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The Green Boheme: Raw Cafe

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If you are looking for a healthy alternative, try The Green Boheme, a raw cafe located on Del Paso Boulevard. Just look for the lime green umbrella located on the streetside patio.

Chef and owner Brooke Preston took over Richard Hensley’s restaurant after he moved on to new things, and changed it to The Green Boheme five months ago.

The raw cafe offers organic, artisan vegan cuisine that has zero gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and pesticides. It is the only completely raw restaurant in the area. The menu changes often, sometimes daily and sometimes weekly. Some components take up to three days to make, and since each dish takes several days to prepare, once it runs out it comes off the menu.

The cafe serves organic coffee and tea, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts, chocolates and ice cream. The menu includes items such as carrot ginger soup, a wellness burger and a super Caesar salad. The cafe also offers grab-n-go menu items, prepared and packaged for those on the go.

Preston said she doesn't like to cook anything above 110 degrees so that the food doesn't get denatured. Most items are served cold, and the soups are made into a concentrate and warmed by adding warm water.

Preston attended Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg. She has been a raw food chef for 20 years.

“A raw food diet helps the body heal itself,” said Preston, who has been on a raw diet for four years. “I went through a healing crisis while I was training for an athletic event,” Preston said. “Migraines went away completely, muscle pain went away. I felt great.”

Joyce Paolini has been attending the raw cafe for a year now.

“The food is better,” Paolini said, when commenting about Preston taking over the cafe. “It’s wonderful. I think she is doing a great job.”

Paolini believes that if people ate 75 percent raw, we would have no health problems.

“I am a new vegan, new to raw,” Perry Kesterson said. This was his first time at the raw cafe.

Christopher Daniels was also a first-time visitor.

“I enjoy the laid back feel and bookshelf full of raw and vegan books,” Daniels said.

The Green Boheme is located at 1825 Del Paso Blvd. between Arden and El Camino. The cafe is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for grab-n-go and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (916) 920-4278. 

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