The Mouse and Car Filled

Car fed, The Mouse fed. One stop. Gas station eats. Hee hee.

Pork Hash

A little too much black pepper for The Mouse’s taste but good for gas station food.

The Mouse was too hungry, forgot the shoyu/mustard sauce.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Break Fast

First meal after the PET scan.

Meatloaf with Vegetables

From the nearby grocery store. The Mouse more vegetables because his eating routine was disrupted by the pre-test eating restrictions.

The meatloaf and veggies were mmm, good. πŸ™‚

A couple more scans and tests in the coming weeks. Ugh!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Mmm, Donuts

What The Mouse ate before the 1:00 deadline yesterday.

Red Velvet Cake

These were the first donuts The Mouse ate in a long time. But, because he couldn’t eat them yesterday (after 1:00), he kinda wanted to. Ugh! What would Freud say? The Mouse channeled Homer Simpson instead. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Restricted Diet

The Mouse has to have some medical scanning done (I dunno what, so confused). Anyways, from 1:00 PM on, only protein today (no carbs, no sugar, only water, salt and pepper okay). Oh well, could be worse.

Yesterday, The Mouse bought pork and beef chunks (cuts for pork adobo and beef stew).

Pork Chunks
Beef Chunks

The Mouse seared the chunks, drained the excess fat, then poached them in a mixture of olive oil and water.

Oil Poached Pork
Oil Poached Beef

The pork turned out a little better than the beef, maybe not quite enough liquid. Still good though.

After tomorrow, The Mouse is probably gonna need a laxative (sorry, TMI). Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

P.S. The pork is mostly for The Cat, but The Mouse will eat some too. The beef is primarily for The Mouse, maybe exclusively.

Monday, the New Friday

The Mouse took a temporary job in Kailua. Grocery store nearby offers Hawaiian food on Mondays, Yay!

Lau Lau Plate

Rice, chicken long rice, sweet potato, and the lau lau. Mmm.

Plate also came with small containers lomi salmon, haupia, and a can of soda or bottled water.

Lomi Salmon

Cheap enough, everything under 10 dollars. Right now The Mouse hopes to extend the contract so that he can have more Monday “luau”. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Sunday Pics

Just some Sunday pics.

Bag of Bread Ends

For some odd reason the bakery at the mall cuts the ends off of their sliced bread. The Mouse buys the ends. Not good for sandwich but great for toast. Super cheap too! πŸ™‚

Practice Practice Practice

Radishes and zucchini. The Mouse practicing slicing skills, not good by any means, but maybe a form of meditation? Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Mixed-Up Noodles

“Cold” (room temperature) Vietnamese vermicelli noodles with barbecue chicken and spring roll.

The Mouse’s Dinner

The Mouse is liking this dish more than pho right now. Everything served, he doesn’t have to add in his own vegetables. Lazy. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Plate Lunch

Back to “normal” food. Hee hee. Late lunch from neighborhood take-out, not mapo tofu and chicken katsu.

Mushroom Chicken and Teriyaki Pork

Three scoops rice. One for The Cat’s bento next week (with two slices of teriyaki pork), one for her dinner, and one for The Mouse. The Mouse ate most of the mushroom chicken because The Cat is picky about mushrooms, doesn’t like canned, and a slice of pork. Mmm.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Turkey Day

Holiday eats. Not too spectacular, comfort food, kinda sorta.


The Mouse wanted coffee. Cheapest at MikeyD’s, cost of three coffees (two for The Mouse, one senior for The Cat) probably close to buying one at Starbucks. Since there, The Mouse also ordered griddle cakes, English muffin, and pancakes (for The Cat).

Turkey Take-Out

From the neighborhood grocery store. Turkey and all the fixings under 10 bucks. πŸ™‚ The Mouse shared some with The Cat.

Creamy Turkey Soup

Turkey is not The Cat’s favorite, but she likes turkey soup/jook done well. The Cat almost licked the bowl with this one. made by Chef H.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Bits ‘n’ Pieces

The Cat’s lunch, Thanksgiving eve.

“Off the Rack Pork Chop”

“Topped with cranberry sauce, served with mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy.” Looks like The Cat substituted rice for the mashed potatoes. She thinks better than turkey. πŸ˜‰ Hee hee.

Banchan Lunch

The Mouse’s lunch. All vegetables, no rice. The Mouse was prepping his stomach for today. Hee hee.

