Day 18 – Fresh Mint

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Woo-Hoo it’s Friday! For dinner tonight we went to a Vietnamese style vegetarian restaurant in Scottsdale called Fresh Mint. I thought I knew of all the vegan restaurants in the Phoenix area but I’d never heard of this place before – my dad had seen an article in the newspaper about it a few days ago and told me to check it out, so we did.

In looking at the menu online, I noticed most of the dishes featured either tofu or some kind of soy meat (both of which I’m trying to avoid), but I figured if I had a little bit of soy today it wasn’t going to kill me.

For our appetizer we ordered the Fresh Cucumber Rolls. For some reason we didn’t read the description correctly and both thought it was going to be a fresh roll rolled in rice paper. To my pleasant surprise it was rolled in cucumber slices.

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It was absolutely delicious. Gave me a good idea too, I’m going to attempt to copy this somehow at home, without the tofu though. Inside were fried tofu strips, marinated daikon, carrot and fresh mint. So yummy!

For my dinner, I ordered the Mushroom Wonder, it was the only entree that didn’t have some kind of soy meat in it. It was delicious though, reminded me of the black mushroom dish I usually get at Chinese restaurants. It came with steamed veggies and a giant pile of brown rice.

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My boyfriend ordered the Fresh Lemongrass Tofu, I tried a bite of it and it was excellent. He really liked it too and kept saying that it almost tasted like sweet and sour fish.

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Yum! The place was a little pricey for what it was, but we didn’t leave disappointed. I’d definitely go back.

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