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Okay, I am not talking about supplements or any type of pill or such, but I was looking for your opinion of foods that just make you smile or feel good when you eat them. My secret weapon is Emily's tabouli with some fresh pita. I don't know if it is the lemon or the cinnamon or all the herbs, but it certainly puts my mind at ease.

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Emily's Lebanese Delicatessen
641 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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  1. Interesting question! Come to think of it, I always feel better when I eat Emily's tabbouli. I think it's the garlic and cinnamon. And all that parsley doesn't hurt, either.

    I've noticed that fish makes me feel cerebrally energized. I had Midori's grilled salmon for dinner last night, and it pulled me out of the mental slump that had affected me all day. The mango-salmon salad from Kafe 421 usually has a similar effect, though I think the mango has a mild calming influence on my brain (or maybe that's from the "mmmmmm" sounds I make when I eat it - kinda like chanting "ommmmmm" while meditating :-).

    But tops for me is an Izzy's ice cream cone. Our family has a rule - if anyone goes to urgent care or the hospital for a medical procedure, they get a huge Izzy's cone afterwards. (As do any concerned attendants.) I'm convinced it helps with healing! And it's such a happy place - I love watching kids eating their blue ice cream.

    Anne

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    Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe
    2034 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Kafe 421
    421 14th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Midori's Floating World Cafe
    2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    1. Ditto for Izzy's - I believe their Peppermint Bon Bon has curative powers for any ailment. Currently, I'm addicted to Midnight Snack, however.

      I'm also a big fan of Mesa Pizza, which has zero atmosphere but an excellent selection of pizza by the slice. Of course, it's a no-go for the Punch purists, but I love it. I haven't ventured to the mac-n-cheese - preferring to stick with tomatoes, spinach, and feta - but I appreciate that it's there.

      1. The spicy beef patties at West Indies Soul in Midtown Global Market always put me in a good mood. Love to dip them in the scotch bonnet (?) sauce. Crazily addicting, love those endorphin inducing puppies!