Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Soul Food

I saw this article in the latest issue of Body and Soul and found it really cool.

It's not enough to go out to dinner and come home full. Your ego should feel as satiated as your body. At least, that's the goal of a new breed of restaurants recently opened on opposite coasts. With four California locations (and more on the way), Cafe Gratitude calls its organic, local, vegan and raw dishes by esteem-building affirmations: "I am Graceful" is a Thai quinoa bowl; "I am Victorious," a macadamia nut porridge; "I am Sensational," a pesto pizza. You're encouraged to utter these words when you order, and the servers repeart them when they bring out your food. Cafe Emunah in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the result of a collaboration between a rabbi and a psychologist. Inspired by Kabbalistic teachings, their menu is heavy on biblical references such as "After the Flood" sushi rolls, "Foresight" appetizers, and "Garden of Eden" desserts. But perhaps the most innovative menu option is a "side of table talk." Order that and cofounder Marla Reis, Ph.D., will sit down and work through whatever issues you happen to have on your mind.

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