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By Wendy Ward | Posted 2/1/2006

A friend calls anything from Whole Foods “kashi.” BlueHouse is seriously kashi: a retail store with, like, fair-trade organic vegetable-dyed sheets, bartered beeswax candles with scents like zen and homeschooled, and the quietest café ever serving only good for the environment fare along with “happy workers make good coffee” coffee. Along with baked (dude) goods and cans of sparkling soda, they serve pre-made fare from superhealthful Zia’s in Towson. The sunflower powerhouse and western club sandwiches ($5.95 each) had spendy ingredients, but the hearty breads could have used a mess more avocado mayo and spicy mustard, respectively, but we recommend you go for a satisfying winter lunch of the soup of the day ($4) and an empanada ($2.75). You can count on a vegetarian (sometimes vegan) soup, and the one we tried was chickpea with potato, carrot, and plenty of black pepper. Of the four empanadas on the menu, the Santa Fe with black beans and cheddar was the tastiest, but the Buenos Aires with free-range ground beef and peppers was a close second. The vegan Zucca with caramelized onion, butternut squash, and sage and the Rustica with ham and ricotta were both nice, too. Whisper: May we suggest offering a few side condiments like salsa, mustard, and marinara—these bready beasts can get a little dry.

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