A Kale-Filled Buddha Bowl at Thrive

Allison Austin Scheff  |   June 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

The older I get, the more I notice the correlation between what I eat and how I feel. Invigorated or sleepy, energized or comatose: I can usually predict the outcome of whatever I put in the tank. So, after a night of omnivorous indulgence (and maybe one too many drinks), I balance it out with a delicious Buddha Bowl at Thrive ($9 for small, $14 for large) in the Roosevelt District (1026 NE 65th St.; 206.525.0300; generationthrive.com). A combination of chewy, warm red rice and quinoa hides beneath crunchy house-made kale chips, savory bits of Bella burger (a vegan burger Thrive makes in-house), marinated mushrooms, cool cucumbers and a drizzle of garlicky cilantro sauce. The best part: a scoop of thick, buttery cashew-onion cream to dot on everything. Healthy, yes, but so, so good. I could almost do cartwheels all the way home.