My parents are on vacation in Georgia, right near the Florida line. When Georgia (wholemom) posted this thread I looked to see if there were any raw restaurants near where my parents are, so they could add a special dinner to their vacation.
Well, there is one in St. Augustine Florida, about two hours south of where they are, and it looks soooo coool! It's called The Present Moment Cafe and they have a great looking menu. Anybody been?
My parents are very excited to go try it out, as it will be their first trip to a raw restaurant!
Now for the REALLY COOL PART!!!
FairyGirl's spontaneous trip to see Carmi got me thinking and...
WELL, I couldn't let my parents have all the fun!!
I got out of rehearsal Thursday night and am flying down to Florida tomorrow morning to meet up with them and eat at the restaurant too!!
I am so excited, I am going to be 25 on monday, and this is the first time I've ever been on a plane (wow!) and I'm so ready to get in the sky and try flying!
I get to hang out with my parents on the beach for two days, Thursday and Friday, and then fly back for rehearsal on Saturday!
It'll be my first flight and my first time at a raw food restaurant! weeee!!!
I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and give a full report of what yummy foods we try!
I'll be missing a few days of the RUMPUS party, but I PROMISE my folks and I will party it up at the restaurant and on the beach!!
****Now, to get all the plants watered before I go!!!
Can you bring Bananas on a plane?? I HOPE SO!!
Raw Since April 14, 2007
How exciting, Abby! I think you can take bananas on the plane if you buy them in the terminal, after you pass through security. Yes, I'm sure you can find them at one of the many food places in the airport. They'll probably cost twice what they are in the store, but you don't have much choice.
I've never been to the restaurant, but I have been to St. Augustine. We went on a field trip with my son when he was in 4th grade - 4 yrs ago. I think you'll like it if you appreciate history and can imagine what it must have been like back when it was first built (you have to kind of look past some of the more commercialized tourist stuff). It really is a very cool fun place to visit.
Can't wait to here your review of the raw restraurant.
Have a great time!
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." – Richard Bach / "Whatever you fight, you strengthen, what you resist, persists." Eckart Tolle A New Earth
I have been and the food, service, and atmosphere are all very good. Doe at RFT posted some pics of the foods she has tried. There seem to be several people at RFT near me. It's a shame we have never met.
I'll try copying her post here. Hope it works.
Foods we've tried at the Present Moment Cafe.
Pics left to right, top row:table by window, today's special top half, Creamy Corn Chowder, Viva Burrito, Pasta w walnut meat and marinara, Tacos of Life, taco close up, Sunlight Burger, Fresh Fruit Heartlet, Banana Split, Apple Cobler, Blueberry Parfet, coffee w almond cream and agave, carot juice, water w lemon and cucumber slices, today's special botom half.
I don't want to divert this thread ... so, as soon as Anabbytree reports on her trip, it can get back to its original intent.
But ... the mention of bananas and airplane trips inspired me to share my experience today, 'k?
So ... I had a workshop in Sacramento and plans to fly up to Oakland (from the LA area) this morning (6:50), drive to Sacramento (1-1/2 hrs.), do the workshop, and then reverse the trip, arriving in Orange County at 8 p.m. tonight. No bags to check. No hotel. No problem. A long day with lots of driving and lots of air time, that's for sure, but I have plenty of raw energy. No problem.
The only issue was -- the food thing, of course. Even if airlines were still serving actual food (hmmmm ... did they ever? I remember quite a few flights as a veggie and the veg plates were indistinguishable from lumps of brown earth), everything they have is packaged, sealed, carbonated, and full of high fructose corn syrup. Oops, I digress. Well, the flight is only 1-1/4 hr. anyway so I sure didn't need to eat during that time. On went my thinking cap. I didn't need to eat on the plane, but I still need to deal with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. I could take all the food, but I'd need ice packs and an insulated carrier. I could find a store up there to buy produce. I could run fast like a rabbit over to Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley on my way -- DANG! not enough time for a detour ... Did someone say no problem?
