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Try #21 New Restaurants: Marla’s Caribbean

So who’s been to Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine in South Minneapolis?

This little corner restaurant is been in the neighborhood since 2005, but I only discovered it this year, and boy do I wish I would have found this gem sooner! The owner Marla – who can be seen flitting around the restaurant nightly – puts out cooked-to-order Jamaican-Indian fusion dishes that will known your socks off!

A few weeks ago Remy and I took my mom and grandma out for dinner at Marla’s and we all had a wonderful time. Then a few days later we had to go again with our good friends Laura and Sarah! If you check it out be sure to try the “Da-Bulls” appetizer… it’s impossible to explain, but completely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Check out the accolades they’ve racked up!
Best Cheap Eats – City Pages 2008
Best Caribbean Restaurant – City Pages 2009
#4 -100 Favorite Dishes – City Pages 2010
Best Takeout – City Pages 2010
#4 – 100 Local Tastes – City Pages 2011
Best Takeout – City Pages 2011
Best Caribbean Restaurant – MPLS ST.PAUL MAG 2012
EP. 180 BIG TIME FLAVOR Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri – 2013
Best of Restaurants – MPLS ST.PAUL MAG Picked by Andrew Zimmern 2014

Keep in mind that the jerk and the curry at Marla’s are smokin’ hot, so if you prefer your food with a Scandinavian (lack of) spice level then order yours extra mild!

#21: Amazing Thailand

Try 21 New Restaurants:
Amazing Thailand

Yesterday Remy, Remy’s mom and I went to Amazing Thailand in Uptown, Minneapolis.

amazingthailand2The decorations were both very lavish and very Thai! I felt like I was in Thailand inside that restaurant – and there was so much to look at. 

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Our food came in no time and was D-E-licious! Remy and I shared spring rolls, the Amazing Curry with tofu, and the Spicy noodles. The Amazing Curry was good but very peanut-forward. My favorite dish was the spicy noodles! It was so cool: large, flat noodles covered in a tasty nose-running sauce and tons of vegetarbles on top! I wish I had taken a pic, but here’s one of us instead!

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I give this restaurant 5 out of 5 stars! Their vegan menu was pretty fantastic, but they had plenty to please most meat-and-potatoes Minnesotans too!

 

 

#21 Try 21 new restaurants: Maoz Vegetarian

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MAOZ VEGETARIAN

This might be considered cheating, I’m not sure… I might have been to this restaurant before… Once… Or twice… Or five times, in Amsterdam.

On our honeymoon my partner and I enjoyed this tasty falafel stand any chance we could. They offer a ton of toppings to choose from: hummus, olives, pickles, tabouli, lettuce, cabbage, pickled vegetables, spicy onions, tahini, and garlic sauce. They’re sort of like the Subway of falafel joints.

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This is one of the first Maoz’s to open in the US, and we had to give it a try. I got a pita sandwich and Remy got a falafel sandwich! The main difference between this Maoz and the ones we ate at in Amsterdam was that the topping bar was buffet style in Amsterdam, and it was behind glass at this one. Perhaps that’s just because we weren’t a. Mall food court! It was delicious and generous portions nonetheless!
A- for taste
A+ for price!

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#11 Visit 11 museums / #21 Try 21 new restaurants

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My mom and grandma came to visit for a couple days, and I knocked two goals off my list!

First we visited a new restaurant called Green Zebra. Not this green zebra!
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This Green Zebra!
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Named after the heirloom tomato, Green Zebra was named the number 7 all-vegetarian restaurant in the US last year. They serve modern Italian food on small plates, which does a wonderful job of promoting conversation.
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My mom and grandma – both excellent cooks – we’re delighted by the complexity of flavors and creative presentations. The only thing my grandma didn’t like was the curry; it was much too spicy for a second generation Norwegian. I on the other hand thought the curry was the best dish of the night! Spicy but not overpowering, with a richness you wouldn’t expect from a vegan curry.
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Plate after plate was piled upon our table, until we were all bursting! We tried almost everything and there were many standouts: dreamy acorn squash dumplings with soy caramel, carrot sesame purée, and watermelon radish; heirloom beet salad with chestnut espuma, frisée and sherry vinaigrette; pearled barley “risotto” with winter pistou, broccoli, capers and molasses; and white chocolate cranberry mousse. Since I work here, the chef sent out an extra dish (on the house!) almost every course. The head chef is not only talented, he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met. Needless to say we were stuffed to bursting by the end. Anyone who doesn’t think they can get full on vegetarian food should bring that challenge to Green Zebra.

Price is $$

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Next we spent a wonderful afternoon at the Field Museum!
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I have been to the Field Museum on one other occasion and both times I left feeling there was so more the explore! You could spend a year getting lost in there.
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We loved every exhibit we got the chance to see. The Evolving Planet…
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The Ancient Americas…
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The Hall of Gems…
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The Hall of Jade…
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