The Cat brought home, from a “partner in crime”. Hee hee.



The Cat and The Mouse didn’t try yet, but nice looking.

The Cat bought a melon from Costco a couple of weeks ago, The Mouse finally around to cutting it open.


Not sure what kind of melon, taste kinda like a cantaloupe and honeydew hybrid. The Mouse forgot to take a picture of the whole melon before cutting, the skin was kinda cantaloupe-y.

Heading to doctor appointment, just regular old person maintenance.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Blood test, old age routine maintenance. 7-Eleven nearby, post-fasting nom.

Sushi Roll

Miso salmon and konbu.

Interior View

Not bad, maybe The Mouse was hungry. Not too much miso taste. Overall try try, but kinda so-so.

Happy Friday!

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Chicken feet, washed.

The Start

Toenails cut off, washed, and parboiled.

Lots of Ginger

Slow simmered, dried dates, goji berries, carrot, vinegar, and pinch of salt.


Apple whiskey to finish.

The Mouse thought the flavoring was just a little sweet, The Cat slurped.


Be safe and well.

The Mouse

p.s. The soup perfectly gelled overnight. \ooo/


The Mouse was running around yesterday. Doctor is “cautiously optimistic”. Grocery store in town had chicken feet for sale, The Mouse bought a package.


First a pedicure, a quick hot bath, then lots of ginger, a few dried dates, maybe some goji berries, and if The Mouse is ambitious, some wood ear fungus.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

p.s. The Mouse ran across this funny:

“May those who love us, love us

And those who don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts;

And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,

May He turn their ankles,

So we will know them by their limping.”

The Mouse thought it appropriate for a chicken feet posting. Hee hee ๐Ÿ™‚

Chop Suey Eats

The neighborhood chop suey finally re-opened for sit-down dining. They were doing a brisk take-out business during lockdown.

The Cat and The Mouse did a couple of take-out from them but it’s different.

Stringbeans with Spicy Pork

Eggs with chive

Kau Yuk with Taro


“Regular” dishes is better than paper or foam. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Flying Noodles?

The Mouse, late-night internet browsing, new-ish “noodle shop”, Fun Factory. The Cat’s stomach has been a little wonky lately. The Mouse thought this restaurant might be good to try and also be “safe” for The Cat’s stomach.

Rice Bowl

The Mouse had to try their signature dish, flying noodles.

Flying Noodles

Funn noodles suspended over spicy ground pork, corn, and shredded cucumber.

The illusion.

The Illusion

Metal pole with two holes at the top to fit the chopsticks, noodles draped over the chopsticks. Conversation starter for sure. The illusion reminds The Mouse of those floating human street performers. Good to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another “novelty” series of dishes is the restaurant’s “rice buckets”.

The “Bucket”

The Cat ordered the pork rib option.

Pork Rib Rice Bucket

The pork was cooked through well, but because the pork was second cooked by deep-frying, the outside was a little tough for The Cat. The inside was tender and moist. The Mouse took the leftover ribs and sacrificed the crispy texture, steamed the ribs for an hour or so to soften them up for The Cat’s bento.

Julia Child’s philosophy, everything can be fixed. Hee hee.

The Cat wants to return to try their funn noodles in soup. The Mouse wants to return for their won ton. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Mouse wanted sweet pickle flavor. Buying a whole jar is a waste, the pickles turn yellow before we can finish the jar. The Mouse picked up a worthy alternative.

EZ Squeeze

The Mouse is more likely to finish.

The vessels by which the relish was consumed. Hee hee.

The Mouse’s “Cheat Plate”

Fried and salty food with sweet pickles/relish. Mmm! ๐Ÿ™‚

From Panda Express: Chicken egg roll, and vegetable spring rolls (2). From grocery store: corn dog.

The Mouse picked up a one choice for The Cat.

Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Mushroom Chicken

For Murphy’s Law reasons, The Cat didn’t have the food for dinner, she will take it for her bento.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Red Dots

More clearance eats. Thanks to the grocery store that doesn’t throw away leftovers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pastele Stew

More veggies than usual (not a bad thing), must have been the bottom of the pot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Li Hing Pineapple

One of The Mouse’s favorites, Mmm.

Apple Crumble

The crumble might be a bit soggy by now, no matter, crumble or soggy, still tastes good. Hee hee.


A Homer breakfast, or snack.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

The White Bowl?

Not really The Beatles inspired. More digging through the kitchen.

Ginger, raw peanuts, canned cannellini beans, oatmeal, peanut powder, an egg, and salt to taste.

