The Corner Pantry

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This is such a great spot located in the Falls Village (b/t Lake & Falls Rd.)  I think they will do well.  They just opened on Feb. 14th, so I loved that.  The owners are young and clearly have great vision.  The decor is fresh and clean, with subway tiles and sleek stainless steel accents, a plus for Baltimore.  The food has hints of British flare, but with an American twist.  I loved the food here, and it falls right in line with my clean eating!  They have a salad bar, that they serve for you, and it has all the healthy mixings.  Chopped egg, slivered almonds or pecans, steamed broccoli, avocado, you name it, it’s there.  As well, they have a “hot” area where you add what you want, place it in a container, and you pay by weight.  They had small salmon pieces you could add to a spinach, or kale caesar salad.  I thoroughly enjoyed a chickpea salad with turmeric and just the ever so perfectly added, lemon zest.  I actually have not stopped thinking about it!  Also, I had a pistachio crusted tofu that was just as tasty.  In addition to the grab and go section, they have a nice menu of sardines (or sandwiches, as we americans call them).  I plan to go back for a second visit, to try the fresh juices (the Pimm’s cup looks amazing) or a smoothie.  I know it’s in its infant stage, but I thought why not share this great little gem- also, if not help to promote a new business that I think deserves to do well.  ♥

Vegan Lentil & White Bean Soup…and not.

PicMonkey Collage- lentil soupI went a little bi-polar.  Really.  It all started when I went to a get a Healing Restorative Treatment that I read about in the recent Baltimore Style magazine.  (←you can read about it)  It was at the spa in the  semi-new Four Seasons-Baltimore.  Side Note: Mostly growing up in Baltimore, I have seen such a tremendous shift in the quality of what Baltimore city has to offer.  It’s been amazing to see the changes thru the years.

I was feeling so relaxed, clean, and rejuvenated all at the same time.  I went down to the coffee shop to get something healthy, opting for what I thought was a vegetarian lentil soup.  It came out with lentils, beans, tasteless, flavorless and pieces of beef!  Not at all what I had wanted, but I was beyond starving so I ate it anyway.  I couldn’t wait for something else. The good news is that it led to this post!  It was a good idea all around, but it needed some help. (I should’ve Instagramed it, but I’m still learning here).  Initially I thought this would be so much better as a vegan only dish.  I could see and taste how it should be…adding the kale and the cippolini onions.  It all came to me in a flash.  I went to buy the ingredients and passed by the meat counter at this quality store I like to visit and the next version popped in my head.  This could be fantastic with spicy choirizo sausage.  Both versions, to me, were equally as good.  See, I went a little bi-polar on this post! bipolar lentil soup

One, of course, is Vegan and for those who love a good spicy Chorizo sausage, a meat version!  This soup is pretty quick to make, provided you follow the quick tips.  If you opt to make a vegetarian stock you will have to add more time obviously, but I found that a box of vegetarian stock is just perfect! [Read more...]