I've had about enough of the cold weather. And this week seems extraordinarily long, but now that it's Thursday, that should help.
To break up the monotony of my week, I went out to lunch a couple of times so far.
Earlier in the week I headed to Naturally Yours in Peoria's Metro Centre to check out some gum I saw on their blog, and to peruse the meat selection. I like to support meat that is grain fed and hormone free whenever possible.
I did find some hamburger to try, and noticed that Amish chickens were on sale for $2.99 a pound. I might stop back in to get one. The meat selection was a little overwhelming, since no weights were marked on the packages, and the price per pound is listed on a sheet nearby. The tubes of hamburger, however, were marked as one pound, so I went with one of those for now.
Since I was there during lunch, I figured I'd grab a sandwich. I went with the gardenburger, trying to be a little healthy, and since they were sold out of some sort of hickory sandwich, which sounded good. The gardenburger came served on a nice multigrain bun, and I had it topped with onions, mustard, ketchup and lettuce. The patty was fried in some sort of light oil, and tasted like a gardenbuger, crispy on the outside with a meatloaf-like texture inside. The ketchup was a nice kick. It tasted like the freshest ketchup I've ever had.
I chose the pasta salad to go with my burger, which was multi-colored bow tie pasta topped with a little bit of herbs, and not much else in the way of seasoning.
The lunch ran me about $5.49. My only regret? That I didn't think to grab a nice juice or something to go with.
I tried the gum after lunch, and it gets a thumbs up from me. The fruit flavor reminds me of Chicklets fruit gum.
Yesterday I headed out to Vallarta's on University Street in Peoria for lunch.
It turns out Wednesday is special #7 day. Lucky #7 is an enchilada of your choice with beans and rice. The lunch specials run $4.50. With chips and salsa, plus and iced tea and tip, I squeaked this lunch in at $8, which made me feel pretty good. It's hard to find a sit down lunch for under $10 anymore.
There were a couple of servers working, and they kept up a brisk pace. I was in and out in well under an hour.