For years, and even decades (oh boy…) I have spent time at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD, that it will always be a part of my childhood, a part of my youth, and a part of something that I don’t always think about when I’m in the vicinity.
However, earlier this week I was back again and the reasons don’t matter. I was just there. No, not that bad kind of there where you just exist and you’re mediocre, or average. I’m talking about a place in time where everything felt ok. I was one with the universe and the universe was on with me. It’s one with you too.
Many shopping centers, malls, strip malls, and the like have gone through necessary renovations to keep up with the times and evolution. It’s that progress and that sometimes gives the illusion of well, progress. It’s that more things change, the more they stay constant and maybe even, just there.
Something told me to go to this place where I spent many times ‘hanging out’ (aka sitting around doing nothing) and being a kid. I still feel like a kid at times. And being a kid means…
That food court has evolved while everything else around it looked the same. In a way, I like that. It’s the old sentimental in me. I’m good with change (sometimes, that’s my own issues at play) but I find such endearing charm in things looking like they will always be the same. This is a mall I’m talking about mind you, yes I could be referring to anything, maybe I am.
I liked what the food court has become. You have your staples, you have your local food operations, and you have some places I had never heard of.
That brings us to Gusto (here are their locations, their story, and of course the food), which makes all their food with love, and the farm fresh ingredients that we’ve grown accustomed or at least are becoming more aware of.
Because of the location, fast is the name of the game, and I went with two pies and got creative with the differences.
First is their current season item, the Obey The Claw.
I’m not going to explain how I thought about everything on this pie, that would be too much. There’s so much going on here, and I would be lying if I told you I could taste everything. Yet, nothing is too in your face or crammed down your throat.
The crab meat itself is tasty, and the various vegetables all look so beautiful, yet everything feels like they complement the other. It’s understated in a way that I didn’t expect. Maybe that’s the point. The thin whole grain crust is a a nice touch. I really enjoyed this thing and took my time, never felt full, and felt good.
You may have heard about cauliflower based pizza crusts becoming more predominant, as we continue to look for ways to eat right and more health conscious. For the Wild Shroom pizza I went said crust and it was different, it was distinct, and at the same time it felt satisfying.
There’s an art to heating a crust, and there’s an art to a lot of things. I’ve had cauliflower crusts before but in such small doses, that I can’t compare one to the other. All I can say here is that it worked with the mushrooms, arugula, and goat cheese. I don’t know if the crust could have been heated differently or this is how it was supposed to be. But no need to quibble, I had fun. For a couple extra dollars, this was a fun experience.
At $9 a pie ($2 extra for cauliflower and gluten free) it may feel pricey, but I understand with the location and what we’re supporting. I’m all for supporting it and I highly recommend a trip to Gusto if there’s one near you.
You can just sense that more stores are coming and we’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more from them.
Peace Be With You