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Raw Food, and Some Raw Fun Too!

We visited as a guest of the venue

118Degrees

On the busy little corner of Ventura Blvd in Tarzana, a new restaurant with a fresh new vibe is happening. Original décor with fresh woods and grass layered bench seating, both indoor and out, creates an amoebic feeling and right away you know you’re in for something adventurous. 118° LA was going to show a couple Moms how raw food is done. So, girl’s night it was! I grabbed a friend who loves a healthy and organic meal as much as the next and we were out to find something new and audacious.

Eating organic wasn’t new for us, but we were a bit nervous about never really eating anything besides carrot sticks and cucumbers raw. As we arrived we started with a cocktail, because, after all it was “Mom’s night out.” The cocktails, YES cocktails, are even organic! A mulberry infused martini was delicious and started the evening off on the right foot! Wine as well as the beer here is organic. But, if alcohol isn’t your thing, the fresh juice menu offers a variety of delicious options as well.

We tasted a variety of finger foods starting with the fried avocado mini tostada. These little bites with a crispy avocado on a bed of chopped cilantro and corn were very tasty and a fun spin on the traditional tostada. Because this restaurant offers fresh and local ingredients on a daily basis, some of their menu items tend to change. But thanks to living in California, and thanks to one of my favorite hearty fruits, the avocado mini tostada is available year round! Other bites such as pesto stuffed mushrooms and the coconut ceviche were perfect little options as tapas for your happy hour.

The chef, Jenny Ross, and Naturopath, Sharyn Wynters, have created this space for the purpose of using living foods to heal the mind, body and soul. Allowing food to be the body’s medicine this cuisine is entirely “raw.” Everything on the menu is prepared daily with local and organic ingredients. Entrees are completely plant-based. Created from fruits, vegetables, nuts, sprouted grains and seeds all prepared under or at 118 degrees (hence the restaurant’s name).
If eating raw is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but don’t know how to get started, the restaurant hosts classes instructing the student how to include raw into your daily routine http://118degreesla.com/ . The workshop cost is $35, call or email to sign-up, [email protected] or 818-660-1118.

In addition to classes, meal plans are also available. Anything from a 3 day meal plan to having a personal chef delivery program is available starting February 29th.

Eating raw was a fun experience, and even though I’m not completely ready to eat this way all the time, it defiantly felt good to give my body a break from anything processed and unhealthy. Check them out and you won’t be disappointed and will be left with the feeling like you did your body a rare and raw favor. 118 degrees LA – 18636 Ventura Blvd Tarzana, CA 91356.

Jessica Webster lives in Santa Clarita with her husband and three girls, Charlotte, Elle and Claire. Her life is filled with dance parties, princess dresses and lots of love!

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