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Fried rice – using two-day-old basmati boiled rice; with finely minced/sliced deskinned fresh ginger, fried till almost crispy; halved/sliced deshelled deveined shrimp; sliced dark meat chicken (thighs) pre-marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper. shaoshing wine; julienned spring onions; fresh asparagus spears sliced against the bias; de-seeded hot long green chile peppers, finely chopped; finely chopped Vietnamese coriander (rau răm); splash of fish sauce (nước mắm) and scattering of sea salt.

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  1. For the first time in about 20 years, I went to a Dairy Queen! Had some kind of special grilled burger that had two beef patties, some cheese and some kind of dressing that was nice and spicy. I don't usually go to chains, but this was actually pretty damn good!

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    1. re: Clarkafella

      Dairy Queen . . . I would so love that! I haven't eaten yet but I think it's going to be leftover pasta. Wah! I want DQ!

      1. re: Clarkafella

        Arugula salad dressed with lemon juice and sesame oil. YUM.

        1. re: YAYME

          Whoa. Lemon juice and sesame oil sounds very interesting. TY.

      2. Reheated roasted sweet and regular potatoes, boca burger (just the burger, no bun or toppings) and some red raspberries. It wasn't terribly exciting.

        1. Rold gold pretzels and coffee. Worked through lunch and forgot to bring something. :(

          1. A big romaine salad with artichoke hearts, plum tomatoes and a small can of Genova Tuna packed in olive oil. A little balsamic vinegar and ground pepper. Gala Apple.

            1. Salad made from the first freshly picked greens from my garden. Topped it w leftover roasted salmon, hot cherry peppers, cuke , coleslaw and balsamic dsg.

              1. Sushi from the very good sushi shop close to work.

                1. Caught me on a " bad" day. Costco hot dog and diet coke for $1.50.

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                  1. re: tcamp

                    I prefer their vegetarian pizza, personally. And that delicious latte smoothie. But not together.

                    1. grilled ham and swiss, and a broccoli/cauliflower/carrot/sunflower seed/golden raisin/dried cranberry salad from the supermarket

                      1. I had a blackened Georgia trout taco, and a fried fish taco at a place in Atlanta that serves organic Mexican type food. Everything was delicious. I love going to places I've never heard of before, just driving by and taking a chance.

                        1. I'll hang my head in shame :( I had 1/2 cheesesteak and shared fries with co-workers. Total Philly shamwork.

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                          1. re: gaffk

                            1/2 doesn't count. Neither does food shared

                            1. re: sunangelmb

                              Whew . . . so glad to hear that! (Of course if you saw the size of the cheesesteaks and fries the place puts out . . . )

                              1. re: gaffk

                                Drooling. Cheesesteaks are one of my Favorite foods ever. In fact the only reason I run races in Philly, is for the cheesesteaks or roast pork sandwiches after :)
                                Who am I kidding, I normally have one of each.

                                1. re: sunangelmb

                                  Roast pork . . . do you get the provolone and broccoli rabe (as is required ;)

                                  1. re: gaffk

                                    Sharp provolone & Rabe, always a must

                                    1. re: sunangelmb

                                      Then you are welcome in Philly any time :)

                                      1. re: gaffk

                                        Why thank you, love Philly. (even more then new York, and I know that's going to start some kind of war)

                            2. re: gaffk

                              LOL. gaffk, no shame in your game!! life is for the living!!

                              1. re: mamachef

                                :) I must say it was damned good.

                            3. Took cubed tofu and heated it up with some leftover braised cabbage with bits of prosciutto cooked along in it. Followed that with a half of a Fuji apple and some H20.

                              1. I woke up way too early and started grazing and it was ON for the day. After a huge breakfast with a girlfriend, I thought perhaps I'd bypass lunch, but that was not to be because I went to a Senegalese store to pick up some spices and at their lunch counter they were selling prawn Po'boys. I don't think I need to say anymore about that. Oh, and fresh lemonade and orange juice and guava juice either blended w/ soda (plain) or not, over finely-crushed ice. There were very warm spices and a good deal of heat in the prawns, the perfect baguette was toasted, and it was spread with a harissa/garlic aioli and thinly-sliced onions and cucumbers, and it was just right.

                                1. Remainder of the Yong Tau Foo I made a few days ago.
                                  Leftover pork hock stewed with bamboo shoots.
                                  Piece of Winter Melon Cake.

                                  1. The very last of a veggie version of an old family skillet dish: sauté onions and peppers, add tomatoes and cook a bit, add a can of beans (not drained) and 12 ounces of high-fiber penne from TJ's, cooked. Let it simmer gently and serve. So I had about a cup of that, and I broke up half a can of sardines and added those and some of the olive oil and nuked it gently. Then I cut up some English cucumber and a large Belgian endive into a bowl and gave it a pinch of salt, grind of pepper, some oil and a little vinegar. Two small bowls of food, quite delicious and I'm sure virtuous.

                                    1. A piece of Fried Chicken from Popeyes....and a biscuit!

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                                      1. re: Uncle Bob

                                        This is what I want for lunch but Popeyes isn't close by at all. Closest one is over an hour away and it just doesn't taste the same anymore.

                                        1. re: vttp926

                                          my husband loves Popeyes, I've never had it.
                                          since hearing how good the biscuits are there I've taken to making their copycat recipe which is a joke it's so easy but quite good. < anything to make a great biscuit right...

                                          today for lunch we sat at the lake, he swam while I made (on sourdough bread) chunked chicken breast sandwich and sliced boneless pork chop sandwich. they got crunch from unusual suspects of sliced red onion and baby celery stalks salt/pepper mayo&mustarde with Hansons diet root beer and sliced galas. 

                                      2. runny fried egg and buttered toast

                                        1. I'm home sick, so I treated myself to comfort food: mac and cheese.

                                          1. A nice size chunk of aged gouda and a salad with radishes, snap peas, and celery. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm going to have a piece of that gouda for dessert!

                                            1. one and 1/2 deviled eggs, one slice of whole wheat bread...and Costa Rican style coleslaw...weird but oh...how I loved that coleslaw (which had chopped up tomatoes..cilantro and some cayenne pepper in it)...I was very happy!

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                                              1. re: Val

                                                Mayo or no mayo. Love coleslaw but hubby hates mayo. Always looking for new non mayo slaw recipes

                                                1. re: sunangelmb

                                                  @Sun: I bought it prepared from local independent health food store so it may have been a non-mayo mayonnaise but it definitely was mayo-like...not very much of it though.

                                                  ETA: please check out a recipe at lowfatveganchef if you want...I saw a photo looked very much like what I ate (cabbage & tomatoes)...I did a search of Costa Rican coleslaw and that came up as a possibility. I am at work now so can't spend lots of time looking for the exact recipe but will check that out when I get home, I want to make it over the weekend.

                                              2. what I' m going to have is a rare roast beef and cheddar sandwich on seeded Italian bread, spread very lightly w/butter and bbq sauce. and an apple (gala I think). and diet coke.

