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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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.

Simple Way to Show “I Love You” – Chocolate Covered Strawberries in 3 Easy Steps!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you need to scramble for a last-minute gift! We have a simple and proven recipe for you to show your love to your loved ones. (Or, simply give us a call #773-275-8797 or visit us to buy some delicious beautiful vegan chocolate covered strawberries.) See below for the recipe.

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Ingredients:

1 Pound of Fresh Strawberries

6 Ounces of Dark Chocolate Chips (make sure it is vegan with organic sugar)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

*Parchment paper (wax paper)

Step 1:

First begin by washing your strawberries well, and then pat dry the strawberries using a paper towel. Once dried, refrigerate them while you melt your chocolate chips.

Step 2:

Pour your vegan chocolate chips into a microwavable ceramic or glass bowl.  Add 2 tbsp. of coconut oil to the vegan chocolate chips and stir until all chocolate chips have been coated in coconut oil. Microwave the chocolate chips for 30 seconds, take the chocolate chips out and stir well. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again.

At this point, the chocolate chips might not be melted fully, but continue to stir and it will finish melting within the bowl.

Step 3:

Remove the strawberries from the refrigerator.  Hold the strawberries carefully from the stem and begin to dip them into the chocolate bowl, they should be fully covered in chocolate. Carefully tap the strawberries on to the rim of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate drizzling down.

Line a tray or plate with parchment paper (wax paper) and place the strawberries on the lined tray or plate one by one. The parchment paper will prevent the strawberries from sticking on to the tray or plate. Now, refrigerate for a few minutes and enjoy with your loved ones!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

P.S. We have specials for those who come to celebrate this special day with us – February 14th, 2016 (Sunday) 4p.m. to 9p.m.

 

Why are We Vegans?

Because we have a sincere respect for all living things and we wish to live honestly and make as little of an impact on our ecosystem as possible. It really is that simple.

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We believe that a vegan lifestyle is rooted in love. Love for animals, of course … but also for our fellow man. By following the tenets of vegan living, we are being good to Mother Earth. We are creating less waste, demanding less energy output, using less water, and living with intention in our heads and love in our hearts. We are the citizens of the world that we want to be when we follow a vegan diet – and we are proud of loving vibes that we are putting out into the universe.

The love that we put into our food has other benefits too. It’s delicious! We are our most proud when non-vegans tell us how much they love our food; how satisfying and flavorful they find it to be. Love inspires more love, it seems. That’s what makes our little vegan restaurant so special.

What are we making?

Every dish we cook (including the appetizer) we use only fresh veggies, fruits, spices and other healthy meat substitute like non-GMO soy products. This is a quick example of what we were preparing today for one of our most popular appetizers – dumpling.

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Our house made dumplings are stuffed with fresh cabbage, broccoli, carrots, zucchini and shiitake mushroom. If you want to try all of our house made appetizers, you can now order the appetizer sampler below.

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P.S. We received many inquiries about delivery especially in this freezing temperature. Please stay tuned for future delivery service – facebook.com/aliceandfriendsvegankitchen.

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We are getting ready ……..

 

What is Khao Soi?

Khao Soi is our newly added item! Our lovely Chicago Winter weather was the inspiration behind this tantalizing bubbly hot bowl of Northern Thai Curry Noodle Soup.

Khao Soi is a Burmese-influenced dish in Northern Thailand. (We will have the authentic Burmese Khao Soi noodles soon!)

It is a classic Northern Thai dish that has a rich, creamy flavor of curry, coconut and other spices. Our housemade curry broth, almost immediately give you gratification. The pile of fresh toppings (tofu “pocket/pouch”, vegan shrimp, broccoli, onion, bean sprout, fried onion and fried noodles) cuts through the rich broth and makes the whole soup sing.

We hope our special made curry noodle soup leaves you feeling cozy and all warmed up!

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We plan to extend our hours and delivery in the near future. For news and updates, please follow us on facebook:

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