Grazing at the Quarry

I am always in search of great salads and usually have to settle for mediocre or worse.  Today I hit the jackpot at Piatti at the Quarry Market in San Antonio, Texas.  I love the Quarry Market because it not only has a Whole Foods grocery store but a jillion other wonderful shops.  Built upon the site of a former gravel pit, it is unique and has something for everyone.

But back to the food!  I was browsing books in Borders when my rumbling stomach told me it was lunchtime.  I strolled over to Piatti and read their menu which is posted on the window by the front door.  To my delight, I saw several salads that looked good so I got a table on the patio and settled in with my book to enjoy the breeze, the food, and the beautiful sunny day.  I saw a lot on the menu that looked intriguing – upscale entrees, pizza, and pasta dishes that were reasonably priced.  But I try to eat a high percent of raw fruits and vegetables with some fish so I’m always on the lookout for it.

I ordered the salmon salad and sipped my iced tea while munching on the crusty, chewy bread.  I don’t eat bread very often, especially white bread, but I just had to try it.  It had a great texture and taste and, of course, there was the usual olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in.  One neat surprise was the bottle of filtered water furnished free of charge (the water, that is).  They serve it in a glass wine bottle with a vacuum seal and filter the water themselves.  I commented on how I wanted a bottle like that for myself and the waiter said they would be selling them in the future.  I looked afterwards in several stores for one but couldn’t find one.

When my salad arrived I was very happy to see that it was baby greens and not iceberg.  I hate iceberg!  It is tasteless and has very little nutrition compared to the dark, leafy greens.  My salmon was grilled perfectly and the dressing was a very light vinaiagrette which was wonderful.  I get so tired of heavy, fat and sugar laden dressings.  You might as well order a bowl of dressing and forget the greens if that’s what you want.

I am also happy to report that I didn’t clean my plate!  That’s a really difficult thing to do when the food is good but my stomach was telling me it was full and I’ve been working on getting better at heeding that warning.  Loving myself means taking better care of myself.  It’s strange how some people think forcefeeding is love.  I can clearly remember my mother telling us to clean our plates.  I don’t remember if she invoked the starving people in China thing but I always cleaned my plate anyway so it didn’t matter.  It was my picky, younger sister who always got stuck at the table staring at the food and refusing to eat it.

I will definitely go back to Piatti to try their other salads and possibily some of their entrees.  I can’t tell you anything about the wine because I don’t drink but they do have a full bar.

Don’t forget to have some greens today and I’ll see you soon on the healthy way!

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3 Responses to Grazing at the Quarry

  1. naturespantry June 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Thank you for your interesting blog on healthy eating and salads. My husband and I own a small natural food store in eastern Oregon and sell a wide variety of organic and local vegetables. My passion is helping people learn to eat more greens and nutritionally dense foods. When we travel we are always looking for natural food stores and restaurants that offer good salads and raw veggies because we too enjoy a good salad made with baby greens. If I’m ever in San Antonio, Tx I will definitely try the Piatta at the Quarry Market because you made it sound so good. If you are ever in Oregon look us up, Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods in La Grande, Or. I’m with you on your closing comment “don’t forget to have some greens today and I’ll see you soon on the healthy way!”. Keep up the good writing!

  2. rawesomeliving June 8, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Thanks for your encouraging words! Oregon is beautiful. I hope to get up there again some day and it’s nice to know where the health food stores are.

  3. Shecky June 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    Great stuff, Ann. Thanks for keeping us on the healthy track!