Happy weekend!!! Ours kicked off early last night with an outing to Chauhan Ale & Masala House.This new-ish (open about six months) restaurant is located in the “North Gulch,” which I didn’t realize was an official neighborhood until now. Anyways, it’s close to my office, accepts reservations, and has free valet parking. Score!
Inside, the restaurant is laid-back yet glamorous. Rustic tables, intricate knick knacks, and bright colors. Chauahan is owned by Maneet Chauhan — one of the judges at the dessert competition I was in a while back. Remember me, Maneet?!!!
The menu is Indian with a lot of modern “fusion” twists. We started out with Kale pakora chaat, which I will loosely translate into “spicy, crispy, deep-fried kale chips.” Yum.Did you know I’m turning 28 in a couple months? I don’t intend to stop playing with my food until I make it to 100. Also, I probably won’t straighten my hair again until I’m 100! It was fun to try but ain’t nobody got time for that.After that we moved onto our main dishes — I got Maneet’s signature “meat and three,” which included chicken saag, black-eyed peas, and a vegetable stew of sorts. Naan and rice on the side! (Does that make it a “meat and four”?)
We were happy to call it a night at this point, but the manager kindly brought out a dessert for us. This is called a “carrot halwa malpua Napolean,” and I’m not even going to attempt to describe it. It’s way better than the donuts I presented in the competition, though.
Mary: 0, Maneet: 1. Overall, we were pretty impressed with Chauahan Ale & Masala House. It’s exotic and upscale — perfect for a date night or special occasion.
Speaking of special occasions (brace yourself for an abrupt topic change) — it’s officially time for me to buy a new pair of running shoes. I’ve LOVED the Brooks Pureconnects for 5+ years at this point, especially when they lead me to a pile of potato chips.
BUT I can’t seem to find a pair for under $100. When did my favorite shoes get so expensive?! Anyone have any recommendations for shoes that are similar in fit/function? Neutral, light, narrow, semi-minimalist. Recommendations welcome!
Have a great weekend, people!
- Shoe advice?!
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