Saturday, January 21, 2012

Restaurant Review: My Thai Vegan Cafe, Boston, MA

First of all, please forgive the super crappy pics.  I only had my phone with me and the lighting of course is atrocious.

I've been wanting to try out My Thai Vegan Cafe in Chinatown since the day I moved here and I'm glad I finally got the chance!

It was totally overwhelming in a good way to realize I could eat anything on the menu and I will be going back for sure to sample more dishes.  My favorite market in Chinatown is right down the block and I pass by the corner all the time during my walks around Boston.

So, I'm really sorry that I don't remember what everyone ordered..  but I do have pics.  I dined with two people and they loved their food too.

I started with the Hot and Sour Soup.  I liked the flavor, although it was a bit sweet for my taste and definitely NOT hot enough.  People in the NE really need to provide a good hot sauce for people like me.  I also wish it had been a bit more sour... but all in all, it was good and a rather large portion.. oh and it was a tad salty. So, more heat, more acid less sweet and less salt.

My dining companions got this lovely Mango salad. It was really pretty and had a nice complexity of flavors.  I only had a bit, but it was good.

Oh god, the lighting is killing me.. but you can see how pretty it is, right?

Spiralizing makes everything look prettier.  The flavors consisted of peanuts, lime, mint and mango and just a hint of Thai bird chilies.  I'm going to Haymarket today and they often have cases of mangoes for $5.  I'm tempted to buy some.

So... onto the main meals.  I ordered the Green 'Chicken' Curry.  It was labeled spicy and of course, I asked them to cook it super spicy.  They didn't. I would not consider the dish spicy at all.  I am getting annoyed by the lack of heat in food, but other than that it was lovely... although the chicken was gluten based and I seem to NEVER learn that I can't eat it. It makes me really sick and I break out in hives.  The dish had a lovely mixture of thai basil, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and the 'chicken'.  They sauce was flavored beautifully other than the lack of heat and I enjoyed it.
It was served with rice and again, was a very generous portion.  I can't wait to get some of their tofu dishes in the future.
My dining companions were thrilled with their dinners.  I don't remember what they ordered, but I did snap pics of course.


The last two images are ONE dish!  The portions are definitely generous and I felt the price was reasonable.  We all ordered soup.  They split a salad and we each got an entree and additionally, they ordered 1 soup to go and two more entrees to go and the price came to around $75 or so.

I will definitely be back (although for take out most likely so I can bring it home and add some HEAT!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sample Daily Menu


Even though it's winter, I still have to eat salad because I get such good deals on produce from Haymarket!   One of my favorite meals is a big salad with lots of cabbage and romaine (crunchy), carrots, onions and my homemade Goddess Dressing. I like to top the salad with my 3 Ingredient Veggie Burgers or in this case, Baked Falafel.  Salads like this make a great breakfast that will keep me going for hours.

Lunch is usually some sort of leftover Soup, Stew or Curry.  Basically something that is bean based with lots of veggies and a bit of whole grain.

For dinner, I sometimes have my Sugar Free Breakfast Breads with Peanut Butter and Almond Milk if I'm running low on time.  Sometimes I have a Green Smoothie and on occasion I even have an actual dinner, like Enchilada Bake, Gluten Free Pizza, or even Tacos... but mostly, I have more of what I had for lunch.  



Lately, I've been craving my Amazing Kale Salad..  it's super delicious and so easy to make! 

What are some of your menu staples?  Do you tend to eat the same things over and over like I do or do you crave variety?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Haymarket Finds and Chipotle Spit Pea Soup


I love my freezer! Split pea soup with quinoa and spinach is a great way to start the day.  I am still able to freeze smaller amounts of soups in 2 cup portions even though my roommate and I share the fridge.  We have figured out a good system and while it gets crazy sometimes with massive amounts of produce (after Haymarket day) it is working for us. 

Haymarket is an open air market Friday and Saturday in Boston.  It is known for it's awesome deals and I take advantage of it every week. Woohoo! 

If you're in the Boston are and you go to Haymarket keep in mind several things: 
  • Bring lots of $1 bills
  • Be prepared to push your way to the front of the line
  • Negotiate!
  • Check the produce well to make sure it's not rotten
  • Negotiate! 
  • You can often buy a CASE of something for VERY cheap, for instance, I have gotten 15 lbs of zucchini for $5 before!
I'm sure I will get comments/emails about how you guys don't have access to this cheap produce.  Keep in mind that I kept to my budget for YEARS before I moved to Boston by shopping at a local store in Portsmouth, NH.  I think there ARE deals to be had MOST places (not everywhere).. you just have to look for them. 

Monday, January 09, 2012

Hello!

I know, I know.. it's been a long time since I've updated.  I am committing to 3 times a week so I can get back in the groove of blogging.  I think I'm beginning to find a good balance and that will allow me to post more often.

My weight loss is going well.  It's slowing down a tiny bit, but I am going to start a new program of exercise and accountability that will keep it going.  Accountability is always good.

As I write this, I am enjoying the salad you see for breakfast.  I used romaine (3 heads for $1 at Haymarket, Cuckes 3 for $1 and Broccoli and topped with with my African Lentil Dip and Gingered Tofu and Zucchini.

My food has been pretty simple lately.. lots of soups, curries, and breakfast breads, which I'm sure comes as no surprise.

Winter in Boston has been very mild so far.  I've been meeting a lot of fun people and getting out and exploring.

Friday night, I was fortunate enough to see an amazing live theater performance by True Story Theater.  It was awesome!  Saturday I went to another Improv (Thank YOU D. you know you you are) ...  next time we go, we have to go back for the midnight showing of RAUNCH.

Dinner tonight will be my 20 Minute Lentil Soup with tons of spinach.