What Vegans Eat – Day 870, Travel Edition

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Breakfast: We picked up a bag of Teeccino at the Staff of Life in Santa Cruz. Now Gary could have a good brew in the morning. I made a cup of Jasmine Tea. We had bowls of Rolls Oats with Banana, Raisins, Apples, Walnuts and Soy Milk and sliced Oranges from Gary’s cousin’s tree.
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Lunch: Gary’s 92-year-old dad took a fall and Gary drove down to San Jose to take him to the doctor. They met Gary’s sister for lunch at Khanh’s and Gary brought me back some Tofu Rolls.
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Dinner: We have one more night in Palo Alto before heading south to San Jose. We weren’t sure what to do for dinner. We got in the car with the idea of picking a few items up at Trader Joe’s. But on the way, I checked my phone for vegan restaurants. We had not been to Veggie Garden in a while. It was closer than the store so I thought we should check it out. It’s one of these simple places in a strip mall, not very exciting in appearance. We sat down and looked at the menu. There was a big selection. We ordered and proceded to be blown away. The food was amazing. First, we were given a small salad. The dressing was clean with a crisp lemony taste.
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We love our greens and ordered some Spinach. It came with garlic sauce but we requested ginger in stead of garlic. Excellent move. It was delicious. We had to remind each other to chew a lot, because of the long stringy stems.
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Gary was adventurous and ordered the Mo Po Tofu made with soft tofu, veggie ham, green peas and carrots in spicy brown sauce. A lot of Americans don’t like soft tofu, the texture is an acquired taste. When you eat enough tofu as we do, you learn to recognize the appeal of the custard-like soft tofu.
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I love bean curd skin and ordered VG Duck with Tofu skin, Shiitake mushrooms, onions and mixed vegetables with light sauce. I have no idea how they made it, but this veggie duck was the best I had ever eaten. You couldn’t see the mushrooms or the other vegetables, it all came together in the “meat”. Gary, who doesn’t like mushrooms was brave enough to try it and loved it too.
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Can you tell we liked this place?
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