Reviews written by Emme

I'm vegan
Registered on May 14 05
 

dr cow in Internet
Jan 5 10

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While these raw, cashew-based cheeses can be fairly expensive, they are worth it. The exquisite texture and tastes of each of the different cheeses gives each meal (however boring) a special flair. Crackers and cheese becomes gourmet, salads gain allure, and appetizer spreads become readily veganizable. While many vegan cooks are making their own nut based cheeses, dr cow cheeses are aged, creating a certain je ne sais quoi appeal.

Himalayan Grill in Flagstaff, Arizona
May 8 10

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After assurance from the waitstaff that the vegetarian dishes on the menu could be prepared without any sort of dairy, I ordered Bengan Barta, a puree of eggplant and spices. The food was EXTREMELY hot but delicious. I could only eat half of the eggplant before the sweating and urge to gulp water became too much to continue. I brought the rest home with me and it was great the next day. I would definitely go back.

Mountain Oasis in Flagstaff, Arizona
May 8 10

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Nice atmosphere but the restaurant was so crowded when we walked in at lunch on a weekend that we waited at our table about 20 minutes before someone came to take our order. I ordered the Pineapple Salad which is a "Tofu Salad of Fresh Greens, Pineapple, Vegetables and Crunchy Peanuts". It was tasty but wasn't very filling - I could have used more protein mixed in. I almost never eat just salads and this is the reason why. Overall, the atmosphere was pleasant and the wait-staff were friendly.

The Breadfruit in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Dec 30 08

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We ordered the Spring Rolls, Curried Tofu, Rice and Peas, Corn on the Cob and Coleslaw. The spring rolls were hot, which was a good touch and lightly seared. Inside was an odd combination of plantain and avocado which becomes delicious when paired with the mango chutney but tastes slightly banana-y on its own. We hadn't realized that the spring rolls would come with a small serving of coleslaw, therefore making our order of coleslaw unnecessary and unwanted. The coleslaw was a mix of cabbage and peppers for the most part with a good sprinkling of black pepper and heavy on the vinegar. When the curried tofu came, we saw that rice and peas were included (which wasn't apparent from the menu we had read and again made our side of rice and peas unnecessary). The curried tofu was prepared carrot slices and chunks of something that appeared to be more seitan (in texture and in taste) than tofu. It was lightly spiced and the sauce was gravy-like in texture. Neither my BF or I was crazy about this dish. The last item we tried was the corn on the cob and I was surprised to only get a 1/3 cob of corn.

The atmosphere was pleasant with soothing background music, flickering tealights and people talking quietly over bottles of wine. Our server was friendly although I was irked she hadn't mentioned that 2 of the sides we had ordered came with the appetizer and entree (and it wasn't good enough to want to eat double amounts). I wouldn't go back again, partly because the food was only so-so and because there aren't any other vegan entrees left to try. Nice place for a first date but not for a hungry stomach wanting a full meal.

Cornish Pasty Co. in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Jun 30 10

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I have gone to the Cornish Pasty Company for years and the pasties are always excellent. Order ahead of time for vegan pasties. Generally I call 2 hours ahead of time for takeout and I end up waiting an extra 1/2 hour. An awesome option for vegans is to build your own pasty adding in different vegetables and herbs. Or a tried and true favorite, the Balsamic Portabello without mozzarella. Eat them fast though before they get soggy!

Fresh Mint in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Aug 16 08

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We got the black pepper steak and the hot pot (upon the server's recommendation). The steak was decent but advertised as coming with roasted potatoes -- instead we got several strings of green beans. The hot pot was bland bland bland. I asked for more dressing because I thought it simply needed more sauce but when it came, I realized that the problem WAS with the uninspired flavorings. I ended up taking the hot pot home and flavoring it myself. For $14 per entree, I expected both bigger portions and better quality food. After getting our food and water, the server never returned to our table. We had several questions for her which we had ask at the prep station. Also we had to refill our own drinks at the soda station which was awkward because we had thought the server would come around to refill our drinks. At these prices, we had assumed that at the very least, we would get a water refill.

Green in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Mar 9 09

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The food is the best vegan/veggie food outside of Udupi. The prices are reasonable and the food is always delicious. My favorites are the Argentine PoBoy and the Thai Peanut Rice Bowl with mock chicken. The thyme fries are slightly odd - you'd expect that they'd come tasting like thyme but in all of my orders, it's never happened. The salads have GREAT dressing choices but come with lettuce and slivers of carrot and cabbage. They would be so great if they would amp up the veggies. I also really like that they now carry stevia sweetened soft drinks.

The only dish I have tried that I don't like the Curry Bowl. You can definitely get better curry anywhere else you go. Don't waste your $ on this one.

Lemon Grass Thai Cafe in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Jun 8 08

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We ordered the thai spring rolls which came as 4 small fried rolls with a sweet sauce. They were decent and a good starter.