Throw everything together and pray for the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Cat’s Soup/Stew

A sprinkle of paprika and chives for color. The Cat seemed to like.

The Mouse found a “remnant plate” at the supermarket.

Pastele “Mini Bento”

Scoop of rice, scoop of mashed potato with gravy, one pastele, $3.99. Good deal as the grocery deli was selling one pastele as a side for $3.99. Rare treat for The Mouse. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Teahouse Eats

Take out, some for The Cat, some for The Mouse. ๐Ÿ™‚

No “tea” involved. Hee hee.

Steamed Pork and Chive Dumplings

Wintermelon Drink

Plain, no boba. Just the way The Mouse like it.

Taiwan Omelet

Flat pancake, scrambled eggs, cucumber, pork floss (dried pork jerky, shredded), and mayonnaise. One of The Cat’s favorite “street foods”. She took it for lunch the next day.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Just Pictures

After medical scan and meeting with church management (my bosses, part-time).

Chili and Rice

Rainbow Drive-In, meat is chunky, a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

A package of Korean rice condiment (“furikake”?).


The Cat’s rice bowl with the “sprinkles”.


The main difference between Japanese furikake and the Korean condiment, the Korean condiment seems fried with a lot of oil, the Japanese furikake is just dried. The Korean seaweed has a shorter shelf life once opened, due to the oil. Can’t compare, both are good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Does anyone know what the Korean condiment is called? Much mahalo.

The rice went with leftover oxtail soup, with watercress enhancement.

Oxtail Soup with Watercress

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Mouse is getting an early morning scan. Might post later.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Bo’s Kitchen, used to be located in a temporary incubator marketplace. Now their own brick and mortar with their own seating.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

The Cat’s order.

Brisket and Won Ton Noodle Soup

The Mouse’s order. Tender brisket, shrimp won ton, al dente egg noodles. Mmm!

A return visit is necessary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Canned Tuna Sandwich

A tin of tuna from Thailand, The Mouse thinks. Posted about it before, the wrapping was discarded.

Japanese mayonnaise, black pepper, lots of dried dill, a sprinkle of dried chives and dried parsley, whole wheat toast.

Nothing Fancy

No capers in the pantry. Oh well. Wasn’t bad for last minute a throw together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

“You do not choose the food, the food chooses you.” Hee hee.

Late afternoon food clearance shopping. One of the drawbacks/benefits is that there is limited planning. Like a daily chalkboard situation.

Fried Rice, Fried Chicken

The Mouse put the bone into a pot and made broth, added rice to the broth to make a rice porridge, topped with the chicken skin.

Chicken Jook, Fried Chicken Skin, Furikake

A package of ube filled mini rolls.

Ube Filled Mini Rolls


Finally, dinner, all clearance. Hee hee.

Whole Wheat Toast, Asian Potato Salad, Popcorn Chicken

“You do not choose the food, the food chooses you.” Hee hee.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Pinkies Out?

There was a leftover cucumber in the refridge. The Mouse decided to make a cucumber sandwich.

Cucumber Sandwich

Not the afternoon tea version, The Mouse version. Whole wheat bread, slightly toasted, Japanese mayonnaise, thinly sliced cucumber, sea salt, paprika, dried dill, crust on. No tea. Hee hee.

The Mouse picked up a container of tofu poke to accompany the cucumber sandwich.

Tofu Poke with Ogo

Kind of a vegetarian meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Bull-Dog Sauce

The Mouse’s new “acquired taste”. He did not appreciate the taste before, but lately, The Mouse likes. ๐Ÿ™‚


Helps that the nearby grocery store is starting to stock more Japanese products. The Bull-Dog sauce doesn’t replace ketchup, but another option in The Mouse’s “quiver”.

The Mouse used a MikeyD coupon, picked-up a quarter-pounder for dinner, no onions, light mustard, light ketchup, no salt, to better experience the Bull-Dog sauce.

The Mouse’s Quarter Pounder with Bull-Dog Sauce

Mmm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thinner consistency than ketchup, less sweet, more tart. The Mouse is not giving up ketchup, just adding more flavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The rest of the food, after the Jamon Iberico.


Deep-fried shishito peppers. The Mouse liked.

Flamenco Egg

Baked egg on vegetable stew. The Cat liked.


Spanish omelette. The Cat liked.


Cold tomato and papaya soup.

Josper Grilled Porchetta

Pork belly stuffed with rosemary, garlic, and thyme grilled in Josper oven. This item was on the Italian side of the menu.

The porchetta and the Jamon Iberico were the highlights for The Mouse.

