Curry Up! and Kabobs

I seem to have gotten on an Indian cuisine kick lately – not just Indian restaurants, but also grocery stores, where I can buy those colorful Indian sweets, made with condensed milk or lentil flour or sesame seeds, and flavored with pistachio, coconut and mango and all sorts of spices. Patel Brothers Groceries and Video, […]

Callaloo and Churrasco: Adventures on 38th St.

The Twin Cities’ gastronomic bio-diversity seems to be concentrated in three main hot zones: Eat Street (Nicollet Ave.), with its mix of Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese and German eateries; Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis, where the blend is Indian, Mexican, Ecuadorian, and Middle Eastern; and University Avenue in Saint Paul, where Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, and Thai […]

Namaste Cafe: A Cut Above

It sounds like the Namaste Café might have an image problem. A couple of days ago, I emailed a friend and invited her to meet me for Happy Hour at the Nepalese/Indian restaurant and tea house at 2512 Hennepin Ave. S. "I have never even noticed Namaste," she replied. "They have wine?? It sounds so […]

Heather Jansz: Still Spicy After All These Years

photo by Tom McConnell It probably would have been quicker to just ask Heather Jansz what she hasn’t been doing lately.The woman who first brought really, really hot and spicy cuisine to Minnesota has her fingers in so many pies, chutneys and sambols that it’s hard to keep track without a website. You might remember […]

Curry Up

What’s a girl to do when she’s snacky for a quick samosa? Sure there’s the appeal of a buffet lunch at one of the all-stars … but then there’s the pre-schooler and his crankiness level and the crunch of time that doesn’t allow for full-service AND an on-time arrival at school. Thank goodness I was […]