GUYS, consider this your friendly reminder to cancel your lunch plans for today because you have a much more important lunchtime obligation. You know that NYC-based salad-slinging joint that just landed in Philly, Just Salad? Well they’re offering $2 salads today, and today only, for their grand opening. Just sayin’, you’re not going to want to miss out because when the heck do you think you’ll see a (good/yummy/healthy) $2 salad again?
Remember Just Salad, the NYC salad-slinging import we told you guys was coming our way a few months ago? Well, the fast-casual spot quietly opened the doors to their first Philly location, at 1729 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse, today. (And they actually serve a lot more than just salad.)
• Tell us if this sounds familiar: From the age of three you’ve constantly been told to eat your greens, but it always seems like by the time you’re actually going to make a salad, your greens, well, aren’t so green anymore. Here’s the trick to stop neglecting those good-for-you leaves: Next time you hit the farmers’ market, pick a few greens you know you love and create (and bag) your own DIY salad mix — one that you’ll actually enjoy — then stick a paper towel inside the ziplock. Boom: Easy-to-grab fresh greens that you’ll actually want to eat, at your fingertips for the week! [Bon Appétit]
Fast-casual salad slinger Sweetgreen is known for going the extra mile when it comes to, well, being green. In addition to serving fresh, nutritious ingredients and menus that change with the seasons, the D.C.-based chain makes a point to source from local and regional food producers. Just last month, it launched the Zahav Bowl by Mike Solomonov.
The latest local vendor to supply the stores here? North Philly’s own Philly Bread.
Look at Sweetgreen, so crafty with ways to make their product — the lowly salad — one of the most exciting foods money can buy. Besides appealing to youngins with branded store sign verbiage (see: Beyonce and Kanye West references like “hot sauce in my bag, er, bowl” and “I made that peach famous”), they collaborate with big names in food — David Chang (Momofuku), Dan Barber (Blue Hill), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) — to keep the menu fresh and relevant. It’s a pretty neat business model — even Kendrick Lamar has his own salad: Beets Don’t Kale My Vibe.
And on April 28th, Philly’s own Michael Solomonov will join these celebrity-types with Sweetgreen’s Zahav Bowl.
• If you’ve been known to make the same boring salad for lunch for weeks (er, maybe months) on end, you are not alone. That said, it’s probably time to switch up your lunch game. Here, five cookbook author-approved ways to make your salads taste better, from pickling your grains to frying your herbs. [Bon Appétit]
• Forking the same ol’ spinach salad into your mouth day after day after day can eat away at your soul. So if you’ve been doing just that since Myspace mattered, it’s time to switch it up: Take note of these six little-used vitamin-packed greens, from sorrel to baby Swiss chard to dandelion greens, that will spice up your salad game, stat. [Shape]
Mall days are mentally exhausting thanks to the endless choices that need to be made throughout: Should I buy the clog/sandal shoes that could be cute or could make me look like someone’s great-great-great aunt? Or should I not? Should I use my credit card to buy said clog/sandal shoes? Or should I be a responsible human and cut my credit card up right then and there? Should I allow a stranger to massage my head with a weird tool they’re trying to sell me? Or should I run away as fast as humanly possibly?
And now there’s another decision to add to the list, at least if you’re going to King of Prussia Mall: To eat Shake Shack or Sweetgreen? I foresee this decision sucking up a lot of my brain power.
Yesterday, our friends over at Foobooz clued everyone into the fact that D.C.-based &pizza — a pizza chain that focuses on made-to-order pies made with organic dough and seasonal, local ingredients — will be setting up shop in Rittenhouse come fall. And one of the menu items they’ll be bringing to our fair city? Salad Pizza. I repeat: Salad Pizza. I.e. Pizza you can’t possible feel guilty about eating because it’s topped with SALAD.
During the workday, lunch is something to look forward to. If you’re not big on breakfast, it’s your first meal of the day and even if you did chow down on a morning meal, by the time noon rolls around, dreams of stuffing food into your face are probably floating around in your mind.
But, alas, the never-ending problem with work lunches: Making a healthy lunch every morning before can be impossible. And in comes Sweetgreen (and a Sweetgreen-sized dent in your bank account). But not anymore, friends: Here are 14 recipes for salads you can make the night before (or earlier!) and grab on your way out the door in the morning. They are guaranteed to make your lunch break the happy hour it is supposed to be — and help to deal with your eating-out addiction. Read more »