Alive & Vegan: The Farm at San Benito
Contrary to popular belief, veganism is not a mere diet. It is a lifestyle change with a conscious choice. A vegan is someone who does not eat meat or any animal byproducts. This way of life detaches itself from the exploitation and abuse of animals. Though veganism has been common knowledge in other parts of the globe, the Philippines has only caught up recently. Luckily, there are gems to be explored all over the country that serve flavorful and satiating vegan cuisine. One in particular stands out as it is an actual sanctuary for people who wish to better their way of living inside and out.
The Alive! Restaurant is a hidden pearl inside the wellness resort ‘The Farm at San Benito’ located in Lipa City, Batangas. It promotes wholefood and plant-based veganism. Other than serving scrumptious cooked meals, they also offer raw yet appetizing food. It has been operating since 2006 and has consistently reaped awards for the extraordinary service and delightful cuisine it provides its patrons. They open at 6AM and close at 11PM, ensuring quality service and availability all day.
The Farm grows all the raw ingredients prepped and served in their organic gardens. The cooking techniques used do not strip away the enzymes and nourishment the human body needs. Using innovative methods such as dehydration and fermentation, a plant’s life force is thoroughly preserved. Dehydration stops food spoilage without the adding of preservatives, while fermentation acts as a source of good bacteria that aid in digestion.
One can enjoy healthy eating. It is the preparation and presentation that makes a difference. With this, the Alive! Restaurant deviates from and defies the bland vegan stereotype.