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Vegan Thai Food, Ikea Spoons, and Squirrels?

Last night, we got take out from Thai Garden, which is located at 225 W. Golf Rd, in Schaumburg, IL. The food was absolutely delicious and they have quite a few vegan options. They have a whole section entitled “Vegetarian” which means they do not use fish or oyster sauce. They substitute with soy sauce. You have to love a place where they rank the hottest spice level as “melt down.” LOL We got three entrees to try with plenty of leftovers for today.

The first dish we tried was Spicy Tofu which is “hearty tofu stirred in Thai chili sauce and fresh celery, red pepper, onions, and basil leaves.”

Spicy Tofu

The second dish was Vegetarian Deluxe which is “fresh cabbage, celery, baby corn, tomatoes, onions, bean sprouts, straw mushrooms, broccoli, red pepper, and tofu in chef’s special sauce.”

Vegetarian Deluxe

The last dish we tried was Popeye Tofu which is “delicious strips of tofu with spices on spinach and topped with our famous peanut sauce.”

Popeye Tofu

All entrees come served with rice. I’d definitely order from them again. The food was flavorful and very fresh. The menu says they offer lunch specials too so I definitely want to try that. It also looks like they have some vegan-friendly soups. Yum! I can’t wait to go back.

I’m just getting settled with the kitchen. There is a small pantry closet which is doubling as extra cabinet space for the moment. I’m still trying to organize the kitchen to my liking. Plus, it took me a day or two to get the kitchen to my preferred level of cleanliness. I’ve made quite a few things this week but didn’t get pics of everything.

I made a lot of repeats including Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew. You can find the recipe for it in Nava Atlas’ Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons cookbook. Another one of my favorite repeat meals is Rachel’s Eggplant Marinara (Coconut & Lime Blog). I had a taste for Eggplant Marinara and lucked out and found some decent eggplant at Meijer. The eggplant was pricey at 99¢ per pound but the meal was delicious as usual. I served it over Eden Kamut Spirals.

Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew

Eggplant Marinara

Living here means we’re close to Ikea! Yay!!!! I found some cool Asian-style plastic soup spoons there. A 6-count package was only $1.99 and I think they’re dishwasher-safe too.

Ikea Spoons

We celebrated Christmas early with my grandma the evening before we left. Since we only celebrated for a short time, she didn’t have a chance to really fall asleep. This meant I couldn’t uphold my tradition of decorating the elderly with ribbons and bows while they nap at the holidays. So my grandma was a good sport and let me decorate her while she was awake with some bows. She even posed for a picture. Even 95-year-olds have a sense of humor 😀

Decorated Grandma

Here’s a picture of a fiesty squirrel who was tearing up my parents’ lawn looking for walnuts. Looks like he found one:


And for no other reason but silly amusement, you can click HERE for an MPEG of the same squirrel above. Could you tell I needed to take my mind off all the stuff involved with moving to another state? I figured why not take MPEG movies of squirrels. LMAO!

Hope everyone has a lovely day (& weekend)!! 😀

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  • pinknest December 14, 2006, 6:50 pm

    those spoons are adorable! you could serve amuse bouches in them.

  • aTxVegn December 14, 2006, 10:06 pm

    Looks like you’ve found a great Thai restaurant!

    My mom has been making me and Chase and my brother decorate ourselves with bows from our gifts so she can have her traditional “bowhead” pictures! Maybe I’ll still be posing at 95….

  • Dori December 15, 2006, 10:09 am

    Glad the squirrel had a positive effect on you. Grandma looks happy, better keep her on low doses of the cookbooks though. Your restaurant food is awesome! I live in the middle of rural cow, pig and chicken factory country :o( , but we are getting a place or two that serves the “good” stuff within 50 mile drives. :o)

  • Nikki December 15, 2006, 11:20 am

    I love love LOVE Thai food! 🙂

    Your grandma is so cute.

  • cja December 15, 2006, 7:07 pm

    Your soup looks great.
    We sound a lot alike as far as kitchens go. I like my cabinets (including handles) and refrigerator spotless and clean, perfectly organized. I find that it’s better to put things into groups, like all flours together (with a label on teh door of the cabinet corresponding with the shelf and section of shelf), grains/legumes that are dry, nuts/seeds, dried fruit, pasta, seaweed, and then other canned or aseptic goods. Good luck with everything. I’m sure you’ll find a place where it will fit eventually!

  • Vivacious Vegan December 16, 2006, 12:06 pm

    Emmy, that Thai food looks so delicious! Glad to hear you’re getting settled. Don’t ya just love Ikea? I miss having one nearby. Grammy is so cute and what a great sport! She doesn’t look anywhere near 95!

  • bazu December 17, 2006, 1:00 pm

    Ahh Thai Food- a woman after my own heart! Everything looks fantastic, and I really appreciate their “vegetarian” designation.

    Don’t you love Ikea? I don’t live near one, but I will get my fill of it on my holiday travels. Love those spoons.

    Early Christmas with your family- what a fantastic (and less stressful) idea for you guys.

    I’m glad you are settling in in Chicago, and it’s great to have you blogging again, Emmy!

  • puddingpop December 17, 2006, 4:29 pm

    That Thai looks fantastic – even for an avowed omnivore like me. We have some surprisingly good Thai and Japanese restaurants here in Maine, but not quite that good! Will you ship? : )

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