Sunday night I was invited to an evening of fitness and great good at the new Sweetgreen restaurant in DC. If any of you are familiar with life in the greater DC area, you know that driving into town can be a bit of a hassle (worst traffic in the nation) but Sunday was well worth it!
A little background on Sweetgreen: it’s a fresh food restaurant started by three Georgetown graduates a few years ago. The restaurant wanted to be able to offer fresh food at an affordable cost, all while sourcing from local farmers. They also like to offer up fun events to go along with the food and sponsor some great local activities–I learned, in fact, that they recently sponsored at a big concert event right here in town at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue. So bringing in some local bloggers (including Dorothy--so much fun to meet her!) and fitness minded folks on Sunday was part and parcel to their mission.
We started the evening with three “flash fitness” workouts. The first was about 15 minutes of plyometrics, planks, mountain climbers and the like. We followed that up with 15 minutes of barre class (sans barre), and then 15 minutes of yoga. The instructors all rocked and the classes reminded me that we runners are not the most overall fit people in the world (ahem).
After we got our sweat on, Sweetgreen let us sample their yummy food. A gazpacho soup, fresh corn and fresh beet appetizers got us started, and then we finished up with their July salad, which was amazing. Check out the recipe:
* Local peaches, goat cheese, basil, toasted almonds, baby spinach, mesclun, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Yep, I’m planning to duplicate it at home.
Sweetgreen is expanding beyond the DC area, too. You can now find them in two locations in Philadelphia and one in Boston. They have a slow-growth plan to ensure they can keep their sustainable mission in place at each location, but keep an eye out for them in your area. We’re putting the full-court press on them to expand up here in #HoCoMd, believe me!
Have you ever eaten at a Sweetgreen? Have anything like them near you?