Tuesday, October 14, 2008

VeganMoFo: Birthday Dinner

My birthday was last week so on the actual day my mom, B, and I went to dinner (Dad was out of town for work). I chose sushi since it had been ages since we'd gone. The last time we had sushi we tried a new place that actually had a vegan sushi platter on the menu. However, it was the most uninspiring veg sushi I'd ever had. It was basically plate of several different veggies on rice, but only one type of vegetable was on each bite of rice (carrot on rice, cucumber on rice, etc) and there were no interesting sauces or anything along side. Boring. So we went back to our favorite sushi place for this dinner. I drove Mom and B nuts taking pictures - I told them I had to have something to post for VeganMoFo! 

This is pronounced aw-ga-da-shee. I drooled over the post Julie did recently, so when I saw it on the menu I just had to try it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The tofu was fried in large blocks, instead of easy-to-eat cubes, and was oily and barely crispy. I actually sent it back it was so yucky. But I'm going to try it Julie's recipe soon, because I just know that I'll love it if it is prepared right.

Tempura is the dish that makes B squirm like a little kid with excitement whenever we eat Japanese food. We shared this veggie tempura plate. Yum.

Veggie Roll
The place we went to did not have one on the menu, but when I asked the sushi chef was happy to make me a veggie roll. It was delicious, with practically every veggie they had available inside. Just goes to show, if you ask nicely restaurants are usually happy to accommodate you.

Seaweed Salad
I love seaweed salad. A lot. 'Nuf said.

It was a nice night and a yummy dinner. This was a pretty low key birthday all around, which is fine with me, I'm a low key kind of girl. Check back tomorrow, I'll have a recipe for you!


the little one said...

Happy Birthday! Everything looks great. I totally agree that if you ask nicely, most chefs are totally up to take on a vegan meal.

Bethany said...

Happy Bday! That sushi looks great. I love seaweed salad. I have to go out for sushi soon.

I'm tagging you for the "what's in your (vegan) freezer poll". . my freezer is a disorganized mess.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Happy Birthday! (a week late)

Yay for seaweed salad!!

Anonymous said...

Going out for sushi is so fun. Thanks for documenting your b-day dinner for us!

Lily Girl said...

Thanks Bethany, this is my first ever tag! I'll do it later today when I'm actually awake and home during the daytime :)

Mica said...

I'm not a vegan, but I love Japanese food and I love vegetables. That vegan sushi roll looks so good! And we both have something in common. I love seaweed salad, too!