Responses to Sonja and Dirk's Review

Respond to Review of Casa de Luz
by Sonja and Dirk

Review: While visiting friends in Austin, they brought us here to eat. The grounds are beautiful and tranquil. As they only serve the same meal to everyone, we were able to easily compare. The soup and salad were self serve while the meal was brought out to us. The vegetable soup was barely lukewarm and the salad was just greens with dressing although there was another side salad of quinoa which was quite good. The main entree had butternut squash, beans, rice, collard greens and pickled cabbage. While there was nothing bad about it, it wasn't anything special either. It was just basic and plain. We all agreed the best part was the collard greens due to the terrific miso dressing they used on it, so we had seconds of that. We also bought additional desserts of cherry apple kanten and lemon tart. They were good, but our friend got a carob pie that had an odd gelatinous like texture to it and he didn't finish it. You also have to bus your own table. While the food is healthy and fresh, we all agreed that we'd probably not be back as there are other options in town.

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Wayo Longoria
Posted by Wayo Longoria on Saturday, February 25, 2012
I wish there were options like Casa de Luz everywhere but, alas, there are not. To start with, Casa de Luz is not a restaurant. It is an educational community center that is closer to be a place of sacred worship than a for profit commercial establishment. The intention at Casa de Luz is to foster a healthy community and learn experientially.

The only other place I know where pesticides are strictly forbidden is at the Maharishi Community in Fairfield, Iowa. I wish there were places where all the food was non industrialized and 100% vegan. I love that our cooks do a brief meditation in honor of the food that is being cooked at the beginning of each shift. I feel odd eating at establishments where each party is a party onto itself. I love to be able to sit at any table I choose and make new friends. I love that profit does not drive the decisions at Casa de Luz.

The good news is that after 27 years, a new Casa de Luz has opened in San Diego, California by my son who is healing himself by living a Macrobiotic life style!
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