The Green and Masam curries were "thai hot" which gave a decent level of heat. (We made sure it was "fish free.") I enjoyed the mixed vegetables and tofu in both dishes. They were nothing we hadn't tasted before but satisfied our craving for hot and spicy.

The only surprise was the rice -- which was NOT included in the price of the entree.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Nov 14 08

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I've ordered the Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu several times with great results. The tofu is crisp and delicious with soft (not soggy) broccoli. I've also ordered the Coconut Curry which wasn't bad but didn't compare to the Ma Po Tofu in taste or texture. The brown rice is perfectly done (which is huge in my book) and I love having a rice option. On my last visit, I tried the Vegetarian Eggplant. I felt the sauce was a little on the sweet and heavy side - definitely NOT spicy enough for me. However, I LOVED the texture of the eggplant and I would order this again and add some chili paste to the sauce.

Tipps 88 Thai Cuisine in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Mar 9 09

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We went to this restaurant on the basis of the recommendations given by other reviewers. For the appetizer, we ordered the tofu satay with peanut sauce. It was delicious and very sweet, the only thing lacking would have been chili sauce to create more dimension/spiciness. For the main dishes, we ordered both the sweet and sour vegetables and the red curry with brown rice. The sweet and sour had a very delicate taste, which the brown rice overshadowed. The red curry had a bolder taste that went well with the rice. However, the brown rice was mushy and not very good (brown rice costs extra as well). Overall, the food was good and the atmosphere pleasant.

Update: I recently went back for lunch and ordered the Kang-Ped veggie. I was slightly worried that I wouldn't get enough food to feel full but they assured me this wouldn't be the case. The red curry sauce was the same as the last time but the eggplant in the dish was tender and delicious! I LOVE eggplant and this met my expectations. I also got a little mini egg-roll and a bowl of soup. The soup was so-so, just a combination of broth with a few veggies floating around whereas the egg-roll was the perfect finish to the meal.

My 3rd and 4th times here were both excellent. They give you a choice of 1-10 for heat and 7 seems to be perfect for my heat tolerance (which is pretty high). I have since ordered the Forest Curry and it's very similar to the Kang Ped Veggies but without the coconut milk. I have also never ordered the brown rice again as the white rice is satisfactory and free.

Udupi Cafe in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Jan 22 10

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I have been going to Udupi for 4 years off and on. Although there were some problems with food quality several years ago, the food has improved since then. However, the buffet on the weekend can be repetitive with many of the same choices week to week. If you go on a holiday like Easter or Christmas, the buffet will be bigger with more choices. The main reason I go back is the wide array of clearly marked vegan food. I tend to get a dosa and sambar because the combination of these two foods is just perfect! I also like that you can take the buffet to go - they give you one big and one little styrofoam container and 2 little plastic containers for all of your food.

Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen in Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona
Jan 22 10

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I was excited to see they had new varieties of Masala Dosai to try. I got the Mysore Masala Dosai which has a spicy chutney spread all over the dosai. This was definitely a lot spicier than its cousin, the Masala Dosai. Woodlands was generous with the sambar as well, when I asked for more soup, they gave me an extra cup free of charge. I dipped my dosai in the chutney which perfectly mitigated the heat.

The setting is very bare bones as mentioned by other reviewers. They provide paper plates and styrofoam cups for your food. I would definitely come here again for take-out or a quick meal.

D'Lish Very Vegetarian in Sedona, Arizona
Jul 1 09

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Most of the food tends to be a bit bland but it's nice to have vegan and/or raw food available in Sedona. I have eaten here many times and each time, I leave satisfied with my food. The best item on the menu is the raw blueberry shake.

Thai Spices in Sedona, Arizona
Jan 26 09

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This place was great! I ordered the Vegetable Red Curry (having made sure it wasn't made with fish sauce). I loved this dish! The vegetables were tender, fresh and perfect while the sauce was spicy and not too overpowering. Sometimes after I eat Thai food, I can feel a bit sick but I left Thai Spices feeling both refreshed and full.

The "egg" rolls were vegan having been made with a wheat wrapper. They were also delicious and light on the stomach.

Albero dal Pane in Rome, Italy
Jan 5 10

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Being kitchen-less in Rome, we had to find some options that were easy, quick and hopefully delicious! We ended up finding vegan, spelt flour jam-filled croissants (6 to a package). It was a lot of fun to browse this store, finding various vegan and gluten-free (or low gluten) options including a chocolate almond based gelato. And the location of this store makes it a great place to stop after touring the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Jewish Ghetto.

Blue Ice in Rome, Italy
Jan 5 10

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Loved the hazelnut soy gelato but wasn´t as big of a fan of the chocolate. In the future, I would get hazelnut and pistachio... But a great treat to enjoy sitting on the Spanish Steps.

