What I Ate Wednesday #58: A New Restaurant

Even after growing up in Baltimore and living in the city for 2 years, there are still a ton of restaurants I haven’t tried. Last Friday we decided to knock another one off the list. It was a Bond Street Social double date night with Adam and Jessie.

Obviously I’d scoured the happy hour and dinner menus online and had picked out a few things for us to share during happy hour and planned on a lighter meal for dinner. Unfortunately not all plans workout; the happy hour menu online was an old one.. hate when that happens! Nathan and I ended up sharing a chicken tikka skewer appetizer that was pretty tasty but a touch dry. I do love the presentation though!

Chicken Tikka Skewers Bond Street Social

Chicken tikka skewers over grilled flat bread with tzatziki

The menu told me that it pairs well with The Show Cabernet and I couldn’t argue with that! However, the happy hour drinks carried over into dinner and Jessie and I were talking into sharing this bad boy..

The Show Cabernet Sauvignon

We put up a big fight too 😉

Since we didn’t go for all of the apps I had planned on, I was hungrier for dinner so I went for a full entree. The waiter explained that the menu is setup for sharing so all of the entrees came out in a similar style to the chicken skewers. Nathan went for the chicken and biscuits with citrus slaw and I ordered the miso glazed salmon.

Miso Glazed Salmon Bond Street Social

Miso glazed salmon, with sautéed spinach & shiitake mushrooms

Again, I loved the presentation and the sauce wasn’t too heavy or salty. I was also concerned about the spinach being greasy, as sauteed spinach often is in restaurants, but it was perfect. Nathan’s chicken and biscuits came out in a similar presentation as well, but of course I didn’t get a picture of that before he dove in!

The four of us rounded out the night at another new-to-us place; One Eyed Mike’s, a Grand Marnier bar. I ordered the smash—their twist on the mojito—and Nathan had the Perfect Storm. He’s a dark and stormy kinda guy so I knew it would be perfect for him. I didn’t get a picture of either of these drinks because, well.. when you hit up happy hour and are then coerced into sharing a bottle of wine, you forget about pictures for the night 😉

It was a fun night though and I’m glad we knocked a couple more places off of the list!

Food for Thought

Do you have a list of new restaurants you’ve been wanting to try?

Have you been to a bar that specializes in a particular kind of liquor?

What I Ate Wednesday #47: Weekend Favorites

Last weekend was another one for the books. We did a lot of running around and had a ton of fun but I think I’m paying for it this week. Don’t worry though, I’m catching up on my sleep at work 😉

I forgot to snap pictures of a bunch of meals so I thought I’d highlight some of my favorites from the weekend.

Kona Grill Effen Cucumber Mojito Baltimore Maryland MD

Effen Cucumber Mojito at Kona Grill

I met Nathan at Kona Grill for happy hour before a last-minute Orioles game and got this awesome cocktail. It’s on their skinny menu [I’m the expensive one during happy hour..] and is a mix of Effen cucumber vodka [best name ever], mint, cucumber, and splenda simple syrup. I skipped on the sweetener because I know I love cucumber vodka as it is. This drink was so refreshing! I’m definitely going to be making it at home.

Plantain Bread Powercakes Purely Twins Protein Plus Peanut Flour KIND Snacks Granola

Plantain flatbread topped with peanut fluff and granola

Summer Fridays at work are the best. I get to leave work at 3:30 and I love to head home and make myself a snack instead of eating a bar like I do every other day. This time I tried plantain bread. I used recipes from Powercakes and the Purely Twins as a guide and made my own. Serves 1-2.

– 1 plantain- 1 tbsp ground flax*
– 1/2 tbsp coconut oil*
– 1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a loaf pan. Blend all ingredients together and pour into the pan. Let rest a few minutes, then bake 20-25 minutes.

I topped mine with peanut fluff [peanut flour*, stevia*, and water] and some granola for crunch.

*These ingredients can be found on iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 to receive $5 off of your first order.

Grilled Zucchini Eggplant Corn Tuscan Ragu Parmesan Charles Shaw Merlot

Grilled veggies, Nathan’s Tuscan ragu, parmesan, & merlot. Perfect Friday dinner!

Friday night, we stayed in. I grilled up some zucchini, corn, sweet potato, and kale, mixed it with some of Nathan’s delicious Tuscan-style ragu, and topped with grated parmesan. This is one of my favorite meals lately; it’s like a big bowl of comfort! I may have also polished off the bottle of merlot.. it looked lonely. It wasn’t full when I started though!

Bobs Red Mill Protein TVP Oats Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread Sunbutter Zekes Coffee

Protein-Packed TVP Oats

Breakfast is always a highlight for me and my protein-packed TVP oats are the best. I always top with 3 different kinds of nut or seed butters and a little granola; this one has a homemade pumpkin seed butter, crunchy coconut peanut butter, and sunbutter. SO good!

Saturday night, we went out with Nathan’s sister. Before dinner, we took her to Brewer’s Art for some local brews and rosemary garlic fries. We went downstairs to the dark beer cave. It’s a fun atmosphere with, what we refer to as “mob” rooms. I tried to take pictures of the delicious food and drink, but it was just too dark.

Masala Dosa Indigma Indian Baltimore Maryland MD

Masala Dosa with coconut chutney at Indigma

Indigma Lamb Special Vegetable Coconut Korma Baltimore Maryland MD

Vegetable Coconut Korma & Indigma Lamb Special at Indigma

After drinks, we went over to Indigma for some Indian food. We shared the huga masala dosa, a potato-stuffed rice and lentil crepe with coconut chutney. I could pass on the potato stuffing next time and just go for the crispy crepe! It was delicious nonetheless. They also brought another flatbread to the table that tasted like it had strawberries in it.. I’m not sure exactly what it was but gosh darnit was it tasty!

Nathan and I shared two entrees; the vegetable coconut korma [which I primarily ate] and the Indigma lamb special [primarily for Nathan]. He ordered his spicy so he must not have wanted to share too much 😉 They were both so flavorful and surprisingly not too heavy. We left there absolutely stuffed and will definitely be going back! Next time, we’ll hit up the lunch buffet so we can try more 🙂

Food for Thought

What is your favorite type of cuisine? Are you adventurous or do you typically stick to American?