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Mod Market: The Tale of the Purple Potato

February 4, 2011

Nature makes some pretty odd colored foods.  Beets, rainbow chard, white asparagus, purple potatoes.

Yes, you heard me, purple potaotes.  I didn’t know such a thing existed until I found myself at Mod Market for lunch today. 

Reasons I love Mod Market:

  • They serve real food, aka simple whole ingredients
  • Everything is raw, grilled or cooked in a stone hearth oven
  • No preservatives or artificial sweeteners
  • Short ingredient lists and hey, I can even pronounce all the things on those lists
  • Menu changes with the seasons
  • Food is either high quality, local or organic

Basically, it’s everything food should be.

And they even ask you if you want your salad dressing light, medium or on the side.

Wintergreen Salad: mixed greens, goat cheese, apple, walnuts, potatoes and honey herb vinaigrette.

Curry Split Pea Soup: vegan and gluten free.

Their nutrtion information is posted on the menu AND the nutrition information of your order is printed out on your receipt — how cool is that?  In other words, I couldn’t speak more highly of this restaurant.

It was about this time that I noticed a purple substance in my salad…

And it turned out to be a potato!

Needless to say, I was quite amused and although they didn’t taste any diffferent than a normal potato, they were much more fun to eat.  Did I mention both my soup and my salad were delicious?  I cleared my plate and my bowl.

Let’s see, I also cleared this bowl today.

You know, sometimes I worry that my healthy lifestyle endeavours and the blogging that accompanies it is all in vain but then I get texts from friends telling me about what kind of oatmeal they had for breakfast and my worries disappear 🙂

I also photographed a meal I planned on eating until my sister invited me to lunch.  Don’t worry, I didn’t put any effort into this meal before leaving for class at 9 AM.  It was leftovers from dinner on Wednesday night.  Not that I put any effort into making in on Wednesday either.  Thanks, Joey.

I give you vegan alfredo.  Recipe found here.

Say what you want about vegan cooking, I think it’s delicious and I feel about 100x better eating vegan alfredo than real alfredo.  I have a feeling none of you would actually dis vegan cooking, anyways.  We’re all on the same page here, right?

I don’t know who Joey is anymore.  He loves vegan alfredo and peas and hasn’t had caffeine in 34 days.  This is exciting.

But not as exciting as the arrival of my package.

Yes, that would be 1 pound of chia seeds.  I’ve been out for MONTHS and I couldn’t be more excited to have chia back in my life.

P.S. I also ran 4 miles after school and did some quick lifting.

I’m off to watch Charlie St. Cloud.  Don’t judge, I could care less if the movie got bad reviews because Zac Efron is BEAUTIFUL.

Happy F-F-F-Friiiday!!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2011 8:39 AM

    Mmmm….I’ve had that salad from Mod Market. So tasty!

  2. February 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Lauren, thanks so much for the awesome write up on Modmarket. As an aside, thought you might find it interesting that those purple spuds are actually from Colorado too.

    • February 4, 2011 12:46 PM

      And thank you for providing such delicious and healthy food. Those potatoes are even better now that I know they’re local.

  3. February 4, 2011 12:14 PM

    Hi Lauren,

    This is Mrs. ModMarket (a.k.a. wife of one of the owners of MM). I love your post about the purple potato. Are they not just the loveliest little things? I roasted some last night for dinner.

    Thank you for writing about the Mod.

    Warmly,
    Natalie Pigliacampo

    • February 4, 2011 12:48 PM

      Thanks for your comment, Natalie! Those potatoes are great.

  4. February 4, 2011 7:19 PM

    I’ve tried purple sweet potatoes, but never purple regular potatoes. That salad looks great though. 🙂

  5. February 4, 2011 7:53 PM

    Yay for chia seeds! I’ve needed more for MONTHS!!

    Love the new header too!

  6. February 4, 2011 11:46 PM

    Bahahahaha Charlie St. Cloud. Zac IS beautiful though 🙂
    Mod Market sounds awesome! Nutritional info on the receipt is such a great idea and that soup looks to die for!

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