The recipes that Stephanie offered to share with the City Roots blog were ridiculously simple, and while simple and easy recipes are inherently appealing, Stephanie's do offer us something more as well. For her recipes speak to what we typically forget when we eat in front of the TV or snack out of boredom: that we should appreciate food for what it really is--we should be able to actually taste the vegetables amidst all the fats and oils we typically drown them in. Simplifying our recipes allows us to taste what's good for us.
City Roots sprawls in a way that makes you wonder which building is the main one; the greenhouses look just as inviting as the store. But still, you know better. You walk up and into the biggest structure, and inside this place full of people, your body suddenly seems conspicuously still. Everyone looks up and smiles, but their hands stay busy, washing microgreens or carrying bags from one room to the next.