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42°RAW @ Papaya Playa Project – Tulum, Mexico


2014 UPDATE:

42° Raw closed in 2013 & Papaya Playa Project has lost ALL its cool.

Avoid staying at Papaya Playa
It is now overpriced, under-whelming, dirty and haughty.


42°RAW @ Papaya Playa Project

(52) 984 127 2339
KM 4.5 Bocapaila Road
77780 Tulum, Quintana Roo ,Mexico

www.papayaplayaproject.com
www.42raw.com


2014 UPDATE:
42° Raw closed in 2013 & Papaya Playa Project has lost ALL its cool.
Avoid staying at Papaya Playa – it is now overpriced, under-whelming, dirty and haughty.

Original Post from 6/30/2012

 

Next to the reception at the Papaya Playa Hotel, a member of Design Hotels™, is the super yummy 42°RAW.  This is a branch of the raw food bar started in London and Copenhagen by Jesper Rydahl.  What a great surprise it is to find modern raw cuisine right in Tulum!

The 42° Raw bar has a botanic selection of fresh juices, and staple mains such as the raw Thai noodles and raw lasagna.  This is perfect beach dining, starting with the raw hummus appetizer, one of the big salads and ever-present aguas.  As always, the beauty of raw food is the  guilt-less dessert!  Decadent, rich, full of flavor but instead of bloating that bikini bod you’ve been working on for months for your trip to the beach, they are the nutritional equivalent of a protien supplement!

Unfortunately, we were not able to get inside the Papaya Playa Hotel, but we did get a look at their events schedule.  There are all sorts of activities perfect for vacation – from movie nights under the stars, to sunset bar-b-que on the beach, to packages at the well known Spa.  The trip we really wish we had time for, was the visit to the Tulum Ruins via catamaran!  You arrive by ocean in style, like the 14th century Spanish – except this trip comes complete with champagne!  Next time!!

Papaya Playa Reception

Raw Energy Ball
Raw Thai Noodles
Raw Chocolate Cake
Raw Chocolate Cake
Raw Peakan Square

Raw Hummus

Raw Lasagna

 

 

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La Colombe – New York, NY

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La Colombe

Coffee Shop
(1) 212 625-1717
270 Lafayette Street
(Btw Prince – Houston Streets)
New York, NY 10012

www.lacolombe.com

OPEN HOURS:
7:30am – 6:30pm    Monday – Friday
8:30am – 6:30pm    Saturday & Sunday

The design pulled us in, and the coffee had us coming back. We were pleasantly surprised by La Colombe (no relationship to Colombia, fyi). The Soho, New York location is excellent in its centrality, you are sure to be near it on any journey downtown, and it fills a major geographical coffee gap between the East & West Villages’ cafes. There are 2 other locations in New York city, 2 in Philadelphia and a representative in Chicago and Seoul, South Korea.

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The Soho location, the only we have been to, is a bustling low-key affair with the chimes of clinking cups on saucers and the hum of conversation, pleasantly without any of the attitude that can invade other cafes serving premium coffees. All coffees are served in beautiful ceramic cups and that certainly helps the flavor. The Cappuccinos and Macchiatos are made with care and come out very smooth and creamy, with a nice balance of coffee to fat.  They have a few pastries and savories to enjoy along with the liquid happiness. They also sell a “Cold Pressed” bottled coffee that looks quite serious and could be a go-to item come summer.

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While the store is blissfully free of propaganda, it is good to know that La Colombe a is Fair Trade, organic certified, child saving do-gooder organization. The matching badges that can make you feel as justified as you need to are on display on their website. I believe that this type of activism is quite effective, and I appreciate it more then someone using their actions to sell product. Thumbs up to La Colombe for creating an effective, quality and well-rounded brand.

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Cosmic Cantina – Burrito Bar – New York

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Cosmic Cantina

(1) 212 –  420  0975
101 3rd Avenue
(bet 12th & 13th Sts)
New York, NY, 10003

www.cosmiccantina.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed

At first you think ‘another college burrito bar’, and as Cosmic Cantina is nestled in the midst of a myriad of NYU dormitories, in a sense you would be right.  What sets Cosmic Cantina apart, is that all the ingredients are organic, the tortillas freshly made and everythnig is topped with a broad variety of fresh herbs.

