dc food scene: honeygrow

TL;DR:

Honeygrow is a cool new take salad + stiry-fry in the DC area that combines fast-casual with Eatsa (touchscreen ordering). It's expensive considering the salads are considerably smaller than Sweetgreen. 


So I finally got my butt into Honeygrow last month. I'd read that it was super vegan friendly, and was excited to check out all of the hooplah. 

The location is next to HipCityVeg + La Tasca, and across from the Chinatown Metro. Inside, tables + benches take up the front, while the back corridor is dedicated to touchscreens for ordering and chefs behind the glass. Like Eatsa, the restaurant is set-up so that there's minimal interaciton between the person placing the order, and the person making it.

Like Eatsa, Honeygrow is great for our increasingly hypocritical society where we both crave attention but absolutely hate having to interact with anyone at all. Oops, did I say that out loud? 

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ANYWAYS. Honeygrow boasts two types of dining options: Stir-fry or salads. Everything is served in to-go containers, even if you're "eating in." Similar to Sweetgreen, chalkboards boast local farms where today's ingredients have been sourced. #FarmToTable

Anyways, I loved the salad so much. I'd honestly recommend building your own because ~options~. I'm one of those people who can not go ANYWHERE without making substitutions to my food, whether it's adding an extra shot to my cocktail (#BallSoHard) or subbing out chicken for tofu. 

But, it was nothing that special. I'd go again if I needed to, but I would go out of my way to get a Honeygrow salad. The actual food quanity seemed considerably smaller than what you'd get  a Sweetgreen (really the only worthy competitor) and basically the same price. 

Jury is out on whether the stir-fry and noodles make a difference in my book. Stay tuned! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 

MealPass Launch Party {recap + What I wore}

MealPal DC Lauch Event

A huge thank you to Epic Yoga DC for hosting

the event and to MealPal for having Maxim and I! 


Hello, hello, hello! I’m writing from under my covers...and the metro...and while walking to the bathroom at work...because I’m so excited to tell al you guys about what I’ve been up to! 

But first, I do need to make a little confession. Well, not even a confession. I just need to explain something. I am vegan (that’s not a confession, obvs). And oftentimes, I think that being vegan makes people believe that I don’t support those who lead non-vegan lifestyles. And oftentimes, I feel that I have some odd standard to uphold where I can’t endorse or believe in..or even LIKE people who don’t agree those ideals. But I’m here to tell you all that that’s not the way that it is! 

I am a vegan and I blog about vegan food. But I also blog about food-related trends, companies and ideals. I blog about what I'm wearing, where I'm going, what I'm reading and, if I start writing more, the working world. And I take advice from non-vegans on where to eat. My fiancee, Maxim, is not vegan by any means. He's my non-vegan taste tester (and photog + everything. I love you!) He eats vegan when I’m cooking at home and loves to make me vegan grilled cheese when I’ve had a tough day. He also loves a good bison burger and Whole Foods chicken strips or Chicken Tiki Masala. 

My point is...let's just love and respect each other. I'll be vegan and continue to eat french fries when there's nothing else but lettuce on the menu. And you can continue to tell me that you could never, ever be vegan and ask me about why I don't want real leather on my shoes. We shall *~*CoExiSt.~*

OKAY. 

Now that I’ve gotten that all off of my chest, I can continue on to why I’m writing so excitedy right now. I am working with MealPal (previously MealPass) to help you discover your new #LunchtimeBFF and to end the #SadDeskLunch. 

MealPass? MealPal? 

Yes. They’re a food startup from the co-founders of ClassPass. On Monday, Sept. 19 (launch party day!) they rebranded to MealPal (see below). They started in Manhattan in NYC and have now spread to cities like Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and, of course, Washington, D.C.!

