Better late than never, right?
This year, for the first time in several years, I had a reason to look forward to Valentine's Day. Although there was no romance involved, I was very fortunate to spend Valentine's Day dinner at Vinh Loi Tofu with great friends: Foodeater, the fabulous duo behind the Quarrygirl blog, and (meeting for the first time...yay!) Melisser of Urban Housewife (her post here), her husband, and their puppy Strummer!
After a great deal of chattering and menu perusing, Kevin (Vinh Loi's owner) brought us four kinds of spring rolls (faux beef, tofu, faux chicken, and faux ham) that I meticulously cut into pieces so everyone could try each type.
Three flavor variations of fried tofu.
I ordered the Bun Bi Thit Nuong (from the menu: Rice noodles with beef patty, shredded fried tofu, mixed greens, and coconut sauce), which also had fresh mint and fresh cilantro to give it a really vibrant flavor.
For dessert, the Quarrygirl team brought a slew of Dee's Bakery Donuts.
Again, I cut these so everyone was able to try a piece of each donut. It's really great to have vegan donuts available in L.A., but I prefer Madeleine's Bistro donuts to these.
The best part of this meal was sharing it with friends. It was the best Valentine's Day I've had in a long time. :) Here's hoping next year is even better...