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Pumpkin Shiitake Miso Soup by Alive!

Posted By I Love Pumpkins on December 21, 2008

Cheap ingredients, expensive soup.

Cheap ingredients, expensive soup.

Pumpkin devotees are familiar with my dilemma. Most pumpkin foods are desserts. So it was a nice change seeing the Pumpkin Shiitake Miso Soup at the Ferry Building this morning, created by the raw food restaurant “Alive!”. I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to do extra sit-ups or skip another meal just to keep my blog from making me fat, which is what I typically do.

Recipe analysis suggests that most pumpkin foods are desserts.

My recipe analysis suggests that most pumpkin foods are desserts.

Their miso soup contained chunks of fresh pumpkin, carrots and shiitake mushrooms and well… it wasn’t actually raw but that’s ok, because raw pumpkin might give you a tummy ache. By the way, the “!” is part of their name. Hopefully Alive! won’t share the fate of some other “!” companies out there.

The two employees working Alive!’s stand looked pretty damn healthy. I suppose a diet of raw uncooked vegetables keeps you lean. But do they have any fun? I guess so. Their website is promoting a Winter Solstice Party tomorrow night. For $25 you can eat raw vegetables… all night long.

Sounds like... FUN ???

Sounds like... FUN ???

They probably won’t serve alcohol. Even though some raw foodists consider wine and champagne to be raw, drinking booze is a topic of philosophical ambiguity in their community. So with all due respect, tomorrow night while the veggies rock out at their party, I’ll be spending my $25 on a couple of single malt scotches, ice on the side, wondering if I should resolve to go raw in 2009. I’ll let you know what I conclude, dear readers. Even though my decadent nature may be a walking advertisement for raw foodism, I’m too attached to exit Samsara!

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