Friends, Food + Fun

by Holly on August 29, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,Indian,lunch

I experienced the pleasure of hanging out with the bestest of friends all weekend long.

These friends include Angharad.

She’s British; she blogs; she’s hilarious; and she’s my friend.

We actually met through this crazy lil’ thing called blogging.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.

Because she also loves Indian food, and it was dang near time we devoured it together.

Upon Angharad’s recommendation, we went to Gandhi Mahal in Minneapolis, which is truly a hidden gem. It’s family-owned, and all the food is cooked + based off of their personal family recipes. They also grow much of their own food in community gardens around Minneapolis in addition to purchasing local produce for their restaurant. Very cool stuff.

Most importantly, they have good beer…

…live sittar music on Friday nights…

…and the most perfect vegetable samosas.

The proof is in the picture, peeps.

The kind of picture only a true friend would take of you. You know, the kind where potato is hanging out of your mouth and the camera is at the worst possible angle?

That kind.

Anyways, Angharad and I were preparing all week for full-on Indian food children. Yes, children. We were thinking maybe twin or triplet Indian food babies could be birthed post-meal…

For our main meal, we ordered Rashmi Kabobs (chicken marinated in cilantro + green chiles)…

Garlic Naan (obvs)…

Fluffy, white Basmati rice

We also got an order of Lamb Biryani Korahi (lamb cooked in a thick tomato sauce), but the picture didn’t turn out, which was probably because it essentially looked like a bowl of poop. It’s a good thing looks can be deceiving with Indian food, because that was definitely the best dish of the bunch.

For the record, it was twins for both of us.

Blog friends, but more importantly, real life friends…

Love that girl.

On Saturday, I reunited with my high school gal pals + a haute new restaurant in town…

Haute Dish…get it?

It’s all about classic Midwestern food with an upscale twist.

Before I even looked at a menu, I ordered a beer.

Specifically, a locally-brewed Schell’s Pilsner.

Fun fact: I never ever drank beer until the summer after I graduated college. All it took was a trip across the pond to Munich, Germany to ignite my tastebuds for this yeasty, hoppy and delicious brewed wonder.

Another fun fact: I’ve known both these girls since elementary school.

Megan (left) was my pen pal in 4th grade at a rival elementary school, and Ashley (middle) became a friend through softball in 5th grade. After all these years, I still count them as two of my very best besties.

I’m so very lucky for that.

Unfortunately, the restaurant was kind of dark, and I am in desperate need of a new camera, so the food pictures did not turn out. However, for the sake of your Everythingtarian knowledge and my reminiscing about the AH-MAY-ZING spread, the six of us split…

  • Egg Noodles eggplant ragu, cherry tomatoes + parmesan
  • Mac & Cheese king crab, tallegio + truffle
  • Chicken Pot Pie summer vegetables + fois gras mousse
  • The Havana our take on the Cuban sandwich
  • Tater Tot Haute Dish short ribs, baby green beans, porcini bechamel + “tots”
  • Special of the Day salmon, ravioli + corn salsa

It was all face rockin’ good.

Then we shared creme caramel and peach sorbet with candied bacon for dessert.

My heart is fluttering as I speak of this.

Love all these girls.

Our night got decidedly less classy after dinner…

But I’m leaving it at that.

Needless to say, after only six hours of sleep, I was in dire need to carbs + caffeine this morning.

It came in the form of an everything bagel with light veggie cream cheese + a camera shy large coffee with skim milk. Then, I stopped by G’pa Everythingtarian’s house, chatted with the old man (our conversation included talking about Hooters, politics and how all the single ladies at the YMCA are trying to hit on him) and then headed off to Caffe Latte to meet up with my friend Charlotte + her hubs Nick.

If you ever come to St. Paul, go to Caffe Latte.

Don’t ask questions.

Don’t pass go.

Don’t collect $200.

Just eat.

That would be one apricot coconut roll, roasted beet + bean salad and apricot + summer vegetable wheatberry salad. All vegetarian. All delicious. And all eaten for the sake of stealing some of Nick’s Turtle Cake for dessert.

Friends, food + fun.

Throw in family, and I wholeheartedly believe that’s what life is all about.

{ 34 comments }

Erica August 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

wahoooooooo for blogger friends turned real life friends! Angharad seems like such a sweet heart! A few of my Charleston blog friends have become real life friends and I don’t know what I would do without them. Lots of great eats. I love love love local places that serve traditional, local food. Fabulous. Beer is delicious! <3 yas

Lynn @ The Actors Diet August 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

yay for girl time and awesome food. it’s been a while since i’ve had indian, i’m realizing!

janetha August 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

yeah for friend time! and i am especially partial to the time you spent with angharad. she is definitely the last 3 letters of her name. i would love to enjoy indian food with you two. hope you have a great week, lady! sure love you!

Kristie August 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I love everything about your friend and food filled weekend. Please bring your shenanigans over to ontario for a weekend. And I wouldn’t be opposed to you bringing along some of that indian food too ;)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Can we eat Indian food there when I’m in town for my marathon? Pleaseeeeeeee?

katie August 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

i love how much fun you have on the weekends!! YOU ROCK

Molly August 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Please tell me you’re still in Minnesota!! I have yet to see you!!! AHHHH

Leianna August 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Cafe Latte = AMAZING. So jealous of your MSP adventures and bloggie get togethers! Those restaurants look so good, I love finding hidden gems like that when I go home!

