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A Grand Evening at Everest

Sometimes despite my best efforts, my photos are an epic fail. Despite the bad photos, I hope that you will make a stop at Everest on Grand in St. Paul because the food will knock your socks off.

I had a real itch this week for non-American fare, so we headed out for Everest’s delicious Nepali, Tibetan and Indian options. We started with the Veggie Momos. Momos are steamed dumplings made with a mixture of vegetables and served with a house sauce of cilantro, tomato and spices – I would love to take this sauce home with me.

momo
Veggie Momos: Cabbage, spinach & onion mix.

The Husband went for the curry. The Chicken Tikka Masala is marinated boneless chicken breast roasted and then cooked in house tikka sauce. He ordered it “hot” and lived to tell the tale.

chicken curry
Tikka sauce is specialty spices blended in heavy cream with herbs
chau chau
Eek!! BLURRY! #drat

I opted for the Tofu Chau-Chau “medium+” spicy and it was perfect. What isn’t to like about sautéed wheat noodles with veggies?

Not only does Everest on Grand have tons of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, they also do takeout and catering. They can feed every appetite, stop in today!

Sandcastles in the Sun

The Husband and I spent a leisurely Labor Day enjoying the beautiful weather. After a scooter ride on the Grand Rounds, it seemed like the perfect time to stop at Sandcastle and eat lunch on Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis.

Sandcastle has a kitchen on the beach serving fresh, local food. They focus on sustainability by composting and recycling most of their waste. I was impressed to learn that all of their service-ware is either reusable or compostable, even items that look like plastic are made from compostable materials.

In a nod to the last day of the Minnesota State Fair, we shared the Fried Castle Rock Cheese Curds:
cheese curds

The Husband tried the Fish Tacos on two grilled double corn tortillas:
fish tacos

I tried the Big Room Wrap made with sweet pea falafel served with dill yogurt and sprouts:
falafel

We weren’t the only ones who liked the food, these clever scavengers were busy keeping the deck tidy!
ducks

It was the perfect farewell to summer.

Breakfast at Birchwood

Located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, The Birchwood Cafe was recently renovated and we finally got there to to see how it had shaped up. I’m happy to report that it was a success and the food was just as good as ever!

We stopped in for breakfast on a busy Saturday morning and I couldn’t wait to dig into the Beans & Rice. The cumin lime black bean puree, tomato cilantro brown rice, poached egg, heirloom tomato, avocado puree, grilled corn tortillas, scallion curls and salsa roja was a gluten free dream. I’m not exaggerating either, the man at the table next to me asked what I was eating and said he’d have to get it on his next visit:beans and rice

The Husband went for the classic Bacon & Egg Sandwich. The Birchwood’s features an open-faced housemade English muffin with sunny-side up egg, bacon, dijon aioli, cheddar and mustard greens:
egg sandwich

With generous pots of tea on the side, The Birchwood Cafe started our Saturday off on the right foot. I can’t wait for seconds.