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Restaurant Review: Spoon Revolution Vegan Bistro ****

30 Aug

Today I finally made it to Spoon Revolution in Concord! Their dishes are 100% vegan and gluten-free. Their menu is very limited so don’t expect a lot of choices if you visit. Today, they had 1 soup (Vegetable Bean), 2 salads (Hummus salad and a garden salad), 3 entrees, and 1 dessert. Each day, they offer a 3 course meal for $8.99, which is what I opted for: Soup or salad, entree, and a dessert, plus iced tea. If you choose something outside of the designated 3 courses, you pay an “a la carte” price. Check out their site for more information.

Mixed greens salad with fresh hummus

Courgette and quinoa cold casserole (Grated young zucchini, quinoa lightly cooked in house vegetable stock and seasoned with walnut oil, fresh oregano and lemon juice, blended with uncooked fresh organic tomato and basil sauce.)

Iced Tea

Mango Madness Mango, banana and apricot with coconut milk, oats and brown rice syrup.

I will definitely go back to Spoon Revolution! Three things stood out to me, though, that prevented me from giving them 5 stars: the limited menu, the sluggish atmosphere and the lack of organic ingredients. Sorry, Spoon Revolution… you just can’t compete with Susty’s!

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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

Restaurant Review: Susty’s Vegan Cafe, Northwood, NH *****

20 Aug

This is hands-down my favorite restaurant. I first tried Susty’s in September 2011, shortly after I moved into the area. I was excited because, being lactose intolerant, I could eat anything on the menu. Little did I know that it would become my favorite restaurant. I am there usually once a week and the owner and staff now know me by name.

Yesterday, my mom came to visit and it is a ritual that we go and grab food at Susty’s. Since I have already tried everything on their menu, I love to order their specials. Yesterday, it was a Grilled Harvest Plate with Tofu and Fingerling Potatoes. My mom chose the Chili Con Corn Soup and then we split a slice of Chocolate-Chocolate Cake. The food was AMAZING, as always! If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping here.

Obviously, it goes without saying that Susty’s gets 5 stars in my book 🙂

Grilled Zucchini, Sugar Snap Peas, Swiss Chard, Fingerling Potatoes with a Cheeze sauce, and Grilled Tofu and Tomatoes.

Chili Con Corn with Organic, Local Wheat Bread

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Restaurant Review: Agave in Portsmouth, NH ***

15 Aug

http://www.agavedos.com/

Agave is a Mexican bistro in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I went there this past Saturday for a friend’s birthday. Fortunately for me, one of her other friends is a vegan! We sat next to each other to look over the menu. We both decided on the Classic Burrito with veggies. The waitress told us that their refried beans were NOT vegetarian, so we both opted for the black beans. Since we chose not to have cheese or sour cream, my veteran vegan friend politely asked for it to be replaced with guacamole at no additional cost. I need to take some lessons from her on how to be more assertive with restaurant staff!

In the end, our meal was fabulous! I would Agave 3 out of 5 stars. The food was delicious, but it was one of only a few vegan options.

Agave has another location in Newburyport, Massachusetts which, from what I heard, has better food, even though it is the same menu.