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Eating out vegan…or so I thought – Madam Mam’s – Austin, Texas

For years I have been a regular patron of Madam Mam’s. It is our go to lunch spot during the week. They have amazing food, fast and attentive service and there is no limit to their ever growing Thai menu.

The revelation I came to after reviewing their restaurant is that nearly everything I have been eating is NOT actually vegan. There are only 4 vegan dishes on the menu. 2 appetizers and 2 entrees. I am a little bummed out by this, but not deterred. I just know what to order now. And, I know to forever ask if what I would like to order is, in fact, vegan.

Check out my review of Madam Mam’s on

What to order: Start with the Tofu Spring Rolls. I have yet to try the two entrees that are listed as vegan-friendly on their website. I will get back to you…

What NOT to order: Any of the 496 out of 500 dishes on the menu that aren’t vegan.

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Real men… eat pumpkin seeds.

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to begin the ritual of carving those pumpkins.

The picture below is the best efforts of some of my friends. I carved the cat pumpkin in the middle for Melody.

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are highly nutritional and easy to prepare. When you’re scooping out all those pumpkin guts, separate out the seeds. Rise them off in a strainer. Then toss them in a bowl with some olive oil and whatever seasoning you have around. We were at a friends house and used their steak seasoning (sans the steak).

Think about chips or corn nuts and the different ways they are seasoned… now apply to pumpkin seeds.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, spread the seeds over a cook sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Not only do the seeds provide a great mid-day snack, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.

Now… more pictures of the pumpkins. And yes, real men carve pumpkins too.