The Secret of Success
What can turn an ordinary dish into something Extraordinary? We asked some local experts to share what makes their creations unique
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Secret Ingredient: Nut 'meat'
From: Cacao Tree
Craving good Mexican food but on a diet? Before you give up that near impossible search, check out a burrito from Cacao Tree, located next to the train tracks in Royal Oak, right off Fourth Street. “We’ve had people pick up this dish and bring it to family who’s never tried vegan food before, and they’re unable to tell the difference,” manager Meghan Gauvreau says. Most people are blown away by how similar the flavors are to traditional Mexican food. The “meat” is made with ground walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds all processed into a toothsome crumble with cumin, coriander, chili powder, pink salt, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and sweet peppers. You get your choice of wrap: sprouted grain, brown rice, or organic collard leaf (which would make the dish entirely raw), and then the burrito is layered with the “meat,” cashew sour cream, pico de gallo salsa, guacamole, and shredded lettuce. “It’s a really recognizable, fresh dish that’s approachable and a good introduction to vegan food,” Gauvreau says. Take her word for it. — Casey Nesterowich
204 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-336-9043