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Aug 27, 2009 08:43 AM

Mood Boosting Food MSP

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.

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.


    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!