A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

November 18, 2009

Super Mario Foods – Not a Truck

Heads up – one of my favorite food trucks now has a building to serve its customers in! Super Mario Foods opened the beginning of the month and the parking lot has been packed since. Clue: very good sign of freshness and business. Who wants to go?

They serve traditional Salvadoran cuisine. A signature dish is pupusas: thick tortilla stuffed with meat, beans or cheese. The burrito is called a ‘Wonder” with many filling choices and ditto for fajitas. It’s the same kitchen the food for the TRUCK is made, so it will be good. Visit the website and print the coupon and GO!

3008 Northwest Ave, Bellingham     888-499-3646     Mon-Sun 11-10

November 16, 2009

Fiamma Burger

Fiamma Fiamma Fiamma. You want a pizza? Go to Railroad & Chestnut. You want a burger? Go to Railroad & Holly.

I visit often. The menu seems to expand each time. I’m sitting here looking at an old menu. They’ve added kids deals, Hempler dogs, junior sizes, chili and my favorite – salmon burger. I haven’t tasted a better one yet. Combined with sweet potato fries it is a perfect meal for me. Sometimes I admit to CRAVING it. AND everyone in my family can find something they like. Although pizza is always king with my kids, burgers and dogs are not far behind.

I am particular, though, and so is Fiamma. The beef is Misty Isle Farms, the salmon is wild Alaska Sockeye, the dogs are Hempler’s all-natural beef, the buns are homemade, the greens are local & organic. And they have a zero waste policy. I have a 3 gallon can – working on it.

If you are looking for meatless days, options would be their excellent veggie burger and the sides.  Heck, a gourmet meal for me would be the onion rings and sweet potato fries. Done.

You’ll soon see us at Fiamma Burger.

Fiamma Burger
360-733-7374     1309 Railroad Ave, Bellingham
M-Th 11:30-9:30  F-Sat to 11pm  Sun 12-9:30

November 12, 2009

Bowl ‘n Roll – Back East BBQ

The options and variations never end – it still tastes SO good. Bowl ‘n Roll has included its Farmer’s Market specials to its menu. I’ve sampled most of them and always come away with a surprised smile. Soo good! How does she do that??

  • Jamaican Jerked Chicken – 1/2 chicken
  • Texas BBQ Beef Brisket – 1/2 lb
  • Smoked Ribs – oh how I loved ribs when I was pregnant…I was a regular at Pal’s Cabin in West Orange, NJ.
  • Persian Lamb & Beef Kabob – I’ve had the vegan version of this: mushroom & yam at the Farmer’s Market – excellent!
  • Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • BBQ Brisket Sandwich

I’ve eaten BBQ at Bowl ‘n Roll, Speak Ez’s Memphis BBQ and Bayou on the Bay. They are all delicious, especially since each BBQer has there own recipes. It all depends what you’re in the mood for…which reminds me of the Bacon Explosion BBQ. There are no words.

Bowl ‘n Roll Back East BBQ
360-733-9355     207 E Holly St, Bellingham
M-F 11:30-8;  Sat @ Bellingham Farmers Market 10-3

October 28, 2009

Bloom Bellingham

I’ll eat most any kind of food – I thrive on variety. Sometimes I like to eat a LOT of vegetables. And to meet this desire, vegan options abound in Bellingham. However, the detective work involved can be tiring. Are there animal products in this dish, in this dressing, etc. Now I can walk in to Bloom and order carefree.

The owner, Justin Bilancieri, hearkens from Marlboro, MA and more recently from Colorado. His roots are New England where the ole saying goes:  use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. The original reduce, reuse, recycle! So it seems apropos his restaurant is vegan. Veganism is a diet/lifestyle excluding animal products. A vegan is concerned about animal welfare, the environment and human health. In particular, the practices of factory farming and animal testing. Now back to your regularly scheduled review…

Justin has created a comfortable atmosphere from the old Kendrick’s billiards space. There are picnic tables, community dining tables, plush seating and bar stools in the front of the restaurant. Shelves filled with books on varied subjects (engineering, food, art) divide the space. He will create a music/art venue in the restaurant; there are two stages. Sitting here was almost like being at home. It is open and comfy with a kitchen attached where I can watch men preparing a meal for me. See my happy face? And with free wi-fi, Bloom is an office away from home.

You can’t go wrong ordering anything from the menu. Even though Tom calls vegan meals food’s food. I ate a raw tomato cucumber coconut soup with a salad and quinoa bowl. The quinoa spiced with curry and dill. The salad is a superfood salad with kale, collard, chard, mixed greens, cabbage and carrots with their superfood dressing. What a serving! The heat from the quinoa warmed the greens and the combo was delicious. I could eat it daily. Tom had the sun dried tomato hummus platter ( the soup came with his meal) with a superfood salad. The hummus serving was huge and it was adorned with carrot spears and cucumber rounds. We’ve eaten hummus for decades and this was the best – except for *MIL’s, of course!

Dessert was a  raw shortbread with a smear of raw dark chocolate. It was our antidote for an evening of wine from across the street. Bing, you are now again energized! Along with hazelnut chocolate coconut ice cream we were too happy.

The menu (PDF) changes along with the seasons, and so do the business hours. Be sure to call/check the website for updates.

*MIL = mother-in-law

Bloom Vegan Restaurant, Bellingham WA

360-733-2381     1320 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham
Thur-Sat  11am – 9pm (varies)

October 21, 2009

Higher Choices, Life Enhancing Recipes by Janet Lasky

Filed under: Bellingham local,local,Pacific Northwest — Bellinghamster @ 7:59 pm

I want to encourage you to open yourself to alternative food choices. Focus on eating what gives you long term energy and health. Life is complicated, but we still have to make good choices.

I met Janet Lasky in 2000 when I was living in Madison, NJ. I had my hands full with 2 boys ages 4 & 2. The 2 year old had food intolerances and the 4 year old was beginning to exhibit some also. I was able to shop in several food stores and still manage the family diet without going bankrupt. I shopped at Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods, Wild Oats and the local health food store, Fountain of Vitality. New Jersey, being the most densely populated state in the USA, had plenty of food stores.

Believe it or not, Whole Foods house brand was consistently more affordable than other stores. I was able to substitute milk, butter, cheese and wheat. However, it wasn’t enough to swap out foods that made us feel sick if we ate them; we had to find nutritious substitutes and recipes for old favorites. This is where Janet Lasky opened a door for me. I was climbing the hill of change VERY slowly even though I had access to alternative foods. I met Ms. Lasky in Whole Foods during a demo for her recipe book which had been published two years previously. I connected with her immediately. She understood my challenges and she gave me some copies of recipes to try. She told me to call her anytime if I wanted help. Which I did.

I tried her recipes for breakfast breads, muffins, cookies, soups and stews. I bought her book Higher Choices/Life Enhancing Recipes and it’s still one of my go to cookbooks.

Now it’s almost 10 years later and I’ve been living in Bellingham for 4 years. It’s amazing to see how food options have increased! There is abundant information and guidance in this area. The Community Food Co-op, Terra Organica & Bargainica, Haggen’s and Trader Joe’s will personally guide you through their stores to show you alternative food choices they offer. So get out there and try something new.

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