The good news is everything I ate this weekend was vegan and gluten-free.
The bad news is not everything was necessarily in my diet plan. But I feel like I need to have at least one weekend a month where I treat myself or I might freak out.
On Friday we went to my favorite Thai restaurant in Tempe, Yupha’s Thai Kitchen. Every time I go to a Thai restaurant, without fail I order Pad Thai. Yupha’s makes the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had, hands down. I usually order it with shrimp, but since I’m vegan now I asked if they could make it with tofu, no egg, and no fish sauce. Thankfully they were very accommodating and I got my vegan Pad Thai.
I have to say, it was good but it just wasn’t the same. I missed the complexity of flavors. This time the sauce just tasted like tamarind. Believe me I still ate the entire thing, but next time I go to Yupha’s, I will order something besides Pad Thai. I’m actually pretty excited to branch out!
For dessert we had Mango with Coconut Sticky Rice, which is my 2nd favorite thing in the world. The waitress assured me it dairy-free. Thank goodness or I would have been very sad.
Saturday night we went to a new place, Pizza Heaven Bistro in Central Phoenix. I had read on Yelp that it was the only restaurant in Phoenix that had both Vegan Cheese and Gluten-Free crusts. I was beyond excited to try this place – thankfully it didn’t disappoint. I ordered the Super Veggie on a GF crust.
Oh my goodness it was amaaaaazing! It probably wouldn’t have been as amazing to someone who was used to eating regular pizza all the time, but for me it was a real treat. Once again, I ate the entire thing.
As if I wasn’t already full enough from eating that entire pizza, for dessert we ended up at Nami, a vegan dessert cafe also in Central Phoenix. They specialize in “tsoynami”, basically a vegan and healthier version of a DQ blizzard. I ordered an Orange Creamsicle tsoynami, which is pictured at the top of this post. Oh man, it was soooo good. It really tasted like a creamsicle ice cream bar. Then halfway through eating it I realized they Vegan, Gluten-Free and Soy-Free donuts up at the counter. Whaaaat?! I got a lemon donut to go.
Holy Crap. The texture was more like a muffin than a donut but I really didn’t care. I’ve been dreaming of donuts for like 2 months. This hit the spot. I can’t wait to come back next month!