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Vietnam Noodle House

25 Aug

I went to the Vietnam Noodle House on Main St. in  Nashua, NH the other night. I’ve been meaning to go there for ages.

It was really late, so I was glad to see they were still open, and still taking sit down customers (they have huge take out popularity).

I was overjoyed to see that half the menu was vegan AND the vegan menu including appetizers were listed first! I Hate having to search forever in a menu to find anything.

Mike was glad to see that they also offered omnivore options too.
We Split the vegan egg rolls. They were AWESOME! the best I’ve ever had! perfectly crispy, not oily, and the presentation was lovely. We ate it with the spicy “rooster sauce” (watch out, it’s super spicy)

For my meal I order the house special which was like stir fried veggies with tofu and their three types of marinated seitan (mock beef, mock pork, and mock chicken). The veggies were nice and firm, just how I like them. This was piled high over a bed of broad noodles (resembled wide egg noodles). I loved this dish but next time I’ll try a different noodle.

My meal was only $7.50 and there was enough for great leftovers lunch the next day.

The staff was a bit slow but super polite and friendly resulting in the tip of a lifetime 🙂

The decor is comically weak, but the food speaks for itself.

I can’t wait to go back here!

Anyone want to go with me?

-Kerri

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Steaz: The second best drink in the world

16 Aug

I stumbled across this beverage at A Market, in Manchester, New Hampshire. I first tried the Lime-Pomegranate and loved it! The next time I was in the area, I stopped at A Market again just to pick up a few more cans. I was disappointed to see that they were out of the Lime-Pomegranate and decided to try their Zero Calorie Peach Mango. HEAVEN! Not too sweet, but with strong fruit flavors. I cannot recommend these enough!

Last week, after searching all the Shaw’s and Stop N Shops in the area and still could not find any cans of Steaz, I returned to A Market to purchase a case of the Peach Mango. They also had a new flavor I decided to try: Blueberry Pomegranate Acai. Very delicious, but still not as good as the Peach Mango.

I picked up the Mint iced tea for my husband, Tim. I just tried it and hated it, but I think it reminded me too much of peppermint schnapps. 😉 Tim said it was pretty good.

I plan on going to A Market again tomorrow to try the Unsweetened Lemon. I will let you know how it is!

Gardein’s Crispy Mandarin Chick’n

9 Aug

If you have not tried this, I suggest you grab your car keys and find some immediately! I like to cook mine up with some green beans or broccoli. I made this for my father a few weeks back. He insisted I needed to hide it from him, otherwise he would eat the entire bowl. Truth be told? Every time I cook this, I tell myself I will save some for the following day. It has yet to happen. It really is THAT good!

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~Kate

Super Market Vegan – mainstream items you didn’t know were vegan

8 Aug

When I go to the super market I buy a lot of items in the natural food section (what Mike lovingly refers to as, “The Hippie Section”).

I find a lot of fine items there, but it takes me a while to become familiar with a lot of the food marketed toward vegetarians and vegans.

Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is a lot easier when you keep some familiar food in your diet, to go along with the sometimes-alien vegan food.

The snack department is not a place were a lot of people want to think about what they’re eating, they just want it to be fast and taste good. So as you can imagine, I loved finding out that a lot of my favorite snacks are vegan. This means I can indulge in a guilty pleasure and only feel guilt about the calories and not about animal products.

Take a peek into my cupboards and see some of my favorite surprisingly vegan food.

Oreo: the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. “Milk’s favorite cook”, try everyone’s favorite cookie!

Mary Jane, my favorite candy. I was surprised when I didn’t find honey on the ingredients list.

When you want salty not sweet go for pretzels. When nothing less than super will do, a hot Super Pretzel will never let you down.

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Here’s a list of surprisingly vegan items you can find in or around you super market. For a huge list go to PETA’s article on the subject.

Ritz Crackers

Nesquick Syrup

Most Energy Drinks

Nabisco Grahams – original

Gravy Master

Many Breakfast Cereals

Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate

Reduced Fat Bisquick

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – no butter – Cinnamon Sugar, Garlic, Jalapeno, Original, Raisin, & Sesame.

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What are your favorite foods that could be added to the list?