The Mouse would definitely reorder. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh! Here is the oven.

Josper Oven

Forgot to ask server if oven was brought over from Spain or Italy. Next time.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


One of the dishes The Mouse wanted to try at the Spanish/Italian fusion restaurant was Jamon Iberico.

We were seated right next to the display.

Jamon Iberico

The Mouse was thinking large shopping bag, somehow have the kitchen look the other way, just saying. Hee hee.

Chef was cooperative and posed while The Mouse took a picture of slicing the Jamon Iberico.

Jamon Iberico Prep

We ordered the smaller portion.

Our Plate

The Mouse liked, paws up. The Cat, not so much, try try.

Maybe next time order the platter which includes olives, and dried tomato for The Cat.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Adventurous Sunday, part I.

A few minutes before dinner reservations, nearby Filipino bakery.


It’s a significant step up, hence the many caution signs.

Fresh and warm Spanish rolls (and more). ๐Ÿ™‚


Spanish rolls, Ube rolls, brownies, oatmeal cookie. Noms. ๐Ÿ™‚

First time for The Cat eating a fresh and warm Spanish roll. Paws up.


Half of the menu Spanish cuisine, half of the menu Italian cuisine. SPAM Land does not have many Spanish restaurants, The Cat and The Mouse wanted to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wall Decoration


Location used to be a bank, then a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, now a Spanish/Italian dining spot. Go figure.

Vault Door

The Mouse guesses vaults are hard to remove? Hee hee. Depending on the size, might be a great private dining room or speakeasy spot. Just saying. ๐Ÿ™‚

More about the food next time. This post is just the teaser. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

The local grocery store is now owned by a large Japanese company. The Mouse didn’t know this until the store started to stock different items. The Mouse try try a pack of tinned tuna.

Canned Tuna

Cans are smaller than what The Mouse is used to, but nice individual portioned.


The Mouse did a “throw everything in and pray for the best” kinda bowls.

The Mouse’s Bowl

Mini pasta shells, frozen vegetables, wakame, tuna.

The tuna tasted a little saltier than “normal”, maybe because there is MSG in the ingredients? Overall, the tuna was okay, did not knock The Mouse’s slippers off. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Special #2

Take-out diner up the street from home. The Cat was feeling a little under the weather.

Ma-po Tofu, Chicken Katsu

Dinner for The Cat, dinner for The Mouse, a little bit leftover. ๐Ÿ™‚

The diner has a small condiment section with tiny sauce container to mix and match your own. The Mouse mixed catsup, sriracha sauce, A-1 steak sauce, and spicy mustard. Almost taste like Japanese Bulldog sauce. One of The Mouse favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Cat’s newest “craze” (her other new “craze” is meat sauce), go figure.

Penne Pasta with Meatballs

Penne Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetables


Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)


Grocery store late afternoon mark-downs.

Chicken, Lemon

Li Hing Pineapple

Apple Turnovers

Dinner Rolls

Pastele Stew

The Mouse has food for a few days at half the cost. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Cat’s. Not quite hump day, close enough.

Coffee Jelly Drink


Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

Soup and Pasta

The Cat’s lunch, she took a friend for his birthday.

Tomato Soup

Why does this picture remind me of the movie about the plant that ate people? Too weird? Hee hee.

Seafood Lasagnette

Deconstructed? The Cat’s first choice was seafood curry but was distracted by the pasta. Her conclusion was she should have stuck with the curry. Pasta wasn’t bad, just …

Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

Oxtail Ramen

Long time ago, there used to be a “diner” in a bowling alley. Great oxtail soup. The bowling alley closed and location became a chain pharmacy.

Nearby the now gone bowling alley, another long time diner closes and the bowling alley diner takes over. Kam Bowl Restaurant.

A lighter option on the menu. Oxtail ramen, not as big as oxtail soup, not as many tail segments, ramen noodles instead of rice. Cheaper too.

Oxtail Ramen

Quickly became one of The Cat’s new favorite.

The Mouse ordered chicken stir-fry. Another “signature” dish of the diner.

Chicken Stir-Fry

Mmm! Lots of veggies. Their sauce is also winner. ๐Ÿ™‚


The Cat also “found” another favorite.

Pumpkin Crunch, Jello

Not photogenic, but The Cat liked the pumpkin crunch, the jello mold had a few pieces of canned fruit, bonus. Mmm.

The Cat agreed revisits are necessary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Not all together.

The Mouse’s lunch.

Miso Soup, Ham Sandwich

The Mouse threw in lots of frozen vegetables into the soup (lima beans, soybeans, cauliflower, wakame).

