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Up until today, if I’m hunting for lunch, I usually head west (food places are closer). Ran an errand today heading east and found this.

Lunch Wagon!

Lunch Wagon!

Selection looked interesting, and they had the all important health department inspection.

Pass

Pass

Notice that the notice is posted next to instructions on how to wash hands? Just sayin’.

Ordered their spicy pork.

Spicy Pork on Shredded Cabbage, Brown Rice, and Tossed Salad, Oriental Dressing

Spicy Pork on Shredded Cabbage, Brown Rice, and Tossed Salad, Oriental Dressing

Cooked to order (a good thing), had to wait about 10 minutes (a not so good thing). Luckily my work schedule has an extended break between morning and afternoon (it’s complicated).

Brown rice, cooked correctly (soft but still “al dente), tossed salad with tomato and cucumber (a good thing), spicy pork, marinated in soy sauce, sugar, and Gojujang (just the right amount of spicy), raw shredded cabbage to soak up the meat drippings (almost a dish in itself). Four paws up, socks off.

As an added bonus, the wagon is associated with a local rehab center (job training?). So ate well and did well (in a small, distant sort of way).

BTW, the wagon has four and a half stars on Yelp. Not bad at all.

A new spot on the approved lunch list. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Silver Lining

So, the smoked meat and “crazy rice” lunch I ordered for today didn’t make it (luckily I didn’t pay for it before). :(

Meant The Mouse had to hunt for food. A quick search on Yelp and I ended up here.

Front Door

Front Door

A couple of blocks from the office. “Local Grinds” translates to local style food (whatever your definition of that is). One of their specials today.

Shoyu Pork

Shoyu Pork

Pork shoulder or butt, simmered in a soy sauce, sugar, ginger mixture. Brown rice and tossed salad (must be healthier than white rice and mac salad right?). Hee hee.

The pork was well-cooked, tender but still moist, just slightly too sweet for my tastes. The brown rice was cooked perfectly for my tastes, still with a bit of “chew”. And the kicker? This was a full order, not a mini like my original order at the office. Old school lunch counter vs. food truck (not lunch wagon).

Going off on a tangent but in my (warped) mind, a distinct difference between old school lunch wagons, and new fangled food trucks.

Missed out on one lunch (there will be future opportunities), but found another weekday lunch place that’s totally acceptable. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Danhobakbap

“Sweet pumpkin rice” could be the translation from  Korean. Tried it once from the Korean market. Bought a small kabocha (or danhobak, in Korean) over the weekend.

Kabocha, Danhobak, or Winter Squash

Kabocha, Danhobak, or Winter Squash

Worked off of memory, with my own twist. First halved and cleaned out the squash.

A Blank Canvas

A Blank Canvas

Found a recipe after I finished. I cooked multi-grain “rice” with brown rice, quinoa, and raisins (old school style, on the stove top). After it was cooked I added … BACON! (just a little bit).

In the meantime, steamed the squash halves until soft.

After everything was done, stuffed ‘em.

Stuffed Winter Squash

Stuffed Winter Squash

The Cat’s lunch. The original is supposed to be healthy (one version is here). Since I added bacon, the health benefit was probably negated somewhat (only a little bit of bacon). Still must be pretty healthy. :)

Easy peasy.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The  Mouse

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The Cat has an “aversion” to “brown food”. Let me explain. The Cat “prefers” vegetables (green food) with lunch and dinner. Her tummy is not comfortable if vegetables are not included in the meal. “Brown food” is not green vegetables (root vegetables is also considered “brown” in her mind).

Me? While I would like to have vegetables with my meals, it’s not as critical a requirement.

So, yesterday, I worked a late afternoon/early evening shift. My lunch was a prefect example of “brown food” (from the mall grocery store).

Furikake Fish and Fried Chicken

Furikake Fish and Fried Chicken

No vegetables (unless you consider the Japanese style pickled turnips veggies, I kinda do :))

The furikiake fish was the cheapest bento available and the fried chicken breast was on sale at the same price of a wing (why not).

Met The Cat at her office to carpool home. Circumstances beyond my control and it was decided to pick up something on the way home. Ended up at Kam Drive In (1620 North School Street, Hawaii). Now, typically, drive-in places here are not epicenters for “green food”, read meat, rice, and mac salad. Not boding to well for The Cat. She settled for a bowl of saimin as the least “offensive” selection.

Saimin

Saimin

The green onions are garnish, not vegetables. — The Cat.

For me, more brown food.

Chili Frank, Brown Rice, Tossed Salad

Chili Frank, Brown Rice, Tossed Salad

Ordered the tossed salad without dressing, gave the salad to The Cat to mix with the saimin soup. Turns out, The Cat thinks their cha-siu in the saimin wasn’t bad. With the salad mixed into the saimin, her dinner was acceptably decent. Surprisingly happy cat. Who woulda thunk.

For me, I consider beans a vegetable, so with the brown rice, happy mouse although all I had was “brown food” yesterday. :)

Today’s lesson, keep an open mind, you never know what may happen.

So, what are your eating habits?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Dinner last night, late. Kept it simple. Steamed brown rice, fried egg, and shiitake mushrooms simmered in soju, sugar, Kauai sea salt, and ponzu sauce. A little more Kauai sea salt sprinkled on the eggs.

Dinner

It was donburi-like but not quite. Next time, I will thicken the mushroom sauce and use it like gravy to pour over the rice. Then, I think the bowl will be more donburi-like. :)

One bowl, easy to eat, easy to cleanup.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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