Tuesday, February 17, 2009

So 'snice, I've tried it twice

As promised in my previous post, my last culinary adventure took me to the little west village veg spot, 'snice. I had a terrible time deciding what to eat because everything sounded so good. This is a recurring struggle for me, especially at Vegetarian friendly restaurants. 
I ended up going with a quinoa salad that was excellent. It had black beans, corn, red onions, cilantro, avocado, tortilla chip strips, and an avocado dressing. Yummy south western quinoa heaven. It was fantastic. The dressing was light and creamy, with just the right amount of acidity. I love these flavors, especially the sweetness of the corn. The quinoa was fluffed and airy, with a good al dente bite. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this salad on Friday evening. 
On Saturday, I worked and then spent a couple hours roaming the west village for another new restaurant to try. The majority of which were crowded or too expensive. I walked past Taim and was barely able to resist the temptation of warm falafel. The lure of the comfortably worn wood tables and tall glasses of fresh coffee, all very Seattle-esque, brought me back to 'snice for the second night in  a row. 
On this trip, I went for a hummus sandwich (Are you seeing a theme?). It had sprouts, roasted red peppers, hummus, and lettuce on whole wheat toast. I didn't know when I ordered that it would be a triple decker, a la club sandwich, and come with a side salad. I deconstructed both halves and created 3 halves with the bottom toasts and excess filling, thus yielding a half-sandwich/ salad dinner and a doggy bag of a whole sandwich. Not a bad deal. It was very tasty, but I still give my vote to Tiny's for one of the greatest sandwiches my whole life. 
I'd choose the quinoa over the sandwich for the more satisfying and unique meal. If I go back, I might try the bueno burrito or a bowl of soup. 

I also stopped by The Peanut Butter and Co. Restaurant this weekend, for a peanut butter smoothie. Ice, skim milk, banana, honey, and peanut butter make a very refreshing and wonderfully peanut-y drink. I definitely will go back here for a PB & somethin fancy. Perhaps the Elvis (Grilled PB, honey, and banana) or a fluffernutter...or a PB & J...that decision could take a very, very long time. 

1 comment:

  1. Yum! I just recently discovered quinoa, I love cooking with it. It is great in soups too! That salad sounds tasty. I may try something like it.

    I think I will make those pb honey and banana grilled sammys for lunch today.