                                                1. Big prawns stir-fried with chopped onions, Thai eggplants and Chinese long beans.
                                                  Served over boiled white rice.
                                                  Yum.

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                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                    Both this lunch and your lunch from yesterday sound amazing... I've got a bad case of lunch envy.

                                                  2. Leftover Mark Bittman Moroccan Flavored Israeli Couscous with leftover BBQ chicken breast.

                                                    Tomorrow: leftover paella

                                                    1. All of you guys have me beat. I had a tin of sardines on multigrain chips with mustard and some cherry tomatoes. Right now I am drinking my daily afternoon decaf.

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                                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                                        pfft...! I eat sardines about 3 times a week...pretty plain like you, usually with Ryvita crackers and a green salad.

                                                      2. Two Poached eggs on toast. Orange juice from the fruit off my trees.

                                                        1. Leftover beef tenderloin, rare, sliced thin, on a roll with provolone, mayo, sriracha, and leftover sauteed mushrooms and onions.

                                                          1. Leftover currywurst, with my personal homemade curry sauce. And an apple.

                                                            1. Amy's tortilla bake frozen entree and a Coke.

                                                              1. 1/2 a turkey club (hold the mayo) on really thick, delicious whole wheat bread and parmesan potato wedges browned and crisped to perfection. Why don't I eat at that bistro more often?

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                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                  A reheated grilled turkey burger on a crusty roll with all the "fixings" (sliced raw sweet onion, ketchup, spicy dill pickle chips, & blue cheese dressing).

                                                                  1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                    Leftover chili-flavored pasta tossed with leftover flaked flounder stuffed with crabmeat. Delicious!!!

                                                                2. COTFD (clean out the fridge day). Stovetop mac&cheese, baked beans, cole slaw.

                                                                  1. Spaghetti carbonara (using only guanciale + local bacon, parmesan instead of romano, egg yolks, black pepper.)
                                                                    Green salad (local lettuces; dressed w/ Alziari olive oil, 8-year balsamic, sea salt, black pepper.)

                                                                    1. Microwaved sweet potato with a little butter, s&p, navel orange from friend's tree (I'm on a diet)

                                                                      1. Hey Ray, that's one hell of a production there for lunch! I expect no less from you.

                                                                        I had black bean sauce beef, long life noodles and white rice and a puckery strong Vietnamese coffee for dessert while watching a rerun of your Pacers serve up LeBron and Dwade on an NBA playoff platter.

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                                                                        1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                          Too kind. How ya doin'.

                                                                          Your lunch sounds quite scrumptious! The Pacers? Meh. :-)

                                                                          1. re: huiray

                                                                            Ca va. Don't underestimate the Pacers, they can beat the Boshless Heat.

                                                                            Still don't know how I failed to eat a pork tenderloin sandwich in Indy. I was actually quite close to a bar that was recommended. It was near an antique warehouse and has a rep of being very smoky. Probably due to my getting sick. Also missed out on the roast pork/broccoli rabe/provolone sandwich from DeNic's when I was in Philly because I was focused on cheesesteaks and Amish food. At least my favorite Berkeley pizza place Gioia has opened a restaurant in SF and they have it on the menu. Went over Saturday but they stop serving it at 3 and I got there at 3:20.

                                                                            1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                              Darn. I hate it when I miss something by minutes like that.

                                                                              As for the tenderloins - I think you mean the Lockerbie Pub? :-) Well, keep Indy in mind for a return visit! In the meanwhile, you might find this older CH thread interesting... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708827 :-P

                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                Yes, especially when you are travelling by bus and are supposed to pick up for a friend too. The consolation prize was my favorite NY style pizza with prosciutto cotta, red onion, provolone, red chili flakes.

                                                                                Yes, it was Lockerbie Pub. I hadn't realized that it was so close to the antique warehouse until I rode by in a cab. That day for lunch I ended up eating bread and cheese brought from home and then later returned to Shapiros.

                                                                                I was was very happy with my dining choices in Indy in no small part thanks to you.

                                                                        2. Cajun chicken sandwich with aged cheddar on a brioche. Not the greatest sandwich I ever ate, but it was on a beautiful outdoor patio a local place just installed, on a sunny 72 degree day, with a 2-man band playing some funky blues.

                                                                          1. Small individual container of Breakstone 2% cottage cheese and two tuna lettuce rollups.
                                                                            Trying to lose a few pounds.

                                                                            1. Lunch today was a sliced smoked tri-tip sandwich on a toasted French roll, further compounded by smoky cheddar (melted), sliced ripe tomatoes, and a garlicky tomato mayonnaise.
                                                                              And a bag of limon Lay's. And a frozen chocolate malt.
                                                                              Life is good.

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                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                "further compounded" had me snorting Yuengling's out the nose.

                                                                                Other than the mayo, I'm jealous. The frozen chocolate malt is jealousy x 10.

                                                                              2. It hasn't happened yet, but I am rabidly anticipating a trip to the taco coach of my dreams. I have every intention of having three carnitas tacos with chopped onion and cilantro, yes please jalapenos and carrots, and some salsa verde with lots of extra lime. The tortillas will be small, warm, pliant and fragrant. They will be fully loaded with the crispiest, most succulent mojo-marinated carnitas and be difficult to fold to eat. (But I assure you, I WILL find a way.) The extra lime and heat of the chiles and carrots will cut the fatty unctuousness of the meat, and the lime juice will begin to seep into the tortillas, making them mix in a crumbly way with the rest of the delicious food that's fallen back onto the plate. A taco salad of sorts, if you will. If I could eat faster, it prolly wouldn't happen - but I LIKE the limey soggy tortilla-y bits.
                                                                                All this and a Mexican Coca-cola? Heaven on a plate.

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                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                  Looking forwards to a report on the experience. :-)

                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                    It was everything I ever wanted in carnitas tacos and then some. The meat was piping hot and crisped at the edges from a to-order turn on a very hot grill; the cilantro was spankin' fresh and the white onions mild and sweet. They pickle their own jalapenos and carrots and they were delicious. And wonder of wonders, the tortillas did not disintegrate under the sop of all my extra lime because they crisped them momentarily in the deep fryer!! Brilliant!!
                                                                                    And I wasn't expecting it but they sent along a side plate of cuminy pinto beans with onions and bacon and some delicious ajiaco rice. Nice! A comp!!
                                                                                    And Mexican Coke is what it is: sugar-loaded and sparkly, throat-itchingly delicious. I'm a Pepsi girl, lifelong, but show me a Mexican Coke, and it's over. I bought 4 to bring home, along with a few little indie flans they had on offer that he assured me his grandma makes at home nightly. Alrighty then! Mexican sugar orgy in somebody's near future! Wahoo!

