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dining at Chauhan Ale & Masala House, asking for shoe advice

Happy weekend!!! Ours kicked off early last night with an outing to Chauhan Ale & Masala House.Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleThis 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!Chauhan Ale & Masala House_Nashville_DSC0097
Inside, the restaurant is laid-back yet glamorous. Rustic tables, intricate knick knacks, and bright colors. Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleChauahan 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.Kale appetizer at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleDid 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.Chauhan Ale & Masala House_Nashville_DSC0104After 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”?)

Love the silver bowls, too.Meat and Three at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleMeat and Three at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleAnthony got spicy chicken kabobs with a fresh mint chutney. We shared bits of everything — best way to dine!

We were happy to call it a night at this point, but the manager kindly brought out a dessert for us. Dessert at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleThis 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. Carrot cake dessert at Chauhan Ale & Masala House Indian restaurant in the Gulch in NashvilleOverall, 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.
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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!

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15 thoughts on “dining at Chauhan Ale & Masala House, asking for shoe advice

  1. You always make me hungry!

    Shoes in Canada are stupid expensive. Almost all the Brooks shoes are $150. I sometimes get my Mizunos for less than $100, but that is very rare. Average shoe cost here has to be in the $140 range.

    Sometimes I buy my shoes in the States, but even I noticed how expensive the shoes have gotten, and with the exchange rate, it just isn’t worth it.

  2. Try Skechers (seriously). Their GoRun line is neutral, light and very comfortable. If they’re good enough for Meb…

    • i’ve seen those! checking them out. having trouble taking skechers seriously though. flashbacks of 1999.

  3. I usually run in Brooks PureFlows or PureCadence but they’ve gotten expensive too – I made the leap of faith to try the New Balance Zante and i’m a fan. The toe box is wider than the Brooks Pure project shoes but the midfoot fit is better for narrow feet (which I love!). Check them out – they’re $100 right now I think, haven’t tried any other New Balance running shoes tho…

    • thanks for the tip! i’m looking at saucony kinvaras and new balance w1400s. also never run in new balance. who knows!

          • NB just revamped their whole line because they were bought by Reebok, so they’re supposed to have some really legit running shoes now. For what it’s worth, my fiance, a 2:51 marathoner, was a die-hard Saucony/Brooks fan, and now loves the NB Zantes. They’re a bit too neutral for me, but they’re very comfy! Good luck!

          • thanks for the rec! i ordered new balance 1400s which i think are a bit lighter/more minimalist than the zantes, maybe? i’ve never run in new balance so will be sure to give a review!

  4. Love your blog! If you want more PureFlows, try runningwarehouse.com with the code RUNBLOG10. : )

    • Actually the code will work on anything…. and RW has free returns and even free exchanges (within reason) if the shoes don’t work out after a few runs. I had an early version of the 1400s and found them very, very different than the PureFlow 2s. The 2s are more trainer-y and the 1400s are more minimal and speed-y. The 1400s seemed to wear more quickly, too. I am not efficient enough for the 1400s at higher mileage, but you might be! Back to lurking….

  5. Brain just turned on – you like PureCONNECTs! Embarrassed! Definitely more similar to the 1400s.

    • Oh, thank you! I ordered the 1400s on Amazon for super cheap — even with the discount, looks like Amazon still won somehow. Will keep RW in mind for the future, though!

  6. I like to buy my shoes from specialty running stores in my town whenever possible, largely because I want there *to be* specialty running stores in my town. Like you, I’ve noticed the prices skyrocketing lately! Luckily one store in my ‘hood puts out card tables with stacks and stacks of older-model shoes for deep discounts. I now have two “on deck” pairs I got from there, and I think once I open one of those boxes I will start looking on the table again for my next pair. If you try to buy from neighborhood stores, maybe you can just tell them you only have $100 to spend, could buy cheaper than that from Amazon, and ask for their help in finding a way to buy from them (neighborhood store) instead.