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Luna’s Living Kitchen, Charlotte

Luna’s Living Kitchen, Charlotte

My husband brought me to Charlotte for my birthday (and to check out a college for our daughter) last month. He had heard about Luna’s Living Kitchen as a great place to eat for both those who have a plant-based preference and those who don’t.

It is located in the historic south end of Charlotte near the Atherton farmer’s market. The setting includes outdoor seating with great ambiance.

We were there for dinner and had a good variety of selections to choose from. I chose the Fire & Brimstone Burger which was a gluten-free quinoa-millet burger “spiced with chipotle sunflower hummus, onion, cucumber, guacamole and house hot sauce” served on baked multi-grain bread. This was more than delicious and I could eat it everyday! My husband chose the Arugula Harvest Salad which consisted of what I thought was an unusual combination: arugula, red cabbage, root vegetables, avocado, pear, carmelized pecans, pumpkin seeds, raisins, homemade cashew-basil cheese and a maple mustard vinaigrette.
What surprised us was how all the flavors and textures blended together so well. We topped off the meal with the raw Lemon-Berry Cheesecake. The pecan crust was topped with a combination of cashews, coconut, lemon and organic berries. A bit tart but delicious.
I must add that everything was plated very creatively.

I was only sorry that I didn’t get to experience another meal at this place.

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Boba House, Greensboro

Boba House, Greensboro

Recently I found myself on business in Greensboro and not too far from the NCAA swim venue and UNC Greensboro is a great healthy restaurant. Though I did not have time to eat a variety of foods, I carefully observed what others were eating and looked at their faces after the first bite. You know what I mean, the first bite test.

I had the Honey Teriyaki Kebab. The presentation on the skewers was great. The dish was colorful and tasty. As usual I noticed a nearby twenty-something couple eating a stir fry dish with wheat noodles with cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, greens, and onions that if I wanted a meal to go , I would have ordered.

My meal was strong and fresh. The ambience made the day. Something you must try yourself. All of the healthy restaurants have an ambiance and uniqueness and Boba House was no exception. I came alone on this trip, but would definitely invite a friend on my next visit. I heard about the place from a native who has tried all the dishes on the menu. Of course I find that “hard to Swallow.” The food at Boba House was easy to swallow.

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Plant, Asheville

Plant, Asheville

Plant is a restaurant, in my opinion, where meat-lovers could become huge plant-based food fans.  Food presentation is spectacular and food taste is delicious.  The menu is located on the web site for perusal.  I had the bean burger topped with onion rings which has won many awards along with a Lime-Aid sweetened with agave.  An added plus is that you may dine with your dog out on the porch.

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The Laughing Seed, Asheville

The Laughing Seed, Asheville

Seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Call ahead for large parties.  The Laughing Seed offers wide variety of international vegetarian food in an indoor/outdoor setting in downtown Asheville.  I tried the Sloppy Jo, which consisted of tofu barbecue topped with southern slaw and a tahini mustard sauce served on a whole wheat bun.  I am a bit skeptical about sweet and tangy but found this taste to be one that I have thought about many times since.  Yum!  Very nice laid back environment; perfect, it would seem, for most any occasion.