Sweet Potatoes

The Mouse roasted. πŸ™‚ The pic is pre-roasted. Can be eaten cold or warmed up. Easy snack.

Happy Thanksgiving, if you are so inclined.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Radish Soup

The Mouse used leftover oxtail soup as the base. Simmered the radish for about 1/2 hour, radish greens for about 7 minutes.

The Cat’s Dinner

With pan-fried Chinese flat bread (pancake?). The Cat liked. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


The Mouse prefers boiled, not roasted. Softer. On sale at the grocery store. The Mouse saved the tops for The Cat’s soup.


The Mouse thought Mother Nature did good with the design on this beet. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Bits & Pieces

Tried restaurant (one of Roy Yamaguchi’s) next town over. A few hits and misses. Highlight of lunch.

Crispy Brussels and Cauliflower

Toasted cashews, Dijon vinaigrette, Za’atar Greek yogurt (requested on the side).

Thai Tea Gelato

Gelato bar at the mall.

The Cat liked. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Not Fast Food

Lunch from the neighborhood take-out. Mostly Chinese take-out, some local, and some burgers and stuff.

This time, The Mouse went with “not fast food”, cooked to order.

BLT, Single Burger Deluxe (Vegetables)

Only item missing was green river which the place does not offer. Still The Mouse was satisfied, took a mouse nap afterward. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Comfort Food

Chinese chop suey restaurant little further away from the neighborhood chop suey.

Dry-Fried Green Beans

The Cat thought the beans did not look visually appealing but The Mouse thinks in order to get the flavor, the beans have to be a little charred.

Kau Yuk with Taro

Mmm! Ultimate comfort food, just can’t eat too much in one sitting. This will last a couple/several meals. πŸ˜‰

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Cheap Eats Surf-n-Turf

Lunches from the nearby grocery store.

Stuffed Pollock, Grilled Beef

The Mouse didn’t realize the fish had cheese in it until too late. The lactase pill sorta helped but The Mouse still experienced a little (tiny bit) tummy discomfort. Sigh. The Mouse did enjoy the meal, just suffered a little afterward.

Roast Beef with Gravy, Furikake Salmon

The Mouse enjoyed this meal too. No dairy this time. πŸ™‚

Usually, The Mouse would save some of the fish for The Cat but in these instances, The Cat would consider these fish overcooked. The Cat can be fussy with seafood, very cat-like. Hee hee.

So, both lunches total cost a little over 5 dollars total each meal. Cheap eats.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Sounded Better Than It Ate

Doctor’s appointment. Rushing back to work. Picked up a grab-and-go sandwich in the doctor’s building.

PB&J with Granola Sandwich

Overall not bad, nothing to complain about the PB&J. The granola was a bit “soggy”, not crunchy which was kinda disappointing. But quick and easy to scarf down. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Banh Mi

Dinner at the Japanese/Vietnamese neighborhood restaurant. The Cat had her all tendon phở. The Mouse tried the pÒté bahn mi.

PΓ’tΓ© Banh Mi
Tendon Phở

Mmm! πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Weird weekend schedule. Super early meeting with a Buddhist minister. Light lunch. The Cat wanted something refreshing. Nearby, a Filipino restaurant. Halo-Halo. Server was kind enough to separate the dairy components for The Mouse. πŸ™‚

Deconstructed Halo-Halo

Condensed milk, ube ice cream, other Halo-Halo ingredients. All worked out, The Cat’s favorite part is the ice cream which she had all to herself. Most of the condensed milk went home for her coffee. The Mouse made an impressionistic art piece. Hee hee.

Food as Art?


Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Savory Pancake

Tsong yo bing? Northern Chinese flatbread thingies? The Cat got hooked up with a cottage industry (read homemade) maker.

The Cat ordered a package (7 for 10 dollars). Green onion pancakes.


The instructions were a bit sketchy. The Mouse started a non-stick pan on medium heat, added oil, and fried one side for about two minutes, flipped it, turned down the heat to low, and let it pan toast for about 8 minutes.

Tsong Yo Bing

The Cat approved. The Mouse guesses this will be The Cat’s dinner starch for the rest of the week. Eat’em while still fresh.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


At one of The Cat and The Mouse’s favorite dim sum restaurants.


