Going Green, in Delaware
Before I left for the service trip with my church, the blond and I went to visit her parents and sister in Bethany Beach, DE for a few days. We left late Tuesday night, and came home Friday afternoon. Thus the life of a teacher and his wife who works from home. . .
Thursday, however, after getting thoroughly burnt at the beach and on the bike ride home, we went up to The Green Man Juice Bar and Bistro, in Rehobeth Beach. The four of us, me, the blonde, and the in-laws, each got something, but only the blonde and I are vegan, so it was nice that they had a number of vegan options and things that could be easily made vegan. We also got three different juices, which were quite good.
First, the juice. If you’re a juicer, or if you just like homemade juice, then you’ll appreciate this. If not, then just trust me, they were really good. My mother-in-law got the “Cantaloupe Kiss”, which included local watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. It was fresh, bright, and had none of the sometimes weird extra-veggie aftertaste that mixed-up juices can have. Instead, when we shared it around the table, we all really liked it.
The blonde got “The Green Man,” a juice of kiwi, cucumber, apple, pear, and spinach, which, like the “Cantaloupe Kiss” was really fresh tasting and delicious. The spinach didn’t overpower the sweetness of the apple and pear, and the cucumber added just a perfect amount of crispness to the juice.
I got the “SuperJuice”which was carrots, apple, beets, spinach, and red bell pepper
. While good, it was a little beet-y. Not so much as to be not good (I drank every drop, just like everyone else) but a little less beet and a little more apple might have made it a bit better.
In total, the juices were a big hit, with one small caveat: they would have been better ice cold, and they came out a tad on the room-temperature side.
Once our food came, we pretty much stopped talking. The food was that good. I did manage to stave off the hungry masses long enough to snap a few pictures though.
My parents-in-law got “The Matador,” which we didn’t try, because it had cheese on it, however my mother-in-law said that it was good, and that the buffalo mozzarella added a terrific texture. My father-in-law’s opinion was more like “mummphrummbh, <gulp>”
I got an Indian-spiced wrap, without the yogurt sauce. The lack of the yogurt I think really took away from the wrap, and turned it from what was probably really good, into something that was just ok. The option of a soy or coconut yogurt for vegans would be a great addition.
The blonde’s lunch was a tabbouleh salad. What really made her salad special was the addition of actual lemon pieces. I know what you’re thinking, “Really? Hunks of lemon in my tabbouleh? Too sour!” But it wasn’t. The pieces were just the right size, that they were perfect, and the acid of that really set off the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and the cucumbers. The addition of the grilled tofu was. . . unimpressive. A little marinade on the tofu before grilling would have done wonders.
Overall, we were really happy to have found the restaurant, especially as the plae that the in-laws wanted to go to first had exactly three vegan options on the menu: Black bean hummus, Roasted bruschetta, and the house salad. This was a very nice option, especially as we really did enjoy the juices. In fact, we took a pic of the juice menu to try making them in the Vitamix over the next few weeks.
Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how we do. . .