                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                      That sounds quite splendid and yummy! Thanks for the report. As for the Mexican Coke, I like that it's in the old curvy glass bottle more than that it *is* that sweet. :-)

                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                        mama, is this a ploy to make me hungry? cause it's working...yum

                                                                                    2. re: mamachef

                                                                                      Now I want to get a shrimp taco. Alas, I already had a chicken tikka masala wrap from Costco, warm and gummy from the microwave. Not bad but not good either.

                                                                                    3. Mettwurst (from a local German butcher [Claus' German Sausage & Meats]) + natural casing Wieners (Dietz & Watson) simmered w/ sauerkraut (from that same local German butcher) and red-skin potatoes; w/ rice vinegar. bay leaves, nice olive oil.

                                                                                      Pistachio ice cream (from a local charcuterie place [Goose the Market] w/ scrumptious in-house made gelato)

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                                                                                      1. re: huiray

                                                                                        I always love your meals, huiray. Mmmmmmmettwurst and the way you're making it sound so goooood. Have you no juniper berries? Me either. What I do in that case is add the merest tot of gin and a few caraway seeds. Just a suggestion.

                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                          Hmm, I should keep the juniper berries (or gin) in mind for next time. I do have some old berries somewhere in the back of my spice rack, I think...and gin I have around sometimes. But caraway seeds - I've never been too keen on them. Personal taste.

                                                                                        2. re: huiray

                                                                                          You score again! I'm going back to my little Vietnamese place to have the Friday special of crispy pork chops plus a vegetable, hopefully garlic green beans, and white rice.

                                                                                            1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                              Heh.

                                                                                              I presume you have had that tasty-sounding lunch by now?

                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                I have. For some reason I initially read tasty-sounding as trashy-sounding! It was both tasty and trashy. Since I am their most loyal customer, they save me crispy pork chops so I was eating them lukewarm at best. Sometimes they are crispier that way than right out of the cooker. Also had garlic broccoli (not as good as green beans) and got black bean sauce beef to go. I usually eat off of their steam table(!) because the flavors and variety are so good and the value fabulous.

                                                                                                Just to get a jump on you, tomorrow I will either eat lunch at my 2nd cousin's bday party or have Thai-style rock fish steamed in banana leaves with asparagus or zucchini and a touch of curry, brown rice and a chicken or tofu imperial roll prepared by my friend Andy, the Polish Thai food cook.

                                                                                                1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                  Sounds really good. I myself would go for the fish option... :-) Heh, did you manage to take in both events?

                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                    No, despite what my aunt said there was no birthday party that day, so I had 2 lunches wrapped around an auction: a Caspar dog (tomato and white onion slices, mustard, catsup, relish) before and the steamed fish during a 200 lot break. The veggie imperial rolls were chock full of mild chopped shitakes. As I told my friend, I don't much like Thai food and I don't like shitakes but I do like his food.

                                                                                                    Best lunch of the week was Sunday: Cafe Rouge charred baby back ribs (Berkshire?) with their adult, tomato puree sauce and slightly vinegared cole slaw at an outdoor jazz festival benefitting the Berkeley High Jazz program. The meaty, sweet ribs were especially good this year and I have four more plates waiting for me in the frig. $6 for a plate of 5 ribs from arguably the best place in the East Bay for red meat.

                                                                                                    1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                      Holy cow, that's a lot less expensive than going to the restaurant!! (Though I do LOVE the restaurant...)
                                                                                                      Your auction grub sounds very, very good.

                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                        Holy hog, you mean.

                                                                                                        I know, I was wondering how they could do it so cheaply. I guess the answer is volume. They were still serving after the last band played close to 5. How many ribs do they give you on the lunch menu? Not only did they have the best food there, but they had the best value too. Zut charged $7 for a tasty skewer with 3 cubes of sirloin and some veggies. I ate 2 rib plates while watching the Heat/Pacers. I was full but they were so damn charred and tasty. One plate alone would have been a satisfying lunch.

                                                                                                        The ribs were truly delicious and I would bet that they get a number of new customers out of the day. As a loss leader and a goodwill gesture, it does make sense. Lose a little, gain a lot.

                                                                                                        The steamed fish and shitake imperial rolls were from Andy and Cindy's Thai Food at the Berkeley Farmers' Market, where Spring has sprung. Kashiwase Farms is back and the 1st little white peaches were sweet and juicy.

                                                                                                      2. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                        Auction?
                                                                                                        Hmm, the veggie stuff sounds interesting. That veggie dog - why is it called a "Caspar" dog? A quick Google search doesn't turn up anything definitive, although there are references to Casper or Caspar vegetarian stuff that seems more related to the towns by those names.

                                                                                                        Those ribs sound awesome. Yum, yum, yum.

                                                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                                                          The Caspar dog is a "ghost" dog, nothing but veggies on the bun. :)

                                                                                                          Just kidding. Caspar's is a long time hot dog chain in Northern? California. The Caspar dog is their basic $3.25 dog. I was attending an auction all afternoon. Caspar's is just 2 blocks away and on a break between the lots I wanted I went to the Berkeley Farmers' market to have a healthier lunch and to check to see if boysenberries and white peaches had arrived..

                                                                                                          The weekend of that rib bbq is one of my favorites of the year. Great food and great jazz from the BHS jazz combos and big band. And all withing walking distance of my house if you don't mind stepping over the spent cartridges and used syringes. Such is the life in West Berkeley. The toniest shopping area and my sketchy neighborhood are within 5 blocks of each other. IThe ribs make up for missing my friend's Buddhist church bazaar 2 weeks ago. They have the best chicken teriyaki bbq that I have ever had, but not really in the same league as Cafe Rouge.

                                                                                                          1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                            I think I know of which Teriyaki BBQ you speak - Sacramento/Oregon sts.?
                                                                                                            Or do you mean the regular, huge brunch up by Cal every Sunday? I forget the name of the Wat, but that's another crazy good deal...
                                                                                                            and what a great description of Berkeley.

                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                              No, it is a large pan-Asian Buddhist church in Alameda on the same street as Jim's and several thrift stores near Park. They have huge long stone bbq pits on which they cook half chickens and some sort of Korean bbq (galbi?) Inside they have all manner of Japanese sweets and since it is pan-Asian samosa, lumpia, etc.

                                                                                                              What is the bbq at Sacramento/Oregon St? I went to one around there 1-2 blocks above Sacramento once but not sure they had teriyaki. I remember having curry rice and it is a smallish event.

                                                                                                              The regular, huge brunch is Thai and is above MLK just north of Ashby. I forget the name, but it is at a temple of some sort.

                                                                                                              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                                Sounds like one must get one's but to the next Alameda shindig. I can't believe how fantastic that sounds. The one in Berkeley that I was talking about is indeed about a block above Sac. on Oregon, and its not huge - they do several events a year, and it's Teriyaki chicken (and really good chicken at that) for sure. The reason I know that is I used to live RIGHT there, and they had a really sweet habit of bringing free platters to all their immediate neighbors to make up for "all the noise." And yep, we're talking about the Thai brunch. Yum.

