What do you think of when you hear the word “gratitude”? Do you think of raw, organic, or vegan cuisine? Yeah, me neither! But, what I recently found at Café Gratitude in Kansas City, Missouri was just that: cuisine with integrity! Now, you know me. The moment I walked through the door of this fabulous hipster café in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, there was only one thing on my mind: DESSERT! This girl needed a sweet diversion. However, when I asked for a dessert menu, my friendly server brought me a TRAY of desserts instead; that’s what I’m talkin about! After drooling over their decadent dessert selections, I finally decided on Devoted and Rapture. Wait a minute…what kind of desserts are called “devoted” and “rapture”?! Well, let me explain. At Café Gratitude, all of their menu items have names meant to inspire you and remind you of your beautiful significance. For instance, their homemade veggie burger is called “Magical”; their raw lasagna is “Fabulous”; and their corn tostadas are called “Yo soy feliz.” And when the servers bring you your food or drinks, they declare these things over you–so, for example, if you ordered the lasagna, your server would say, “You are fabulous!” when he or she places your food on the table. Way cool, right?! So, back to the desserts :). Let’s talk about Devoted, shall we?
I am devoted…to this coconut cream pie!
Café Gratitude’s “Devoted” is coconut cream pie with an almond crust. But it’s WAY more than that because their pie is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, AND made from scratch daily! And the texture of this pie is so creamy, so smooth, so spectacular–it just about knocks you out of your chair. Absolutely perfect for pie lovers like me :). Ok, next up…RAPTURE!
This cake enraptured my taste buds…
Rapture is, as you can see, a layered cake. But, Café Gratitude takes their layered cakes to a WHOLE new level! This cake is jam packed with cacao, banana, and walnuts and, like Devoted, is organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and made from scratch daily. The flavors of this cake are so delicious, they’re almost indescribable. The rich flavor of the banana accompanied by the chocolate notes from the cacao powder and crunchy nibs and the nuttiness of the walnuts–it’s a flavor extravaganza for your taste buds. And last but not least, I washed these beautiful desserts down with a steaming hot cup of Calm–chamomile tea infused with lemongrass, lemon myrtle, and spearmint. So yummy!
Perhaps what I like most about Café Gratitude is their mission. They stand for the truly important things in life and, with their cuisine and friendly service, they try to remind us to stop taking life and our surroundings for granted. Check out their awesome mission statement…
Café Gratitude knows what’s up!
Well, I am overflowing with gratitude after visiting this place. Their desserts are incredible, their servers are friendly and encouraging, and their mission statement is extraordinary. I hope you get a chance to go to Café Gratitude soon. They have five locations in all: Kansas City, MO; Venice, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Berkeley, CA; and Los Angeles, CA. Check out their website here: cafegratitude.com.