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Mayo no-no

February 4, 2010

There’s a whole section of Maryland that I’ve never explored — yes, my lack of knowledge about the state where I spent most of my life is appalling.

We recently drove up to Mount Airy, Md., to check out a furniture store that is known for great deals and cute stuff. Success on both counts. A nice dresser for $100? I call that a win.

After shopping, I texted Allie, who grew up in nearby Westminster, for a lunch suggestion and she immediately replied with Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe in Mount Airy’s historic district.

Good call.

The street was a great mix of historic 19th-century buildings and super-modern cafe and shops. Next time I’m up there — who knows when that will be, but next time — I want to try The Vintage Coffeeshop, a fantastic tiny vintage coffee house.

Judging by what every other table at the restaurant was eating, Laurienzo is known for its pizza but I skipped that in favor of a veggie panini. After a bit of confusion ordering — apparently it’s not a common request for a cheese-less panini — my scrumptious sandwich arrived at the table.

Stuffed full of peppers, zucchini, spinach and mushrooms, this panini was almost perfect. One problem. Mayo. Ugh. Is there a more disgusting food? (No.)

On the side was a bag of Terra Chips. I never buy chips and wouldn’t ever order them but do really like Terra Chips. Maybe it’s because they are vegetables and therefore, I can convince myself they are kind of healthy.

The ingredient list isn’t terrible: a seasonal mix of root vegetables (sweet potato, parsnip, batata, taro, yuca), canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, beet juice concentrate (for color), salt.

What's up with restaurants that keep it too dark inside to take pictures? Don't they know?! πŸ˜‰

Laurienzo Cafe = great find! Who knew tiny Mount Airy had such a winning downtown area? Not me, that’s for sure.

It’s fun to learn about new restaurants and discover where the locals go. You never know what delicious eats are hidden in unexpected places.

Let’s vote. Terra Chips: terrible or tasty treats? (And yes, I know it can’t compare to just eating vegetables…)

17 Comments leave one →
  1. simone permalink
    February 4, 2010 2:53 pm

    that sandwich looks DE-lish! youve inspired me to go gourmet on my next sandwich πŸ™‚

  2. February 4, 2010 2:57 pm

    ehh nt a huge fan of terra chips, they are good but I would pass on them for some real potatoesss!!

    • February 4, 2010 4:49 pm

      true! the real thing is always better! πŸ˜€

  3. February 4, 2010 3:40 pm

    Haha, my aunt used to buy me Terra Chips all the time. As much as I “hate” veggies, I do love Terra Chips.

  4. February 4, 2010 4:32 pm

    I adore Terra chips, I only wish they weren’t so greasy and expensive! They’re SO addictive though, so they’re dangerous with me!

  5. February 4, 2010 5:30 pm

    I love Mount Airy! My parents used to live in Columbia, MD and we went antiquing there once. Such a cute place, all your photos are great!

    • February 4, 2010 5:40 pm

      haha I hate when restaurants keep it too dark to take nice photos. πŸ˜› It was the middle of the afternoon — no need for mood lighting!

  6. prettytimepiece permalink
    February 4, 2010 5:58 pm

    ooo i adore veggie chips!! they are so satisfying & fun to eat.

    that vintage coffee house sounds amazing, def visit it next! ❀

  7. February 4, 2010 7:55 pm

    I am not a chip person either but can totally go for terra chips! Mmmmm. I don’t hate mayo, but I think if it’s gonna be on a sandwich, it should be specified, or come on the side.

  8. February 4, 2010 8:32 pm

    I’ve never had Terra chips but I fully agree with you that mayo is horrible and ruins a good sandwich.

    • February 5, 2010 7:20 am

      Yes! All condiments should be clearly labeled. Maybe Congress should pass a law…

  9. Danielle permalink
    February 4, 2010 11:45 pm

    I’ve never really liked chips (or tried Terra chips) but I’ve heard they’re tasty. I’m not sure I’d count them as a serving of veggies though πŸ˜‰

  10. February 5, 2010 12:12 am

    Totally adore Terra chips!! I’m not a huge fan of regular tater chips, but these little guys are awesome… I especially love the taro ones.

  11. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce permalink
    February 5, 2010 12:35 am

    just caught up on your last post, i’m always mentally decorating (even though i have an apt and i’ve BARELY decorated it at all—do taped up photos count?) hope you find a place you love! you wouldn’t think it’d be so confusing for peeps to leave cheese off of an order, but for some reason it’s like you are speaking another language! that panini looks so perfectly grilled. i am such a lurk and i think i saw you comment on someone else’s blog about hating cottage cheese—i am SO WITH YOU on that one! i tried to love it, i really did, but it’s so gagworthy. curdled milk fo sho

    • February 5, 2010 7:19 am

      Finally, someone who understands the cottage hate! If there was a high-five emoticon, I’d be all over that. πŸ˜‰


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