                                                                                            2. Lunch today (Fri. 5/18) was leftover Teriyaki Chicken, roasted baby bok choy, & brown rice.

                                                                                              1. It's interesting reading everyone's responses. What a varied range of foods and circumstances, including choices made due to work issues. Most folks - including myself - must have had the desperation lunch on some days of something like a bag of salted peanuts and a bag or two of Doritos BBQ chips from the vending machine in the coffee room at work...

                                                                                                1. Weird day. Not working today, so I got up later than usual. So breakfast wasn't until about 10. Then after some puttering, took mom to the matinee of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in a nearby town where the vintage theater is on a street full of restaurants. There's a nice Italian restaurant next to the theater so I took mom for dinner and me for lunch. I had a cocktail of rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice with shaved ginger on top; bread was homemade rolls dripping in olive oil and garlic (3 hours later I still have extreme garlic breath); lunch was chicken piccata with roasted fingerling potatoes, again with lots of olive oil and garlic. I guess dinner will be at 11 tonight.

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                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                    Life is tough, eh gaffk? Sounds like a marvelous day off, a wonderful day with your mom, and a great meal. Garlic breath? Who cares? And wooo that cocktail sounds divine - like a gingery pina colada, or not thick and creamy? Anyway, yum. Oh, and I'm dying to catch that movie.

                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                      The cocktail was divine . . .shaken, not blended like a pina colada, but still frothy thanks to the fresh coconut milk, and just the right balance of ginger and fruit (after all, I had just spent the last two hours in India :) Add that to a 77 degree, not a cloud in the sky day, and life is certainly tough!

                                                                                                  2. Simple clear broth:
                                                                                                    Chicken stock w/ finely sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms, spring onions & cilantro.

                                                                                                    Stir-fry with:
                                                                                                    • Chicken fat & chicken skin (cut up) sauteéd & rendered & crisped; removed from pan.
                                                                                                    • Small shallots - peeled, trimmed, finely sliced.
                                                                                                    • Smashed fresh garlic, finely chopped.
                                                                                                    • Sliced beef sirloin + sliced chicken thigh (deboned): marinated in sesame oil, light soy sauce, shaohshing cooking wine, splash of fish sauce (nuoc mam), freshly ground white pepper.
                                                                                                    • Fresh asparagus from the Saturday farmers’ market, sliced against the bias.
                                                                                                    • Chinese celery, trimmed and chopped.
                                                                                                    • Crispy chicken fat & skin added back in, tossed with the rest of the stuff.
                                                                                                    Served over boiled basmati rice.

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                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                      That's a stunningly appetite-provoking meal, huiray. Oh me, oh my. Wow. No more words for this. )

                                                                                                    2. Very busy day here at Twin Oaks.....Grilled some fresh ground (chuck) burgers over wood (oak) coals......Very tasty & filling. ~~ Should hold me till time to fry up some cats for supper......

                                                                                                      1. Leftover CFS, mashed taters and Texas toast.

                                                                                                        1. Lunch today was cream of broccoli soup with sharp cheddar added and croutons on top, sided by a half-sleeve of Club crackers and a really small salad with a tomato/basil dressing that I made yesterday when I realized I had a cup of tomato puree left over from something else. It's like retro French dressing, only not as sweet (shudder) and nice and herbaceous.

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                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                            I'm having cream o' brocc tonight. Quite the coincidence.

                                                                                                          2. Freshly popped krupuk udang (prawn crackers).
                                                                                                            Deep fried chả giò chay (Vietnamese vegetarian spring rolls) with nước mắm pha sẵn (a dipping sauce prepared w/ fish sauce) and fresh red romaine leaves.
                                                                                                            Steamed siu mai.
                                                                                                            Char siu pao (Chinese BBQ pork steamed buns).
                                                                                                            Tai pao (Chinese [Hangzhou style] pork steamed buns).

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                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                              I am not only in awe, but once again I'm drooling. (Tastefully and discreetly. Ladylike. You know.)

                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                :-)

                                                                                                                Well, the first lot of spring rolls were exciting. I had let the oil get a tad too hot and boy, did I jump back when the first (and second) roll went in...not to mention the wiping off of everything around it afterwards! :-D

                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                  yesterday you were ladylike & discreet, today you were shooting Pepsi out of your nose. i so adore your versatility, dear friend ;)

                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                    Hey, it's what's best about me. You can take me anywhere, you see; to a garden party full of academians where we dip tea and talk about academic things, or to a kegger where the biggest badass can stand on his head and suck beer from a bong.

                                                                                                              2. Dim sum- sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf, har gow, shumai, gai lan, shrimp paste on a sugar cane stick, some other things, and iced green tea. DH had chicken feet also. I don't care for them.

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                                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                  I don't care for chicken feet either. It's a textural thing, because the flavors taste good. But as for the rest of it, lucky you!

                                                                                                                2. Very late lunch today - ironically enough, because I've been busy cooking for the families I deliver dinner to during the week, and then factoring the HUGE late brunch I had, which I'll write about elsewhere. At any rate, I nabbed part of my lunch from the food I was prepping and had gazpacho and sharp cheddar melted on sourdough bread, along with the last of the potato salad I made towards the end of the week. Pepsi over crushed ice, naturally. Nothin' fancy, but mighty tasty and perfect for today.

                                                                                                                  1. Niece's graduation party today. And sis is not a big cook, so it was trays from the local deli and bakery. So, soft pretzel sticks (with a really good spicy mustard), turkey sandwich on a decent bakery roll, pasta salad (which was suprisingly good with small pieces of spicy pepperoni), fresh fruit and veggies with passable dips and some petit fours.

                                                                                                                    But it was a beautiful day, my sister has a lovely backyard with lots of seating and a nice screened in sunroom where the food could reside without any annoying bugs. And most important, I spent the day with lots of family and friends. So it was a good lunch.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                      Sounds like a fine party with fine food. I'm glad it was so successful.

                                                                                                                    2. Glass of Stag's Leap Petite Syrah.
                                                                                                                      Fresh spaghettini with Pesto Genovese.
                                                                                                                      Flash-sautéed asparagus and sugar snap peas.

                                                                                                                      1. Fried green tomatoes on Texas toast with lettuce, mayo, tilamook cheddar and bacon. Washed it down with a nice, cold ipa. Very good.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                          Good lawd does that sound amazing.

                                                                                                                        2. Lunch this fine Monday consisted of Cream of Broccoli soup with sharp shredded cheddar, a BLT made with vine-ripened tomatoes, which were the best I could find, double-thick peppered bacon, and romaine. Homemade mayo because I had time and inclination. And a.....pepsi over crushed ice.
                                                                                                                          Oh, and a few kettle chips.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                            Other than the mayo (to which I have a strong aversion) that sounds perfect . . . double-thick peppered bacon? Where do I find that?