Alex @ IEatAsphalt August 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I really enjoy the fact that beer makes an appearance in just about every post. Funny that I, too, didnt start drinking beer until after college. Obviously, my taste buds matured post grad.

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Friends, food & fun – sounds like the perfect weekend!

It’s hard to believe, but I just recently discovered wheatberries and am in love with them! Your wheatberry salad looks amazing!

Hope your little sister is having fun in college! And yes, it would be fun if the teenager and your sis went to the same college. At the very least, we could have met! :)

Have a great week, Holly!

Erika @ Dr.TriRunner August 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Hold up pimp sauce. You came to Minneapolis?!?! I wish I woulda’ known!! Ahhh… there will be time. Are you Monster Dashin’ it this year?

Mama Pea August 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I LOVE that you posted that picture of yourself with the potato snaggletooth. Totally Nanny McPhee. My girls would love you…almost as much as I do.

Yeah, still haven’t started EPL. I blame it on the ah ah ah ah ah alcohol.

Matt August 30, 2010 at 5:31 am

Mmm all of that food looks to die for!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 30, 2010 at 5:38 am

I wish I had as much as fun as you this weekend! And as much beer…

Lauren August 30, 2010 at 5:56 am

Weekends like this are just too good not to share and I’m so glad you did. I can’t even tell you how awesome everything looks. You seem to have such a fantastic group of friends and don’t you just love the connections that are made through blogging. I honestly feel like some of my best friends are the ones I blog with, most of whom I’ve never even met!

Hope the week is just as wonderful for you my dear!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness August 30, 2010 at 5:59 am

I love that Megan was your pen pal! Do they still do that in school anymore?!?!?! Or is it email…?

Susan August 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

I love Angharad. And I love you. And I love desserts with bacon. I also really love your updo in the bottom pictures. Even with the beer, I still think you’re a classy dame xoxo

crunchy granola gal August 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

oh what fun! angharad seems like a cool girl. yay for indian food triplets!

and your going out style is totally my style too. after a few rounds of drinks, blog re-capping can be a bit inappropriate sometimes. heh heh.

also, that random meal from caffe latte looks fab.

this is a random-ass comment. whatevs, it’s monday.

Kaleigh August 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

Yay for indian food….yummmmm, I am now craving potato samosas at 8:00am. So glad you had a wonderful friend-filled weekend! It’s always nice to reunite with new and old, old friends… especially sassy grandpas :) Happy Monday!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

What a fun weekend! I love hanging with besties for good food and fun. It’s the best kind of weekend. :D

Kacy August 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

That appears to be the absolute epitome of weekend perfection. I would have eaten every single thing mentioned/pictured. Droool.

Little Bookworm August 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

Sounds like a great weekend – the Indian food looks amazing, especially the vegetable samosas and garlic naan! Hope you have a great Monday. :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

Looks like you had a really fun weekend! I love that you had a penpal at a rival elementary school and that you actually became friends- my 10 year old self is jealous. :)

Katie August 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Yes, yes, an yes. 99% of my girlfriends I have known since kindergarten…so it makes for a rowdy time when we all get together. We know each other too well not to push buttons (and limits). I love you and your weekend!

emily (a nutritionist eats) August 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I LOVED Haute Dish!! Such a fun place.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Hahaha that picture looks like your tooth is actually hanging out of your mouth. Classic.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

HAHA! I totally loved your story of eating the Indian food. That’s how I feel when I eat it… I have to prepare for the children. It’s Sooooo good.

BroccoliHut August 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Caffe Latte kind of looks like my heaven on earth. Craving beets now.

Jessica August 31, 2010 at 12:27 am

Gah! You and Angharad are just gorgeous!! Congrats on the twins…i’d totally be game for another night of straight-up spicy, indian deliciousness with you two ladies! Fluffy, garlic naan? YES PLEASE.

Bagels + coffee are also an unbeatable combo!! Mmmm and everything bagels are the best! You ma girl. You know what’s up!

It seems like your summer has been just faaaab and I am so excited for you! That’s what it’s all about.
Enjoy your night girl, and have a great rest of your week! let’s talk sooooon! XOXOXO

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 31, 2010 at 10:36 am

As an everythingtarian, I think it’s mandatory that you eat an everything bagel. Also, Angharad looks a lot like (in the face) the actress that played Meadow on the Sopranos.

Glad you enjoyed a wonderous weekend with old friends and new foods!

Katie August 31, 2010 at 11:51 am

You and Angharad are two ladies I’m dying to meet, not just for your love of the MN but because you’re totally awesome. I want to have Indian babies with you!

Also, Cafe Latte was a destination on many late night sobfests, hungover mornings, brunches with the grandparents. They also catered a lot of parties at the German House at my school… their cake is out of this world.

jeri August 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I’m fairly certain that everything bagels can actually single-handedly (if they had hands) save the world. Just Sayin’.

Angharad August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Love Love Love Love Love! Had such a great night with you my sweet! If only we got to catch up and hang out more…boo.
And how nice are you…you posted (mostly) nice pictures of me and yet also that weird potato-tooth photo of you….so modest….so funny.

xxx

Dee August 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Looks like you really enjoyed your night! The beer looks good and also the food. I will have to come to St. Paul and eat at Caffe Latte.

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