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Eeples and Baneenies: DC Food

Did you ever learn that song when you were a kiddo? I still have it memorized! I like to oat, oat, oat, oples and banonos…

Haha:)

Anywho, how are you?! I had an awesome hump day, and I loved hearing about all of your favorite road trip foods and activities! I will be sure to keep them in mind for today’s road trip to Vermont:)

Bee tee dubs if you are in the Burlington area, I would love dining suggestions! Always welcome:) Shoot me an e-mail at chefkatelynblog@gmail.com.

I spent my Wednesday with my bestie Sarah eating hummus-raisin-quinoa balsamic bowls (yes I got her to try them and she loved), and watching Get Him to the Greek.

So funny, we actually peed and laughed ourselves silly during this entire movie, go rent it if you have not seen it, you will DIE.

Self-explanatory:)

Then we watched every episode of Glee ever made and said we were both going to marry Blaine and Puck and Sam…or a combination of all three.

Them combined would be the perfect man:

Tall, dark, and handsome with an amazing voice and amazing hair and an amazingly beautiful but huge mouth:)

Then she left and I packed food forever for the road trip and read blogs for the first time since the weekend. Oh and ate more hummus and raisins.

And now I am blogging and it is WAY too late at night, aka past my bedtime and we are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning, so I will leave you to your drooling at the pictures of my DC eats:)

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Okay, onto Part II of my trip with the Padre! The FOOD:)

Can I just say that Washington DC food is amazing. I have been there a million times before, but this is my first time as a veg and it was spectacular. I obviously brought tons of food with me (Lara’s, the rest of the Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake,  veg, fruit, salad dressing, quinoa, beans, sunflower + hemp + pumpkin seeds), but no raisins.

I FORGOT RAISINS.

I literally did the cliché slap-to-the-forehead UGH I am such an idiot move. People, it is honestly a feat of bravery/courage/strength/stamina that I went two whole days without raisins.

If it weren’t for my genius, loving, amazing Dad who was way smarter than me and brought some dried fruit (see above container of prunes), I might have shriveled up and died right there. No fear dearies, Padre to the rescue!

Don’t worry, I am still alive.

Dinner:

Dinner on night #1 was at Café Green.

The atmostphere was gorgeous. Very modern, clean, comfortable, and a few of the tables  were couches/lounge chairs around a small table, making it a great place to get together with friends.

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Excuse the poor lighting, I was not about to use flash when taking a picture of the area behind me, might have looked a tad creepy, no?:)

Padre scanning the menu.

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The only portion of the menu I ordered from:)

Salads and raw food. SO GOOD.

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Our first course was the Seaweed Salad (A mix of marinated sea vegetables tossed in a sweet soy dressing and topped with cucumber, carrot, bell peppers and onion).

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This was delicious, and certainly a nice change from more typical spinach/mixed greens salads:)

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It was chewy (not in a gross way), and had a wonderful flavor that was brought out well by the dressing and sesame seeds.

Next were our entrées!

I ordered the Raw Venetian Pizza (An entirely raw pizza layered with cashew cheese, Roma tomato spread, mushroom, bell peppers and fresh basil all on our raw sunflower-flax crust) with Kale Chips on the side.

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Or if you don’t mind the harshness of the flash (yes, I dared), here is a clearer one for ya:)

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This baby was delicious, nutritious, and packed a serious punch! I loved the crust, and especially the cashew cheese. I have never met a cashew cheese I didn’t like!

And HOLY MOSES, why have I never had kale chips before?! I am making these ASAP in my oven, do any of you have or know of an oven kale chip recipe that I could take for a spin? If so, copy and paste it into a comment and I will try it out!

They were so good, cheezy, and reminded me of healthier Cheez-Its:) I used to eat those babies like they were going out of business before I was veg! Let’s just say it all went to my booty.

Padre ordered the Raw California Pizza (Our raw sunflower-flax crust with cashew cheese, Roma tomato spread and fresh guacamole, topped with tomato, cucumber, carrot, onion and peppers) with Kale Chips, but no guac:( They were all out! It’s okay, I got my avocado fix later on.

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Needless to say, he loved it:) And he also loved the seaweed salad, and is willing to splurge on some seaweed to eat at home! Love my Padre <3

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We each had a piece of each others’ pizzas (came with four each), and I loved both! There was not a huge difference between the two, besides the toppings.

Even though we were sufficiently stuffed, there is always room for dessert!

We chose the Raw Lemon Cheesecake (Our agave-sweetened cheesecakes use a cashew-almond-coconut base) to split, since we didn’t have much room left.

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It was perfect. Creamy, cool, and with a perfect touch of lemon. This fugly picture cannot do it justice!

It was all gone in two seconds flat.

Stuffed stomachs who? See, our philosophy is that you don’t have to leave room, you have to make room :)

Lunch and Dinner:

Lunch on Monday was eaten at Leo’s (the dining hall on Georgetown University campus). I got yelled at, twice, for getting more toppings from my salad. Um, did I not spend $12 for an “all you can eat” buffet? Um yeah, I will eat ALL that I can eat, mmk?

It went unphotographed since I did not want to get yelled at yet again (the dining service workers are on strike, they were already pissed basically).

BUT, dinner was grabbed after our second college visit of the day at George Washington University. We were hungry, it was raining, we wanted to go to bed. We grabbed a taxi and stopped at Sweetgreen for a quickie dinner.

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Spinach, mixed greens, broc, peppers, onions (I LOVE ONIONS), carrot, cucumber, broc, chickpeas, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. Topped with lemon and olive oil.

Is anyone else ever disappointed at the teeny tiny size of salads from restaurants? This was teeny weeny! I added more quinoa, beans, and sunflower seeds when I got back to the hotel room. This sucker was NOT big enough to fill up my belly!

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Sweetlife: Sharing. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Words to live by <3

Breakfast:

Breakfast the next morning was had at Le Pain Quotidien!

I had the Organic Steel Cut Oats along with a cup of berries.

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As soon as I snapped this picture, I took a bite and then stirred in my Cookie Dough Bowl dry mixture, sans the uncooked grains: Vega Vanilla Sport Protein, maca, acai, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds.

Padre had the Harvest Farro Cereal, but I forgot to take a picture; I was too busy eating:)

Then we hit the road, made fun of other drivers a bit more, compared driving skills, and jammed to some more iPod goodies. We came home and hit the gym, and I cranked out this spinning workout.

Sweaty bliss:)

Then I watched Glee and absolutely peed myself. Okay not really, but did anyone else fall head over heels in love with that episode?! I am marrying Blaine and every single Glee character, I would go mechanical bull riding with Mr. Shue any day. Imeann……..blame it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol.

Have a great Thursday lovelies! By the time you read this, I will be on the road en route to Vermont! See you from the Green Mountains love doves:)

Do you love raisins as much as I do?

Please say yes, we can go to Raisins Anonymous meetings together:)

What has been your favorite city/town/country to eat out in?

Definitely DC. Except maybe NYC, but I have not been able to check out the veg options there yet!

What was your favorite meal at a restaurant you have ever had?

This pizza tops the list, but I would have to say the Lentil Burger at the Owl House was so. freaking. good. I need to get there recipe, or steal it is more like it.

xoxox,

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