A Bellingham Foodie Blog Restaurant Reviews Bellingham Washington 98225

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

Black Forest Cherry Torte

Filed under: Bellingham local,local,Pacific Northwest,restaurants — Bellinghamster @ 7:53 pm

A long time ago, I went to a company party with a HS friend. It was held at Terrace On the Park in Flushing Meadows, NY. It is in one of the few structures left from the 1964 New York World’s Fair, which was themed “Peace Through Understanding”.  The building represents a 120-ft high heliport built for the transportation area. The windows form a large T on its sides. For Transportation. There was an exhibit floor, bar floor and restaurant at the top – “Terrace on the Park”.

As with most parties, you get a party favor to take home. I still have the one I got: a cookbook. Benson & Hedges Entertaining With Style:  Recipes from Great American Restaurants. It is small, hard covered and my first cookbook. Think Windows on the World, Russian Tea Room, Mader’s, The Palm, Frog, Washington Square Bar & Grill, Brennan’s to name just a few of the featured restaurants. Each restaurant profile includes a brief bio and a story of the origins of the featured recipe, plus courses to pair with it. My book includes many food-stained pages, but the one most abused is for Black Forest Cherry Torte recipe from Mader’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A Birthday Supper

Fresh Asparagus with Lemon Mayonnaise
Cold Smoked Turkey and Ham
Hot German Potato Salad
Sliced Tomatoes
Black Forest Cherry Torte*
Wine: Mosel Riesling

I would make the Black Forest Cherry Torte for birthday’s, holidays, parties.  Even Homer Simpson admits that Black Forest Cherry Torte is the ultimate bribe. Marge Simpson let Homer eat a whole cake once so she could Ultimate Fight an arena owner in a challenge bout….which gave me the idea for this post. And the DESIRE to make one of these cakes this week. I’m wondering what I bribe MY Homer to do…

October 2, 2009

Bloom Vegan Restaurant, Bellingham

Bloom is a new restaurant that will be opening this year. So what? Lots of restaurants open every year? Well, not vegan restaurants, and in Bellingham to boot! A Community Food Coopster told me it will be located on Cornwall Avenue in the old Billiards space (across the street from The Vines).

Vegan/Vegetarian. PERFECT. Although there are many places to eat in Bellingham that serve vegetarian options, it can get a little dicey if you’re concerned about cross contamination the way a vegan or gluten free diner would be. So a restaurant serving exclusively vegetarian meals could address this concern.

I will be sampling the menu when they open. I do eat poultry and fish, but I thrive on veggie meals – light, filling and easily digested keeps me going. And I have a LOT going.

Bloom  (restaurant)   1320 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA

Update:  Gluten-Free Doctor reports Bloom had a soft opening October 13th. It will be open Tuesdays thru Fridays 8am-2pm and on Fridays it will reopen as a lounge at 5pm.

Update 10/2009: Been visiting Bloom on a regular basis.. super foods, super greens, super comfortable. Enjoying the big tables and wifi as well. They have posted their daily menu on their new website – so check it out BloomBellingham.com.

September 23, 2009

Nico’s Pizza @ Greene’s Corner

Nico is a dog. Really! The owner of Greene’s Corner named the pizza place after his dog! But the pizza served here is worthy of more human consumption, though maybe the dog likes it, too; I don’t know. I gave Nico’s more than one visit just to be sure the first time wasn’t just a REALLY good day. But hands down, if you’re traveling up Northwest just past the soccer fields, have some of the pizza. It is the tastiest in Bellingham. I think so, and I have eaten A LOT of pizza pizza pizza in Bellingham. It is a staple in my diet.

The space is bright and airy (see open garage door). There are table clothed picnic tables and individual tables. Nico’s Pizza shares the space with Fool’s Onion Catering (sandwiches/salads/pastries) and Hammerhead Coffee Roasters. You can buy by the slice or pie. There are 20 different pizzas to choose from. Yes, 20.

I have eaten cheese, pepperoni, Josephine’s and Homer’s. I have eaten with cheese and without. They were all excellent. The sauce is fresh and rich, the crust thin – next time I am going to order an Aphrodite = fresh garlic, fresh mozz, fresh spinach, feta, olive oil and sliced roma tomatoes. Maybe I’ll feel like one after? Stop it!

Nico’s Pizza Corner of Smith & Northwest, Bellingham     360-306-8137     Open daily 11am-8pm

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