The still warm tortillas come made with spelt, corn, whole wheat and white flour.  The menu is basically a mix-n-match type  as you create your own burrito or quesadilla from the extensive list of choices.  The mole sauce is delicious and any combination you choose has the wholesome feeling of what it is: Quality.

There are a handful of preselected combos on the menu, but the nice touch is that you can add your own personal creations to their database, making for easier ordering of your favorites when you surely return!  Combine all this with a nice selection of juices, beers and organic coffee, it is not surprising that Cosmic Cantina is a hit with many outside of the college crowd.

Another interesting item is that you can ask to see the accounting of the restaurant.  Taking open-source to the next level, the owner has opened his books for all to see.  Fare trade, Organic and transparent.  All this along with their late closing time, you can be sure to get an honest burrito fix when you need it most!

 

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HanGawi – New York, NY

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HanGawi

Korean Vegetarian Restaurant
(1) 212 213-0077
12 E 32nd St
(Btw Madison – 5th Av)
New York, NY 10016

www.hangawirestaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:
12:00m – 2:45pm    Monday – Friday
1:00pm – 3:00pm    Saturday
Dinner
5:00pm – 10:30pm    Monday – Friday
3:00pm – 10:30pm    Saturday
5:00pm –   9:30pm    Sunday

Just on the southern edge of Korea town, hidden behind a large wooden gate one encounters HanGawi, an elegant oasis for balanced, healthy, delicious, MSG free Korean food.  HanGawi has been awarded with two stars by none other then Ruth Rachl  at the New York Times.

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, exchanging your shoes for slippers, you start to relax as the city street energy gets left behind and you enter another dimension of amber light and awaking aromas.  The low tables and raw silk cushions combine with the display of tea pots and tea canisters complete your transference to a different mental place.

All the dishes served at HanGawi are exquisite and beautifully plated.  The sesame-leaf tofu patties arrive perfectly crispy on the outside and easily lend themselves to ordering a second serving!  The different dumpling options, leek pancakes and the kimchi-mushroom pancakes all come with the traditional sweet chili pepper dipping sauce.  Each Korean restaurant worth its salt has its own proprietary blend for the dipping sauce, and HanGawi is no exception with their own delicious blend that has you reaching for your spoon and continually asking for more.

The winner appettizerss for us were the stuffed shiitake mushrooms and the silky tofu clay pot.   Like every Korean restaurant, only better, HanGawi offers a large selection of bibimbaps (translates: mixed meal), a rice base served in a sizzling hot stone bowl which is then topped off with different ingredients.  The bibimbap is served with kimchi and Gochujang (fermented chilli pepper paste ) sides, and the idea is to mix all the ingredients together at the table.  As HanGawi is a vegan restaurant the difference from the traditional bimbimbap is the option of meats and the inclusion of a raw egg topper which is cooked in by the hot stone.

The most outrageous dish is the Mongolian hot pot.  A stew of tofu, vegetables and herbs.  While the bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl, the hot pot is served in a bowl that is so hot it arrives at a rolling boil that will last through the end of your meal!  I wound up finding mine edible as others were contemplating dessert.  Worth ordering just for the sheer spectacle!

HanGawi is a must on any vegetarians list in NYC and certainly diverse and tasty enough for all but the most meat-dependent.  The lunch specials are complete and well priced and there is an organic-only menu option as well. The korean health herbal wines are very special, and a wide tea selection rounds off another NYC dining gem.

 

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Le Pain Quotidien – Worldwide

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Le Pain Quotidien

 

Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Emirates, UK, USA
………..

www.lepainquotidien.com

OPEN HOURS:
Variable

Le Pain Quotidien is the first Organic food franchise worldwide. Created in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont in Brussels as a bakery, it has evolved into a cafe restaurant with over 151 Locations in 17 countries.

The interiors all have a rustic coziness with communal and individual tables equipped with organic olive oils, sea salt, beautiful preserves as well as everyone’s favorites hazelnut and chocolate  spreads.

The granola is made in house, while the menu expands with egg salads, cheese and tapenade plates,  special seasonal soups, lovely tartines of fresh breads with different toppings from cheese antipastos, smoked salmon and cold meats.  Rich Salads, comforting quiches, giant cappuccinos and of course the desserts!  A wide variety of tarts, waffles, cookies, pastries and viennoiseries are available to tempt you always!

So use your smartphone, do a quick search and know that there is always an option for organic and tasty!

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