Saturday, April 28, 2007

I could go vegetarian

...IF I ate at Sipz everyday! Yesterday I had lunch with Todd and his friends from work: Amy, Mike, and Chris. Amy is a vegan and she took us to this restaurant in a strip mall in Clairemont Mesa called Sipz. At first when Todd said we're going to a vegan restaurant, I was a little skeptical. But when we got there and I realized it was pan-Asian fusion, I started to get excited. They even have vegan boba tea there. We sat down and perused the menu. Many items are not just vegetarian, but also vegan (no dairy, no eggs). Each dish comes in a big bowl, kinda like in Italian restaurants. There were lots of noodle dishes, both stir-fried and soups. I love noodles of all kinds! But alas, I went with the Spicy Thai Fried Rice: long grained jasmine rice stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, peas, carrots, basil, and "chicken" strips to a spicy garlic flavor. It was yummy. Todd got the spicy basil with "chicken": stir fry with snow peas, baby corn, baby bok choy, straw mushrooms, celery, and carrots in a light basil sauce. Amy got the Spicy Ginger Tofu, Mike got the Lemongrass Delite, and Chris got vegan eggless chow mein noodle bowl. We ate our lunches and it was all delicious. I could be vegetarian if I ate stuff like this all the time! For dessert, Chris bought some vegan chocolate chip cookies and shared with us. On the way back to work, Amy told some funny stories. She has two boys ages 10 and 3, and they're both vegetarian (one is vegan even). The boys have NEVER had cow milk, any kind of dairy, nor meat. The older boy brings his own lunch to school, but he has seen the school lunch menu and can categorize the menu items into the basic food groups, because he knows what he can eat and what he can't eat. The only item he couldn't recognize by picture was eggs sunny side up! He had only seen eggs in the shell before, so he had no idea what the picture with the yellow circles surrounded by white circles was. I thought that was really funny. Then Amy said she asked the younger boy what he wanted for Christmas, and he said, "I want Daddy to be a vegan!"


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