Some of the staff use it as their uniform. Cute yeah? We picked one up for Chef H for his birthday. He likes to yum cha. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Salmon Rice

The Mouse saw this dish on the internet and was intrigued. Steamed rice, cooked salmon (almost in the consistency of dry canned tuna), various condiments.

The Mouse saw a bento bowl on the way home and try try for The Cat.

Salmon Rice

Some eaters on the internet used the dish as a basis for chasuke, some just ate the dish as is. The Mouse made a simple broth of chicken bouillon, napa cabbage, and wakame. The Mouse also toast/roasted some Brussels sprouts.

The Cat liked. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Lots of Green

Dinner last weekend, cafe at Nordstrom, the Cat had a gift card to use.

Brussels Sprouts

Seasoned with lemon and honey.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad

The Cat’s order.

Roasted Turkey and Avocado Club

The Mouse’s order. Salad instead of fries.

Both The Cat and The Mouse ate healthy. πŸ™‚

Although we had dessert at their gelato bar later. Hee hee.Everything in balance. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

More Cheap Eats

Actually, The Mouse wanted coffee, MickyD’s dollar coffee. But since Subway was nearby, got the daily special too.

Dollar Coffee
Subway Turkey Sandwich

The coffee lasts three to four days. Both items less than five bucks. Cheap eats. (:

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

p.s. To all veterans, a sincere thank you.

Cheap Eats

Bento from grocery store.

Ten Don Bento

Rice, eggs, shrimp tempura, pickled ginger, green onions. Mmm. All for under five bucks. Thumbs up!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Lunch? Snack?

The Mouse’s food past mid-day. From the neighborhood conveyer sushi spot.

Tamago and Natto Sushi

The Mouse ate an apple later. Grazing day. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Thai Tea

The Cat had a craving. Back to the Japanese/Vietnamese neighborhood restaurant.

Thai Tea

Taste was okay, too much ice. The Cat’s will request less ice next time.

Round Eye Steak with Tendon Pho

The dish is becoming one of The Cat’s regular orders.

The Mouse had BBQ (grilled) chicken. No picture, nothing much to see. Hee hee.

Purple Potato Tapioca

A good non-dairy dessert. The Cat and The Mouse are working their way through the varieties. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


The neighborhood go-to take out for The Cat and The Mouse has been getting swamped with take-out orders. Their standard plates include two scoops of rice, one scoop of mac salad. The Mouse usually orders all rice. Easier to divvy up into The Cat’s bento and such.

Saturday Lunch (and Beyond)

Blackboard special No. 2, mapo tofu and chicken katsu, extra fried egg added for The Cat’s bento.

Seems they hired additional help in the kitchen and for the second time the all rice request was not filled. The counter person checks the orders before passing it to the customer. This time she caught the error and added another scoop of rice.

Scoop of Rice

The Mouse ate more than normal, the extra mac salad was the kicker. The Mouse likes mac salad but restrains because of the extra fat calories.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Smaller Portions

Last week, The Mouse’s lunch schedule was wonky. Schedule will be wonky for a while. The Mouse eats later than usual. Smaller portions. Two “kid” sized meals from neighborhood sushi take-outs.

Tamago Maki with Tuna Salad, Cucumber and Oshinko Maki

The Mouse prefers the egg wrapped sushi over the seaweed wrapped but will eat both. πŸ™‚ The pickled turnip provides a nice crunch.

Kid’s Bento

Edamame, hot dog, SPAM, chicken karaage, furikake rice. Nice sized and priced.

Maybe with this schedule, The Mouse can lose a little more weight, as long as he doesn’t overeat dinner. Crossing toes. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

The Cat came home early. Plan was neighborhood Japanese restaurant. Take-out only. Second choice, Italian a couple of doors down. The Mouse was having a tiny bit digestion issue, didn’t want to exacerbate with any dairy ingredient. Ordered safe.

Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce

The Cat ordered the daily special, breaded deep-fried braised pork belly, duck confit beans, andouille sausage, kale, pickled red cabbage.

Daily Special

Wait, wait, the pork belly is a version of pork tonkatsu. Hee hee. The Mouse was momentarily confused. Italian or Japanese or fusion. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

The Mouse has a temporary schedule change. Picked up lunch from Wendy’s on the way home.


A Dave’s single, no cheese, and a lemonade. Closest drink to a Green River, Hee hee.

