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.

Day 12 – Chocolatree

One of the best things about coming home is the lack of cooking I have to do, and dishes I have to clean. My parents really enjoy going out to eat, as do I. Who doesn’t? They are being especially accommodating this trip since I’ve become vegan, and tonight we went to the only vegan restaurant left standing in Sedona, Chocolatree.

Chocolatree is best know for known for their amazing vegan chocolates. They also have a pretty decent menu of raw and cooked vegan food. I’ve only been there twice since they changed owners, but both times I have gotten the same thing, the Sedona 2012. It’s reaaaaallly good. In their own words, it’s a raw tomato wrap filled with hearty quinoa, chunky potatoes, carrots, cilantro, hot sauce, vegan cheese, pico de gallo, honey mustard, and topped with guacamole. The honey mustard is the only thing I really can’t taste, but there’s so much stuff loaded into this wrap, it really doesn’t matter.

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Yum! I ate the whole thing, of course. Even though I doubt I can recreate the wrap part, I’m going to do my best to recreate this thing at home. I think I’ll call it the Shauna 2013.

If you’re ever in Sedona, AZ definitely check this place out. They have a cute little garden patio in the back of the restaurant that’s really pretty during the day. And their chocolates are pricey but amazing, you have to at least try one. Or three.  http://chocolatree.com/the-chocolatree-eatery

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