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M Cafe, for the Macro-curious

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The world of macrobiotic cuisine is unexplored territory for many, but its common-sense principles makes for some tasty dishes that are worth checking out. Enter M Cafe [Twitter], the casual sibling of Chaya, who offer food that is "nutritionally, environmentally, and energetically balanced."

To essentialize, the principles of macrobiotics center on eating well in order to live well, and consuming food that is not processed. To that end, the ingredients at M Cafe are natural and organic, and dishes do not use eggs, dairy, red meat, or poultry, and emphasize whole grains and fresh produce.

It could be tempting to write this off as hippy-dippy or ironically indulgent, but right now is actually a great time to give macrobiotics at M Cafe a shot. That's because they are celebrating their 5th anniversary, and are offering several $5 rotating specials this month. Last Saturday, as M Cafe mounted an impressive menu bargain ($5 for anything on the menu) we took advantage of the opportunity to heed the call of our inner macro-curiosity, and give a few items a try.