The Mouse’s eyes were bigger than his stomach, saved the chili for dinner.

Wendy’s Chili

The Mouse added thin cucumber slices for vegetable. The Mouse liked the combination. πŸ™‚

The Mouse’s favorite chili is still from Zippy’s but Wendy’s is a good alternative. Plus The Mouse likes that the chili is made from leftover burger patties. Waste not. Thumbs up.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Yum Cha

The Mouse hasn’t eaten yum cha in a loooong while. The Cat and The Mouse running errands. Thought we had to get something from Chinatown but changed our minds. But since we were there. Hee hee.

Stuffed Tofu Skin
Shrimp Dumplings
Char Siu Bao
Chicken Feet

The restaurant was inundated with take-out orders, staff a bit frazzled. The Cat and The Mouse didn’t get to order a couple of dim sum that we wanted. Next time.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Okinawan Stews

The Cat had a craving. Errand nearby.


Eggplant (nasubi) with shoyu pork, Bittermelon (goya) with pork. Mmm!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Halloween Treat

The Cat treated The Mouse.

Acai Bowl

The Mouse mixed the acai sorbet with yuzu lemon. Because it was Halloween, the dessert shop offered one free topping, The Mouse ordered crushed Oreo cookies. Mmm!

The cat order two scoops.

Two Scoops

Chocolate sorbetto and pistachio. For her free topping, The Cat ordered crushed mixed nuts. The chocolate sorbetto had deep chocolate flavor, light, and refreshing. Added to the list of favorite flavors.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

p.s. The Mouse bought The Cat a pair of pajama bottoms and a pair of travel chopsticks for her treat bag. πŸ™‚

The Mouse went to pick up dinner at the neighborhood take-out. He was going to order something from the menu but when he got there, the line was long. Kitchen looked a little hectic. The Mouse decided to go with one of the blackboard specials.

Special #2

Mapo tofu and chicken katsu over rice and mac salad. The Mouse ordered all rice, no mac salad, but the counter and kitchen were slammed. No worries, The Mouse cheated for one day. Leftovers for The Cat’s bento.

For The Cat’s dinner, one oxtail leftover, simmered for several hours (The oxtail was slightly under simmered), half a soup spoon of rice, rehydrated bamboo shoot, shitake mushroom, and wood ear fungus. Cucumbers and frozen vegetables just before service.

Almost the kitchen sink or witch’s brew? Hee hee.

Oxtail, Etcetera Soup

Hearty soup for cooling weather.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

So, The Cat and The Mouse tried the Japanese/Vietnamese restaurant the other day. While there, another customer ordered oxtail soup. Since The Cat likes oxtail soup, we asked him how it was, he said very good. The Cat wanted to try, so the next day we went back.

Oxtail Soup

The broth is same as pho. Not quite what The Cat was expecting but still good (and the leftover broth jelled).

The Mouse went with appetizers.


Well made, The Mouse would order again. Mmm.

Spring Rolls

Yes, The Mouse ordered again. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Olive Oil

Commercial for Irish butter, The Mouse is curious. The grocery store stocked the brand in sticks and tub with olive oil. The Mouse doesn’t like to deal with sticks so olive oil blend it is.

Also, The Mouse was also interested in Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise. The fat content was just too high for my doctor. Hee hee. The Mouse settled with mayonnaise with olive oil.

Butter and Mayonnaise

The Mouse hasn’t bought mayonnaise and real butter in at least six months, will use sparingly. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


New restaurant in the neighborhood. Japanese/Vietnamese cuisine. At first the menu looked a bit daunting, especially the Japanese selections until you look closer. Three prices, first is the entrΓ©e, second is sashimi added, and the third is sashimi and tempura added. In reality, the prices are reasonable.

Spring Rolls

Becomes The Mouse’s (and maybe The Cat’s) new favorite spring rolls.

Eye Round Steak and Tendon Pho

The Cat threw in the vegetables before The Mouse could take a pic. The broth was well cooked, the leftover broth gelled. Thumbs up.

Ahi Belly Ginger


Chocolate Tapioca

The Mouse was happy, pudding was made with coconut milk, The Mouse is not a big fan of coconut milk, but better than dairy. πŸ™‚

The Cat has declared this restaurant is on the go-to list. Yay!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Tea Shop Eats

Not “traditional” tea shop, boba tea shop. Weekend errand longer than expected. The Cat was starving. Quick run into boba tea shop nearby.

