If you’re in the Costa Mesa, CA area, visit 118 Degrees for fresh gourmet living cuisine. The restaurant  has as extensive menu, so there is something for everyone. When I visited, I started with the fried avocado mini tostado, a buckwheat shell with spicy peppita cheese, chopped spinach, cilantro, corn, and topped with fried avocado. It was absolutely delicious! I sampled the tortilla soup which was also outstanding! But I couldn’t wait to try my main course, which was the lemon pesto pasta. Imagine thin strips of zucchini (the pasta) with lemon pesto sauce, marinated portobello mushrooms, grape tomatoes topped off with fresh basil. Delicious! I took my sister there for her birthday, and she had the mole enchiladas, which she raved about. To end our visit, we had a trio sampler for dessert, which were small bites and all highly delicious.

The restaurant serves up cuisine made entirely from plant-based ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. The nut cheese is made by blending fresh herbs with sprouted nuts and seeds. The restaurant can accommodate nut-free dishes and is dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free and high in enzymes, vitamins and minerals!

The name, 118 Degrees, refers to the commonly accepted temperature at which the natural enzyme value and nutritional contents of raw plant foods begin to break down and become useless for the body. One benefit of eating raw food is the energy derived from the enzymes and phyto nutrients available in foods that are still living.

The prices are reasonable and the experience was wonderful.  Menu and location can be found at

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