Thursday, August 9, 2012
A Day of Eating in Reverse - Pete's A Pizza, More Whole Foods and Java Green
Let's work backwards from dinner. Since I'll be gone for eight days for back to back work trips and we had a hectic weekend last week, my husband and I had a date night tonight. Husband knew I was dying to try the vegan options at Pete's-A-Pizza, so we went to the Friendship Heights location. As an AU grad, I'd say it's more in Tenley than Friendship Heights, but it's equidistant from both metros, so I won't quibble too much over the description.
I had known about Pete's since their Columbia Heights location opened a few years ago, but never got around to trying it when I was still eating dairy products. They're known for "New Haven Style" pizza. I figured I had missed the boat on trying their pies, but then the Washington Post ran an article about the DC's essential vegetarian eats that mentioned Pete's Edge of the Woods Pizza.
After reading that article, I did some more research. Pete's website is very vegan friendly. There's a whole section of their website devoted to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The website also notes that the owners' son has been a vegetarian since he was five, and that their chef and co-owner has a history of working with special diets. To be safe, before we went to the restaurant, I called to make sure they were indeed able to make the vegan version of the Edge of the Woods pizza, and the manager confirmed they had everything on hand to make it that evening.
I did have one funny moment when we actually ordered the pizza. When I asked for the vegan version, the woman said to me "Do you still want the eggplant?" I asked her if the eggplant wasn't vegan for some reason. "Well, it's fried." My immediate response? "Was it fried in an animal?" After a good laugh, I let her know that when I called earlier, the manager said all the ingredients were vegan friendly.
The pizza was very good. The pie was topped with daiya, as well as caramelized onions, spinach and the aforementioned fried eggplant. The eggplant was so thinly sliced that it reminded me of a potato chip. I forsee some fun with the mandoline and "eggplant chips" in my culinary future.
I had a craving for Whole Food's Kamut Citrus Salad for lunch today, but, alas they didn't have it on the prepared foods bar. So, I made do with the pictured mishmash of various items off the salad bar.
Starting with the upper left, we have a vegetarian samosa, creamy kale, mango, raddicchio, cucumbers, kamut, black beans and raw shredded beets. It is a curious mix of foods to be sure, but I enjoyed all of it, particularly the creamy kale!
I mentioned earlier in this post that I had a doctor's appointment. It was my annual physical, which meant bloodwork, which in turn meant fasting, which in turn meant no breakfast. I knew from my regular lunch stops that Java Green serves breakfast, so I decided to pick up something there after my appointment. I went with the vegan grilled breakfast sandwich, which is essentially a grilled cheese sandwich made with daiya. Although the menu didn't specify it, it the woman making my sandwich added some tomato. I was pleased, but those who dislike fresh tomatoes beware.