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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. 

One World Cafe

8 Feb

While dragging my feet around the house this morning, pondering about what to do on my day off, I hear my boyfriend’s roommate, Billy, talking about his most recent OkCupid date. The dating site has recently been getting controversial news coverage so the conversation caught my attention. I hear Billy say, “The atmosphere is nice. I mean the coffee sucks but the booze is cheap and the food is good when you’re drunk.” When I inquire about where this positive atmosphere-crappy coffee-cheap booze-good food-first blind date-kind of place is, he tells me “One World Café, I take all my dates there.” One World Café has been on my BmoreVeggie radar lately so, taking Billy’s mentioning of the café as an omen, I decided that checking it out would have to be how I spent my day off.

After I convinced my meat-loving boyfriend, Conor, to come with me to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant my adventure to 100 W University Pkwy began.

Once I walked in I could easily understand why Billy would take his dates here. The atmosphere is very inviting. The walls are painted with calming blues and mellow yellows that accent the painted tapestries covering each wall. The main entrance opens up into a café/lounge area with comfy worn-in couches and sets of tables and chairs that you would expect to see in your grandmother’s kitchen. (That’s a good thing in my book) Past that lounge area is the bar that when I entered was full of people who turned and smiled as if welcoming us to their everyday-after-work-hang-out spot. Past the bar area is a more formal sit-down restaurant area filled with wooden benches covered in intricate pillows. Although that room seemed fun, I chose to stay in the bar because it seemed to be the cool place to be.

Our waiter Christopher had black thin hair that went down to his cheekbones and a nose piercing with a small silver hoop through it. He wore skinny blue jeans and black books with inch heels that clicked every time he stepped onto the unfinished floor. He clicked his way over to our table carrying two glasses of water, set the waters and two menus down and then said, “Is everyone having a wonderful day today?” We replied and he then cheerfully said “Well, hopefully I can make it even better.”

Jumping on the opportunity to get some information about the place, I asked him if he could give me some deets about the background on the café. Gladly, he proceeded to tell me how it’s been around for about 10 years and how he’s been here for the majority of that time. He elaborated on how great the cliental were at the café saying, “ I know a lot of musicians, professors, business men and students that all hang here.  It’s a good mix.”

I looked at the menu and was pleasantly surprised to see low prices, nothing exceeding $13.95, tons of variety and I loved how it was clearly labeled letting me know what items were vegan and which were not. There were items on the menu ranging from hummus to soy cheese quesadillas to vegetarian Philly cheese steaks (Christopher’s recommendation).  I decided to try the vegetarian meatball sub and Conor decided to try the vegan red bean and mixed vegetable jambalaya. ATTN: Conor eats meat with every meal (which isn’t very healthy) so this vegan dish was a tad out of the box for him.

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When our meals arrived I immediately noticed how fresh everything looked so I asked Christopher where the produce comes from for One World Café. He replied with, “Usually East Coast Organics but whatever’s fresh and good.”

Let me tell you- it was good. My sub was HUGE but the tofu meatballs weren’t too tofu-ey and the marinara sauce passed my stuck-up-Italian-standards. Conor loved his jambalaya. He boasted how perfectly spiced it was and how the rice to veggie ratio was spot on.  I’m not really a fan of spicy food but when I go back to One World Café I wouldn’t be surprised if I ordered the jambalaya for myself, that’s how good it was.

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The check plus a $5 tip was $31.05, which included Conor’s beer, his entrée and my entrée. Not too bad right?

When we were leaving Christopher let me know that all their vegan desserts are made fresh in house because they have their own bakery, that they have a taco Tuesday special and brunch all day on Sundays. Vegan desserts? Vegetarian tacos? All-day brunch? Yes please to all of the above. I’ll be back there for sure.