What I ate when I was under the weather

What I ate when I was under the weather

Broth is the common cure for almost anything which ails you.  At least that’s my go to.  We all know grandmas have been taking care of business with their homemade soups and broths since the dawn of the soup bowl.  But more importantly I’m taking about spiced broth.  Spice gets the blood flowing, bringing more oxygen to all parts of your body.  Capsaicin, which puts the spice in spicy, can clear your sinuses, help against ulcers and get your metabolism running stronger.  Also can be a solid colon cleanse in large amounts. This is what I ate as I was laid up in bed for 48 hours craving nothing but spicy broth.   Pho ’79  (Nicollet Ave) Restaurant Grade: B Maybe it’s because I was dealing with a sinus infection, maybe it’s because we got it to go, or maybe the lazy cousin was working that day and forgot to put flavor in the broth, whatever the reason: this was the blandest Pho I’ve had in Minnesota.  Lacking on the spices and umami, only after adding the typical hoisin and chili sauce did it become appealing.  Pho broth is supposed to be this tried and true corner stone of depth that comes from hours of slow simmering and mélange of spices, so once you are given the necessary accompaniments you can tweak it how you’d like.  The lime, Thai basil, chili sauce, hoisin, bean sprouts, smoked chili oil, and scallions are all necessary and available for you to add the appropriate amounts.  These things are great but it doesn’t fix the missing layer of flavor from a boring broth....