Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Gluttonous Week

Udon and mushroom
DC definitely has a food scene, but for the most part I would describe it as superficial and overpriced. But there are some gems in this transient city. My mother came to visit this week, so we made the rounds at a few local favorites.

Saturday and Friday: The Lebanese Taverna
This is my go-to for convenient Mediterranean food. It is super close to my apartment, and offers a lovely array of small dishes suitable for vegans. Plus, if bread is within your diet, there is a never-ending supply of fresh, warm pita!

Sunday: Indian Yoga Graduation!
I taught my yoga final class and then celebrated with my yogi classmates with Indian food and vegan desserts! Have no idea where it came from, but was sooo yummy!

This is quite a favorite, with a special vegan menu. I am particularly fond of the flatbread with onion jam and apples (sans brie). Sustainability and supporting small-scale farmers sits as the core mission of the restaurant.
Make-your-own bowl
Wednesday: Java Green
This is one of the few fully vegan spots to dine in DC. This and Cafe Green (vegetarian) are owned and operated by the same folks, and offer a suite of vegan, raw, and gluten-free items. I am partial to their bowls, and got one with kelp noodles, mushrooms, carrots, kale, and a raw soy dressing. My mother ordered their udon and mushroom bowl. Meals are reasonably-priced, but if you're hankering for a vegan and/or gluten-free baked good, you'll get more bang for your buck at Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights.

Sweet and sour cauliflower
Thursday: Co Co. Sala
Very non-vegan dessert is the highlight of this restaurant near Penn Quarter. Chocolate Onyx consists of a chocolate mousse, chocolate sorbet, and a cinnamon toffee bonbon. For a slightly less decadent, but considerably more vegan, dessert, there is a sorbet montage. As to the food, the sweet and sour cauliflower was delicious, but quite small. It is best to go during Restaurant Week, because you get a much better deal!

Chocolate Onyx
Saturday: Filomena
A very popular hole-in-the-wall, this Georgetown Italian establishment is far from vegan-friendly, but has some lovely salads and side dishes that suit. Pasta Mamas sit churning out freshly-made gnocchi, ravioli, and manicotti. It's very authentic; my mother and aunt praised the sauces and pastas.

This is my last hurrah before Passover. While all the excess of this week has been enjoyable, I am quite looking forward to turning over a new leaf on healthy dieting.

1 comment:

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

Java Green is amazing, but I shed a tear the day that they got rid of the avocado-basil-cheese sandwich. Sad day indeed.