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Jungle Noodle Love
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I think I wanna know ya! Today I’m taking another look at a fairly new 100% vegan restaurant. Quite frankly, Thai Vegan is my greatest loooove of all. This place is magic. I discovered it by accident last December, introduced it to Ryan, and we eat there 2-3 times a month.

When it comes to the menu, I totally play favorites. If I’m at Thai Vegan, I’m getting the spicy eggplant with tofu every time. Delicious blend of Thai basil, tender eggplant, chewy tofu, and soul-shattering spice. I have to ask for a level 1 because level 5 will give me an asthma attack. Yowza!

   Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Spicy eggplant w/ tofu

Everything is so freaking fresh and filled with veggies. The flavor is always amazing, and the portions are legit. I’ve tried to make my way through the menu, but I am so in love with my favorites that I have to force myself to try something new. Another dish I love is the green curry with tofu. Loaded with basil, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, onions, and tofu, it is super filling and makes great leftovers. As for dessert, don’t miss out on the mango with sticky rice or the banana spring rolls! Another favorite is the Thai iced tea. Beware: it is super sweet. I love it, though.

   Soy tofu bacon burger

Soy tofu bacon burger

Thai Vegan also has a great selection of appetizers. We really love the tofu satay. Also a big fan of the spring rolls. Additionally, the restaurant offers the following options for your protein of choice: tofu, soy chicken, soy fish, soy shrimp, or soy chicken nuggets. We always get the tofu because it is just ridiculously good. They even have unexpected things on the menu like falafel, burgers, and lentil loaf.

   Jungle noodles w/ tofu

Jungle noodles w/ tofu

On my most recent trip, I tried out the jungle noodles with tofu. They were spicy, flavorful, and looked like a rainbow. Super delicious, and I definitely recommend it. I also tried the yellow curry with tofu for the first time. This would be perfect when the temperatures finally start dropping. Hearty potatoes,carrot, onions, and tofu in a thick yellow sauce. Super warming and also makes great leftovers.

If you aren’t hungry already, I dunno what to tell you. Thai Vegan is the place to be, so go give them your money. Head’s up: they’re closed on Tuesdays!

WINS

Tofu: Their tofu game is on lock. Crispy and chewy. Perfect vehicle for sauce

Spice: Level 1-5

Veggies for Days: Every dish is full of veggies and they aren’t cooked to death

Desserts: Banana chocolate chip spring rolls, mango and sticky rice, green tea ice cream…and so much more

How vegan-friendly is it? 5 out of 5 nooches. This place is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. I have already eaten there twice in the last week. Obsessed is an understatement.

   Yellow curry w/ tofu

Yellow curry w/ tofu

THAI VEGAN

15614 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78248

Wed-Mon: 11am - 9pm
Closed Tuesday

Phone: (210) 257-0090

Take Bahn Mi
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A ha! Caught your attention like a live-action pencil sketch video from the 80s. Today’s MoFo is all about super secret finds. I ventured all the way to San Antonio’s west side in order to find some banging vegetarian Vietnamese food.

BobaTea Garden opened up sometime in early 2017 from what I could gather. I was deep in an internet search for boba tea, when I happened upon this 100% vegetarian restaurant that piqued my interest. My hesistance to try it before yesterday was solely based on distance. I’m telling you now: I would absolutely drive to another city to get in on this deliciousness. Ryan and I were both seriously suprised at how good and fresh everything was.

   #121 Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi

#121 Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi

When you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted by the delightful smells of lemongrass and spicy peppers. The locations is super clean and very bright with storefront floor to ceiling windows. The decor is very minimalist, finished with a few simple portraits and live plants. It’s a very calming effect. Customer service was very friendly and the owners were welcoming as guests entered.

   #107 Spring roll vermicelli with grilled lemongrass “beef”

#107 Spring roll vermicelli with grilled lemongrass “beef”

Ryan and I got a few items to try. Ryan opted for his usual: spring rolls with vermicelli and a lemongrass “beef.” The ingredients look so vibrant and are incredibly fresh! I wanted to try a few items to give a decent review. I ordered a Chinese BBQ “pork” bahn mi, which was a delight! It had vegan pork, ham, cucumber, jalapeno, sweet and sour carrot daikon pickle, pate, and mayo on a deliciously soft and crusty baguette. Duuuuudes. The most amazing sandwich. I also tried the grilled lemongrass “chicken” that came with broken rice and fresh veggies. Super good. I even ate this cold and it tasted just as good. Yummy! I also got a pina colada boba tea…made with fresh fruit!

   #121 Grilled lemongrass “chicken”

#121 Grilled lemongrass “chicken”

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Flavor: Lemongrass, peppers, cilantro. Bold and flavorful.

Price: The most expensive thing on the menu is $12. Most items are less than 10 bucks.

Ingredients: Everything is fresh and vibrant. Beautifully plated.

Cleanliness: Eat in restaurant for a bright and cheery experience.

How vegan-friendly is it? 4 out of 5 nooches for the food menu/3 out of 5 nooches for boba drinks. This restaurant is 100% vegetarian and about 90% vegan. There are only three dishes that are not vegan (as they contain eggs). Less than half of the drinks are vegan-friendly, but all of the toppings are. Overall, an impressive and unique spread.

Please go out and support this vegetarian and small local business. The owners are super nice and the food is absolutely amazing.

   Close up of lemongrass “chicken”

Close up of lemongrass “chicken”

BOBATEA GARDEN

8333 Culebra Rd, Ste 204A, San Antonio, Texas 78251, United States

210-592-1885

Mon-Sat: 11a-8:30p Sun: Closed

Outdoor Herbivore Review
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Today’s blog is all about Outdoor Herbivore*. I dunno how most people do Vegan MoFo, but I am all about the research. I knew I wanted to dedicate a week to camp food, but I was interested in new and exciting vegan finds. I happened upon this Ultimate Guide to Vegan Backpacking and noticed there was a tofu scramble. Hell yeah! Breakfast tacos!

A little bit about Outdoor Herbivore. The company was started in 2010 with several goals in mind: local ingredients, vegetarian options, less sodium, easy prep and less waste. All of their food is vegetarian with a ton of vegan options. All of the meals are also no cook, just requiring boiling water or cold water.

Pricing is pretty inexpensive compared to a lot of the stuff I’ve found in outdoor stores while on road trips. They also offer single or double sizes, which is fantastic! But how does the flavor stack up? I tried the sunrise tofu scramble and Pacific Crest vinaigrette salad. The scramble was delicious! I added nutritional yeast to it and made breakfast tacos with Cholula. The salad was…okay. I think I would have loved it had it not been so onion-forward. If you like onions, though, it is a very refreshing change from dry, heavy camping/hiking food.

Definitely check out and support this company if you are a vegan outdoor enthusiast like myself. So many great options that won’t leave you bored in the backcountry!

   Pacific Crest vinaigrette

Pacific Crest vinaigrette

DAY 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks)

   Cinnamon raisin oatmeal…great start to the day

Cinnamon raisin oatmeal…great start to the day

Come back tomorrow for the last day of our 4 day vegan backpacking adventure! More recipes to follow.

*All opinions above are my own. I have no affiliation with Outdoor Herbivore.