|Yummy Potato fritter...|
How I got Ashley to try out a place called “Vietnamese Garden” is beyond me. Maybe it was the several 5 star reviews on gluten free registry. Maybe it was the fact that she checked the menu online just to see if she could “handle” it. It doesn’t matter now, because we went and we gorged. I wonder if the sweet Indian waitress snickered in the kitchen at how much we ate? In the end my notoriously un-adventurous wife held her own when it came to eating well.
The egg rolls came first. They had all kinds of succulent meat in them, spiced well with a bunch of other safe foods that allowed my wife to enjoy something “exotic.” I forgot how much I miss truly great egg rolls. I like these much better than the Chinese egg rolls, which usually have some sort of cabbage. The temperature was very hot but it was not spicy. They had a sweet, slightly spicy sauce, which we dipped them in, cautiously at first and then we started dunking them like Oreos in milk. (I miss those) By the time they brought out our next course, all six egg rolls were missing and our cup of sauce was half full. I don’t like spicy but the kick in the sauce was minimal and didn’t stick with you.
Next we enjoyed the fried carrot and sweet potato plate. As with the egg rolls, they suggested we add sprouts, mint and basil before wrapping in lettuce. Like the mountains I am presently enjoying, I felt like this was another type of blessing. Oh to experience something so divine at every meal. The crunch of the lettuce combined with the crunch of the fried potatoes with the sweet spicy sauce was transcendent.
Finally the chef herself came out and taught us how to make our main course. She had a plate of rice noodles covered in chicken, pork, shrimp and beef. All of them were seasoned to perfection. Amidst the meat there was also shallots, green onions and some sort of GF fried onion reminiscent of French’s fried onions. We put these all into our rice paper with the same greenery from before and wrapped it tight. When we got it right it reminded me of biting into a great hot dog. When the casing was perfect it was beyond enjoyable.
|She said "Why take a picture of my ugly face with such pretty food?"|
Hopefully someone will google gluten free in Colorado Springs and stumble across my blog. Dear reader, please make sure you support this place. Vietnamese Garden HAS TO stay in business.
For my regular readers, I hope you enjoyed my blogging while on vacation. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same on your next vacation. See you in Wichita!
As Homer Simpson would say, “Sometimes it’s not that hard being a food cricket.”