In my hands are four passports!! Hallelujah! I was able to get them yesterday, though not without a lot of waiting (And some pleading. I think that the government worker behind window 11 showed that he did, needed, have a heart towards the end of our encounter. Thank you Mr. 11. Sincerely.).
We even had the opportunity to sample a few new-to-us eateries. Score!! The kids skipped and I hobbled over to this amazing salad/sandwich place (an amazing salad place probrably sounds like an oxymoron to many of you due to lackluster salads served at too many dining establishments... or for Mike, the mere fact that it's, well, salad).
Mixt Greens is different. Very different. I really didn't want to leave and wanted to eat all of my meals there because there was such a vast array of combinations. They have an entire wall of JUST GREENS that are perky and fresh - there is no wilted brown stuff here!
When my eyes met the salad topping options and my heart skipped a beat. When I saw all the salad dressings that are made on-site daily with real ingredients and my heart fluttered. It had me with that wall o'greens. The complimentary cucumber water made me not want to leave. EVER.
I got their Dagwood salad (mixt greens, roasted red peppers, roasted zucchini, roasted portabella mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese, garlic croutons, lemon herb vinaigrette) but with chickpeas instead of the roasted zucchini. After ordering I saw they had hearts of palm and wish I had some of that too... and I could say this about probably 10 other toppings! My second choice was their Siam Salad (mixt greens, green papaya, jicama, mango, cucumber, red pepper, fresh herbs, spicy peanuts, thai lemongrass vinaigrette). It was a hard decision!!! Jessica liked it so much that she ate almost half of my salad! Oh and their chocolate chip cookies were delicious (I had to try them because Mike wasn't with us and he would've wanted to know how they were... that's my story and I'm sticking to it).
I recently saw a book called Mixt Salads at my local Barnes and Noble that I thumbed through (and subsequently kicked myself for not buying right then and there because I found myself thinking about the salads contained within those pages days later). It's by the same people that started this restaurant!!! I should have known.
After lots more waiting at the US Passport Agency it was time for dinner. There were many places to choose from, and even though I would have been more than happy to go back to Mixt Greens for dinner, we had run out of food for Ryan that we brought with us and so needed to find somewhere he could get something as well. I was not about to have pizza with so many different ethnic restaurants around. There was a Greek place, a Singapore place, a kabob place, a couple of sushi places... even a Cosi (Mike's favorite sandwich place). There was also a place that served noodles and sushi, so cutely named Nooshi. Since I'm a sucker for word play like this, and also noodle bowls, we decided that would be our dinner destination.
Ryan was sniffly and had a fever. He was such a trooper throughout the entire day. He had a fever this morning too and said his ear hurt so I got an appointment for him today to take him in to see one of the doctors. It turns out he has a double ear infection. Glad we went early and got medicine before it got worse.
Jessica ordered chicken teriyaki:
I ordered vegetable Mee Goreng, a spicy egg noodle dish stir fried with bean sprouts, cabbage, onion, broccoli, snow peas, green onion, carrots, and red peppers that was VERY GOOD!!:
We dined al fresco and the night was mild and beautiful. We were even welcomed by this little one, who, along with his/her friends, kept us quite entertained.