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out to lunch

October 9, 2009


it can be a struggle and a challenge to dine out in the suburb where i work.  we’re surrounded with SAD chain after SAD chain of fried and not fresh foods.  i have a distinct memory of seeing the “grilled vegetable” side being prepared at one of these SAD places where i worked in college.  i remember the cook grab an individual plastic wrapped vegetable side from the freezer and throw it in to the microwave.  when she pulled it out, she had to shake the vegetables away from the plastic that had melted to them so that they fell onto the plate.   hardly any of the people i served those “grilled vegetables” to would ever eat them.  i’d say that’s a good thing, though rather unfortunate when you consider how hard it is to get a healthy forkful of food at those restaurants, much less, something that doesn’t taste like plastic covered styrofoam.  gross.

most of the time i bring my lunch, but there comes a time when i spend all of sunday partying with chocolate peanut butter pillows and do not get my sunday stock on… like this week, hehe.  fret not, i have found a couple of diamonds in the rough:

SANDY’S – Maya’s No. 1 Pick

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Sandy’s Market is pretty awesome.  not only is it a health food store, it’s by far the best place to satisfy my healthful lunch out desires with an abundance of choices, buffet style.  baked potato bar, salad and fruit bar, freshly made hot soups (at least 1 is vegan and usually contains a bean), several selections of hot entrees (mostly vegan, and generally there’s a vegan chili which is, surprisingly to me, the bomb!).  if you dine in there’s a hot tea service with multiple choices of loose leaf teas they will serve up in individual pots.  the market part is also good for picking up health food staples, buying in bulk, or looking for off out of the ordinary vitamins and other natural home remedies.  their staff is really knowledgable too.  Sandy’s has the Prescription for Nutritional Healing sitting out for shopper reference.  so far they have had every oddball thing that i’ve gone looking for.  i once picked up this red tea exfoliating foot cream while perusing the bargain bin.  it’s so awesome, i wish i had grabbed all 17 tubes of it. 

like all good things, there is a downside:  the last time i went out to lunch at Sandy’s, i think it was a shocking $14 experience . the prices had gone up, and i used to think the $11 price was high (think the website is not up to date).  yes, i know, it’s a locally owned, health focused place, but jeeeeeez that’s steep.  i love Sandy’s but my bank account has to save for rainy days.   thank heavens there is a out to lunch solution called taking it To Go.  this way, i pay only for the food i want and it costs significantly less. 

SALATA – No. 2 Pick

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even though salata is a franchise / chainy thing, i give it street cred for offering a huge selection of greens, fruits, beans and nuts for salad stocking.  i compare it to subway gone salad bar.  they assemble the salad for you as you go down the line selecting all your ingredients.  pictured:  spinach, red onion, green bell pepper, shredded cabbage, olives, cilanto, oranges, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, raisins, dried cranberries, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and almonds.  weird combo, yes.   affordable, yes.  tasty and healthful, also yes.

now, now, now, i couldn’t leave you for the weekend with a boring MOFO post about food in plastic boxes… not when i can leave you with The Halloween Bone:



One Comment leave one →
  1. fortheloveofguava permalink
    October 12, 2009 10:19 am

    I’d like to comment on your delicious looking takeout but I’m too busy cuddling with that little fuzzy guy….

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