                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                              gaffk, I order mine from a wonderful organic company, Applegate farms. You can find them online and I can recommend the company highly. Howevah, if you don't want to go to the hassle, Hormel also makes one and so does Tyson, I believe. One thing you can do is to buy double-thick bacon (LOTS of companies make it) and remove it from the package to a container with a lid. Lay it down so that the "rind" or bottom edge is facing up, and absolutely slather with coarsely-ground peppercorns, pressing it into the meat. Let "marinate" for 3-4 days, and then get ready for bacon heaven.

                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                Oooh, now I know what I'm doing this weekend. Thanks for the tip (as always)!

                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                  A'course! My pleasure! You can also rub it down with a little brown sugar first - makes the pepper stick; adds a nice sweetness that's really appealing with the bacon.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                    You always have the brilliant ideas.

                                                                                                                          2. I had breakfast at the local diner today and I swear, they put something in their food that keeps you stuffed for hours. So no lunch for me today.

                                                                                                                            1. after reading the breakfast thread i was craving eggs, so i had an omelet with goat cheese and sauteed veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, spinach), with sliced tomato and avocado on the side...and of course a generous dose of hot sauce.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                now that's my kind of omelet....love the veg choices

                                                                                                                              2. BLT w carmelized onion, made on hub's feshly made baguette, toasted. Utz chips. My pal's homemade apple pie and ice cream

                                                                                                                                1. Chicken noodle soup.
                                                                                                                                  Indiana breaded pork tenderloin; on toasted sesame seed bun, lettuce, tomato.
                                                                                                                                  Thick-cut breaded onion rings.

                                                                                                                                  Washed down with Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                    Damn, pork tenderloin sandwich strikes again.

                                                                                                                                    I think I am going to Nation's to have a cheese/tomato/onion omelet with a bowl of chili dumped over it. I need to go to the bank but I have exactly enough cash to pay for my heartburn.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                                                      :-)
                                                                                                                                      I had it at the Pawn Shop Pub, across the car park from Mississippi Belle.

                                                                                                                                      Hmm, your intended lunch for some reason stirs in me the suggestion of a plate of Skyline chili for lunch tomorrow...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                        A Skyline 3 way is about a good a lunch as I can imagine. Why, oh why, don't they expand to California?

                                                                                                                                        Are they still having that discussion about whether Skyline is chili or is that topic kaput?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                                                          You mean this thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831405 I guess it has died down.

                                                                                                                                          I like it 4-way, onions.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                            Yes that one. It was fun at first, until the chili nazis took over.

                                                                                                                                            I like my Skyline without beans, but my Texas chili with. Skyline has the best oyster crackers.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                                                                                            can you and I petition them? I'm allllll for that!

                                                                                                                                    2. Today was a slice of leftover pizza from the pizza I baked last night: mozzarella, roasted garlic, onion and banana peppers.

                                                                                                                                      1. Cajun chicken sandwich with pub-made chips and a big glass of ice water (it's a shame I don't like milk . . . that sandwich was mighty spicy).

                                                                                                                                        1. Polish with kraut and potato salad, honey mustard, and a grilled bun. And a Mandarin Orange soda over crushed ice.

                                                                                                                                          1. A&P store-made roast pork loin, thinly sliced, on Russian rye they were selling by the deli counter (nigella seed i/o caraway, excellent), with a mix of mayo and Gulden's mustard from packets and mixed lettuces from the salad bar. An Edy's frozen tangerine bar and then a pomegranate one (what the heck). Wanted potato chips but hadn't gotten any. Sparkling Poland Spring water. A rather successful lunch at my office desk for once.

                                                                                                                                            1. A group went out to a local pizza place today. Why don't I ever realize that the pizza travels only 50 feet from the oven to the table? Serious roof of mouth burns now :( I believe my next few breakfasts and lunches will be cold.

                                                                                                                                              Pizzas were plain, sausage, bbq chicken and white with spinach. It was the white one that burned me.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                Ouch! (and after your "burning" lunch of yesterday, too...)
                                                                                                                                                Still, were they tasty?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                  Yes they were! It's a little hole in the wall mom & pop place that has just the right bubbly dough and uses all fresh ingredients. So when I saw that fresh mozz bubbling around all that fresh spinach I couldn't hold back ;)

                                                                                                                                                  True to my word, today's lunch was just a salad of romaine, micro greens, pears and walnuts with a vinagrette.

                                                                                                                                              2. Miso soup w/ dried tofu pieces, scallions, cut wakame.
                                                                                                                                                Three-egg omelette with sautéed shallots, sliced asparagus and chopped fresh tarragon.
                                                                                                                                                Pan-fried halved fingerling potatoes, dabbed lightly w/ Lingham’s Hot Sauce.
                                                                                                                                                Sautéed chopped rainbow Swiss chard.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                  On top of your substantial breakfasts, how do you fit so much food in at lunch? (It all sounds wonderful though.)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                    :-)

                                                                                                                                                    Well, I don't usually have a big breakfast followed by a big lunch! They take turns. Or I skip BF and have L or vice versa. No BF today, for example.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                      I hear you; days of big lunch only have fruit for breakfast; days of big breakfasts only have small lunch.

                                                                                                                                                      But morning will still be Pepsi, coffee and ice water ;)

                                                                                                                                                2. Homemade tuna salad with chopped boiled eggs and lots of lemon on and Arnold's Deli thin with fresh tomato slices sprinkled with sea salt, Gala apple slices and some Pickled banana pepper slices for a little kick. Crystal Light fruit punch to drink. Not bad, but not worth singing about either.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Kimbap and a Dt. Coke, for there was no cold Dt. Pepsi at the Lotte.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Polar Diet Orange Dry chugged out of the bottle... I was reading outside in the sun on the back deck and needed hydration. Edamame with spicy ginger/garlic/soy dipping sauce. A spoonful (or two) of Biscoff spread. I bought it thinking I'd like it on toast or english muffins, but it is best in its natural form. On a spoon.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                        Yakisoba noodles with sliced chicken thigh, onion, carrot, red bell pepper, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken stock, and sesame oil. Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water w/lemon...or as I call it- "bubbly water".

                                                                                                                                                      2. I had corn pie (pastel de choclo) with a piece of chicken, and half a hard boiled egg inside, along with an olive and a few raisins. This was accompanied by a salad of cooked chard and brussels sprouts, raw carrot, raw cabbage, a bit of potato (cooked), dressed with lemon. For dessert: semolina pudding.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I had a cheeseburger at the cafeteria. They're one of the best things they have on a daily basis. I put leaf lettuce, tomato, pickle chips, mustard, and ketchup on it, and salted and peppered it. Sesame seed bun that they grill for a few seconds just till the cut edges are browned. I could get a better burger, but not on my half-hour lunch, and the price is crazy-cheap for the quality. I was a happy camper.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Last night I baked some whole wheat sandwich bread. So, this afternoon I am going to have tuna salad (chunk light in water, mayo, greek yogurt, mustard, diced celery, onion powder, lemon pepper and black pepper) on wheat toast. I haven't decided if I will dress it with lettuce, tomato, sriracha and/or mustard.

