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Vine Bread & Pasta

Vine Bread & Pasta

Lunch, scenic lunchstop: Noon day epiphany

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

VINEbpSFIt was a beautiful day in the Urban GLOB when it made sense to me to stop by the Vine Bread & Pasta Bakery on North Main St. for lunch. Even though there is ample seating inside the bakery for lunch outers, bread lovers, and the like, it occurred to the GLOB Master that this healthy lunch would be a perfect meatless Monday picnic at the Thomas Center two blocks east of the Bakery.

"Yeah," I thought to myself. "That's the ticket."

 

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Nestled in the corner of the Thomas Center grounds sits a stately oak and it rustled invitingly, "GLOB Master, come join me for lunch!"

"So I did," to quote the Rolling Stones in that long time favorite, "Faraway Eyes."

What an excellent, perfect idea for lunch. The only thing I was missing was an interesting human lunch partner. That said, however, I was pleasingly surrounded by butterflies, squirrels, and Mother Nature in general pausing briefly to notice this human invading their paradise.

 

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That's when I opened my Vine Bread & Pasta lunch box and my noon day fun began--I love my job as an eating professional! I had chosen for my lunch a loaf of marbled rye, wheat and multigrain sourdough bread, a petite cup of quiche with cilantro and other herbs in a flaky crust of whole wheat flower, a half sandwich of Swiss cheese, shredded carrots, and tender shredded green and purple cabbage with a flavorful homemade mayo- like dressing. Dessert was a very yummy cranberry scone.

A fun feature of the VP&B lunch menu is that it changes completely from day-to-day so you get to experience different healthy lunch choices through out the week.

The GLOB Master is a homebaked bread lover, so the first thing I did was take the heels of the loaf of bread and slather them with the homemade mayo sauce.

 

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The texture and different flavors of the marbled bread jumped out at my palette. The VP&B will make some great sandwiches and also some very yummy French toast after my lunch.

My Meatless Monday potential, healthy, good for you half sandwich surprised me with a refreshing mix of sweet and sharp carrot and cabbage crispness and swiss cheese richness complementing the homemade mayo.

The individual herb quiche was good. However I will remember next time that 'egg pie' is better eaten fresh out of the oven. My quiche and the whole wheat crust was a little on the dry side for the GLOB Master.

The cranberry scone was the lunch time winner. Not a lot of sugar but the chewy cranberries combined with the dense but flakey pastry was still a sweet treat.

 

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This was a fun and interesting lunch experience, albeit all the bread products left the GLOB Master with a very heavy sense of carb overload. I took the giant loaf of bread home along with a half of scone and some of the delicious mayo spread.

Sitting in the green beauty of the Thomas Center, it occurred to me that this could in fact be an epiphany.  However I did feel selfish as I left my beautiful, shade tree lunch spot thinking it might have been a better lunch outing if I had been able to share my cornucopia of bakery goodies with a companion who could have added that human touch.

The Pluses and Minuses of the Vine Bread & Pasta

Vine Bread & Pasta + indicators: Bountiful Bakery selections, excellent scones and fresh baked bread.

Vine Bread & Pasta - indicators: All this carb loading sits very heavy on the extra-large GLOB Master . . .

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Last modified onWednesday, 07 February 2018 06:32

Additional Info

  • Phone Number: 352 682-8038
  • Address: 627 N Main St., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
  • Latitude: 29.657779
  • Longitude: -82.324646
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2 comments

  • Rob
    Rob Monday, 23 September 2013 10:10 Comment Link

    Mike: Now I know I have to try the Vine! I have eaten a takeout at the Thomas Center many times. Always a treat. It will be fun to order at the Vine. I wonder if Archer Red still hangs out in that building.

  • Lulu
    Lulu Monday, 23 September 2013 09:08 Comment Link

    Treated my co-workers to a fantastic dinner of fresh pasta a la Putanesca made with the Vine's beet and carrot noodles. Kudos to the pasta maker, Bob Tancig (former director of the St. Francis house)

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