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Just add some balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Just add some balsamic vinegar and olive oil

So, we’ve been attending this Health Seminar at the Rockville SDA Church in Maryland.  What an eye opening educational experience it has been.  It will be hard to even relay some of the things that Dr. Don Kelly has taught us.  Lucky for me, I love my green leafs!

Good fer the rice lovers

Brown Rice - Good fer the rice lovers

Helpful facts:

1.  Vegetable proteins lower LDL and increases HDL. Meat protein does the opposite.

2.  Bell peppers contain more vitamin C than a citrus fruit!!!

3.  Meals high in fiber will make you lose weight.  Stop counting carbs…it’s not smart!

4.  You can stuff yourself to a foolish oblivion with leafy greens and not gain weight!

more on this….

Anywho, let’s talk about Minerva Restaurant, 16240 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  www.minervacuisine.com

Every now and then you need to feed your cravings, you can’t eat healthy all the time right!  So we decided this Indian lunch buffett restaurant.  We’d often go to this place when we feel like eating good southern indian food.  I don’t recall any “bad” experiences in the past.  We were amazed the first time we were there with the quantity of the food, and was even more amazed at the quality of the food.  Heres is the normal breakdown of the buffet menu:

1.  Green salad – normally premixed with dressing

2.  Three to four kinds of chutney/condiments – tomato, tamarind, mint, coconut and sometimes even more.

3.  More fresh condiments:  sliced cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, lime/lemon, etc.

4.  Raita:  pourable yogurt with very minimal herbage for decoration. Sometimes I see the occassional grated/shredded carrots.  This stuff is good!

5.  Naan, Pakora, idli, dosa, sometimes more varieties

Dosa

Dosa

6.  Sambar, dal.

Dal - lentil soup

Dal - lentil soup

7.  Vegetarian dishes:  egg curry, aloo (potato) curry, spinach curry, paneer (cheese) masala..minimum of five vegetarian dishes.

8.  Non-veg: Butter chicken, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, mutton (goat) curry, shrimp masala…minimum of four selections.

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

9.  Rice – biryani (something fried rice), and regular white rice.

Biryani

Biryani

10.  Dessert:  Rasmalai, Rosagula, gulab jamun…. a minimum of three selections.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

The waiters are always quite nice to everyone.  The only complain about this place is — get a bigger space!  Don’t know how many patrons it accomodates, but it’s always crowded YET worth the wait.  Never had dinner there (no intentions either).  Price is approximately $11/person and slightly higher on weekends.  Lunch buffet runs daily.  M-F 11 – 2 or maybe 3.  Sat and Sun:  12PM open time. If you like south indian foods this IS the place to eat.  The plentiful selection of dishes to me are the main draw.  We normally stay away from indian meat dishes except for lamb or goat . . . nothing against the other meats.  Suggestion:  Don’t try all the dishes in one visit, save them for your next!  Also, if you’re in a rush you can buy the food by the pound (i think it’s around $5.99/lb – not worth it).  When you’re done with your meal and you need to rush back to your office, just get up and pay the cashier by the entrance. No need to wait for the waiter to come with your check.

Food:  4/5

Decor: 3/5

Parking: 3/5

Staff:  4/5

Enjoy this place as they serve great food.  They also have a traditional dinner menu, go to their website to find out more.

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