The Backroom Deli in Rochester, Minnesota
Mar 9 09

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I really enjoyed this co-op! The bulk section of the store is wonderful - much better than the larger co-ops in the Twin Cities. Prices were comparable as well. I was excited to see the deli section had GF breakfast and lunch offerings. I would definitely go back again.

Babani's in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 7 10

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I got the dolmas and tabouli salad which were decent, but I was not overly impressed, especially as the waiter put us at a uneven, unsteady table by the door where everyone had to inch past us, thus wobbling the table further. When we complained, the waiter put a napkin under one of the table legs when open tables were clearly available.

Evergreen Chinese Restaurant in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 7 10

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Knowing only that this restaurant is rated high on vegguide, my sister and I went there for dinner on Labor Day. The restaurant itself looks very much like a cafeteria but the warm conversation and happy faces of the customers made us want to stay. After some debate, we settled on the Eggplant with Basil and Black Mushrooms and Tofu with an appetizer of the seaweed and tofu soup. The soup was very ramen-ish and enjoyable. I loved the Tofu dish (gingery and salty) while my sister loved the Eggplant (basily and garlicky). Both portions were huge and accompanied by a giant dish of white rice. I would definitely come here again!

Gopher Express in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 14 05

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It's a great place to stop in and grab a snack or quick meal during breaks! They also have a microwave to heat a burrito or frozen meal, adding to the convenience.

Pizza Luce in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Sep 7 10

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I love the vegan muffaletta! I usually order this about 2x a month. It's super satisfying and mixed with potato chips, has the perfect crunch. However, beware of the rinotta cheese. We ordered a pizza with the rinotta and it arrived super soggy with huge clumps of white, garlicky goo. Now, I would order anything from Pizza Luce minus the rinotta cheese.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in Twin Cities, Minnesota
May 14 05

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Nice place to sit and hang out with the added bonus of drinking from mugs you can take home!

Seward Cafe in Twin Cities, Minnesota
Mar 9 09

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I have been to the Cafe several times when I am in town. I really look forward to splitting half a GF berry pancake and Earthbreakfast with my sister. The bottomless tea is a big factor in going back. I love to sit, relax and guzzle tea, so this works perfectly for me!

The Earth Cafe and Deli in Norman, Oklahoma
May 8 10

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I went to the Earth Cafe and was really looking forward to the tofu scramble with biscuits and gravy but those were not available after 11am. Instead, we ordered two "Benevolent Earth" salads - one with the Farmer's Cheese and the other with a free exchange of avocado for the Farmer's Cheese. The salads came jam packed with pumpkin seeds, black olives, tomatoes and sprouts. The sesame ginger vinaigrette is not as good as other commercial dressings such as Annie's but complemented the salad. The vegan ranch was much admired by all. In addition to the salads, we ordered 2 smoothies - one with blueberries, mango, and banana and the other with banana, cocoa and pb. The first was described as "really good and banana-y." The second was great and not too sweet.

Pho Sooner Vietnamese Restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma
May 12 10

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We waited at least 30 minutes to get our appetizers - eggrolls and spring rolls. I thought the spring rolls were decent compared to other restaurants I've been to, but my dining companions disagreed. Our Pho came shortly afterwards with a small dish of bean spouts, small wedges of lime, and basil and mint to be shared among 3 of us. I've gotten the same size dish for 1 person at my go-to Pho restaurant. We all voiced complaints that the dish was bland and uninteresting. I had to squirt generous amounts of hot sauce into my dish to make it worth eating. I would not return here simply because the food lacked anything of interest and the service was VERY slow.

Wokimarket in Barcelona, Spain
Jan 5 10

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We saw a lot of really fun food items here such as vegan tapas in the refrigerated section. We planned on eating supper elsewhere so we didn´t order from the Wok but it looked delicious and vegan friendly! We did buy pasta, rice crackers, vegan "nutella" etc. This store is defintely worth a stop for natural food products.

Ecocentro in Madrid, Spain
Jan 5 10

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I browsed the store quite extensively for food to take with me on the plane to encompass 24 hours of travel. There were options I considered such as the spelt flour baguettes but ultimately decided on whole grain spelt flour croissants. I split these and found them to be extremely crumbly and somewhat dry unlike other (moister) spelt croissants I purchased in France. Overall, the store offered a nice variety of vegan baked goods, some gluten free options, jams, some dried beans and various herbs&supplements.

Larsen's Bakery in Racine-Kenosha, Wisconsin
Jun 30 10

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I ordered the Bavarian Cream Donuts through Vegan Essentials. I wasn't sure what to expect as it's been a really long time since I've tried donuts. These donuts blew me away. They are light, fluffy, creamy and smooth. They weren't greasy at all. With the addition of the chocolate frosting, they are a delicious breakfast treat and all-around great snack.

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