                                                                                                                                                            In any event, it will be consumed while I am on my way to the golf course.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Met a former co-worker I like at a restaurant I dislike (it was geographically convenient and she actually likes the place). So I had a grilled chicken sandwich that tasted like charcoal topped with fake cheddar cheese on a mediocre roll. With a side of bland house made chips. At least the company was good.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                Ah, a company save!! Sometimes, that really is the only thing to be said for mediocre meal in mediocre places. I know that I for one get super-resentful about actually paying cash bucks for crap food, but if the conversation's fun, it takes a little of the sting out.
                                                                                                                                                                Lunch today, following a Doctor's appointment wherein he told me that I can gain ten more pounds, (yeeHAW!), was a loco moco plate: fried rice topped with a huge portion of Kailua pig from the local Island food joint, and topped again with a fried egg and gravy. I've had them with hamburger patties, which I think is the classic version of this freakishly good mashup, but never with the pork, and I am a true convert now. I also bought a few pounds of the KP to have in the house over the weekend - I'm thinking brunch, and sandwiches, and eaten straight from the container on my frequent kitchen forays.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                  That piggy fried rice - and the piggy stuff - sounds very good!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, a permit to gain 10 pounds? On a holiday weekend? I'd be fleeing my suburban environs and munching my way through Philly. In fact, I might camp out at the Reading Terminal Market, where I believe it's possible to gain that much in a day ;)

                                                                                                                                                                    And yes, this company is a very, shall we say, picky eater. Doesn't like anything "fancy" or "ethnic." But she's a lovely woman and, other than food, we have a lot in common, so it was a pleasant lunch despite the food.

                                                                                                                                                                    I so miss working in the city, with all of its food trucks . . .Greek, Korean, Chinese. That loco moco sounds gooooood. Can't wait until July when my niece's in-laws host their annual pig roast and are kind enough to invite me.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Today (Fri., 5-25), I THOROUGHLY enjoyed a Liederkranz cheese & sliced raw sweet onion sandwich with baby lettuce on a crusty roll. Heaven!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Skyline chili 4-way onions. Part eaten w/ Skyline Chili Sauce, most without. Oh, plus the oyster crackers.

                                                                                                                                                                    :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                      Lucky bastige, you. I can't get anything even resembling decent Cincinnati chili in these parts. Guess I'll have to try my hand at making it. Anybody got a good recipe?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                        You mean you didn't get the Marlboro Chili Roundup cookbook sent to you some years back? I'm not sure what skyline chili is, but if you give me an idea of what's in it, I'm sure that book has a good recipe for it. I've made a few that have caused family members to just camp around the crockpot until it was gone. I'll e-mail you my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                            No, *you* can buy canned stuff ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                            I like chili with coffee and/or chocolate and some alcohol. Recipes have been exchanged; names have been taken.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                              Uhh, I was using "you" in the generalized sense as is common in sentence constructions... But from your reaction I gather you have very negative ideas about canned stuff anyway. Are you waving me off as someone who (horrors!!) buys canned stuff? :::wondering::: In any case, I was merely offering the tid-bit that Skyline chili *is* available canned - nothing more. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                I also use "you" in a generalized sense. Check my references and you'll find I'm non-judgmental . . . but I do not like canned stuff ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: I really did not know what Cincinnati chili was; I'm a Philly girl.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                  Is there any canned stuff that you use at all? Tomatoes? Beans? Caviar? Marinated artichokes? Anchovies?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomatoes in the winter! .

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just now moving to the growing season. Dill, oregano, basil, mint, rosemary, etc. All off the front porch.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tomatoes, tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes. MFK Fisher said it wonderfully, and Laurie Colwin's paen to the gorgeous fruit was also written so very nicely. Oh, the wonderfulness of that fruit, no matter how it's cooked or served (though IMO a sandwich is king..).

                                                                                                                                                                                      If drooling made a noise, I'd be making noise.
                                                                                                                                                                                      And for "blurnch" I had fried rice, which I made with Asian mirepoix- grated ginger and garlic, and soy sauce - and chopped bacon, ground sirloin, scrambled egg, onion, bell pepper, mung beansprouts, chopped water chestnuts and thin-sliced carrots and celery. Tossed in a bit of strong chicken stock at the end, with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, and washed it all down with miso soup with a few tofu cubes and green onion, and a healthy swig of seasoned rice vinegar salad dressing that I made yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                  You know what's funny? We cannot "read" each other in print; but something tells me that we are simpatico in person. A couple of smart arses.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                    Don't tell me it took y'all this long to suss that out? I just figured, ya know, separated at birth and all.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought you were the one separated at birth, mamachef ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe it's a triplets thang, then. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                          where is the Louisville Kentucky Skyline when I need a 5 way?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                            ...and in fact there are also 5 of 'em. Any particular one in mind? :-D
                                                                                                                                                                            http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                              .....the one I know is real close to the Kentucky Derby-Churchill Downs in the Holiday Inn parking lot. They make a mean chili by George...that I love!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Today I enjoyed leftovers from last night's dinner - Penne Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach, & Feta.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Lunch yesterday:

                                                                                                                                                                            Salmon fillets; de-skinned; tossed with oil, dotted w/ chopped garlic, steamed w/ julienned green onions, chopped cilantro, Kikkoman soy sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh spaghettini tossed w/ sautéed garlic & finely chopped shallots, chopped green onions, sea salt.

                                                                                                                                                                            Lunch today:

                                                                                                                                                                            Chinese fish balls & Garland Chrysanthemum* soup.
                                                                                                                                                                            Fried rice - w/ chopped orange, yellow & red mini sweet peppers; sliced chicken thigh meat marinated w/ fish sauce, sesame oil, white pepper; chopped green onions.
                                                                                                                                                                            De-seeded Serrano chile peppers, pickled in rice vinegar, salt & sugar.
                                                                                                                                                                            Fresh Mangosteens.

                                                                                                                                                                            * Chrysanthemum coronarium; “Tong Ho”; 茼蒿

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                              huiray, here is a lovely song I wrote about your lunches, both yesterday's and today's:

                                                                                                                                                                              Jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous jealous jealous (It might SOUND repetitive, but you'll note that there are no commas in the second three Jealouses.)
                                                                                                                                                                              Jealous jealous jealous: jealous, jealous jealous
                                                                                                                                                                              Did you ever notice how if you write something a bunch of times it starts sounding very strange/
                                                                                                                                                                              Jealous, jealous jealoussssssssss...........
                                                                                                                                                                              (Chorus) Jealous, jealous jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                              Have a great weekend, buddy. :)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                Don't be. You have great lunches too.

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the kind wishes.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                That is just about my favorite way to eat Salmon, except I also throw some green veggies into the same pan.
                                                                                                                                                                                I wish I would see good Mangosteens around here....

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: RUK

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to hazard a guess that you actually *poach* your salmon, not *steam* it?

