Recently my kids had the day off of school and I surprised them by taking them to the aquarium for the day.  Our family has always loved going to the aquarium and we are very fortunate to live near the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

My kids have a weird fascination with cafeterias and get so excited to eat lunch at the aquarium’s cafeteria, Cafe Scuba.  When I looked at the menu there really wasn’t anything I was excited about eating as displayed on the menu (a lot of fried, mayonnaise, and meat-based dishes), but there was a wrap that I thought might work if the chefs were willing to substitute out some ingredients.  The wrap had chicken and feta cheese in it along with a balsamic vinaigrette, which wasn’t going to work for me and the side that came with it was a mayo-based pasta salad.  When I got to the front of the line I asked if they were willing to make some substitutions and they were VERY accommodating.  The chef that serviced us found some grilled asparagus and red onions, tomatoes, and spinach for the wrap.  When I asked if she could sub out the pasta salad for me she was very willing to provide me with a green salad in lieu of the pasta salad.

My meal was very tasty.  I dished-up some yellow mustard on the side and dipped my sandwich in it and dressed the salad with some lemon juice.

Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want (very nicely of course).  I find that the vast majority of the time people are more than willing to help…they ultimately want you to be happy with your meal which means that it is very possible to eat healthfully almost anywhere.


Filed under Education, Food Journal, Food Substitutions, Vegan, Vegetarian

2 responses to “HEALTHY AQUARIUM LUNCH – How to Substitute

  1. eva @5fruitsNveggies

    so funny you should say this!…my girls have a fascination with the cafeteria at the San Francisco aquarium–and they have amazing foods!…quite the change from the greasy french fries of my day (and that’s one of those warm & fuzzy childhood memories for me!)

  2. Wow, that looks great! Smart of you to ask about substitutions, and this is a very good reminder why.

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