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Pure Juice and Take Away Report

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Pure Juice and Take Away Report

LA | Aug 16, 2004 11:45 PM

So I finally made it over to PJaTA, and was shocked by how busy it was. When I entered, a large group was finishing up a meal, and a woman was at the cashier ordering $50 worth of everything. I got in line behind her, and then behind me were a few women who kept grabbing whatever they could from the counter--almonds, granola, handsoap. I felt like I had finally woken up to something great. Service was very friendly, btw. Anyway, I had to go with the heirloom tomato lasagna after reading so much about it--and god help me, I haven't eaten tomatos like these ever. Wow. Such an incredible tomato taste, I don't know that I'll be able to go back to my regular breed. Anyway, the lasagne is a perfect combination of intensely flavorful sauciness and delicate vegetableyness. Really good stuff. It's not a huge portion, and I'm sorry to say that I'm hungry again, but it's definitely a pleasure. Comparing this type of a raw concoction to Quintessence, I would have to say that this was more complex and more refined. Quintessence's take on raw is more nut-based, while this entree at least was very veggie-based. I really loved enjoying veggies so much, as often they're just an afterthought or an overcooked garnish. If for no other reason, I would encourage other hounds to give something completely different a try.

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