                                                                                                                                                                                  (When I steam my fish I have the fish + seasonings in a shallow enameled metal dish, placed either in a covered bamboo steamer (rare) or propped on a 3 inch-tall ring (tuna can w/ both ends removed) sitting in boiling water in a large skillet/relatively tall-sided pan closed off with a heavy lid)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: RUK

                                                                                                                                                                                      Your response doesn't tell me if I am mistaken or not - do you steam your salmon or poach it? Just wondering, just curious.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                        I poach it. But, by the time it is done, it will not be swimming in liquid.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. I made a shell "caprese" last night. Normally shells are one of my least favorite types of pasta, but my grocery store had some mini bocconcini that were about the same size as the shells. Soooo I added some halved grape tomatoes, the bocconcini, and some fresh basil pesto to the hot shells for a tasty dinner. Leftover cold today was the perfect lunch for studying chemistry outside in the hot sun :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Yong Tau Foo.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese summer rolls w/ shrimp & pork; peanut dipping sauce).
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bún bò Huế (Huế style (Vietnam) beef rice vermicelli in spicy beef broth).

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Thanksgiving Sandwich. Turkey, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Lettuce on White Bread and a little mayo.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. All of your lunches make me drool. Being that I ate all day yesterday, and given that today is hot and humid, I am having a delicious lunch of watermelon. Perhaps I'll finish it off with a handful of pretzels.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Clean-out-the deli drawer antipasto salad: The last of the baby red and green-leaf lettuces, with teardrop tomatoes, black olives, shredded smoked mozzarella, kidney and garbanzo beans, hard-boiled egg thin-sliced salami that I baked until it was crispy and then crumbled over the salad.Olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing, and very very last of the pine nuts, just for happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Minner & Cheese Sammich....A couple or three or four left over spare rib "bones" ....Tea ,,,unsweetened. ~ Two or three, who counts, dark chocolate Kisses.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Strawberry pancakes prepared with the help of my Grandchildren, twin girls 5 years old. Fun for the three of us!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. pao de queijo and coxinha from the Brazilian place (cheese bread and chicken croquette)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JenJeninCT

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had lunch driving home from Target. A diet coke with ice, bag of popcorn and salted soft pretzel all from the concessions counter. Damn good lunch! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heck yeah!! Hey, my "big store" go to is the Hot dog (ok, Polish) and soda, from Costco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: JenJeninCT

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That coxinha intrigues me. I looked it up - I like it. Seems nicer and appeals to me more than the "normal" croquettes where the meat is ground/chopped up and mixed in with the flour/batter; these seem more like East/SE Asian meat-filled "buns" or pastries, with a distinct "meat filling" encased in a flour/pastry shell. This recipe seems enticing... http://www.sonia-portuguese.com/recip...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coxinhas are delicious- there are several varieties with fillings of corn, cheese, hot dog, etc, etc all with different names (bolinhos). But these are not in a flour or pastry shell (they have those too, called pastels)- they are the filling, surrounded by a thick layer of mashed potato, which is egg- washed , bread- crumbed and fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The cheese buns may also be filled in a variety of ways, often with dulce de leche.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. a big bowl of lightly steamed cauliflower, broccoli & zucchini with toasted sesame oil, a dash of wheat-free tamari & a pinch of shichimi togarashi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's too frigging hot here to eat...or cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That sounds nice. How about one of the furikake blends next time instead?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                        i totally would have used some if i hadn't used the tamari - it would have been overload for my sodium sensitivity to do both. but i did sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds as well, which i neglected to mention earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Leftover pasta bolognese from our local gourmet food truck- great food, reasonable prices and always enough for 2-3 meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Early lunch!! Tuna salad w/ toasted cashews and artichoke hearts on sourdough, with some ends and bits of red-leaf lettuce, a bag of limon Lays potato chips, and a cherry Pepsi. And I bought dessert. A Hostess Sno-ball.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vegetable matzo ball soup and a piece of toast with cheese. Diet root beer over ice and a handful of pringles. Thinking about the cheesecake in the fridge...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Your cheesecake beats my Sno-ball. So do you make the soup with extra veg in chicken broth, or is it fully veg. based? Sounds good!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maachef, I made it earlier this week when I needed something to help me recover from a bout of stomach flu. Since I was too tired to chop veggies, I used a package of frozen soup vegetables that included the usual carrots, potatoes, onions and celery, but also had okra, corn Lima beans and who knows what else? Dumped into a pot with a handful of baby carrots, a an f potatoes, some onion soup mix ;I use an Israeli brand), a Glug if ketchup (cuz my om always did!), salt and pepper and I think some garlic and onion powder. I may have used a chicken flavored bouillon cube as well but my memory is a bit hazy. Added some water and key t simmer. Made Matza balls and... Yum! Totally chicken-less!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would ever-so-happily eat this, Miri1. Sorry that it was occasioned by a not-happy stomach, but at least it shows you're on the mend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you mind telling me what brand onion soup? I've been making a Streit's Whole wheat Matzo Ball soup that they package with onion soup. Pretty good stuff, if I'm being lazy like that. And sometimes I most assuredly am. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used Telma and the matzo balls were from scratch. Once upon a time I would never ave used soup mix, but I tried it once and realized just how good it tastes in soup! I'm a total convert, now. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                            interesting addition with the cashews... is that or taste, crunch, or both? I don't know why I've never put artichoke hearts in mine... I always have them and love them, bet they're amazing together!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's both, and it is amazing. One nice variation w/ this is to add a small spoonful of tahini to the dressing, to play up the nuttiness and the artichoke both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. an acquaintance just offered me a chocolate bar saying she hates chocolate. that and Perrier is lunch today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hot link from the Czech Stop in West, Tx, (out of my freezer), Kosher hot dog bun from 3 Brothers bakery in Houston and Gulden's spicy brown mustard. I was trying to think what else to put on it but it was gone before I could come up with anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Edit: Oops, this was supposed to be a reply to the original post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Phở bò
                                                                                                                                                                                                              :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Shared a classic tarte flambée at the local market with my man. Super-thin crust, crème fraîche, onions, speck. Perfection, and a nice light meal after last night's Thai spicy overkill :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, I've had juniper-flavored sausages/charcuterie but I'm not sure I've had speck (or its equivalent). Alsatian-German pizza... :-) ... sounds nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While I still prefer a good Neapolitan-style pizza, such as the one below, tarte flambée is a nice change of pace. It's great with a glass of fat Riesling or Weissburgunder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It looks like a Dale Chihuly glass ceiling! Lovely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Big bowl of beef broth (stock) with thin-cut/shaved ribeye, sliced cooked leaf tripe, fistfuls of trimmed Thai basil & culantro, and quartered mini red & yellow sweet peppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. leftovers from last night's dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Thai-ish" chicken (marinated chicken in coconut milk, red curry, lemongrass, brown sugar, lime zest and I can't remember what else I threw in there) and then grilled it, and boiled the marinating liquid...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with rice and stir fried pea pods, just enough left for lunch today (it seems to have gotten even hotter than it was for dinner last night... not that I'm complainig)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Today's lunch was braunschweiger, swiss cheese and yellow mustard on Beefsteak Rye. I picked up two loaves of seeded Beefsteak Rye when we were in NY last weekend. It's not sold anywhere here in West Georgia, and some grocery stores don't carry any rye at all! I hadn't realized how much I like Beefsteak until I moved South (from Indiana) and couldn't get it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Way too much pimiento cheese on Triscuits, way too many cherries and grapes. Dinner is SO off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I skipped breakfast (just Pepsi, coffee and water). So I had breakfast for lunch--fried egg and melted cheese on a fresh croissant toasted lightly. A few chunks of pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Steamed dressed black sea bass (Heh, the price of the raw fresh fish came out to $8.88)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              drizzled with heated oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sauced with soy sauce+shaoshing wine+sesame oil+dash of white pepper+sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              strewn with julienned scallions and fresh ginger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fresh “Fa Koo” [fat thick shiitake mushroom variety with a star pattern on the cap] slow-stewed with smashed garlic sautéed in peanut oil & a few smashed-up cubes of “Fu Yee” [wet bean curd in rice wine, salt, water] in chicken stock; with lengthwise-halved leaves of “Wong Nga Pak” [Napa cabbage, heavy thick white stems with largely whitish/pale green leafy parts] added towards the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boiled white rice (Basmati).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              J&B Whiskey on the rocks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pic of the fish & label before cooking. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Sliced marinated leg of lamb sandwich leftover from last night's dinner on toasted french baguette and a glass of ice cold Pepsi Throwback.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cheese and candied jalepeno quesadilla, With sour cream and salsa. Nom nom nom!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shnoopy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Candied jalapeño? Do you make them yourself or buy them somewhere?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My mom bought them at the Pepper Palace In Gatlinburg TN. I adore them. Hot and sweet, and crisp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Homemade beef jerky and cream cheese with strawberry/cherry preserves on a bagel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coming back to life. I think the jerky did it. On to Frito Pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Homemade taco salad with cilantro lime dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A ragù-like/inspired sauce** served over fresh spaghettini (yum#1) then fresh pappardelle (yum#2).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ** Brunoise of yellow onions, sautéed in olive oil till just browning; ground chuck added, stirred & broken up; Heinz tomato ketchup and Lea & Perrin Worcestershire sauce added, mixture stirred & sautéed, chopped vine-ripe tomatoes added, a couple of bay leaves, mixture banged around; chopped destringed celery added & the mixture stirred & simmered a bit; Kikkoman soy sauce + Pearl River light soy sauce added, followed by Japanese rice wine vinegar. Oregano & thyme added later. Simmered till judged "done" then rested a bit before serving.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds dang good, huiray. I love making waaaay too much (is there such a thing?) pasta sauce for multiple uses; different pastas, as a minestrone base, and for pastascuitta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lunch today was leftover pork chop (teriyaki-marinated) over the rest of the rice noodles, which I mixed w/ thinly-sliced celery, cucumber strips, chopped cilantro, green onions and basil and dressed w/ nuoc cham. Topped with crushed peanuts just for grins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally! I was going to get on you for only eating "Asian" foods! Sorry, I couldn't help it . . . I'm missing the Top Chef threads ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today a friend and I split a small Margherita pizza and a large salad with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8491...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And that's just on this thread and excluding those meals I reported where I had Western meals done with Chinese flourishes. Just FYI.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In any case I am not a competitor on a Western-cuisine cooking competition. I wasn't aware that anyone here was obliged to not eat only one type of food. I'm Chinese, and I do eat a lot of Chinese and SE Asian foods; but I dare say you don't know what I eat in the meals I don't report here. Y'know, I could just as easily ask why any number of folks here ate ONLY Western or European food. Hmm?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That thing about certain competitors on TC cooking "only Asian" has always, always been an infuriating issue - besides being completely untrue - and has been hashed over repeatedly and pointedly on those threads. Yet it seems as if all the pointing out of the fallacy of such accusations simply don't register with certain folks who are insistent that those competitors do cook "only Asian". There was also the issue with certain competitors who considered that anything that was touched by soy sauce instantly became an "Asian" dish and their declaring it with curled lip. Then there was the pointed commentary on these boards about what the heck is meant by "Asian", and why there are no accusations of some competitors cooking only "European". Ah well. To each his or her own. :-|

