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Baltimore in the Fall

Farmers Market

I finally found time to make the trip down to Baltimore and visit my friends Laura and John in their new wonderful, beautiful, full-of-original details house in Charles Village. We went straight to the Saturday farmers market around the corner, and stocked up on all kind of beautiful veggies, a great havarti, a loaf of bread, some apple cider (for mug after mug of cider with Root, all weekend long) and some locally made ginger jerk sauce.

Vegetable Stock

 

 

 

 

Almost right away, we made a wonderful vegetable stock and added an apple for just a hint of fall sweetness.

Spicy Mushroom Soup

 

 

 

 

John made us this great spicy mushroom soup with lots of vegetables for lunch. We ate it on top of rice while we watched movies on the couch.

Snazzied up

 

 

 

 

Then we got all snazzied up for a Speakeasy themed fundraiser for a local gem, a historic learning center. Cocktails and treats followed, and we especially liked the deviled eggs and cheese sauce!

Butternut Squash Soup

 

 

 

What’s a visit without a dinner party? The following night Laura and John invited over their fun friends from Chicago to join us. We made them this butternut squash soup (with toasted seeds!) using the broth made the day before.
Roasted Root Vegetables

 

And some roasted root vegetables. Because it’s Fall!

Cheese Puffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then Laura made her famous gruyere cheese puffs with chives cut straight from the patio garden.

 

Because she works at the awesome vegan bakery Sticky Fingers, our dinner guest brought us this even awesomer cake – a tribute to our Midwest roots!

Midwest Cake

Mi Lah Vegetarian

Awning at Mi Lah Vegetarian

Awning at Mi Lah Vegetarian

A vegan place downtown, that makes asian-inspired dishes at reasonable prices? Count me in. I’d been wanting to make trip to Mi Lah since it opened a few months ago, and finally I made it in for lunch. And then I made it in again. One time with a good camera, one time without. I think that you’ll be able to tell the difference.

Mi Lah is a cute, modern -chic decorated restaurant with real baby tomatoes and orchids growing on the windowsills. Though it only seats about 30 downstairs, Mi Lah also has an upstairs floor, open during the evening. Their cuisine is based more on Buddhist vegetarianism than “health” food, so you can still get fried “meat” products on big crusty rolls, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad


One afternoon I had the mango and avocado salad – firm bites of mango and a generous helping of avocado on baby greens with a citrus dressing. The salad was fresh and delicious. At $9 (for the large size) it was a bit pricey, but the quality of the ingredients was excellent.
Soup of the Day

Soup of the Day


Alongside the salad I ordered the “soup of the day” – tiny cubes of raw firm tofu, mushroom, carrots and daikon in a simple broth. I have to say, it was pretty bland, and could have used some spice!
On another visit, I was able to convince someone else to dine with me, and therefor, could try twice as many things.
Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup


This cup of butternut squash soup was just perfect. Creamy and full of flavor, beautifully and simply garnished with black sesame seed.
Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad


I also love that green papaya salad. Fresh, crunchy, and just a tart, it was perfectly mixed with tamarind sauce, crispy fried and shredded tempeh.
Coconut-crusted mushroom

Coconut-crusted mushroom


Sadly, I don’t remember what kind of mushroom this was, but it was as big as my fist, breaded in coconut with a twist of lime, and fried. It was delicious, though perhaps not quite worth it’s $5 price tag.
Buffalo Tofu sandwich

Buffalo Tofu sandwich


This sandwich was a beast. As a lover of buffalo sauce, I continually snuck pieces off of my partners plate. Chunks of tofu marinated in hot buffalo sauce, deep fried into crispy little pieces, served in a big hoagie roll with lettuce, and with a chili ranch sauce on the side. A delicious idea.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with my lunches at Mi Lah. A few of the dishes are hit and miss, but most of them really deliver. The restaurant and the staff are very pleasant and the prices are reasonable. Their dinner menu is a tad fancier, and from what I hear, delicious. I’m also excited to try their pre-fix brunch sometime, which comes with fresh breads, fruit, and a mixer. Did I mention that they were BYOB? Huzzah!

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