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What's your fix when the Heat Index tops 95 degrees?

Thought it would be fun to see what you come up with. My normally robust appetite usually declines significantly in the heat. But one has to eat, right?

My fix today: Shrimp avocado cocktail, leftover grilled asparagus, chips with salsa and tomatillo pico de gallo (courtesy of El Burrito Mercado), and a Gin and Tonic. Extra Ice. Tall Glass.

El Burrito Mercado
175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

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    1. re: kriminalrat

      Second that! And I'll add that a scallop taco at Sea Salt is pretty nice as well. Even when it's incredibly hot, it always feels a little cooler hearing the rushing water from the falls.

      1. re: drew13000

        Third it. Had that with Ngon's sweet potato and shrimp croquettes on the day in question.

      1. Banh Xeo -- Vietnamese rice-flour pancake filled with shrimp, pork, and sprouts -- from an Eat Street joint (like Hien Deli) or University Ave place (like Hoa Bien or Ngon). That's summer for me!

        Some Vietnamese iced coffee would be perfect with this, but I can't have coffee, so I'd have a fizzy limeade instead.


        Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
        799 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

        Hoa Bien Vietnamese Restaurant
        1129 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

        Hien Deli
        2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        1. At this point I'm about ready to pack myself in ice and hibernate until winter. If it's gonna be this hot I might as well live in New Orleans and get awesome seafood.

          This is one of those rare times when a Sonic cherry limeade is going to be on the menu tonight.

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          1. re: shadowfax

            I'm in Houston, where our actual temp, not heat index, has already been 105. I hit the cherry limes, too! Then it's grilled chicken and watermelon.

            1. re: arashall

              We reached 105 actual temp in some areas 3 days ago (and I didn't even have time to go get that limeade). Now it's 54, so this thread should probably turn to talk of chili. ;)

          2. Skip the dinner and head straight for dessert: a float at Pumphouse Creamery with the new rhubarb soda and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.....

            Pumphouse Creamery
            4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

            1. Movie popcorn and a giant diet Coke, consumed in the cool dark of an air-conditioned theater.

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              1. re: KTFoley

                Just finished a "haut nuts" iced coffee beverage from bull run. I will be back to get another one on my way downtown for work tonight. Holy crap was that good...Iced latte with nutella and autumn farm cream, so simple but sooo good. There was maybe something salty in there, which was nice. Beyond that, grilled shrimp with gazpacho at home or a big old bucket of peel and eats with some suds at sea salt.

                1. re: mitch cumstein

                  Where can I get some of that iced coffee?

                  1. re: KC612

                    Bull Run Coffee Shop on 34th and Lyndale... Upon further investigation, the espresso free version is called the "haut nuts" while with espresso, it is a "shot in the nuts"
                    It is in the old Cars r coffins space
                    Bull Run Coffee Bar
                    bullrunroasting.com - 3346 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis - (612) 545-5972

                    Bull Run Coffee Shop
                    3346 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

              2. Cold noodles. Cold noodles with sesame paste, somen, soba with a side of tempura, cold spicy Korean buckwheat noodles, cold pasta tossed with celery and olives... Or alternatively, Surly and fried clams at Sea Salt.

                1. I've heard there's good ice cream in the Cities... :)

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                  1. re: nsxtasy

                    Izzy's on Marshall Ave. in St. Paul. Salted caramel if they have it, anything else if they don't!

                    1. re: nsxtasy

                      Here are the ice cream places that were recommended in that other discussion:

                      Crema Café (Sonny’s ice cream) - www.cremacafeminneapolis.com
                      Sebastian Joe's (2 locations) - www.sebastianjoesicecream.com
                      Pumphouse Creamery - www.pumphouse-creamery.com
                      Izzy's - www.izzysicecream.com

                      Izzy's and Pumphouse list their current flavors on their websites. Sebastian Joe's lists all their flavors (it's a HUGE list) so what you'll find is only a portion of what's listed. Crema Cafe (Sonny's) lists only a few of their seasonal flavors so what you'll find is a lot more than what's listed.

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

                      Crema Cafe
                      3403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                      Pumphouse Creamery
                      4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                      Sebastian Joe's
                      4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

                    2. Limoncello...

                      preferably from a frosty bottle. with ice tea in the afternoon, over ice cream after dinner or on it's own anytime the mercury tops 90!

                      1. ginger lemonade--bewiched.
                        Quang's limeade. (or strawberry bubble tea)

                        1. Nothing like a properly made Gin & Tonic to beat the heat. Also, a Dark 'n' Stormy, Margarita, Mojito, Tom Collins, or Gin Rickey. Basically, any well made cocktail of white rum, gin, or tequila. You don't want anything too strong. A good session beer is always an alternative.

                          As for food I prefer something that goes with the patio drinking. Grill up some sausages from Kramarczuk's, throw on some mustard and fried onions.

                          1. Here we go again! I can't remember the last time the heat index was forecast to be 95 AT MIDNIGHT!!!

                            Tonight I might try Ronin in Lakeville. It received good recommendations under the "Thai Food in S. Suburbs" topic. But I think I'm more craving Chinese than Thai. Any recommendations on good Chinese carry-out in the St. Paul/S. Suburb areas?

                            Ronin Cafe
                            7704 160th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044

                            1. Any place in Duluth.

                              Or Conny's Creamy Cone.


                              Conny's Creamy Cone
                              1197 Dale St, N St Paul, MN

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                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I agree with the Duluth idea :) I was up there on Tuesday and the weather was picture perfect. There were people everywhere in Canal Park and it made me sad that the food options are almost exclusively chains and Grandma's outlets.

                                On the bright side, there was a line at Northern Waters Smokehaus and respectable lunch time business at Lake Avenue Cafe. Those are two of the absolute best spots in town, and far and away the best in Canal Park.

                              2. I'd go for that melon/carrot gazpacho I talked about in the Hazel's thread right about now. And an outfit made out of ice.

                                1. couscous salad -- tomatoes, cucumber, feta, and mint tossed with cooked couscous and refrigerated.

                                  melon salad -- melon balls (anything *but* watermelon -- galia, canteloupe, honeydew, etc., etc.) -- tossed with a little chopped mint and thrown into the freezer until it JUST begins to form a few crystals.

                                  limoncello as above

                                  A good French rose, well-chilled

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                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    Cold noodle salad with the best egg rolls in town from Quang Deli!!!

                                    Quang Pastry & Deli
                                    2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                                  2. Fruit smoothie. Not the healthy kind with bananas and yogurt, no: the 110%-sugar fruit-mix-and-ice kind from Dunn Bros or Wilde Roast. Mmmm. Guilty pleasure.

                                    1. Ooh, I should have read this earlier today - lots of great ideas!

                                      I can report that for today's weather, a nice glass of vinho verde and Sebastian Joe's ice cream both worked well, but would not work well together.

                                      Sebastian Joe's
                                      4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

                                      1. All I can say is bless the SE Asian restaurants in the Twin Cities. I don't even want to operate my microwave! So we've had Vietnamese (Jasmine Deli), Thai (True Thai) and more Vietnamese (Bona) the past few days. There's nothing more cooling than grilled meat and rice with a spicy vinegary sauce. Especially when someone else does the cooking.

                                        If it cools down enough tomorrow, we'll go for a take-out Punch pizza (we like to reheat it when we get it home, to crisp up the crust).

                                        1. My fix was to head to Grand Marais, MN. Lots of great eateries there too.