HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHICAGO!

The entire team here at Alice & Friends, would like to wish you and your family a very happy and fruitful 2017. 2016 proved to be incredible year for us. We are excited and honored to be voted amongst the top 3 ChicagoVeg choice restaurants in Chicago.

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We will be closed on New Years Day – January 1st, 2017 (Sunday).

Happy Holidays!

As the holiday season is upon us and another year draws to an end, we find ourselves in a time of reflection and gratitude.  Thanks to people like you, Alice & Friends experienced an amazing year.  As the need for vegan food continues to grow, we’re excited to be part of the momentum and want to thank you for sharing the journey with us.
Thank you from the entire Alice & Friends team!
 
We will be closed on December 24th (Saturday) and December 25th (Sunday). 
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Surprise!

Life is full of surprises – both good and bad.  Not everything in life can be predicted, so just embrace the experiences, lessons and moments that make our lives rich, memorable and colorful.

We will keep you surprised in a good way! Our November specials are Katsu Curry and Pumpkin Soup.

Our Pumpkin Soup is made from scratch by our talented Zac Huff. It is sugar free, gluten free, soy free and seasoned with all natural ingredients. This soup is not only flavorful but also full of nutrients, like antioxidant rich pumpkin, celery, apples, carrots and extra virgin olive oil. This means it benefits joint health, organ health, stress relieve and soft tissue injuries. It’s also a great source of fiber that helps wash out toxins and keeps our body running smoothly. Follow this link for many more health benefits of pumpkins: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

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Katsu Curry is a popular Japanese dish which is a combination of Japanese curry and Tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork cutlet). Our vegan version is Don Ka Su. Most Katsu curry is filled with MSG and artificial colors. Our version of Katsu curry is prepared with all natural ingredients, never with MSG. Initially, we served it only for weekend lunch specials but due to its popularity and frequent requests, we added it to our dinner specials.

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Would you like to try some tonight?

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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