Beef and Tomato Soup Noodle

Lotsa five spice seasoning.

Sesame Paste Noodles

Slight sesame seed flavor, more peanut butter flavor, very rich.

Taiwanese Omelet “Sandwich”

The Cat and The Mouse’s favorite item on the menu.

Of course the order included two wintermelon drinks, no pics.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

No Post Today

The Mouse got distracted. Post tomorrow, stay tuned.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


Another errand day for The Mouse.


Egg McMuffin, Large Coffee


Hamburger Deluxe

From the Rainbow Drive In franchise. meat was coarse ground, good chew.

Popcorn Chicken

From the boba tea shop next to Rainbow’s. Better than the chicken fries the other day. Need rice though. Saved some for The Cat’s bento.



Again from Rainbow’s, coarse ground. Pretty good, Zippy’s still #1. This is a close #2. πŸ™‚

More errands today, this time with The Cat.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

“Chicken Fries”

The Mouse had a coupon. Try try.

Cheap Eats

The chicken fries were kinda dry (chicken nuggets, different shape). The Mouse threw the chicken and French fries in a sandwich.

Weird Eats

Drizzled honey mustard sauce. Overall okay (more toward meh), lucky The Mouse had a coupon.

Also picked up a package of chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not bad, The Mouse’s opinion though, MickyD’s are better, the fries too. But always good to try.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


The Mouse home eats. Sandwiches.

Luncheon Meat and Cucumber

Wheat bread and mustard. Picture was pre-toasted. Note it was lunch meat, not SPAM. Keeping the SPAM for major events (think zombie apocalypse).

Pork Belly and Zucchini

Leftover simmered pork belly.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Salted Butterfish

The Mouse saw this at the market this past weekend.

Salted Butterfish Ends

The Mouse bought a package to try try for The Cat (price was reasonable compared to regular butterfish pieces).

Soaked a piece in water, changing the water twice. The Mouse thinks the time was not long enough. The fish was still too salty, like a salt lick. Fail. Sigh.

The Mouse still has four more pieces to experiment with. Longer soak time more water changes, maybe even a par boil. The Mouse will update.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

The Usual

The Cat hasn’t had mudd pie for months. Major tax deadline finished. A visit to Ruby Tuesday.

Half Rack of Ribs

Mango-kiawe sauce.

Classic Hamburger

Baked potato instead of fries.

Mudd Pie

There was enough leftover to substantially compose The Cat’s bento the next day.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Street Food?

The Mouse ran an errand, The Cat napped (major tax deadline finally finished for the year). Take-out lunch.

Taiwan Omelet

The Mouse has posted about this before, Pancake thingy, egg, pork floss, cucumber. The Cat and The Mouse’s favorite item on the menu.

Fresh Watermelon Juice

Watermelon slices, water, ice, blender. Refreshing.

Winter Melon “Tea”

The Mouse’s standard order here. Closest drink to Green River. Hee hee

Nice, light lunch. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Pork Belly on Pita

Simple, leftovers.


Toaster oven, 10-15 minutes.

No need for any sauce/spread, some of the fat from the pork belly kinda rendered into the pita. Mmm.

No fuss.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse


The hamburger patty and half baked potato from yesterday.


Warmed and topped with pork liver spread. Mmm.

My doctor is probably throwing a fit and to be honest, the food was a little heavy in the stomach, but very tasty, and for a once in awhile eats, worth it. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Just a Burger

The Mouse ran an errand looking for a “treat” for The Cat’s Halloween.

Since he was there, picked up a burger at the mall.

Classic Burger

Medium rare, substitute plain baked potato for French Fries. Part 1, The Mouse ate half of the baked potato and everything else except the hamburger patty. The hamburger patty and half of the baked potato is Part 2.

The Mouse eats weird, what else is new. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

“BBQ short ribs” listed on the menu board at the local take-out under beef. The Mouse was thinking either slow smoked with a BBQ sauce or braised in BBQ sauce.

It was galbi.

Galbi Plate

Not that The Mouse is complaining, the meat was really well cooked and seasoned, just The Mouse had something else on his mind. The search continues.

The Mouse also picked up a teriyaki porkchop plate for The Cat.

Teriyaki Pork Chop

Thin sliced and grilled to almost crispy. Mmm.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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