By Bobbi Henderson

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Hippocrates’ famous quote frames the entrance to the all new vegan, gluten-free, live, and raw food fuel-space Bliss Café—a dream unfolding for Thunder Bay raw food chef Helen Liba, who describes her vision as “taking raw food to the next level, and being able to share with more people that food is medicine.” She sees Bliss as becoming more than a café: “a space to gather with aims to elevate the progressive consciousness of oneness, of peace, respect and compassion between all beings and nature.”

Ironically located next to McDonald’s on Cumberland, Bliss brings balance and a greater freedom of choice to the area. Liba’s various methods of dehydrating and sprouting allow for optimal nutritional value year-round as she delights in blending fresh, organic ingredients, resulting in tasty creations that will leave you feeling uplifted and satisfied. Featured meal items include a scrumptious dehydrated onion bread topped with house-made hummus and paired with a creamy cashew salad; light and delicious veggie rice rolls served with a garlic dipping sauce, and spiraled zucchini spaghetti, slathered in a sun-dried tomato sauce and dappled with spicy nut balls. Smooth, creamy desserts delight the tastebuds with nature’s healing gifts, such as coconut oil, raw cacao, wild and local berries, all delicately sweetened with the slightest hint of maple syrup or dates. Each divine, mouth-watering dish is designed to be enjoyed completely guilt-free, yet leaves you knowing that taste is never compromised when you are in Bliss.

Bliss Café is located at 87 North Cumberland Street and open Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am – 8 pm and Sundays & Mondays, 11 am – 7 pm. Call 472-0514 or find them on Facebook.