Tom Kar Soup – The Quintessential Thai Soup

It’s a blessing working with our talented friends here at Alice & Friends’ Vegan Kitchen. When you look at our menu, you’ll see some dishes are named after their creators.

The most recent are Thai Limeade, Tom Kar Soup and Satay. They are certainly popular and worth introductions.

Tom Kar Soup is a traditional Thai soup containing a spicy coconut broth, typically simmered with chicken and shrimp chili paste. Patty created this vegan version with coconut milk and lime juice seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir limeaves, fresh vegetables and cilantro. This is a creamy, sweet and sour flavored soup with a hint of spiciness. Don’t be surprised by the “ginger root” you see inside the soup! This shows you that we are using real ingredients.

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The Biggest Rewards

I was aware that a restaurant business is very challenging before I pursued my lifelong dream. Despite tons of objection, I decided to follow that dream, no matter what.

Running a restaurant business requires a lot of work. It’s even more difficult for vegan restaurants. Before I opened Alice & Friends I understood that the key to a vegan restaurant is to make sure all the ingredients are truly vegan. We gather these delicious ingredients and keep them fresh to transform them into flavorful and healthy dishes daily. It’s a lot of work to prep everything in house (some new staff were surprised that we make almost everything from scratch ourselves). It’s a lot of work, indeed, but it’s truly worth it.

What keeps me going? Two things in particular. When a client enjoys our food and knowing that no lives are being sacrificed.

Summer is here! We have many travelers visiting our restaurant lately. Two of them were from Boston. How delightful was to be able to share our vegan stories! One day after they dine-in, we received a nice surprise. A beautiful Phalaenopsis white orchid!

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This gift was truly unexpected and a powerful encouragement for our team and myself. We feel very grateful.

Thank you – Paul & Bryan!

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Happy 4th of July!

In honor of our nation’s birthday, Alice & Friends will be closed on Monday, July 4th to celebrate with our families.

Our team has been working hard all year and we want our ‘work family’ to have time off this year to spend with their real families and friends.

We will be open for regular business hours on Wednesday, July 6th.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July Weekend!

If you’re staying in town this weekend, come and celebrate with our recipe for love and our delicious new specials – Indonesian Satay, Tom Ka Soup and Fresh Mint Limeade.

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Your Feedback Matters!

It’s been almost half year since we changed our name back to Alice & Friends’. Your feedback really matters! We would like to hear from you to see how we can make our food, our menu, the atmosphere, the table, the lighting, everything that makes your experience with us better. Please tell us what’s working and what’s not. You can send us an email at aliceandfriendsvegankitchen@gmail.com. Learn more about the new Alice & Friends’ on our facebook page and instagram.

Here’re some posts from our beloved customers! Appreciate their support! And of course those that have given us verbal comments and advice. Thank you very much!

P.S. We are hiring! If you or know any one who is looking for part-time/summer job, enjoy working with people, please let us know – aliceandfriendsvegankitchen@gmail.com

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This Mother’s Day is a very special day for me. I haven’t celebrated Mother’s Day with my mother since I came to the United States to follow my dreams more than a decade ago. She is coming to visit this year and I am lucky enough to have my beautiful Mother’s Day weekend with her. (the weather seems perfect this weekend!)

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My adventurous mom and the kangaroo in Australia.

For our beloved customers, we’d like to help you celebrate the women we love this Mother’s Day. Join us at Alice & Friends to celebrate with your mom and receive 10% off on Sunday, May 8th.

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P.S. In honor of this occasion, may we suggest sponsoring a tree planting to show both your mother and Mother Earth just how much you care? We have sent this special gift to Mother Earth. How do you honor Mother Earth?

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Happy Earth Day!

How do you celebrate this special day for our planet? Google has all these beautiful art works on their search engine page today. It’s a great reminder to let us know what have been going on to our planet, as well as how beautiful our planet is. Thank you #Google!Earth Day 3Earth Day 2Earth Day

This winter, our globe hit an alarming new record: February 2016 ranked as the most unusually warm month ever measured.  The damage we have done to our planet feels irreversible some days. Weather has become more violent, less predictable, coral reefs have been destroyed, and entire species are dying out from lack of land and food.

Friday, April 22 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Alice and Friends will celebrate green living, sustainability and socially-conscious eating by presenting a little something to loyal customers.  Bring in your reusable containers for your takeout orders or restaurant leftovers and receive a free cupcake! – Not Just on Earth Day – Everyday!

Alice and Friends is proud to support Earth Day.  Let’s continue to celebrate our planet through everyday small and big gestures for a brighter and greener future.

One of our lovely customers showed us a good example!

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. 

– Native American Proverb

Spring Specials!

It’s a special Easter weekend and we have something special too.

Agedashi Tofu – a popular Japanese appetizer in a sweet and savory ginger sauce. It is a traditional Japanese tofu dish. Instead of the fish stock that the regular Agedashi Tofu made of, we use our house made mushroom stock. Super healthy and delicious.

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Ronnie’s Rainbow Fried Rice – The name says it all. Red pepper, orange carrots, yellow corns, green peas and bak choy, purple cabbage, with housemade turmeric lemongrass seasoning. Cashews and fried onion on top.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, which means over here we’re munching on all things GREEN! If you’re looking for some dishes and treats to celebrate, come to visit us!

In addition to the below, we serve 100% vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream! Let’s celebrate the Green!

100% Whole Wheat Matcha Flex Seed Muffin

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Matcha Lattematchaim

Our New Matcha Latte

First of all, what is matcha? It is a powdered form of steamed and dried green tea leaves that is a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse, a natural weightloss aid, pH balancer and detox agent. It has much higher disease-fighting polyphenols, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than any other green tea (about 10 times higher). It is much more nutrient dense than standard green tea, our new superfood!

Making matcha latte takes a bit of patience. If the water is too hot, it will ruins the delicate flavor of matcha and doesn’t allow the nutrients to slowly release and open up as it should. You will need a set of tools to make a smooth and anti-oxidant rich matcha latte. Save the hassle! Just come to our restaurant and we will have it ready for you!

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Do You Know We Only Use Organic Sugar? and Why?

We don’t use plain old sugar (table sugar, white sugar, or refined sugar) that most of the restaurants and even other “vegetarian” or “vegan” restaurants use. Why? Even it costs so much more?

Here’s why (from PETA):

“Bone char, which is used to process sugar, is made from the bones of cattle from Afghanistan, Argentina, India, and Pakistan. The bones are sold to traders in Scotland, Egypt, and Brazil who then sell them back to the U.S. sugar industry. The European Union and the USDA heavily regulate the use of bone char. Only countries that are deemed BSE-free can sell the bones of their cattle for this process. Bone char—often referred to as natural carbon—is widely used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, which allows the sugar cane to achieve its desirable white color.”

“Bone char is also used in other types of sugar. Brown sugar is created by adding molasses to refined sugar, so companies that use bone char in the production of their regular sugar also use it in the production of their brown sugar.”

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Why Organic Sugar?

One simple explanation – since bone char is not on the National Organic Program’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, certified USDA organic sugar cannot be filtered through bone char.