What does a girl do when she is told by her doctors to eat more calories, especially if she is a rabbit food loving freak? Why she finds places that serve BIG yummy salads!
OK, so my doctors didn’t want me eating more salads they wanted me to eat more calories than a salad has to offer. But when you are a rabbit food lover who has very specific food allergies, you do your best to eat what you love…because then you’ll eat more in a day, which is the over arching goal of eating more…right?
During some of our weekends – when we have to be out the house so people can look at our house – we would go up to Woodland park and stop for lunch at Joanie’s before heading back to the house, or out into the mountains for some light hiking.
Woodland Park is a nice drive up Highway 24 from Colorado Springs, not so long that you feel as if you’ve been in the car all day, just for a salad…but also not so short that we couldn’t be out of the house for the 2-5 hour window needed. The longer we needed to be out the more we would do, after eating.
One great thing about Joanie’s Bakery and Delicatessen, other than the fact I can eat what I like even with my food allergies, is that we can take Chaz with us and sit on the covered patio. It’s away from the street, and well protected. So it pet friendly, provided you don’t take them inside. (Though we have been told that they just might make an exception for Chaz…”because he’s so cute”. However, we don’t want the health department to close them down, so we keep Chaz outside.)
I can actually sit outside, kind of, and enjoy my meal. A very rare treat for me.
Plexi glass protects us from the smoke the wind might bring in, and the over hang keeps the afternoon sun from reaching me. I couldn’t eat breakfast there, with the dog, because I wouldn’t be able to sit outside. But once the sun reaches noon the porch is shaded and lovely.
Joanie’s is located at 110 East Highway 24, Woodland Park, CO 719-686-9091. They only use Boars Head meat and cheeses for their salads and sandwiches, and their staff is very knowledgable about what goes into everything – even their salad dressings.
So if you have questions go in and ask, they’ll tell you exactly what they use. For example…knowing that soy is in practically everything, but not in most mustards, I get their honey mustard dressing. They only use canola oil in their dressings, but if there is mayo or soy sauce (duh) in the dressing it’s a non-starter for me. So that takes their ranch and asian fusion style dressings, and the blue cheese, out of the equation (I just don’t like blue cheese) leaving their honey mustard or vinaigrettes for me to enjoy.
Now their vinaigrettes are lovely, but since I typically get a Chefs salad, there is lots of protein to be had – a must for my picky body – I get the honey mustard. It is a better paring with the bacon.
Once I had the Chef with their raspberry vinaigrette… again the vinaigrettes taste great, but for me they aren’t the best paring with the bacon. The honey mustard gives you a nice zip and zing without over powering the meat…bacon.
Hubby loves their sandwiches, he’s had their version of grilled cheese, the Roast Beef Melt and many others that I don’t remember. Why? I’ll let you ask. Because I can’t eat them. I cannot envy something I’ve never tried, and thus I find them unmemorable. However, my I can eat anything hubby enjoys their sandwiches.
So if you fall into the I can eat anything category, be sure to check them out also.
I have even gone with a vegetarian friend of ours, and she was able to get exactly what she wanted…catered to her liking. We both left satisfied, and ready for our trip back down the mountain.
For Labor Day hubby and I grabbed the dog and headed out to get a late lunch and so I could get photos for you…in case you are like me and need a visual aid from time to time to ensure you are where you think you should be. Though Woodland Park isn’t that big still I want to be thorough.
And since I am a foodie who forgets to take photos of their food…I had a purpose in going there…I took my phone and my camera. Try not to drool on your electronic devices.
Next time you are in Woodland Park, checkout Joanie’s if its time to eat. Let me know what you had and what you thought.