So this at the grocery store had to buy to try.

Yuzu Furikake

Citrus and salty. The Mouse thinks this flavor will pair nicely with fish/seafood.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Bargain Hunting

Late afternoon at the grocery store, hot foods and bakery markdowns. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lechon Kawali

A few minutes in the toaster oven and the skin re-crisps nicely. 75% discount! ๐Ÿ™‚

Farmer’s Salad

50% discount. Vegetables still fresh. More ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Just a Sprinkle

Recently, The Mouse has been sprinkling cinnamon on apples. He knows, not a new concept, but …

Cinnamon on Apple

Not too much otherwise The Mouse experiences constipation (sorry, TMI).

Sweeter than sprinkling li hing powder, probably healthier too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Ready to Eat?

Just a snack.


Six crackers, tin of chicken salad, one spoon-shaped spreader.



It is what it is. Not bad for the price, the chicken salad could have a little more flavor. If The Mouse eats again, adding more spices and maybe herbs (chives, cilantro, parsley, etc.).

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

July 4th

Kinda spur of the moment eating event. The Cat had a couple of gift cards.

Table Lamp

So, restaurant is a steak house. Legend goes when the restaurant was getting ready to open, supplier shipped sleeping pigs instead of cows. Management was going to return it but the famous singer “Ol’ Blue Eyes” liked the pigs. The Pigs stayed. ๐Ÿ˜‰


The Cat newly exploring prosecco, her go-to used to be pinot noir, but try try. She is liking.

Lobster Ravioli

Appetizer-sized, right-sized for The Cat.

Pork Chops

The Mouse’s order. Very tasty, but there might have been Parmesean cheese in the breading?

Mushroom Medley

This dish was The Cat and The Mouse’s favorite of the night.

Mixed Berries

On a bed of whipped cream.

The Mouse took lactase pills and tried to avoid the whipped cream but there was still a little firework (sparkler, not aerial) effects in the digestion. Hee hee.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Wall Art

More boar than hog? Hee hee!


Crispy Brussels Sprouts

One of the better preparations. The Cat and The Mouse liked. ๐Ÿ™‚


The Cat had a glass.

Mongolian BBQ Back Ribs

Mmm delicious.

Grilled Pork Bao Buns

The pork belly had a good balance of meat and fat, the pickled vegetables were yummy. The Mouse felt the texture of the buns was too dense, not pillowy fluffy enough. Maybe kitchen needs to find a Chinese manapua master. Hee hee.

Sauteed Hamachi

Not bad.

Pineapple Skillet

Maple rum sauce, oat crumble, coconut milk sorbet. All non-dairy. The Mouse was happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Small Dish

The Mouse, playing in the kitchen.

Pork Shoulder

Bamboo Shoots in Sauce

Shoyu, sugar, MSG, and other flavorings.

Par-boiled pork, rinsed, braised pork with ginger, bamboo shoots and sauce. A dash of vinegar, and a dash of apple whiskey.

Braised Pork with Bamboo Shoots

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Dipping the Toe

Or slippery slope. The nearby grocery store changed ownership to a Japanese company. More Japanese products on the shelves. The Mouse wanted to try Japanese mayonnaise for a while now. The grocery store stocked Kewpie and Kenko. Since The Mouse was dipping toe, he decided on the slightly cheaper Kenko.


Mmm, The Mouse likes. Thicker, “creamier”, more umami (due to the MSG in the ingredients). Maybe kewpie next. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Sushi Bar Take-Out

No sushi. Sushi bar sushi has to be eaten fresh dine-in, The Mouse’s opinion.

The Mouse was in-house most of the day. Picked up dinner.

Soft Shelled Crab

One of The Cat’s favorite.

Vegetable Tempura

Teri Chicken Bento

The bento was kid-sized (just right for The Mouse). Hee hee. Rice, chicken, gyoza, sweet potato fries. Lots of sauteed onions under the chicken. Mmm.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

More Pasta-ish

The Cat got a new summer intern minion. First day lunch. Olive Garden.

Fried Shrimp and Vegetables

Toasted Ravioli

Shrimp Scampi with Vegetables

The Cat has a couple of gift cards that have to be used. Heading back to Macaroni Grill. The Cat, not The Mouse. Hee hee.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)


The Cat’s lunch, earlier this week.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage, goat cheese, ricotta, and spinach.

Mushroom Ravioli

Porcini, onions, Marsala cream sauce.

The Cat brought home leftovers, The Mouse cannot eat, The Cat will eat for dinner.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Late Dinner

Lucky the restaurant was still open. Whew.

