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Real Food Daily in Santa Monica serves up a completely meatless menu.
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Real Food Daily in Santa Monica serves up a completely meatless menu.

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Eating Raw, Live & Organic To Look Younger - But Does It Taste Any Good?

Barbara Bishop, Columnist
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Barbara Bishop, Columnist

Posted Aug. 8, 2013, 8:07 am

Barbara Bishop / Hot Flash Columnist

A few weeks ago, I met with an interesting potential client, Adam – a chiropractor, healer, and book author. He also did not eat meat, and ate only raw and/or organic food.  

I told him I would give him some free PR counsel if he would give me a lesson in getting to know and understand the benefits of his meatless diet.  

He told me not only would I lose weight, he said that I would be more clear in my thinking, feel better, and look younger! Awesome. But does it taste good?  

We walked (yes walked, how healthy already) to a place called Real Food Daily (RFD).  

It’s quite the institution for organic, meatless, and raw foodies.  

I learned RFD’s food is balanced according to Eastern health philosophies and heart-healthy Western nutrition recommendations, and is made from fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant proteins, and high quality natural condiments. Interesting. But does it taste good?  

Real Food Daily serves a 100 percent plant-based menu – no meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs, butter, or saturated fats from animals or animal by-products.  

Tough to swallow from this meat-and-potato girl from the midwest! But, I was still “game” for the culinary adventure. But does it taste good?

We were seated in an upstairs area, and a thin, pale waiter handed us menus (I thought to myself, if he ate meat, he’d have a rounder, healthier glow to him).

I ordered the Not-Chos, with melted cashew cheese, black beans, pico de gallo, tofu sour cream, and guacamole for $11.75. It was so delicious! It tasted just like the traditional version, so exciting. Losing weight, getting a clearer head, looking younger, and feeling better never tasted so good.

Adam ordered a Pro Kale salad, curly green kale massaged in tahini ginger dressing with cucumber, avocado, dulse (aka sea lettuce flakes) and live sauerkraut (Live sauerkraut! I don’t even like dead sauerkraut – a little too over-the-top for me!). All that goodness for $13.95. I am gonna have to work up to that one.

After lunch, Adam left for a few minutes. He came back with a Real Food Daily Cookbook for me. What a nice surprise!  

I will take it home and work this into my diet. I am certain my husband will never know that the boneless roast chicken breast and green salad we had for Sunday dinner was really sea lettuce flakes and tofu!  

I will be back for the Not-Chos. Yum! Or should I say Ohm...

Hot Flash Universe is the go-to source for women over 40 looking for insight into the hottest, most current trends, products, and issues. Topics are approached with candor, intellect, and a healthy dose of humor. We search for the best Santa Monica has to offer for women of any age to be sexy, smart, and savvy.

Barbara Bishop is President of Santa Monica-based BBPR, Inc. For comments or suggestions, email

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