Honestly, though: You get lunch for like $6-7 every week day from awesome places around the District. It's one flat fee that's charge per cycle, aka every month. It's a fraction of what you'd usually pay. No, it's not delivered. You go and pick it up. You need to get up from your desk, anyways. Haven't you heard? Sitting kills. Get in those lunchtime steps, you desk dwellers. 

Anyways, I had known about MealPal from some friends in NYC and was excited for its entrance into the #DCFoodScene. So, like the good food blogger that I am, I attended the launch party! It was held at Epic Yoga DC (connected to a Jrink location!) — on Connecticut Ave. next to The Big Hunt and MadHatter. It was dark though, and littttttle crowded for my liking…or for my camera’s liking! Okay, let's be honest. The lighting sucked, but I ate yummy food and I had a great time. I'm sharing what I was able to get below. 

There was food from a variety of local restaurants: 

  • Mini Chicken Pesto Wraps from MadHatter. 
  • Meat Likers + Veg Me Pizza from DC Pizza.  
  • Salmon Ceasar Salad from MaSo. 
  • Spinach + Pesto Bowl from The Little Beet
  • Hoagies (and absolutely addicting potato chips) from Bub & Pop's

...and so much more!

Favorites from launch party:

  • Beet Gazpacho from Souper Girl. I'm a fan of both gazpacho and Souper Girl, but in the small space, it was 10x more delicious. 
  • Salmon Veggie Couscous Salad from The Front Page. Shoutout to Chef Roberto for being so accommodating and making me a custom vegan bowl of couscous to eat! 
  • Juice from Jrink Juicery. I mean, who isn't a fan of Jrink Juicery? Seeing them there made my heart so happy. They're a local cold-pressed juice company that delivers fresh each morning and have everything from cleanse aiding to protein packed drinks. 

Over the next week, I'll be testing out MealPal and it's whole situation. Then on Monday, I'll be letting you know me thoughts..

BUT THERE'S MORE.

Because I love you guys, and there's no point in having MealPal unless you guys can too. MealPal is letting me give away some awesome discounts and free meals starting next week! So when I post my review, I'll be posting about the contest too! STAY TUNED! Can't wait to reveal more soon!

Cool, Phoebe. But this post is about what you wore (What I'm pretending you're saying). If you're here for outfit only, scroll down!

I love love love this romper from Target! According to the website, it's technically a junior's piece, but it fits so well on my frame! I'm petite (5" 3') and have very long legs. And by that I mean my torso is non-existent. In the world of rompers and jumpsuits, that means I work hard to find ones that are more form fitting so that my wait doesn't get lost in a balloon of fabric. My co-workers told me that I look like Peter Pan, but hey. Peter Pan was cool AF and worked the transition to fall fashion better than anyone. 

Scroll down to shop my look! 

Hat: LouLou. | Romper: Target. | Vegan leather booties: Dolce Vita. Find similar herehere and here. | Clutch: South Moon Under. 

What's your favorite kind-of-fall-but-kind-of-not look? 

DC Food Scene: El Centro D.F. {happy hour + dinner}

Chef Richard Sandoval has a huge hit with El Centro D.F. And ICYMI: I'm obsessed with their brunch. This isn't huge news — but I recently discovered their in-cre-di-ble happy hour menu.

They offer $5 Margaritas M-F that just so happen to go amazingly well with dinner. Other happy hour favorites? $5 Spiked Agua Fresca, wine + cerveza 🍻 Their happy hour prices are only offered at the bar, but there is nothing stopping you from taking your drink to your table (hint: reserve on Open Table + arrive early for Happy Hour at the bar). 

I love the vibe at El Centro's Georgetown location. We were seated at a back corner booth where the music wasn't right over our heads (shhh, I'm not a grandma. I just like to hear people talk). Make sure to ask for a guacamole for the table and — life hack alert — mix the table side salsa INTO it. Game. Changed. And you can thank me for that later. 

Honestly, though: Their tacos, guacamole + chips are incredible. 

Scroll down for my faves:

Missed by brunch review of El Centro? Click here