Celebrate Lunar New Year with us –> January 28th, 2017, Saturday 6:30p.m.

RSVP –> https://www.meetup.com/ChicagoVeg/events/235895091/
We are super excited and there’re only 18 seats left after the event posted yesterday!
Please see details below or click the link above for RSVP with ChicagoVeg Meetup page.
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Starter (Soy Free):
• Crunchy Sweet Potato (GF) – Toasted Pecan, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate.
Salad (Soy Free, can be made nut free):
• Watercress Arugula Salad (GF) – Watercress, Arugula, Walnuts, Apples, Beets, House made Apple Vinegar Dressing
Appetizer (Nut Free):
Choice of
• Butternut Squash Won Ton (soy free) – Butternut Squash, garlic, sage, olive oil and wheat flour wrap.
or
• Yaki Enoki Roll (GF) – Enoki mushroom, eggplant and zucchini.
Soup (Nut Free):
• Herbal Soup (GF) – Chinese Herbs with Seasoned Tofu.
The root herbs-astragalus, codonopsis, and dioscorea-are classified by Chinese herbalists as qi tonics. They benefit digestion, aid absorption of nutrients, improve cardiac function, and enhance energy.
First Main Dish (Nut Free):
Choice of
• Pesto Quinoa (GF) – Organic quinoa, edamame, shiitake mushroom, broccoli, and radish.
or
• Spicy Stir-fried Soba Noodles – Buckwheat noodles, broccoli, shiitake mushroom, bokchoy, jalapeno.
Second Dish:
Choice of
• Malay’s Kung Pao – Non-GMO soybean protein, red peppers, green peppers, onions, ginger, peanuts on top (can be nut free).
or
• Thai’s Massaman’s Curry (GF) – Non-GMO tofu, coconut milk, onion, peanuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bay leaves, cinnamon, chili, tamarind sauce and cashews on top.
Dessert:
• Red Bean Soup (GF) – Traditional and popular dessert in China, Japan, Korean and Vietnam. Our version is Cantonese style – organic red bean, tapioca, and coconut milk.
Treat:
• Kinoko Mochi (GF) is a traditional Japanese dish that is traditionally made on New Year’s Day for luck. (Soy free without Kinoko) – Roasted soy flour, glutinuous rice, red bean.
Drink:
• Thai Iced Tea (GF) – House brewed Thai tea leaves with organic soy milk.
Everything is only $30 (tax and tips included) if pre-paid by calling to the restaurant at (773)275-8797 (during its working hours) at least 3 days before the event or $38 at the door.
Pre-pay refund policy: 100% refund if requested at least 48 hours before the event by calling the restaurant (in its working hours). No refund after that.
RSVP policy: Restaurant will be making food according the number of attendees we provide. If you RSVP for the event you agree that you will be responsible for a payment regardless if you come or not unless you cancel your RSVP at least 48 hours before the event. Anyone who is still on the RSVP list and “no show” will be responsible for $30 per person (including the guests in the RSVP) payable within two weeks after the event.
Space is limited – You must RSVP to attend.
Invite your non-vegan friends to show them how tasty vegan food can be!

 

Good Friends are like Stars

Here’s a simple Q & A for the most frequently asked questions:

Many customers ask “Are you Alice?” “Who is Alice?” “Is Alice a real person?” “Why Alice & Friends?

Alice is a real person. She founded our restaurant back in 2001.

“Friends” refer to us – Friends living the dream of preparing delicious vegan cuisine. It also refers to our customers who love us and our food.

So, where is Alice? Alice is now in Europe, continuing her vegan dream in Vienna, Austria.

We are here to continue the vegan dream – spread veganism and vegan deliciousness.

“Good Friends are like Stars. You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there.” to all our friends and customers who love and support us!

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Our Kitchen’s Special – Satay!

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For those who have dined in with us recently, you might have already tried our kitchen’s special – Satay!

We’ve had such positive feedback from our customers about this special appetizer. We appreciate it very much. Since many of our customers do not know what satay is, we would like to share the basics here with you.

It is believed that the true birthplace of satay is Indonesia. However, satay is so popular that it is now a common street food all over Southeast Asia. It is usually made with meat grilled on a skewer and served with a spiced peanuts sauce.

Our vegan version is made with non-GMO soybean protein, soy fiber, wheat protein, vegetable oil, sea salt and vegetarian seasonings. We use turmeric, lemon grass, curry, pepper, ginger, garlic and scallion to marinate them overnight, and then put them on the skewers.

The other essential ingredient of this recipe is our house-made peanut sauce. While most peanut sauce is made with peanut butter, we make our peanut sauce with real peanuts and we’re sure you’ll taste the difference!

Have you tried it yet?

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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