You can't grow these when it's cold.
Yesterday MG and I had quite the day of cooking - MG attempted his first no-knead bread and made us tex-mex arroz con pollo for lunch, I roasted beets and cooked quinoa for work lunches this week, and I spent last night making an eggplant and tofu dish to have for dinner tonight (recipe will be up later this evening!) With all that cooking we decided to take a kitchen break and use a restaurant coupon for dinner :) So, after a jaunt down to Whole Foods in search of miso paste, we headed over to Open City Diner in Woodley Park.
We sat in their open air porch-ish area, so we got a nice breeze and some good people watching.* We started off with this yummy refreshing iced green pineapple tea. It came with a slice of pineapple, so, bonus! I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to get breakfast for dinner or just, well, dinner...an omelet sounded super tempting, but in the end I went with a veggie burger with smoked gouda and a garden salad, and man was it ever a good decision! The veggie burger was A) humongous and B) delicious (although, it was also C) a little messy). Rather than your typical "trying to be meat" veggie burger (which are also good), it was a wonderful and hearty mix of lentils, spices, and I think barley? It came on a multigrain bun with the usual veggie toppings. The smoked gouda was a good choice on my part (and not a difficult one; it's basically my favorite cheese). The garden salad was, um, awesome. I was expecting a little iceberg lettuce and maybe some cherry tomatoes, but this one came with roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and dried cranberries! I had a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette on the side, but honestly, it didn't even really need it.
I was so content and full after this feast!
MG ordered the chorizo hash with scrambled eggs. I'm assuming he enjoyed it, because by the time I finished assembling my veggie burger, he was halfway done. I did get a little bite though and I completely understand why it got devoured so quickly.
I'm lucky I was able to get this picture before it was consumed.
For dessert we got Cuban coffees...and animal crackers!
It's fun to bite their heads off first.
We enjoyed a nice walk home before I started in on cooking tonight's dinner. All in all, a pretty good way to end the weekend. Unless you were the animal cracker lion. In which case, I am sorry.
*NB: if you are in college, you are too old to wear matching t-shirts when you go on a group outing. Especially if the matching t-shirts identify your university by name.