Archive | March, 2013

Bohemian Coffee House

13 Mar

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a bohemian as a person living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others. I don’t know if Bohemian Coffee Shop intended for it to represent its name, but it totally does. No matter what time of day it is, there are always artists, musicians, writers or any other kind of person there that gives off positive and creative vibes. Everyone that goes there is always very friendly and so is the staff. For that reason, this is my FAVORITE place to do homework and drink iced coffee. Their iced coffee is the best because they chill it instead of putting ice cubes in it, so if you drink your coffee slowly it won’t be watered down at the end.

The walls are covered with art and on the one that doesn’t have art has the menu written on it. There are multiple items on the menu that are vegetarian/vegan friendly including a vegan chicken sandwich, a tomato and mozzarella sandwich, a hummus platter, vegan muffins and vegan cookies. Not to mention, they serve breakfast all day. That wins me over at any restaurant I go to because breakfast is the best meal of the day; I could eat it for every meal!

I’ve had every vegetarian/vegan option on the menu here and my favorites are the vegan chicken sandwich and the hummus platter. The vegan chicken sandwich is great because its full of chickpeas, which are good sources of protein and yummy. I love the hummus platter because it’s not like hummus platters that are served at other restaurants. Bohemian’s is hummus on top of a salad that has apples and other fruits in it, and then they give you a croissant to dip in the hummus! It’s really big and filling and healthy. That’s everything you could ask for in a meal.

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Bohemian has won awards from the City Paper of Baltimore for being the best coffee house and for being the best place to take an awkward date. Considering that I love good coffee and am extremely awkward, can explain why I love this place so much. Give it a try, I’ll probably be in there!

Sticky Rice

13 Mar

So apparently, sushi isn’t very healthy. But what isn’t healthy about vegetarian or vegan sushi? At Sticky Rice in Fells Point, Baltimore they cater to sushi lovers who also love veggies. Their extensive menu is filled with items that are followed by (ve), (v) or (v/o). Those little symbols tell you if the dish is vegetarian (ve), vegan (v) or is vegetarian and can be made vegan (v/o).  If there isn’t a symbol next to the dish saying that it’s vegetarian or vegan but you really want it, Sticky Rice will make it vegetarian for you. Isn’t that cool?

 

Sticky Rice would be a cool place to eat even without that option. The white and black checkered floors are accented by the dark maroon and black chalkboard walls that encase the whole restaurant. Loud rock music and employees covered in tattoos fill the dining and bar area. My waitress, Scarlett, was one of those employees. She is covered in tattoos and she also sports a nose ring through the middle of her nose.  She happily explained all of the vegetarian options on the menu and let me know that Sticky Rice gets all of their produce from the local supplier, Bel-Air.

 

After contemplating how hungry I was and reviewing the menu numerous times, I decided to order a bucket of tots, which has won multiple awards from the City Paper of Baltimore, and three sushi rolls. The sushi that I ordered is creatively named The Hot Hippy, Dirty South and the boring yet delicious, Avocado Tempura. The Hot Hippy roll is filled with spicy tofu, scallions, peanuts, cucumbers and carrots. The Dirty South roll is tempura fried sweet potato with sam bahl and sesame seeds. The Avocado Tempura roll is cream cheese, cucumbers, avocado, spicy sauce and is drizzled with ponzu (a yummy sauce).

 

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As a disclaimer, I don’t like spicy food. All my friends make fun of me because my spicy-food tolerance is so low. I never order spicy food. The rolls that I ordered at Sticky Rice were all pretty spicy for me, except for the Avocado Tempura. That’s not saying they weren’t good. I actually liked all of them and would have eaten them all, but the bucket of tots was so big I was full halfway through the meal. The bill was $28.36 which is one of the more expensive checks I’ve had, but for sushi it’s extremely reasonable. 

Holy Frijoles

1 Mar

There’s one big problem I encounter while having a vegetarian diet. I love Mexican food but in most Mexican places the only vegetarian options are beans or cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those things but usually beans are cooked in lard, which is pig fat and that’s just disgusting and not very good for you. I recently discovered a place called Holy Frijoles which is a Mexican food place but they cater to vegetarians (halleluiah).

Inside the joint the vibrant royal blue, hunter green and bright orange walls are covered in local artists’ work that’s accented by about 30 lanterns that hang from the ceiling. The inside of this place is totally awesome but the outside is way better. This is because Holy Frijoles is in Hampden and that’s my favorite part of Baltimore. I think it’s amazing simply because I love the people who are there. While I was eating a man with royal blue denim shorts, no shirt, a tan suede jacket, long hair pulled back into pony tail wearing circular rose glasses rode by on a bike… twice. That’s one example of the people who mingle around those parts just to give you a little taste. But anyways, back to the food.

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I mentioned that Holy Frijoles caters to a vegetarian crowd. No matter if you get a taco salad, tacos, a burrito, chimichangas, enchiladas or fajitas there is a choice to get fresh grilled vegetables in them instead of meat. Also, none of the beans are cooked in lard! Let’s get a round of applause for no more icky pig fat. WEEEE WOOOO clap clap clap.

Besides being totally awesome for having veggie options, Holy Frijoles also gives you complementary chips and salsa. Free food? Yes please, don’t mind if I do. But here’s a tip, don’t get full off of the chips because the portions you get at Holy Frijoles are gigantic. When I ate there I got the veggie fajitas and my boyfriend got the refried bean enchilada (yes, he stunk the rest of the night) but the portions were so big we ate the leftovers for the next two days.

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If you’re taking notes, I’ll recap all the positive things and then blow your mind with two more: decorations are kick-ass, Hampden is super entertaining to be a part of, free chips and salsa, and big portions. The last two things that rock about this place are that there is Dos Equis on draft (which is unheard of) and everything on the menu is inexpensive. When I ate there the other night I got my fajitas, Conor got enchiladas, a margarita and a beer and the total was $30.93. Pretty great, right? Right.