Thursday, May 31, 2012

Counter Culture

The other day I took the kids to eat lunch at Counter Culture, in East Austin. Counter Culture started out as a food trailer and recently opened as a sit-down restaurant. It's super cute -- you can see a picture here. Aqua is my favorite color, so it goes without saying I am in love with their decor.

All the food is vegan, and there are several raw options. We ordered two raw entrees to share. Each entree comes with a choice of two sides.

Pesto "Rawviolis" -- the raviolis are made from thinly sliced jicama and filled with cashew cheeze. The pesto topping was amazing! It has a totally intense basil flavor. I loved this dish so much. Olivia devoured the raw kale salad. It's called Pac-Man salad because the carrot slices are cut to look like little Pac-Man faces. Cute! There was also a side of quinoa salad -- quinoa with nuts and raisins mixed in. 

Raw Pad Thai -- the "noodles" are made from kelp, a sea vegetable. I had never heard of kelp noodles. Apparently, they are very low in calories. I wouldn't have known this unless I looked it up, because this dish was filling. In addition to the noodles, there were scallions, cilantro, sunflower seeds, and various greens. The sides were garlicky greens and roasted sweet potatoes.

Everything was so delicious! I can't wait to go back and eat there again.

This morning we had some friends over to play. I served some kid-friendly snacks. We had hummus with baby carrots and pita chips, and I made these easy sugar-free lemon-coconut balls.

I also made the chocolate chip banana bread from 1000 Vegan Recipes. Best banana bread ever, hands down!

Have a great day!


  1. what a cute name for a restaurant! those rawvioli look so interesting!! i love pesto -- i could eat it everyday! haha thanks for sharing! those are some lucky kiddies who got to eat those yummy snacks at their play date!!:)

  2. That restaurant sounds great! I've read about kelp noodles on several blogs now and they've all given great reviews.