The banana thing is coming up -- hold on.
My solution: I made a big green smoothie to have in the morning before the flight. Then, I emptied out my carry-on briefcase, stowing the papers I'd need in the outer pockets, and packed a great looking day's worth of perfectly acceptable food all of which fit so well that nothing shifted or squished (shoulda taken a picture!). I'm eating quite simply these days, so it may sound bizarre or unappetizing to some, but here's what I packed: four bananas laying spoon-style next to each other in a zip lock bag, two persimmons and two apples zip-locked flat like a four-pack of puddings, an avocado, a bag of freeze-dried rambutan from TJ (please no one check on the rawness of these -- okay, so they were emergency provisions regardless), a zip-lock of homemade trail mix (mulberries, goji, raisins, pepitas, brazils, walnuts, dulse), 2 small loaves of focaccia bread, 3 spirulina cookies, a few lemons, a shaker of Herbamare, and few herbal tea bags. Looks good. I folded a tea towel on top of it all and it's off to the airport.
At the terminal, since it was carry-on, I just plunked my briefcase on the conveyor, took off my shoes, and away we went. The scanners didn't raise an eyebrow, my food was possibly awash in x-rays, but hey, it's still better than eating some cooked food ... or, more likely in my case, just forgoing any food at all. I had more than enough food for the entire day and even had some left at the end of the trip.
My point, I think, is that you can bring bananas and other food on an airplane; you needn't mortgage your house to buy fruit in the terminal in order to do it.
Oh -- as I'd hoped, the hotel workshop luncheon was something I could work with. That was why I brought the avo, lemons, and salt. The main dish was a big green salad with a chunk of chicken on top garnished with croutons and cheese. I just asked for it without any of that. I added my stuff to the salad, pulled out my focaccia while everyone else ate white death (a.k.a., crusty bread rolls) and my lunch was perfectly satisfactory. The first course had been cut-up fresh fruit -- yummy though just a scanty portion in a parfait glass (didn't they know I was a raving raw foodist who could eat a mixing bowl full of fruit!). Their cheesecake and coffee arrived, and I had one of my cookies and my tea. Since I was matter-of-fact about it and acted like what I was doing was perfectly normal, not one person commented or even looked at me askance (which wouldn't have bothered me anyway).
RawTruth! Hi! I'm glad you've decided to hang out with us more!
I wish I had seen your thread before I went, I would have packed a fruit picnic for myself! I didn't take anything with me on the plane as I didn't want to risk any sort of hassle. But it looks like produce would have been no problem!
I just drank water on the plane and saved my appetite for the raw restaurant, but next time I'm bringing some fruit with me for sure.
Thanks for sharing your story, I liked reading all about your adventure!
Raw Since April 14, 2007
I have a metal bar under my sternum and I was nervous that I would set off the metal detectors and would have to be strip searched or something. I have a dog tag thing that says that I have a footlong piece of metal imbedded in my torso, but you never know what the security folk will get suspicious about!
I went through BOTH times with NO ISSUE! I set of the buzzer thing, but they just waved me on through, I could have been carrying a foot long metal pipe and it wouldn't have mattered!
Oh, well, overall it was an awesome first experience with flying. Both trips were smooth, only one was delayed (and only by an hour) and I got to see really awesome aerial views of Washington, DC and Georgia and Florida coastline!
PS- The restaurant pics and story are coming later, my mom has the camera with them on it and I won't see her until Thanksgiving!!
Raw Since April 14, 2007
Last edited by Anabbytree : 11-18-2007 at 07:17 AM.
Anabbytree! I have a titanium rod in my leg, but it never sets them off either. Every time I fly, I expect it to happen, but nope! I don't know if there is some sort of reason for that, but oh well!
I can't wait to see your pics. The Present Moment is just divine! My mom went raw, changed her mind because she said I couldn't un-cook and food was either boring or awful (I've gotten better!), then changed her mind again after she tried the food there. We were in heaven there.