Sunday, April 20, 2008

Indian Harvest in Naperville

We've been to Indian Harvest in Naperville on Odgen twice in the past month or so. We took my mom before she went back to Missouri and I think she liked it. Their sampler appetizer platter is really nice with a variety of veggies, chicken and lamb sausage. I really enjoyed their chicken tikka masala and chicken saag (spinach). The chicken vindaloo tasted good but it was red hot. Not even the multiple grande Kingfisher beers could cool that heat down. We ordered the regular naan and one with fresh cheese in it. Both were really nice and good to sop up the lovely sauces. The pre-meal papadums with chutneys (tamarind and yougurt mint) started everything out wonderfully.

If you like Indian and live in the Chicago suburbs, Indian Harvest is worth the trip there. The food is very authentic and isn't so reliant on the typical buffet aesthetic of more is better. They had a set-up for the buffet but we haven't seen it going for dinner so ordering off of the extensive menu ensures a super fresh, piping hot meal. The atmosphere is comfortable and subdued. Although the restaurant is set in an older strip mall, next to a Lover's Lane, the interior feels like a much nicer setting. The prices might be a little more than some of the Indian places on Devon that we love, but with what you save on gas, it's well worth the extra few bucks.

Life-changing events

We have not blogged in well-past forever since things have been so hectic for us. Natalie had previously blogged about being a pregnant foodie. Well, our future foodie, Nicolas Bryant, came more than three months prematurely and we've been camped out in the hospital for so long now. If being a pregnant foodie is tough, let me tell you, being a hospitalized foodie is even worse (and the husband of a hospitalized foodie). We subsisted on fast food and hospital fare for weeks and are still in the quicker is better phase now. When priorities change, you eat what you can, when you can. That said, we've managed some nice home-cooked meals in the interim, especially Easter Dinner with family and trying some new restaurants that I will blog on later. Natalie is able to have a little bit of wine or a beer with dinner every so often.

Through all of our chaos and anxiety, we are already planning for our future foodie. Natalie bought some really cute kids pots and pans from IKEA and we already had some other kids cooking tools including a Rachael Ray Furi knife. I know Nic's already been exposed to so many different flavors from Natalie and through her breast milk. We'll just be so happy when we can get him home and begin to let him try some of the food that we love.