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Spice – Savage

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We had been meaning to get to Spice for ages. But it took us a Groupon with an expiration date to actually get us there. It’s not very far from us, but it’s not very convenient either. It’s not a place where we’d just stop because it’s kind of out of the way. There would have to be a specific occasion or reason to go there. In fact, many other restaurants have failed in its location.

Now I’ve been meaning to post about Spice for ages because, when I check my calendar, it looks like that first visit was in back in August!

Spice is a Thai restaurant, a cuisine I’ve found that whatever you order, you pretty much can never go wrong. We arrived and ordered our beverages. I was surprised that there was no Riesling on the wine menu. There were mostly dry whites. A sweet white wine is preferred with spicy Thai and other ethnic foods because the sweetness counteracts the spice. The wine glasses were small without correct pours, but I wasn’t expecting them to be. At Thai restaurants, my only expectation is a low-end, but enjoyable, quaffing wine.

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We asked for recommendations on the menu, too. I really wanted to try something other than my usual Thai standybs of Green Curry and Pad Thai. Our server recommended the Basil Noodle, Pad Thai and the Curries.

Go figure. Rob had been eyeing the Basil Noodle and already knew he was going to get it. In fact, he usually orders some sort of noodle dish with basil when he eats Thai food. Maybe those are safe recommendations when you don’t really know what your customers like.

While waiting for our dinners, I noticed this:

What?

Can you explain this to me?

It’s some sort of shrine setup, but there is a plate with a banana in front of it. I really know very little about Thai culture, so I’m quite curious what this is all about. If you know, please do share!

Rob’s dish:

Basil NoodleThai rice noodle stirfried with basil, onion and chillies

Basil Noodle
Thai rice noodle stirfried with basil, onion and chillies

It was a Monday after work and I had just run four miles because I was training for my first ever 5-mile race in October. I had only run four miles a couple of times, so I wasn’t feeling all that great. I was a bit nauseous and not exactly in the mind frame to think nor even to eat anything spicy. However, I knew whatever I didn’t eat could come home with me and would reheat well. So I didn’t step outside the box.

My dish:

Gaeng Keow Wan (green) with shrimp

Sweet green curry, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, basil, and peapods

This restaurant’s spice levels range from 1 to 5:

  • 1 – Mild
  • 2 – Medium – This is what I went with this time. If I chose a higher spice level, I knew I’d eat too much rice to mellow it out. I decided to try to see if I could cut back on the rice by choosing a lower spice level than I usual order.
  • 3 – Hot – This is my usual preference and what I tend to order when we get any sort of Asian take-out.
  • 4 – Thai Spicy – This is the level that Rob ordered. He likes just about the same amount of spice as I do, maybe just a bit more. His verdict on this level? TOO HOT for him! He said he needs to go down to a 3 next time. The heat didn’t keep him from enjoying his meal, though!
  • 5 – Challenging – I love that this is the way this level is described! There was a couple who was seated next to us who both ordered Pad Thai. The woman ordered it mild and the guy ordered it challenging. I would have loved to have stayed to see his reaction!

So our thoughts on this place? We loved it! Rob has gone back (out of his way) to get take out several times since! I know some people aren’t fond of Groupons because they feel that they take advantage of the company and can cause them to lose money. While that could quite possibly happen, it’s really just another way to spend advertising dollars. And this is one instance that proves that the Groupon got a customer into their restaurant and brought them back again and again!

Spice is thriving in a location where other restaurants have not. So much so, that they have opened up another location on the Apple Valley/Lakeville border. It’s another location where I’ve seen many restaurants come and go! My guess is that they’ll be around a while.

What is your favorite Thai dish and why?

Cheers~
Carrie

Wineless Wednesday & Nha Sang

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Today is a Wineless Wednesday. Boo-hoo.

I haven’t had wine in a while. In fact it’s been a whole week since I’ve been outside of my house! It’s difficult to be patient when all you want to do is be able to do the things you could before – like put my socks on by myself! 😉

Tuesday Food Journal

Yesterday was interesting. I know that I shouldn’t be eating as many calories as I am when I’m not moving much. I think planning my next meal keeps me out of boredom, but is also a little too obsessive. Today is a new day! I’ve been walking around a lot and getting up is much easier than it has been.

Breakfast

Clementine

1 piece whole wheat toast with peanut butter and 10 choc chips – This is normally a nice little treat for me, but since I can’t just leave the house for work and forget about it, I let that PB and chocolate call my name all day long. A plus about working outside the home – not having time or the ability to grab “seconds” for breakfast.

Lunch

Leftover Santa Fe Chicken on brown rice with a half of a 100-calorie pack Wholly Guacamole, sprinkle of cheese and dollop of Greek Yogurt.

Mon-Toppings

Snacks

2 Tbsp Honey Peanut Butter with 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips

1 cup pineapple chunks

Raspberry Swirl Dove Dark Chocolate

Dinner

My husband brought home takeout from Nha Sang. This is probably the fourth time we’ve ordered takeout from Nha Sang this year. We’ve loved everything we’ve ordered! I wouldn’t call it Chinese, because they have other Asian foods as well, but this place stands out as the best we’ve had. Get ye South of the River and try some!

Last night, Rob brought home the

  • Squash Dumpling (6)   $4.97

    Home made Dumpling. Filled with tossed Yellow Sweet Squash with green onions. Steamed first and stir fried with a garlic sauce. Love it!!

And love it, we did! There is so much flavor in these. We split them and each ate three. I wish I would have taken photos, but never take photos of takeout. Why? I have no idea!

For my meal, I ordered (not knowing Rob would order the other dumplings as appetizers):

  • Tibetan Traditions Momo (Dumpling)

    Tibetan dumpling, lean chopped beef, steamed momo served with House salad and spicy sauce.

While I’ve had Momo at another restaurant before, I was intrigued that this was listed in the Noodle Dish section. I was curious about the house salad and the fact that it was in a noodle/entree category. However, it came with the spicy sauce, but no salad. In my opinion, 8 dumplings with a side of sauce should be listed as an appetizer or a large side dish.

It’s okay, though. Five of these babies along with the squash dumplings filled me up. If you order these, try the dumplings by themselves before dipping them in the sauce. The meat mixture has incredible flavor. While the spicy sauce is excellent, it can mask the flavors of the momo themselves. I love the chewy texture of these dumplings.

*Don’t worry, next time we get Nha Sang take-out, I’ll take photos and we’ll review all the dishes we’ve had there. You can find healthy options as well. I’ve had spring rolls, soup and salad from this place with more flavor than you can imagine!

Dessert

I finished off the rest of my Greek Yogurt with a scoop of Ficoco stirred in. The inspiration for this came from *this* Snack Girl idea.

We found this stuff over the holidays and Rob adores it on top of ice cream!

Snacks

2 Tbsp Honey Peanut Butter with 1 Tbsp Chocolate ChipsYes, I did this for the second time in one day. And each time, my stomach didn’t feel so great about a half hour later. Note to self so that I don’t do it again!

South Beach Whipped Choc Almond Snack Bar

I’ve been craving baked goods. What’s up with this sugar thing lately? I’ve got plenty of fruit in the fridge! I’m testing myself today, so stay tuned tomorrow to find out how…

Do you have a favorite Asian dish you order every time?

Do you have a favorite Asian restaurant?

Is there an Asian dish you’d prefer to make at home?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please share!

Cheers~
Carrie