restaurant: Quang’s

Quang’s was the natural next choice for the Best Pho Quest - it’s been recommended many times and the awards throughout the years fill the entry way of the restaurant. Like many good ethnic restaurants, it’s located on Eat Street and so far, the Pho I’ve found on Eat Street has proven itself.

It’s a good thing that Pho is quite inexpensive, because now that winter is officially here, warm, spicy soup sounds all the better and I’m hoping this means my visits are more frequent. In fact, the night we visited Quang’s, my parents were in town and we were also hit with the first official snow of the season. The pho is so warming, that not even the coldest of toes are left unwarmed.

Quang’s was pretty busy, especially considering the snowy day and when we arrived, almost all of the tables were filled – always a good sign.  The service was great, our waitress was adorable and when our spring rolls arrived, she told us it would be about 6 minutes until the meals arrived. Talk about quick service!

I often waffle between getting the meatballs and sliced beef or just sticking with the beef, and I think I’ll be skipping the meatballs from now on. No matter the restaurant, they always seem a bit off to me, Quang’s included. They had an odd sort of bounce to them, that was not really a desirable quality. The sliced beef was great and I think I’ll stick with that from now on.

Overall, the pho was great, but I really wasn’t wowed. The broth was a tad bland on it’s own, and wonderful once the lime juice and sriracha were added, but I know that I can’t call this the best out there. (This also means my search continues :) )

It should also be noted that they do not sell any alcohol, and I usually like a little wine with my meal. Tea was fine this time, but only because it was so cold! ;)

The taster is also  joining this Best Of Vietnamese quest, but sticking with the vermicelli salads. The grilled meat on this particular one was delicious and sweet and I must say that while I certainly prefer pho, I must say that I am also enjoying all of these salads.

Quang Restaurant

2719 Nicollet Ave. S.
Mpls., MN 55408
(612) 870-4739

Hours:
Monday: 11am – 9pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Fri: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 8:30pm

in my cupboard: wasa thin & crispy flatbread

I’ve been a fan of  Wasa crackers for a really long time, but it had been a while since I’d had them recently. When I saw that they had a new flatbread variety, I just had to return to my roots and give them a try! If it’s any indiation, they didn’t last long in our household, only a few days. I’d say we liked them. I might even love them.

Reasons to Love this Cracker:

  • thin and crisp!
  • low in calories (70 for 2 sheets)
  • made with whole grain flour
  • simple ingredients
  • no flavor

Now let me defend the no flavor comment. When I buy good, flavorful, aged cheeses I either eat it alone or with a water cracker – because plain water crackers are well…plain and they don’t have much flavor. I don’t want my $18.99/lb cheese to be covered up! And like water crackers, these provide a little crunch – and for many fewer calories.  I’d rather eat my calories in cheese. :)

My Cheese & Cracker Pairing Guidelines:

flavored triscuts + cheap, cheddar cheese

flat bread crackers/water crackers + expensive, flavorful cheese

 

asian spaghetti & meatballs

Meals like this just make me happy.

It’s healthy but filling; comforting but exciting; delicious but simple. The meatballs are flavored with a classic Korean sauce, the pasta tossed with a simple dressing of toasted sesame oil and soy sauce. It’s the perfect combination lean protein, whole grains and vegetables and the ultimate in clean eating.

Asian Spaghetti & Meatballs - 4 servings

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Gochujang sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko
  • 8 oz brown rice noodles (I used Brown Rice Mai Fun sent to me by Annie Chun’s)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce

Combine chicken, peppers, green onion, gochujang sauce and panko.

Mix until just combined.

Form into little balls and place in muffin tins. (I used a mini muffin tin)

Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare noodles as directed and toss with sesame oil and soy sauce.

Top noodles with meatballs and serve with sriracha or additional gochujang if desired.

Veggies for the meal were sautes of bok choy and snow peas with peppers.


review: fast lane tea


Even though, I enthusiastically told Celstial Seasonings that YES! I would love to try their Fast Lane Tea (a limited edition) – when it came in the mail, I was admittedly terrified to try it. I loved the thought of replacing my (sometimes) second “cup” of coffee with tea without losing out on the caffeine superpowers that it gives me. For some reason I expected it to taste like old, burnt, lukewarm coffee and so I kept putting it off and putting it off.

Well, let me tell you that it tastes NOTHING like burnt coffee. It tastes like a nice tea – and it almost reminded me of the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Holiday Tea. It has a touch of sweetness and it wasn’t too heavy, like some black teas that I’ve tried.

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a little dependent on caffiene. It was a bad habit that started during Camp, when I essentially worked one month without a day off. (I’m not complaining, I love my jobs) But I was a little tired and I was in major need of caffeine on a daily basis. And then I realized that having that second cup of coffee was kind of fun! :) More recently, I’ve found that my once predictable 10:00pm bedtime just doesn’t leave enough hours in the day and so the amount of sleep I’m used to getting has been suffering. So until life slows down a bit (will it ever?) I’ll be using the help of Fast Lane tea to help get me through my weeks. And I’m ok with that.

The tea has 110 mg of caffeine / 8 oz so even with my cup of coffee in the morning, I’m still below the suggested 300 mg of caffeine limit.

Bzzzzzzz, I’ve got to order more tea before it’s gone and I’ve got a to-do list to get to!!!!

This tea was sent to me to review. The opinions are entirely my own.