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My contract work is almost at the end of downtown, bordering on an area that is currently light industrial (auto repair shops, small warehouses, etc). Lunch choices tend to be from “mom and pop” businesses. A sample from the lunch house I occasionally frequent.

Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Tossed Greens, Rice

Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Tossed Greens, Rice

Another place where I love their salad dressing. Kalua pork and cabbage is a way to “stretch” the protein into more servings. If done well, one of The Cat’s favorite plate lunch selections.

The church where my other job is, is kinda in an upper scale neighborhood. Not only that, it’s near a couple of tourist attractions. Food businesses (and selections) tend to reflect the area (prices too). A sample.

Grilled Ono, Soy Sesame Sauce, Hapa Rice, Tuna-Mac Salad, South Shore Slaw

Grilled Ono, Soy Sesame Sauce, Hapa Rice, Tuna-Mac Salad, South Shore Slaw

I know you have the disadvantage of not smelling and not tasting, but, which plate would you choose? Both are perfectly acceptable, but I do have a preference. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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It’s The Cat’s bro’s b-day.

Luckily I had pasta for lunch.

Mentaiko Mayo Pasta

Mentaiko Mayo Pasta

Pasta tossed with spicy cod fish roe and mayonnaise, topped with cucumbers and nori. From one of my favorite Saturday lunch stops, Chez Kenzo.

The dish was good, I do tend to prefer my pasta on the saucier side though.

The Cat’s dinner.

Eggplant Parmesan w/ marinara, mozzarella & spaghetti

Eggplant Parmesan w/ marinara, mozzarella & spaghetti

From Zia’s Caffe – Kaneohe (up the street). Again, where’s the sauce?

Actually, The Cat was after this.

Whiskey Caramel Gelato

Whiskey Caramel Gelato

The daily gelato was supposed to be Bailey’s but they ran out. Lucky Cat.

Happy B-Day Bro-in-Law, hope you had cake.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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My dad worked at a bank. He started at the main office then got “promoted” to one of the branches. This branch was in an “industrial/blue collar” part of town (I think there’s a Chinese restaurant on the location now). Along with the car repair shops, the small meat processing shops, and various other small businesses, there were several (numerous?) “mama-san lounges”. Not high-end “hostess bars”, just neighborhood bars, mostly run by asian women (at least on the surface), and staffed by women (maybe one hefty male bouncer or two).

The bar customers were normally the workers around the area stopping in for a beer or two before heading home. Most times, these lounges had an older cook in the back that prepared simple home foods to “entice” their patrons to stay longer (and spend more). Not the high-end foods, simple stew, soups, stir-frys, etc. Usually “cheap” ingredients but well put together.

Many a time the “mama-sans” would come in and claim their bank statements were wrong. Dad took on the task of sitting down with the customer and reconciling the balances with them. Often, they tried to “pay” my father (they couldn’t take “tips”.

Now back in the day, oxtails were super cheap (sometimes free). As you can imagine, oxtail soup (with rice and grated ginger) was one of the staples at these lounges.

So anyway, a couple (or several) times a month, the mama-san or one her “girls”, or sometimes the bouncer, would walk into the bank at lunch time and bring dad a tray with a large bowl of oxtail soup, bowl of rice, and plate of grated ginger. Soup was full of peanuts, mustard greens, carrots, dried mushrooms, oxtail, and Chinese parsley (cook or mama-san made sure Dad got the thick pieces of tail). Dad was in heaven (apparently soup is not considered “pay” in their minds).

Sometimes in the afternoon when I went to pick him up, he would ask me to take the tray and dishes back to the lounge kitchen (all washed of course). Most times one of the “girls” would come into the bank to retrieve the tray, sometimes they forgot. The lounges were nearby. Always used the back door, kitchen side, not front door, lounge side.

A couple of the mam-sans offered to give me a birthday party when I became “legal”, but dad politely refused the offers, plus I was too introverted (if I knew then what I know now … sigh).

In time, dad got “promoted” to another branch in a shopping mall and the supply of oxtail soup ceased. I think the oxtail soup “perks” may have been one of the highlights of his career (not in the professional sense, just in the people way).

Dad, hope you’re getting your fill of oxtail soup up there.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Poké Bowl

Another kinda hole-in-the-wall joint.

Definitely not "The Pink Lady"

Pink, but definitely not “The Pink Lady”

Sign

Sign

Website: http://www.alohacones.com/contact_us.

Lunch

Lunch

Wasabi Masago Ahi Poké Bowl: Premium Sushi Rice, “Sashimi Grade” Wasabi Masago Ahi Poke, Surimi Crab Salad, Cucumber, Tomato, Green Onion, Nori, Daikon Garnish & Unagi Sauce.

I don’t think it was “wasabi” masago (not spicy), maybe just regular masago? I dunno. Ahi was definitely “sushi grade” and very good. The “other stuff” was good too.

But I’m torn. On one hand, I did appreciate the variety in the bowl. On the other hand, maybe a little too much variety?

I think for me, cut down the number of “distractions” in the bowl to maybe one or two, not six different things not including the rice and poké.

Still, did appreciate the effort that went into creating the bowl. More meditation is needed.

Enjoy. Eat well.

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Leftovers

Last night’s leftovers.

Just run-of-the-mill leftovers.

The Cat's Bowl

The Cat’s Bowl

Chicken stock, leftover rice, whole wheat pasta, Napa cabbage, and the “ants on the forest floor”. At least it’s colorful. 🙂

Leftover Spicy Eggplant with Ice Tofu

Leftover Spicy Eggplant with Ice Tofu

Frozen tofu, defrosted, quick braised with leftover spicy eggplant. The spongy texture of the tofu absorbs the sauce. Mmm.

That’s it for today. See ya tomorrow.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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