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The airy, spacious spot, located at 80 NE Second Ave. inside the Alfred I. DuPont Building, is the culmination of a lifelong dream for owner Sabra Seligman. The energetic, enthusiastic owner has a background in the health and wellness field. "My career hasn't been in a kitchen," she explains. "I studied with vegan author and chef Mark Reinfeld here in Miami. I've always been in wellness. I'm a nutritionist and a health coach as well."
To concoct a nutrient-dense, superfood-strong menu for Manna, she worked with a close friend who goes by the simple moniker of Chef D. "It was a labor of love and passion," Seligman says of their effort. "[Chef D] studied in Argentina, and she has opened many kinds of concepts of restaurants, and this was the first all-plant-based concept."
Though Chef D wasn't vegan to begin with, she made the transition after about six months of working toward Manna's vision, Seligman says.
Manna's massive menu reflects a creative eye. There are life bowls, baked treats, raw desserts, hot soups, nori wraps, nut
Aside from the occasional use of raw honey, the entire menu is vegan and gluten-free, and many of the options are raw. Highlights include superfood arepas such as the avocado with spirulina chimichurri and hemp hearts ($8); PB&J with natural peanut butter and raspberry-strawberry chia jam ($7); "
The food is all made in-house, and some of the items require extensive preparation. "When you make your own coconut yogurt, it's a very long process. When we make our granola, we have to dehydrate it for seven hours," Seligman explains.
Smoothies, cold-pressed juices, nut
Every menu item at Manna is impossibly colorful and aesthetically appealing, making it easier than ever to eat the rainbow and bulk up on the nutrient-dense edibles that our standard American diet lacks. This is fresh food that's fast, and who couldn't use a superfood boost?
Manna Life Food is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
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