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Jun 6, 2011 12:55 PM

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