALIVE. Can’t get much fresher than that.

    I am so looking forward to Inception. Perhaps I’ll take my self on a date and catch a matinee (the air-conditioned theater is beckoning me).

  8. Everything looked great…what an awesome restaurant.

    Hope you had a great time at the movies!!

  9. oh yum!!! i was there just yesterday for dinner…and i tried the special…greek salad with falafel…AMAZING!

    hmmm maybe we can do live on saturday?!

    =)

    great photography as usual…

  10. I need to check out this resturaunt! What other raw places does Toronto have? I’ve only been to Fresh (not raw but vegan options) and loved it!

  11. Yummy yumm yumm girl! The food looks great. Date nights are always fun!
    I was fortunate to eat at Live twice while in TO. Ate the nachos and the big salad twice! lol
    Nelly had the falafel and it was soo good!

  12. That salad is driving me NUTS. I want it NOW.

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