Too late to order oxtail soup, too heavy. The Cat ordered lemongrass chicken and spring roll vermicelli.

Vermicelli Noodles

First time try for The Cat, light and refreshing.

The Mouse finally got liver spread.

Pรขtรฉ Bahn Mi

Mmm! The Mouse may ask restaurant where they source the pate. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Sorry about the delay, internet connection had a hiccup.

Chai’s Special menu to celebrate Filipino Food Week. The Cat and The Mouse made reservations for the last day of the special.

Seafood Kilawen with Fried Shrimp Chips

Filipino style ceviche.

Chicken Papaya Soup

With malungai leaves and young ginger.

Oxtails Kare Kare

With peanut butter? Mmm.

Pork Belly Lechon Roulade

With pansit and fresh calamansi.

Crispy Golden Tilapia

With spicy garlic calamansi dipping sauce. The Cat and The Mouse didn’t have chopsticks, forks were kinda useless, used fingers.

Halo Halo

Light and refreshing.

Fried Caramelized Banana Lumpia, Ala Mode


High five to Chef Mark for the creation of the menu. Well made!

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Grocery Haul

Mostly clearance items, one not.

Maki Sushi


Okinawan donuts, think malasadas and maybe beignets, although The Mouse has never tried beignets.

Pumpernickel Bread

Not clearance, but the bread was on sale.

Bread Slices


Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Coffee Run

The Mouse heading out for coffee, be back soon, post then.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Cat’s “new” discovery. She took one of her classmates for his birthday. Japanese restaurant.


“Scattered” sashimi over rice. Think deconstructed nigiri in a bowl, the casual cousin. ๐Ÿ™‚

Supposedly less skill required than sushi/sashimi masters. Maybe, even The Mouse could attempt. Hee hee.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

Lots of “Beans”

The Mouse eats.

Chili over Baked Potato and Yam

Natto and Carrots over Steamed Rice

One of the advantages of working from home, the air can “stabilize” before The Cat gets home. Hee hee.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Bistro Eats


Restaurant is one town over from where The Cat and The Mouse live. Always thought restaurant was just a bit far.

But, the neighborhood Italian “caffe” changed owners, and the bistro over in the next town became more attractive.

Garlic Toast

Roasted garlic, toast, diner interactive.

Tri-Color Tomato Salad

Lobster Ravioli

The Cat made three meals from the dish. Very rich.

Lemon Sorbet, Tiramisu

The Cat nibbled on the tiramisu and had the rest for breakfast the next morning.

The Mouse ordered chicken cacciatore for his dinner and somehow deleted the pic. Dish was good.

Maybe the new go-to spot for Italian cuisine.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Salad Bar

The Cat was in the mood. Don’t we’ve seen a salad bar in over two years (because of the thing that cannot be named).

Salad Bar Plate

Due to staff constraints and supply chain issues, the salad bar was not as well-stocked or pristine as days gone by. But, given the circumstances, the salad bar “scratched the itch”. Hee hee.

The Cat ordered the tilapia with creamy shrimp sauce.

Tilapia with Baked Potato

The Mouse added three sides to his salad bar order for an additional three bucks.

Three Sides

Broccoli, two baked potatoes. Most of the sides went home for future meals. Good deal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Oxtail Soup

The Cat and The Mouse have not visited the neighborhood pho restaurant in a couple of weeks, too many eating adventures. We went back this past Sunday.

The Cat had her usual.

Oxtail Soup with Pho Noodles

The Mouse ordered lemongrass chicken, partly so he could have leftovers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lemongrass Chicken

Mmm. The Mouse added a side of sashimi.


Mmm squared. Yes, The Mouse shared.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

“Fast” Food

Saturday, The Cat had dim sum for lunch (fancy). The Mouse got take-out from the nearby “chop suey” (not fancy).

Manapua, Pork Hash, Fried Gau Gee


Sunday, The Cat wanted coffee, closest is MikeyD’s. Since he was there, The Mouse picked up breakfast.

Griddle Cake?

Hash Brown

Egg McMuffin

The Egg McMuffin included cheese, The Mouse did request no cheese. The Mouse had tummy problems.


Be safe and well.

The Mouse


The Cat’s lunch from Friday.


The Mouse ate the focaccia, the rest for The Cat’s dinner.

The Cat’s Bowl

Jook with carrot, steamed egg, leftovers. Pic is foggy from the steam.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse

Client Lunch

Not The Mouse’s, The Cat’s.

House Salad

Black Tiger Shrimp

With broccolini.

Be safe and well.

The Mouse (and The Cat)

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