As I was cruising through Downtown on my way to Gastown for breakfast, I noticed a little shop called Freshii. It was advertising fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. Only the freshest ingredients, hand made, delicious and healthy. Looked like just the type of place for a P90Xer to get lunch, just like the Chopped Leaf the day before. I made the mental note to head back for lunch and continued on my merry way.
When lunchtime rolled around I made my way the two blocks (as opposed to the 3/4 miles) to the sleek, modern, fresh food establishment. The decor was white, with clean lines, almost spa or Pinkberry like. And like Chopped Leaf there is the build it yourself option, or the pre-designed with the kitchy name option. The biggest difference though is that you can select all the veggies your heart desires at no extra cost (it’s why Mom’s love them, I was told). I decided to grab the clipboard and start building; eventually winding up with a roast turkey and veggie combo that was sure to meat all my nutritional requirements for the day. I took my salad an sat outside enjoying another beautiful day with another very good lunch. The trick to making a good salad is a lot of options, fresh ingredients and a well made dressing, and Freshii delivered on all three.
Freshii is a part of a new trend that seems to be taking over, unbeknownst to me until the past two weeks. I thought that it was a nice, local, Vancouver idea until a quick search returned a franchise spread over not only Canada, but the U.S. and internationally as well. The gourmet, chef-inspired salad fits so well as a counterbalance to so many other on the run lunch options. When I was in Denver, I thought that the idea behind Mad Greens would be a good one to expand. Apparently it has. And I’m not sure if it has just missed Seattle at this point, or if I’m just so isolated up in Bothell that I haven’t realized it. But it is definitely something I can get on board with.