It carries the weight of a small child.I didn’t know what to

It carries the weight of a small child.I didn’t know what to expect when I grabbed the Raw Caesar Wrap ($8.59) out of the refrigerated section of Madison Market. Was there going to be some sort of raw bread item involved? It was wrapped in black-and-white-checkered deli paper, so I couldn’t tell. The list of ingredients on the front also didn’t give any hints, as raw foods are usually made from sprouted this-and-thats. Plus, what the hell was dulse? Whatever was inside was heavy; the wrap weighed a good pound, like a small burrito. But instead of beans and cheese, it was stuffed with collards, carrots, sprouted sunflower seeds, sprouted garbanzos, sun-dried olives, and zucchini (among other things). Unfolded, a giant cabbage-wrapped Caesar salad greeted me. It looked . . . odd. I cut it in half diagonally and took a bite. Magnificent. As someone who eats a lot of cooked foods in addition to raw, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of flavor this thing contained. It really did taste like a regular old wrap. The cabbage was crunchy and neutral-flavored with none of the expected bitterness.Inside was an explosion of raw vegetables doused in tahini, olive and flax oils, and red-wine vinegar. Oh, and I quickly found out what dulse was . . .It’s basically a seaweed (pure health from the sea, as my friend describes it) that, when combined with the rest of the vegetables in this Caesar wrap, has very little taste. What did have taste was something very, very salty I bit into halfway through my lunch. I still don’t know what it was, exactly, but it had a heartier structure, like maybe a chickpea fritter. It was the lowlight of an otherwise perfect meal. The vegetable mixture was tangy and filling. I ate the entire thing without the gut-bomb effect I had braced myself for. The wrap was a cross between a falafel and a Caesar salad. With only a giant cabbage leaf holding it together, you’d think it would be a hot mess to eat, but the filling stayed put–not that it would hurt to have a plate and napkin handy. It wasn’t until after I had demolished the wrap that I looked at the label and discovered it was made in Bellevue by a company called House of the Sun. H.O.T.S. makes a bunch of raw food, much of which is offered at Madison Market for a jacked-up price. Worth every penny, though.


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