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As mentioned previously, the temp gig with Howie’s ended and a new gig started last week. The bad news, the new place doesn’t have the coffee amenities as Howie’s did (built-in Miele coffee machine). There’s only a regular coffee dispenser with so-so coffee. The good news, new eating opportunities.

The location where Howie’s is located, the lunch prices were a little rich for my blood. Understandably since the neighborhood the office is in is on the affluent side.

The new office is located in a mix of offices and workshops so the prices a slightly lower (a good thing), although there are food places that are upscale too. Look for posts of the new adventures in the months ahead.

Just a sample.

Mixed Bento

Mixed Bento

Supposedly, every Wednesday a vendor comes by the office selling bentos from his truck (like old-time roaming vendors). This one was Kalua pork and cabbage with Lau Lau. I would not say that the socks came off, but for cheap eats, pretty good (you get what you pay for).

Actually looking forward to exploring the area. Stay tuned.

Eat well,

The Mouse

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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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