Sunday, July 11, 2010

Veg Out: Cooperage

I passed by Cooperage at the Curtis Center to have a peek at their bar and decided to pick up lunch from their cafe next to the bar/restaurant. I saw the hummus lettuce wraps and thought they could be interesting, but upon closer inspection, it didn't look like much. I added a fruit salad to my selection that had blueberries, pineapple, and melon. It was a backup plan - if lunch wasn't up to par, at least the blueberries should be excellent? There was a mozzarella baguette available and a couscous salad as the other quick veggie options. The fried green tomato sandwich on the menu sounded enticing but I was in a hurry.

The good news is that there's an effort to offer a raw-ish dish. I had a high intensity interval training class scheduled for that afternoon, so a lunch that would provide energy and not give me a food coma was ideal. 

The scant lettuce leaves were not quite enough to make work of the three mounds of hummus, which were all the same flavor. A trio of different spreads would have been interesting. The real downfall was the raw red and green peppers, which almost never taste good. Raw onions, too. Lettuce wraps can be great, until they start tasting like crudite wrapped in crudite.  I'd swap these out for some cucumber and tomato, and add shredded carrots or shredded beets. The goat cheese and fig dressing were fine, but you wouldn't even need cheese here if you included some tabbouleh.

I'll be making some hummus wraps this week to console myself. 

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