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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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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

…would highly approve of this beastly salad I ate on the road. Yes, I brought my family-size salad bowl with me on the road, it’s fine.

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Eaten with my favorite new travel utensils :)

GOTCHA! You totally thought I was going to say I met the prez:) Sorry kiddos, today is not the day. If I end up going to school in DC though, I might end up seeing the First Lady playing tennis! Or Obama might speak at commencement..who knows;)

So you know how my family likes their food..yeah we do not joke.

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PB + Prune sandwich made by yours truly, promptly scarfed by the Padre. We do not use jelly in this family, we use dried fruit. Prunes and raisins, please and thanks!

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FYI, we at that whole container in two days.

Me + Padre = Mean Eating Machine.

The view inside:

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H2O duh, and my Droid is charging via a pluggity plug thingymajig the Padre bought a year or so back on a road trip. Best. investment. ever. Go to Radio Shack and get one of these, it is less than $30 and will save you loads of stress over your phone, iPod, laptop, what have you, dying in the middle of a car trip and thinking the world is going to end.

Not that I would know or anything.

The view outside:

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JERSEY SHORE, 24 MILES?!

Honey bunches, you can bet your bottom dollar I was begging the Padre to take a detour but he said no. Sorry Mike, we’ll get married another time.

We spent the long drive singing along to Glee (can you pay my bills? Name that song!) I am marrying Blaine, I do not care if he is gay, listening to Hamlet (for Lit, no I do not do that stuff for fun), and talking about my dream of combining nutrition, public health, anthropology, research, and travel internationally. I can’t wait to see where college takes me!

Oh, and we also did our fair share of yelling at other drivers through our windshield (oh yeah, we told ‘em). One guy was a jerkasauraus rex and was tailgating me on a 75 mph highway. Jack. butt.

My sched for the day:

  • Working out
  • Eating every raisin I can find
  • Having one of my besties over for movies, food, and girl talk:)
  • Memorizing the Hamlet “To Be or Not to Be” speech (the things I do for classes…)
  • Packing (again)
  • Eating more raisins
  • And going to SLEEP

Oh and DON’T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR MISSION: I FEEL PRETTY pictures! I have gotten gorgeous ones so far, you girls are absolutely beautiful!! I am so glad we are all helping ourselves to feel more special:)

That’s all for this morning loves! It is WAY past my bedtime, and I am about to fall asleep on my keyboard so here are some questiones for you!

What do you eat on road trips? Do you pack food too, or stop on the way? What do you pack/get?

I ALWAYS pack food, but occasionally stop to grab nuts, fruit, something I am dying for (like raisins..bee tee dubs not ONE gas station I stopped at had raisins, so in case you are a crazy raisin lover like I am, you better pack some for yourself!).

What are your favorite road trip activities?

Jamming out to the iPod, Travel Scrabble (I am a pro), and getting on each other’s nerves. Life is good.

Do you watch Jersey Shore? Are you crazy obsessed too?

I am marrying Mike the Sitch. Our children would be really tan and have AWESOME abs.

Tell me some of your dreams for the future!!

I told you mine, now it is your turn:)

xoxox,

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