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 theĀ 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.

Day 13 – Eating out at a restaurant that is definitely not vegan

For Mother’s Day, we went to one of the best restaurants in Sedona, Ken’s Creekside. The head chef, Mercer Mohr, is a James Beard Award winner, and really really nice guy. I worked at Ken’s for a year or so when I lived in Sedona. Ironically when I started the job I was vegan, and when I left I was definitely not. I carried so many plates of deliciously smelling meat to people that I eventually broke down and tried everything on the menu. Mercer is an amazing chef, plus the man makes the best bacon I have ever eaten, hands down. The best crab cakes too. And short ribs. And glazed salmon….

Anyways, enough about food that I can’t eat anymore. Mercer always has at least one vegetarian main dish on the menu, this month the dish is Vegan Enchiladas Mole. Since it was vegan, I had to go for it. Only problem is that on my diet, I can’t eat corn. I asked if it was possible to get the meal without the corn tortillas, they were so accommodating they ended up making a special meal just for me. I was floored, that was so nice of them. And I’m not even a mother! I don’t know exactly what to call it, but this is what I got –

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Lettuce wrapped veggie deliciousness? I guess that’s close enough. It came with the most garlic-ky kale ever (thank God I love garlic) and some really tasty beans. Yum, yum and yum. I left a gratefully full and happy camper.

And with that awesome meal, my weekend of eating out is over. It’s back to cooking and dishes tomorrow. Sigh. Hopefully I’ll have a recipe that will be good enough to share, or else I will be posting photos of things I’ve made that looked pretty but didn’t taste very good. I’ve got quite a few of those.