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hesitated before hitting "Post," as I know sarcasm does not always translate on the web. I was trying to be funny at the expense of those on the TC threads who vociferously support chefs who only do Italian or Spanish while disparaging those who *only* do Asian (yeah, just a multitude of Chinese cuisines, Korean, Thai, Japanese . . . ) If a chef *only* did European (French, German, Italian, Spanish . . .) they'd be rock stars who do a multitude of cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I still miss the TC threads. (Ilan a winner and Angelo not? WTF?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah. Well, TCM is returning July 25 (http://eater.com/archives/2012/05/24/...), while the new season of TC is supposedly in the works. in the meanwhile there's that "Around The World in 80 Plates" Survivor clone to hash over if one pleases. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, I started reading that thread when it started but it turns out I'm not even interested in reading about it, much less actually watching.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I'm about to have potato pancakes (potato, onion, apple grated with some sugar, salt, 1 egg, a little milk, wholegrain flour) and a salad of lettuce, fava beans, and grated carrots in lemon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Getting ready to eat: a grilled comte/tomato sandwich and a cup of lentil soup, with another Kemper's Black Cherry over crushed ice. Turtle brownie for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Black Cherry soda AND a turtle brownie? I'm jealous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just had a chicken quesadilla and ice water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My SE Asian style chicken with jasmine rice - deeeelish!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. It began as a classic decadent burger: grilled sirloin, toasted bun, pimiento cheese, sliced tomatoes and bread and butter pickles. Unfortunately it was waaaaay too much food (though it was a perfect burger; med-rare, rosy, well-seasoned, and juicy) and I had to ditch the bun part in favor of some home pickled beets. And a Martinelli's mango lemonade, crushed ice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Steamed pork dumplings from a streetside stand, dipped in black vinager and chile paste. Washed down with a liter of Tsingtao beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. As I posted on the breakfast thread, today was Farmer's Market day. I picked up a baguette from the local French bakery. These things are the real deal, thick floury crust with a soft center full of air holes. At the dairy farmer's stand I got a local garlic and chive cheese and a salted butter--the cows are exclusively grass-fed and so the butter and cheese have a distinctive funkiness. Hence lunch was three slices of baguette with butter and three with farm-fresh cheese. Sometimes, simple is best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. 2 slices of hot oil and pepperoni pizza leftover from dinner Thursday at Colony grill. For those not in the area, it is an ultra thin crispy crust. The hot oil is a jalapeno infused oil that the pizza is kind of bathed in as it bakes. The level of heat varies, so it is a bit of an adventure to order it, but I cannot resist it.