IT'S BECAUSE I'M A TEACHER NOW AND I LOVE IT AND sometimes, when you have essays to grade and tests to make and PowerPoints to write and a Moodle site to update and you also want to fly in the face of time-management skills and have a social life while also getting 8 hours of sleep per night, you develop an addiction to coffee. I mean - don't have time to blog. But also coffee.
Anyway, food. So Sunday night happened as follows:
ALLI: Matty, let's walk to the Harriet Brasserie for dinner!
MATT: (Skeptical) Where's that?
ALLI: Like half a mile away. They have Nutella Mochas! Look, I blogged it. You'd love this tofu thing.
MATT: How cold is it?
ALLI: Like -1 or something.
ALLI: I ran 8 miles this morning, so if you don't walk there with me, you'll look like a wuss.
MATT: Yes, because that's something that I care about.
ALLI: (Bats eyes)
MATT: Let's go to the Brassiere.
So we set off, fully equipped in our best winter gear. We were within one block when we walked by Naviya's - and it was a magical moment, wherein we simultaneously decided that walking an extra block would be maybe the worst thing that could possibly happen, and even though Matt had just had Thai the previous night, we would try this place for the first time.
Naviya's Thai Brasserie
2812 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Monday - Friday: 11:30a - 9:00p
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00p - 9:00p
The menu is full of vegan and gluten free options, easily identifiable with their green parenthetical text. Roughly 15 dishes, including appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, can be made vegan by request - but the real draw is their ability to veganize their curries. That's right, friends! Vegan Thai curries await you at Naviya's and, unless I'm mistaken, at no other Metro location is this a possibility. (Chiang Mai Thai does offer a - as in, a single - vegan curry. But we are way more impressed with Naviya's here.)
We, starving in a very first-world kind of way, started with 14. Thai Lettuce Wraps at $9. I asked our server for the vegan kind and he asked if tofu would be alright. I was like, "Is that even a question?!" Except in a way more polite and socially acceptable manner.
|Things always come in threes. Bad things, good things, degrees Farenheit...|
|10,000 times better than potato salad.|
Matt got the 51. Pad Ze-Ew (sweet soy noodles) vegan with tofu for $14. Check out these noodles:
|Tofu vs. broccoli vs. giant noodles: who will win? MATT'S MOUTH duh.|
I went with a curry, which you knew a grillion paragraphs ago. The 40. Red Curry "Elegant & Thunderous" with tofu for $15 - AND our server asked if I wanted white or brown rice. I was overjoyed to have this option.
|Brown rice literally turns you into a supervegan.|
Then we went all out. Perhaps you know that lately I've avoided all things sugar - so I made Matt order the Vegan Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake for $6. He was super bummed.
|Is this what it feels like to see the gates of heaven?|
|Not a single gram of sugar was barfed up that day.|
During the walk back home in subzero temperatures, we thought of happier times, like the previous ten minutes when we had been sitting in Naviya's.
MATT: I hate my life.
ALLI: Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
MATT: So if by chance some guy comes up to me and says "Hey," then chops off my arms and legs, would that make me stronger?
ALLI: I like how he says hey.