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I’ve been a vegetarian for around a decade and a half now, and during that time I’ve probably eaten at a Subway fewer times than I can count on one hand. Every time, it’s the same: I’ll get tempted by the wafting smell of fresh-baked bread (do they pump that scent through the vents on purpose?!), then remember that the Veggie Delight sub is 80% limp iceberg lettuce.
But, my vegetarian/vegan/adventurous-palated brethren, weep now longer: Subway has decided to try and corner the vegan corner of the fast food market, and they’re testing their new fake-meat offerings in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. So if you’re ethically opposed to eating animals but your mouth still waters at the idea of a Sweet Riblet on Roasted Garlic Bread, you’re in luck.
The three new vegan options — the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean sub — are so far available only at a few test locations (listed below). DCist ventured out for a sample, and has both positive (“I had no problem wolfing down” the Sweet Riblet) and negative (“the ribs emerge from a vacuum-sealed pouch that’s quickly microwaved before being unceremoniously plopped on your choice of bread”) things to say. We’re reserving our judgment until we get a taste of our own.
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1703 Frederick Road, Catonsville
5 br/3 ba
I love the way that old stone houses flaunt their history and quality, and this 1930 Catonsville beauty is no exception. The home’s classic proportions, period details and attentive landscaping make for some serious curb appeal. Inside the charm continues: original pocket doors, lovely hardwood floors and built-ins galore. But what about that kitchen? Is it “rustic dream” or “tacky theme”? And the bathrooms? Do those fake brass accents (never a great choice) need to go? The good news is it’s well-priced for such a large house. Maybe the new owners will have some extra change to play with? Visualize: Researching period architecture at the local library, this house is worth it.
5017 Wetheredsville Road, Dickeyville
Despite the unfortunate name, I’m kind of crushing on Dickeyville these days. Described in a recent Baltimore Fishbowl Hot House column, the neighborhood is a little known and ridiculously charming historic village…inside the beltway. Fascinating. The “charming” thing is well covered here: the porch, the shutters, the brick chimney are all so darling, the old “red front door” trick seems almost gratuitous. Adding to the home’s appeal is its livable layout; it’s hard to beat four bedrooms and four baths. All this comes with views of the Gwynns Falls Park for less than $300,000? Go look. This might just be an urban legend. Visualize: Working on your MICA continuing studies homework on that back patio.
Are you in market for a new home? Are you thinking of selling your house and need some price comparisons? Are you a house obsessed lookey-loo? Well, grab a Starbucks and power up the GPS. We have your Sunday afternoon covered with our picks of the best open houses this week.
403 Forest Lane
3 br/2.5 ba
This Catonsville Cape Cod oozes small town Norman Rockwell-charm. But is it too saccharine-y sweet? A peek inside reveals an addiction to Ballard Design. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The fundamentals are tasteful and the house appears to be lovingly cared for. A perfect candidate for a make-under. Visualize: Your little angel pulling his or her Radio Flyer along the front sidewalk.
4961 Valley View Overlook
5 br/6 ba
Want to know what’s new in the world of “bonus rooms,” “soaking tubs” and “double-height walls of windows?” Well, this Ellicott City giant is poised to educate. Weighing in at 6,600 square feet it has “too many upgrades to list” including “dual curved oak staircases in grand entrance foyer.” Certainly not for everyone but fun to see. “The Real Housewives” of real estate. Visualize: Parking your Escalade in the 3-car garage.
314 Taplow Road
The interior and exterior juxtaposition of this homey Homeland house leaves me curious and confused. The Hansel & Gretel exterior looks like it hasn’t been touched since the day it was built (maybe even a little dilapidated?), yet the interior is Reno, Nevada-townhouse new! Hmmm? Best to go look. Visualize: Swiffering all that hardwood that would look so much better stained a rich dark brown.
UPDATED TO REFLECT ACTIVITY 7/4/2012 ONLY
Fourth of July firework displays and parades abound today. Take the time to get outdoors and enjoy your friends and neighbors. (Take your mind off the power outages and storm damage too!)
The list of firework displays below comes from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and includes the organizations that have received permits to display fireworks tonight and tomorrow night. Some of the firework displays are private — the country clubs, for sure — but if you can find a spot nearby, you can enjoy the spectacle, too.
If we have left out your neighborhood parade, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the parade list.
Our team at Baltimore Fishbowl will be enjoying a relaxed work schedule tomorrow so we can spend the day with family and friends, too.
Fireworks – July 4
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Catonsville High School (rain date: July 7)
421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228
Fullerton Park (rain date: July 5)
4304 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore 21236
Grange Elementary School (rain date: July 6)
2000 Church Road, Dundalk 21222
Greenspring Valley Hunt Club (rain date: July 5)
30 Greenspring Valley Road, 21117
Loch Raven Tech Academy (rain date: July 5)
8101 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286
Oregon Ridge Park (rain date: July 5)
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030
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