520 Main St.
Re-Wired's hours: M-Th 9a-9p; F-Sat 9a-10p; Sun 9a-8p
Alando's hours: M-Th 11a-9p; Th-F 11am-11p; Sat. 12-8 p
Main Street Bethlehem offers an artsy stop: Re-wired Café, formerly known as Wired Café. In spite of changes in ownership and management, one thing remains the same: an ideal window-shopping break or date with a friend to savor a delish bold roast of fair trade coffee alongside a locally made breakfast, lunch or dessert item. Another consistency is their commitment to feature local artists.
A unique aspect of Re-wired Café is their roommate: Alando’s Kenyan Cuisine. As one meanders to the rear of the store, it’s as if you have taken a trip to another continent. The culture and aesthetics evolve into African attire. I had the privilege of experiencing both businesses in one visit. Upon waiting for a friend, the owner of Re-wired offered a beverage. She served me a spunky version of hot chai that was a wonderful accompaniment to my proceeding meal.
Alando’s Kenyan Cuisine, formerly a resident of Quakertown Farmer’s Market (otherwise known as “the Q Mart”), has recently immigrated to quaint, historic Bethlehem. Authenticity is guaranteed by its Kenyan owners & kitchen power. One might ask: Kenyan food? Is it worth it? Our food safari was sure to prove satisfying with the rich, vibrant, and generous-sized portions. Are you adventurous? Here are a few suggestions:
I started with a cup of the lentil coconut soup…amazing.
We then moved on to share:
Chicken masala wrap (chicken masala wrapped in Cardamon flat bread with dressing) including “bhajia,” (sliced potatoes marinated in turmeric-cilantro batter, served with tamarind sauce).
Veggie pilau (veggie rice pilaf, sautéed in masala spices, green peas and raisins--a key ingredient).
Both were equally enjoyable & flavorful.
We left with many leftovers and too full to try the enticing Alando’s sweet potato pie on the dessert menu.
My lunch partner’s well-stated summary: "I can now say I’ve been to Africa because I’ve been to Kenya in a day on a plate.” Enjoy her blog review with expanded descriptions.