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Jul 16, 2008 11:05 AM

The MSP labor challenge

I thought my Chowhound friends would enjoy helping me with my latest task. I'm pregnant, due in 12 days, and trying to fill my time by trying all these crazy (but not harmful) old wives tales regarding bringing on labor. There are several foods that are thought to help labor (or alternatively help speed up your digestive system...)

The lists I've found so far include:

spicy foods
maybe the herbs in eggplant parm including basil and oregano

What restaurants would you head to if you had to eat these things? I'm thinking Little Szechuan for spiciness, maybe the new Thai place on University for papaya salad, and I have plans at an Italian place in Fridley next week for eggplant parm. Evergreen also has a great basil eggplant entree. Who might have the best spicy Indian eggplant dish? Any other suggestions for red sauce Italian?

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  1. I once ordered True Thai's papaya salad at level "hot", and it was way too spicy for me to eat. But tasty! If I had been pregnant, this salad would have done the trick.

    But my first thought was Punch for a design-your-own pizza with eggplant, spicy salami, and basil. (Their menu has a spiced salami pizza and an eggplant pizza with goat cheese, both very good.) You could ask if they have any spicy red pepper, too.

    And then a pineapple smoothie for dessert. Byerly's and the fancier co-ops sell cut-and-cored pineapple - a splurgy convenience that you definitely deserve.

    Best wishes for an early, quick, easy, and safe delivery!


    1. We went to Al Vento the night before my wife gave birth.

      1. I'd guess Nala Pak or The Vegetarian would have the best spicy Indian eggplant.

        I'm partial to the fried eggplant dish at First Wok in Calhoun Commons. Totally pedestrian, and not spicy. But good comfort food.

        Other possibilities might include the falafel and eggplant or baba ganoush at Java or any other Middle Eastern restaurant.

        With a sample size of one, I can tell you that eating at the Convention Grill may induce labor. My wife went into labor 2 hours after we ate there....

        Good luck, and rest up!

        1. For my wife it was Rudolph's BBQ for the first and the other 2 were induced. My favorite spicy Indian Dish is the Mixed Veg at Tandoor India. Make sure to order it hot.
          Good luck and don't let having a kid slow down your chowhounding. My kids say they hate spicy and wierd foods but they go nuts for the Squid Curry at the Villiage Wok.

          1. Kate,

            For spicy food, don't forget to include Korean! Dong Yang will be my choice. Just looking at bags of beautiful red chilies (whole, crushed, powdered) and jars of kim chi in the grocery section may warm your body into labor!? I vaguely recall reading a long time ago that you are an Oberlin alum. So am I! Do we have an Oberlin class of 2029/2030!? Wishing you a safe delivery.

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            1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

              Namaste Cafe in uptown has a very good eggplant curry dish- spicy but not
              overbearingly so.

              1. re: Ms. Fennelbulb

                omg. no. way.
                i am a proud oberlin conservatory dropout. *sheesh*! :) and subsequent oberlin college grad. seems the obies clot, even online in another state! LOL!

                to the matter at hand! recently had lunch at pagoda and it seems the *huge* menu can accommodate any combination of veg ingredients and spice. some of the preparations with seaweed will help build up strength and "good blood." i like the eel fried rice with seaweed garnish. of course they offer congee also, which is traditional for new moms. i was also very impressed with the service this time around-- way better than i'd expect so near campus.

                for indian spicy eggplant, second Bob's rec for the vegetarian, and of course my new favorite indian (regional, hyderabad area) is hyderabad house across the street from bombay 2. their dals are also spicy and delicious, and very nutritious.

                quick & healthy recovery to you & baby, Kate.