Cilantro Live!

June 28, 2008 at 7:22 am 15 comments

Raw Cheeseburger at CilantroWhile we were in beautiful San Diego in May, we enjoyed some delicious raw food at “Cilantro Live!”. They have three locations in the San Diego area…and the closest one to us was the Hillcrest location. Situated within a cute little neighborhood in the heart of the city, Clilantro has a very open and relaxed feel. The entire front of the restaurant is open to the sidewalk, and the wall of green plants make it feel so fresh and fun.

My parents were in San Diego with us as well, and luckily they are very adventurous with food and have already been to the Ecopolitan with me in Minneapolis. They were excited to check it out. My mom’s very favorite food is cilantro, so that was a good sign.

We tried a good variety of things from their menu:

  • Cilantro Live Soup: “warm avocado and cilantro broth topped with diced tomatoes”
  • Cheeseburger: “our home made burger patty made of sun-dried tomatoes, flax seeds, bell peppers, garlic, & mushrooms served on an almond pulp & buckwheat bun. with freshly-made cashew cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, & onions.”
  • Entree Sampler: “two nori rolls (“daikon, bell peppers, cucumbers, avocado, wild rice, & a pine nut pate. served with a japanese dipping sauce”), one spring roll (“broccoli sprouts, red & yellow peppers, cilantro, mint, cabbage, avocado, & jicama wrapped in find sun-dried rice paper. served with a hoisen dipping sauce”), one buenos vida wrap (“cilantro pate, wild rice, & house nut cheese, topped with salsa fresca”), two rawviolis (“thinly sliced roma tomatoes stuffed with pine nut-basil cheese & pesto sauce”) & two mini pizzas (“sun-dried tomato sauce on a crisp multi-seed crust, topped with onions, olives, & house nut cheese”) … served with a house salad.
  • Walnut Fig Wrap: “walnut & fig pate topped with tri-colored onions, tomato, & olives”
  • Pizazza Wrap: “sun-dried tomato pate, tri-colored onions, red bell peppers, olives, & house nut cheese”
  • Rawberry Shortcake: “with a scoop of vanilla cashew ice cream & coconut flakes”
  • Carrot Cake
  • Banana Split
  • Cacao Mousse
  • Several scoops of vanilla cashew ice cream with strawberries on top for Bella

Raw Cacao DessertYes, we enjoyed it ALL. My favorite was definitely the “rawviolis”…so rich and delicious. And of course, the desserts were amazing πŸ™‚ In fact, we went back the next day just for more desserts! Yum! yum. I also really enjoyed the little pots of wheatgrass on each table. It made me feel ALIVE just looking at them! πŸ™‚ The next time you get to San Diego…make it a point to dine at Cilantro!

Click here to view the photo album from our visit.


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  • 1. Maria Kenney  |  June 29, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Do you have any idea how to make that avocado-cilantro soup? I’m new to raw cooking and would love any help to get started. Thanks!!

    Maria Kenney

  • 2. hihorosie  |  June 30, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Food sounds incredible and that burger? I want it. Now. πŸ˜€

  • 3. lauren  |  June 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    mmm that sounds soo yum! i wish we had a place like this over here – on the other coast πŸ™‚

  • 4. Our Green Nest  |  June 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Everything sounds so delicous! Have you all made it to the DFW area yet?? Probably…if so, did you get to check out Spiral Diner?

  • 5. livelightly  |  July 1, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Yes…we were in Dallas, but didn’t get to check it out. For sure next time though!! We hope to be back sometime this winter.

  • 6. Tara  |  July 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    OMG! That all looks wonderful! I’m hungry now…

  • 7. Andrea  |  July 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    PLEASE do a post on that raw feast you made for your parents!!! Recipes and everything. PLEASE???!! πŸ™‚

  • 8. Lindsay  |  July 2, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! my 3 yr. old, in all his newfound independent glory, has been on a food strike for a few months now, narrowing the scope of what he will and will not eat, and it’s been driving me NUTS trying to get him to eat all the green things he used to LOVE!!!! well, well…enter GREEN SMOOTHIES!!!!! right this moment, he’s devouring a mango/banana/SPINACH smoothie, saying things like, “can i bring this smoothie outside with us?”, “when i’m done with my smoothie, can i have a sip of eric’s?” OMG, you are my nutrition heroine!!!!!!! and sooooo easy…. with spinach, no less, whodah thunk it?!?!?!?!
    lots of bright green hugs and kisses,

  • 9. Sara  |  July 3, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I actually have posted all of those recipes on here already! πŸ™‚ It was the sprouted quinoa tabouli, caesar salad, and green salad with balsamic vinegarette. Yum!

  • 10. MCSheWatchCH0  |  July 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    i work there!!! or worked there after this weekend, sorry guys…. our doors are shut.

  • 11. Laila  |  October 12, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Just wanted to say hi and thanks for sharing all of these things. I only have one question for you regarding the raw food diet. How do you remain full without eating bread/pasta/rice/carbs? Thank you very much for your time and any advice you offer. Peace!

  • 12. Jen  |  February 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I was wondering… for MCSheWatchCH0 who worked there, or to anyone else who may know… do you know how to make the flax seed crackers? I haven’t found them anywhere else, and I miss them. 😦

  • 13. livelightly  |  February 2, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Jen…not sure about their particular recipe, but flax crackers are super easy to make. If you Google “raw flax crackers”, you’ll come up with a bunch of ideas πŸ™‚ Just spice them different for different flavors.

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