First off, apologies for a severe drop in posts. The new job has taken a lot of time and mental energy. Can you believe? Been on the job for slightly over two weeks and it’s been mostly training.
The real fun starts next week. So, the great culinary adventure is starting off slowly. A few pictures.
Most days, lunch is a sandwich from home. SPAM or turkey on whole wheat bread with shiso leaves. Green tea or bitter needle tea.
From This Is It Bakery. There used to be another bagel bakery in the area, a loooooong time ago. He made the best bagels (in my opinion). Dunno what happened but he stopped suddenly. Sadly, This Is It Bakery is not it. The bagel wasn’t bad, just nothing to write home about, and the muffin was a little bland. Not much mango flavor. The only way I could tell it was mango flavored? The little cube of frozen mango on the top. Oh well, had to try.
From the nearby stationery store (had to get an eraser).
Hmmm, jury’s still out on this one. Not much flavor, slightly burnt taste (duh!). Charcoal (in small quantities) is supposed to help some kind of stomach function? Maybe I’ll munch on them for medicinal purposes.
Since I’m on the subject of sandwiches. Bought this on the way home.
From the Walk In Store. I think the store began as a convenience store that sold liquor. Seems like the bulk of their daytime business is now breakfast, lunch, and sandwiches. Since The Cat’s been working late lately and me going home a mental zombie, dinner can sometimes be a challenge.
What caught my attention was 1) the price (it’s pretty cheap), 2) it’s not “fast food”, and 3) the amount of lettuce in the sandwich (not the typical single piece of pathetic wilted lettuce). Oh one more thing, the lettuce is romaine (one of my favorite).
The ham and cheese is probably bulk from a big box store (probably the bread too). But the lettuce is what elevates the sandwich to more than a convenience store thing (almost a salad portion in itself). It’s not gourmet, but for the price? Can’t touch it.
Somehow, there’s a different experience (in a sometimes good way) between fresh made sandwiches and convenience store pre-made sandwiches. With pre-made sandwiches, the bread gets a little squished (think cold presses panini :)), and the flavors meld together. Okay, you know I’m weird sometimes.
Okay, last one today.
Bottle brought in from a regular worker, from Trader Joe’s (she recently returned from the mainland). Ground up spice cookie mixed with “stuff”. Never heard of it until yesterday. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste, prefer peanut butter. Oh well. Your thoughts and experience with this?
Hopefully with training finished and the real work beginning, I’ll have a little more freedom during lunch. Then let the real eating begin.
Enjoy. Eat well.
From Max and Lucy’s (568 Halekauwila St., Honolulu, Hawaii)
All the three major food groups in one neat package. A good balance between the chocolate and peanut butter, and then the bacon, perfectly executed, not greasy. Needless to say, both socks off, way off.
Definitely going back for more. Just not too frequently, can you imagine the calorie count of this thing?
Enjoy. Eat well.
A few pictures (signs) of eating places around the current office.
Take-out slash snack shop slash cold drink (including beer) store (kinda ghetto-y).
There are probably more eating places I haven’t seen yet. But it’s a start. Some I’m curious to try, others I’m undecided about.
To be continued …
The Cat’s still practicing. Too much food in the fridge (long story).
Clockwise from top left, stuffed Napa cabbage, ground pork with tofu (think ma-po tofu without the spice), stir-fried green beans, and egg with tomato.
The Cat got overly ambitious. Her assessment is that most of the dishes failed. Kudos to her for trying. She forgot one of the more important steps in cooking. Taste everything while cooking. Turned out on the bland side. Practice, practice, practice.
There’s always next time.
Enjoy. Eat well.