If food brings friends together, Groupon brings friends together in fancy places.
Stella is another super awesome friend from work that I am always too stressed or scared or rushed at work to talk to which is a shame because she mad cool. G works more closely with her and is always telling me how much we have in common (like being totally fantastic and so, so pretty and like really smart and junk and liking Batman comics and rap and reading food blogs, etc.) so hopefully this is only the beginning of a wonderful friendship.
G also played a part in getting us together because that weirdo doesn't like Quintessence. I've been there enough at this point to say I really like Quintessence and thankfully Groupon has offers for them fairly regularly. So I bought one recently and took someone who would appreciate the meal. Not to mention it was another hot as Hades summer afternoon so raw food sounded perfect.
Stella is from Oakland and as soon as we sat down, said "I feel like I've been transported back to California." It IS really sweet inside the restaurant, maybe next time I'll get some interior pictures.
The server brought out complimentary shots of some refreshing apple and green juice with our menus to start. Since the Groupon was worth $40 worth of food, perhaps influenced by the freebie, I got a small green juice with a shot of ginger to go along with my meal:
Stella got the Gomen-ae appetizer: chilled kelp noodles with spinach in a sesame sauce. I think she liked it. I've never had kelp noodles but Stella is more adventurous than I am, so she apparently makes them a lot. Sometime I'll try em.
I am totally boring and got a salad. But a delicious salad! This was Quintessence's version of a Caesar salad.
Romaine, cucumber, tomato, and avocado in a pignoli-miso dressing. With olives and "caramelized" dehydrated onion. It was delicious. The onions were the best part - kinda crunchy and very um...pungent.
The only thing I didn't like about this trip to Quintessence was that the service was kind of slow. It's hard to tell how much time we can take on lunch when we have to get back to work, but G and I have come before on a lunch hour and made it back in time. Whatever, time flies when you're having fun. Anyway, it was a fun lunch out and I'm so happy to have another dining
partner who I can have a good conversation with. Thank you, thank you
Stella. Also we have to-be-determined plans to cook together! I love it!
This lunch was meant to be part of a raw cleanse week but I already screwed that up. However, even off of one meal, I walked back to work feeling like I was floating. I was energized and happy and nourished and please let this be a reminder to me to eat better (and go back to Quintessence) (and have good friends.)