One of the great things about living in New York is that there are so many fantastic, independently-owned organic markets throughout the city.
Earth Matters in Manhattan’s Lower East Side happens to be among the best of them. Aside from the fact that the place is incredibly comfortable and welcoming, the cooked and raw food they serve is fantastic.
Here’s what I had for dinner there recently.
SALAD COMBINATION PLATTER
(Going clockwise) On this plate, I had a sunflower sprout salad, soba noodles, raw kale salad, beet salad, kimchi and a seitan salad.
As you can probably tell, everything was incredibly fresh and my favorite was the seitan salad. It had spectacular taste, something not easy to accomplish with seitan.
RAW VANILLA MACA PIE
The crust was made from flax meal, coconut oil, coconut nectar and vanilla. Topped with strawberries, the filling was made from cashews, maca, vanilla, coconut oil, coconut meat and coconut nectar.
I loved the texture of the vanilla maca pie, and it had just the right amount of sweetness.
RAW EVERYTHING BREAD
Have you ever had one of those “everything” bagels that have poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and several other ingredients?
Well, that was the thinking here but to do it with a raw bread. Pretty brilliant if you ask me and something I had never seen this done before with a raw bread.
The bread, not heated above 118 degrees, was made with onions, flax meal, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, garlic, miso and olive oil. The flavor profile, which was spectacular, immediately brought me back to the days when I used to eat bagels.
Lawrence Goldberg (no relation), the raw chef at Earth Matters and the person who came up with this concoction, is a real talent.
Overall, it was another great meal at Earth Matters and for sure, they’ll be seeing more of me.