Here’s a terrible idea: allowing myself to wander through Steveston with no set plan beyond “find awesome food to bring to Dana’s house.” Steveston has too many good places to choose from, and I really should have known I wouldn’t be able to contain myself.
Could-a, would-a, should-a.
Dana, whom you’ve all met many times, got a mild concussion last week snowboarding, and is still stuck at home with a headache. Obviously, brain injuries are something to be taken very seriously, so she’s heeded the doctor’s warnings and not watched any TV, stayed off her computer, avoided crowds, not cycled, and hasn’t engaged in ‘any serious brain activity’ at all. Needless to say, SHE IS SO BORED. Fortunately, she can still eat, which partners well with my instinctual desire to feed people in (any) situation. Yesterday, I took her car and told her I’d bring her dinner from Richmond, thus beginning an afternoon-long trek through Steveston and the accumulation of a LOT OF FOOD.
My original plan was to get pizza at Big Bite Pizzeria on No. 1 Road, but then I thought “maybe I should check out Diplomat Bakery too,” and things just spiraled out of control from there. I drove to the Diplomat and asked for a cinnamon bun and three cookies – chocolate chip oatmeal, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia – then saw Nirvana Organics next door, and decided to visit it as well.
It’s a shop specializing in local and organic foods, with fresh, house-made soups they sell for lunch by the bowl.
They also have several freezers with house-made frozen meals, most of them containing the same organic ingredients they sell in the shop.
I couldn’t decide between the chicken pot pie (a crazy good steal at only $5.80 each) and the beef, ricotta, and spinach lasagna ($15) so…..I got both.
Next I paid a visit to Heringer’s, which smelled like meat heaven itself. They had two enormous porchettas roasting in the oven (for sale today), and Chad brought them out for me to have a look. That right there is pork perfection:
If you’re a porchetta fan, GET TO HERINGER’S. Get to Heringer’s now!!! They sell it by the slice, and it’s a good thing they weren’t ready yesterday, otherwise I probably would have tried to buy one. An entire one. Instead, I got a bottle of their house-made fresh fig and vanilla balsamic dressing for salad!
With the bizarre belief I had not yet acquired enough dessert, I next wandered over to Papi’s Market, and picked up their chocolate olive oil cake. It was tough to decide between that and the citrus olive oil cake – I had it last summer and ADORED the stuff.
After an affirming cup of Orange Pekoe at Rocanini, I picked up the pizza I’d ordered at Big Bite. It’s a small, family run takeout joint with plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.
I went with the Pesto Supremo (about $15 with tax) which had pesto sauce, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, roasted garlic, edam, and mozzarella. They also offer baked pastas, salads, chicken wings, cheese sticks, and subs.
I called my friend Heather and asked her to join us, and a little while later, at a table adorned with some of Dana’s ‘brain get better!’ flowers, we feasted.
The Big Bite Pizza was awesome, with a fresh crust, plenty of toppings, and good cheese. This is a vegetarian option I would definitely get again.
The chicken pot pie and lasagna were also great, not to mention amazingly affordable for organic meals.
Our arugula, pepper, and pumpkin seed salad with the Heringer’s dressing was wonderful! I can see why this is one of their most popular dressings. The desserts were also great, though we were so full we barely put a dent in them.
Dana texted me this morning and said “I’m having lasagna for breakfast, and it’s delicious!” Good thing, because there’s so much of it I think she’ll be having lasagna/pizza/cake for lunch, dinner, and breakfast again tomorrow. I hope her noggin feels better really soon.
To all the shops in Steveston who contributed to our meal, thank you, and may I never be allowed to shop in your stores without a set plan again.
Big Bite Pizzeria
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian options available