Wednesday, January 23, 2013

sweetgreen

What can I say? I forgot to take a picture.

This weekend, I made a trip to Bethesda, Maryland to go to this kick ass cycling studio, ZenGo Fitness. Yes, my obsession with indoor cycling has led to weekend road trips just to ride bikes indoors, but that is not the purpose of this post.

My purpose for hammering away at the keys on my laptop while my husband is trying to sleep is so that I can share with you what people are doing to salads in Bethesda. It is so bizarre that there must be rules against it in certain states.

If I had to guess, I would say this is illegal in Texas. Texas just seems like a place that outlaws random things.

Assumption confirmed! Apparently, in Texas, it is illegal to take three sips of beer while standing. It is also illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel. But back to the salad…

Here it is. The crazy thing people in Bethesda are doing to salads….(suspenseful right?)

THEY PUT SRIRACHA ON THEM!!!

Right? Tell me this is not crazy.

My favorite salad place on this earth, sweetgreen, has made a lot of changes to their menu since the last time I was there, but sriracha on a salad?

Of course, I had to try it. The full salad recipe goes like this: baby spinach, spicy quinoa, spicy broccoli, carrots, raw beets, basil, sprouts, tofu, with carrot chili vinaigrette and a squeeze of sriracha. They call it the spicy sabzi. I swapped the carrot chili vinaigrette for the lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette because if you are going to get spicy you have got to have a jalapeno.

I think I made a face when the guy at the dressing station squeezed the bottle of fire over my greens because he immediately asked  if I was ok with spice. I think he was worried about me. I was kind of worried about me. But in the face of adversity, I sat down at the reclaimed wood table with my biodegradable fork in hand, and as they say…went for it.

Who knew a bowl of vegetables for lunch could be such an adventure. And who knew that I could write an entire blog post about one ingredient.

Oh, you want to know how it was…

It was delicious!!! It was THE most interesting salad I ever tasted. Every vegetable was fresh and exciting with just enough spice to keep me wanting more. I cannot believe I just wrote that about a salad.

Thank you, sweetgreen, for opening my eyes to what vegetables can be like when you add the right ingredients and just go for it.

Here is a little blurb from their website to tell you a little about sweetgreen's operating philosphy: “sweetgreen is a place where you can get fun, fashionable food that's both healthy for you and aligned with your values. simply stated... food that fits.”
 
Who knew sriracha fit so good?

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7 comments:

  1. HOLD UP.

    I have a great idea.

    Road trip to Arlington to ride at Revolve and then lunch at Sweetgreen. Or any of the million other places that also serve beer. Because beer is the best recovery drink after all.

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    1. Yes, Yes, and Yes!!! What are you doing Saturday the 2nd? Let's make this happen!!!

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  2. So very glad I googled sriracha before I asked what it was. I LOVE that stuff on Pho. Mmm Mmm good.

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    1. we have a big bottle in our cupboard, but never would have thought to put it on a salad

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  3. Confession: I put sambal (sriracha's garlic-free cousin) on pretty much every vegetable I eat haha. I'm so addicted! However, I have not crossed into sambal/sriracha and salad territory quite yet... but whyyyy I'm asking myself, why??? It's TIME! Sounds wonderful. Doin' it.
    Sincerely, spicyfoodaddict aka Steph ;)

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    1. Ha! You crack me up! Glad I could inspire some spicy salad experiments...be carefule!!

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  4. Oh awesome! Sweet Green sponsored a concert I went to and I kept wondering what it was! But I've never actually been there!

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