Recently I visited Baba's Mediterranean Kitchen, located halfway between Federal Hill and Locust Point. (There is a handy stop on the free Charm City Circulator's new Banner Route.) This Med-ley plate was just the thing for the hot weather of late. All the mezza (appetizers) at Baba's are vegan with the exception of the spanokopita. The helpful staff graciously let us swap it for "Baba's Gannouge," a creamy baba ghanoush. The appetizer plate also had lemony dolmas, green falafel with tahini sauce, garlicky hummus, and salty olives. It was a great combination with lots of variety--and this is just the "small" version. In addition to the tasty food, the restaurant is also BYOB.
I forgot to snap a photo of the tea that I enjoyed at Baba's. But above are two drinks that I've been relying on to beat the heat at home. On the left is iced matcha. On the right is a cold brew of Celestial Seasoning's Red Zinger, a hibiscus tea blend. These beverages are healthy and refreshing. And, in my opinion, they don't require any sweeteners, just lemon. Both of these drink selections were inspired by watching Dr. Michael Greger's NutritionFacts.org videos. In particular, I recommend these three videos: