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Cross Your Fingers

Job interview today. Temporary, but full-time. If I get the position, the area is full of interesting places for lunch. Funny, I don’t think about the job first but where to eat lunch. Hee hee.

Anyway, after the interview, grabbed the last of breakfast at a nearby hole-in-the-wall.

Sign

Sign

Basic Breakfast

Basic Breakfast

I missed the cut-off time, but the shopkeeper was willing to give me breakfast to finish up the food so she could set-up for lunch. Totally local-style. Instead of giving me one choice of meat, she gave me the “leftovers” grilled Portuguese sausage , grilled Vienna sausage, and fried SPAM. Score! (Not to mention the cheap eats!)

So, please cross your fingers on the job. Lunch is calling! :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Equal Opportunity

I may seem (by reading the posts) that I’m pro-SPAM and prejudiced against other canned luncheon meat brands. That may be true. Or maybe I haven’t given other brands a try.

Well, I am attempting to be more open-minded. Recently, picked up two non-SPAM cans, “just to try”. Both were on sale.

The first one.

Can

Can

The Meat

The Meat

Not sure if it was because of the pork and chicken mixture (SPAM is all pork), but I was not too fond of the texture (kind of bouncy, if that makes any sense). Taste was okay, salty, hammy. On the plus side (or maybe minus side) there were bits of fat embedded in the loaf. While not offensive, nothing I would actively search out.

The second one.

Can

Can

Meat

Meat

Again, a pork and chicken combination. Again texture is a little “bouncy”, not so much “hammy”. Of the two, I prefer this one over the first one. Tasted a little “smoky”. But still … SPAM rules!

So, in the end, maybe there is a reason I am prejudiced toward SPAM. Sorry, I tried.

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Just me being weird. Some of you may be thinking “so, what else is new”. Heh heh.

Went to get some lab work done, then a meeting at The Cat’s office. A possible meeting in the afternoon, so, picked up lunch at the nearby grocery store in the shopping mall.

A Japanese style chicken stew (nishime) and pork braised with kimchi was on sale as ala carte (no rice, no salad). Okay, don’t really need that much starch anyway, and the chicken stew has turnips and carrots.

But eating one dish without sides would be kind of boring to me. Requested mostly chicken stew with a little bit of the pork with kimchi.

Stratified View

Stratified View

Chicken stew on the bottom, pork with kimchi on top.

Pork with Kimchi

Pork with Kimchi

So today’s lunch I’m calling the mullet lunch (not the fish, the haircut). Business on the bottom, party up top. Hee hee.

Through all that kimchi, there was one piece of pork, a good ratio of meat and fat. Nom nom nom.

Oh, and my starch allocation?

Went to dessert (also on sale).

Pistachio Pudding Cake

Pistachio Pudding Cake

Yum! Overall, a good, cheap lunch. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Remember the previous post about steamed rice with cured duck and pork belly and Chinese sausage?

So, last night, we stopped in at one of our go-to cheap eat places for $4.99 BiBimBap (Chodang Restaurant).

The Cat's Vegetarian BiBimBap

The Cat’s Vegetarian BiBimBap

The Mouse's BiBimBap (with meat)

The Mouse’s BiBimBap (with meat)

Normally, I would be happy as a clam with this. But so close to the other night’s cured meat over rice, the dish was kind of meh. “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I’m sure the next time we visit, everything will be back to normal. Oh well, sometimes, timing is everything. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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In more ways than one.

The cuz P and I have been talking about trying out this place for a while.

Sign

Sign

2033 North King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Known for their prime rib on the weekends, and fried chicken. To put the place in perspective, it would be an excellent candidate for that show about diners and dives, you know the one.

One reason we took so long in getting here, B was reluctant, I’ll just leave it at that. Another reason is their hours.

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

The sign is no joke. It’s fo’ real.

So yesterday we finally got the chance AND convinced cuz B to go. We almost had to tie her up (just kidding). “She not local that’s why”. :)

P & B ordered the prime rib.

Prime Rib Plate

Prime Rib Plate

I went for the grilled fish and fried chicken combo.

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Grilled Fish and Fried Chicken Plate

Sorry, senior moment, I forgot what kind of fish.

Portions are huge, notice no “unnecessary” accoutrements, not even a sprig of parsley, not complaining, just an observation.

The prime rib was done well well done, the fish and chicken too. Chicken was crispy on the outside (almost like cracklins), yet moist and tender on the inside. And yes, I ate the skin. Fish was moist and not overcooked.

I was a little worried that after waiting so long to get here, the reality would not meet our expectations. Won’t speak for the cuzzes, but the food far exceeded my expectations.

So several reasons for my speechlessness. B agreed to go with us, B actually enjoyed her prime rib, the food did not disappoint, and everything, including tax and tip was less than or really close to fifty dollars for all of us.

Must come back for their oxtail stew, looked really ono. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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