Sunday, October 05, 2008

Vegan Mofo: Weekend Take-out

first, a cookie update. so, after making cookies all night friday and most of saturday, i wanted nothing more than to continue hiding in bed this morning when the alarm went off at 6:15 am. i mean, it's sunday, for christssake and it's pouring. and cold. who the hell wants to get out of bed to drive to long island? but i had two boxes of cookies on my living room floor that needed to be handed out.

i got to jones beach for the autism speaks walk at about 8:30 and was all set up at the wellness center for autism table by 9:30. i was out of cookies by 11. before the walk even started. i was so busy that i didn't even get any pictures. i had a good time and i was shocked that 100 bags of cookies disappeared so quickly, but now i've got a whole mess of business cards floating around long island. coolness.

so after all of this weekend's craziness, between baking and participating in the iron chef challenge, the last thing i wanted to do today was cook. so take-out it was. the area of northern new jersey that i live in is hardly a vegan haven. there is only one totally vegan restaurant within 15 miles of me and the rest aren't even close. don't get me wrong. i'm not complaining. new york is only 40-someodd miles away so if i need some fancy and vegan, i can just take a trip out there. anyway, despite not having entirely vegan restaurant options, i still have a lot of ethnic restaurants in the area, which are always great for finding vegan foods.

the indian place right around the corner from my house has their vegetarian menu marked clearly and even includes a little green "v" next to vegan items. awesome.

the chinese place around the other corner has an entirely vegan menu in addition to their regular menu. neat.

there is a great sushi place at the end of my street. who doesn't love sweet potato maki?

tonight, it was time for thai. the thai place is a little "far" (7 miles as opposed to the less than 5 miles of the other three places i mentioned above) so it usually gets left out of the take-out options. but not tonight.
i had some really great massaman curry with thai spring rolls. it's so nice to skip cooking sometimes.

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