Present Moment Cafe

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224 West King Street
St Augustine, FL
 
 
The back story on how I chose to try this spot; I was following gourmetfoodpics on Instagram and was blown away but the beauty of the food.  There was no indication of where the pics were taken so I reached out to inquire.  When Chef Jeb, responded St. Augustine and the restaurant name, I knew a road trip was in order.

The restaurant is located outside of the tourist area, which is not a bad thing, easy to reach and has private parking in the back.  Interior is quite eclectic,  If one wants to stereotype it  does have a very earth mother vibe.  I was happy to be there.  Counter and table service and friendly staff.

Counter and tables

window treatment

 

I was very happy to sit by this window, the sun was hitting it just right, and created a rainbow effect in the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have no experience with vegan/ raw food so was hesitant or perhaps intimidated ordering,  I started with the Guacamole, Hummus, Salsa trio with dehydrated blue corn chips.  Everything on the plate was perfect, and the good news all preservative  free.

 

Guac, Hummus and Salsa w Blue Corn chips

Guac, Hummus and Salsa w Blue Corn chips, nothing artificial here.

For the main, Creamy White Truffle Pesto pasta; Zucchini pasta, tossed with Alfredo pesto, onions, sundried tomatoes,  red peppers  finished with pine nut Parmigiana and  side spring mix salad.  I had no idea what to expect but when the dish arrived, there was no doubt in my mind how good it was going to be.  It’s difficult to see this dish and think raw food, that is so tasty and healthy.

Creamy White Pesto

Creamy White Pesto

I was so sated from both these dishes, I could eat no more.  Paid my bill and left.  No the story does not end there.  I went back the next day for lunch as well.  I was craving more.

This was a lucky move, both chefs were in residence that day, Chef Craig and Chef Jed took time out of their busy schedule to share with me the vision for the new fall menu that will be announced soon.  Not only are they dedicated to providing food that is good for the body but also satisfies the soul.  It’s easy to recognize true passion when talking with them and seeing the food they serve.  They did ask if I would be interested in sampling some of the items not yet on the menu. This is what I had.

Bitternut Squash soup with pasthicoes

Butternut Squash with Pistachios and Kale

Rice pudding made with bannanas and cashews

Rice pudding made with bananas and cashews

Pumpkin Pie made with fresh carrots

Pumpkin Pie made with fresh carrots and spices

Each of these samples, were amazing, and not what I expected.  Even most dedicated carnivore would be impressed. I did order a menu dish, The Taco of Life, made with  a combination of  pine nuts, walnut paste, with fresh salsa, and Mexican “cheese” and guacamole  in two romaine shells  topped with cashew sour cream and jalapeno vinaigrette.

Tacos of life

Tacos of life

In conclusion, there is no doubt that I will make the trip to eat at this establishment again.  The energy of Craig and Jeb won me over and I will be eagerly awaiting the notice about the new menu items being ready for purchase.

So if your in the area, put any misconceptions aside about vegan/raw food and treat your self to some amazing dishes, created by two amazing chefs.

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Present Moment Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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