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Not temperature, spice. Sardines in hot sauce on sale at the grocery store. The Mouse tried sardines in hot sauce before, not a favorite, but he has been watching a lady on YouTube attempt to raise her spice tolerance. The Mouse thought give the sardines another try. Plus the whole lunch was cheap eats. Hee hee.


Normally, The Mouse would throw the sardines over steamed rice, but because the sardines were packed in hot sauce, not oil, the Mouse thought might be better with instant noodles (the fried noodles adding the oil factor). Normally, The Mouse tries to stay away from instant noodles.

Cooked the noodles, 1/3 of the soup packet, sardines without the sauce (too spicy), mustard green stem.


The hot sauce was more vinegar-y than spicy. The Mouse still not a fan, but it was okay. The Mouse prefers the oil packed sardines. But the picture turned out nice. Hee hee.

So, a dollar for the sardines, less than fifty cents for the noodles (The Mouse only used half a package, a couple of cents for the mustard greens. Cheap eats indeed! πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Old school. One of my father’s favorites, except he didn’t have the patience to cook the onions down, his was crispy.

The Mouse started with a red onion, ’cause it looked pretty.

Red Onion

Thinly sliced, low and slow in the pan with olive oil, turn heat to medium and add tin of sardines (with oil), smash and heat to incorporate. Salt and pepper to taste.

Sardines and Onions

Over steamed rice. Mmm. The Mouse supposes it would be good over pasta too, maybe even ramen. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Another discounted bento. The primary goal was to pick-up another box of boba ice cream bar for The Cat, no brown sugar, settled for milk tea, try try. But the discounted bento looked good.


Miso butterfish! The Mouse got the inari sushi and the sesame mochi ball, The Cat got the rest either for dinner or today’s bento box.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse wanted natto for dinner last night.

The rice and chicken were just accouterments. Plus they were cheap eats. Under $5!

Grilled Chicken and Rice Plate with added Natto

The Mouse liked. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well

The Mouse

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Lately, for some reason, The Mouse has difficulty finding lunch on Saturdays. Yesterday was no exception. He couldn’t change lanes fast enough to reach a Japanese musubi and curry shop, the nearby golf course restaurant was closed for a private event. Ugh! The Mouse made his way here.


The Mouse has been here before, a little out of the way for him, not as far as the other side of the mountain, but still, next town over.

Char Siu and Roast Duck on Rice

One of their lunch specials. good taste, good quantity, fair price. The Mouse took home half.

Also ordered a lunch plate for take-out, bento prep.

Lunch Plate

Beef with vegetables, cold ginger chicken, pot roast pork, rice, crispy wonton.

Two plates, four decent meals. Good deal.

Too bad the place is not closer. Maybe just takes a little more effort, and gas, on The Mouse’s part.

Heading out to the farmers market then brunch with doctor friend at Chef H’s restaurant. More exciting and expensive pics to come.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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