"Barely visible to the tourist’s eye and tucked down a side street, the simple, gastronomically enlightened Lotus Café (all dishes are available gluten-free and/or vegan) is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. With a multitude of healthful-but-satisfying choices such as cashew-porcini cakes with roasted garlic aioli, elk lasagna, or a greenmarket’s worth of vegetables atop vermicelli in the Imperial Bowl, deciding on just one meal can cause a moment of anxiety—luckily I make a point to visit multiple days. Wrap it all in natural wood floors, Asian art, and a super-mellow vibe, and you’ve got one sublime experience for this wannabe ski bum whose food supports her passion."

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