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.~*


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..


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

DC Food Scene: El Centro D.F. {brunch}

So here's the deal, if you're a fan of brunch + tapas + unlimited alcoholic drinks (aka if you're like, human) you're going to be obsessed with El Centro D.F. 

Price: $35 per person + unlimited alcoholic drinks. 

Side note: there's an a la carte option, but let's be real: you're at brunch and the drinks basically pay for themselves after your third bloody mary. 

When I went, we got there early (brunch starts at 10 a.m.). The seating was those bar-like high chairs + tables. They have an open-air style garage door that was open for people-watching. Mellow samba music played in the background and within 5 minutes, there was already a Bloody Maria (a Bloody Mary with tequila because when in Rome). 

Since we were the first people there, our waitress was more than happy to accommodate my vegan needs and basically started bringing me a vegan version of one of everything on the menu. And it. was. incredible. If you're vegan/vegetarian/paleo/whatever, don't hesitate to tell them. As long as you're not stopping by at peak brunch, they're usually more than happy to accommodate your needs. 

The food is definitely leaning heavier on the Mexican than TexMex side, which was obviously a huge plus. 

We stayed for just under three hours, at which point I promptly conked out in bed to nurse my ridiculous food baby. Scroll down for my favorite dishes, then check out the full brunch menu here

My food winners: 

Other winners: Fried plantains, churros + flautas. Honestly, though: Brunch at El Centro D.F. is lit. Get there early and they'll make the menu totally vegan for you. 

NEXT: Read my thoughts on El Centro D.F. happy hour + dinner.