everything i eat, most of which i've made, somewhat properly
the regular ramen at tsujita annex. impossibly rich.
beef roll from 101 noodle express. this is a dish that i first read about in 2008/2009 and have been waiting to try ever since. and it did not disappoint, even as leftovers later in the night and the next day.
pizza pollo asado from trader joe’s, with a handful of grape tomatoes. much better it you think about it as some sort of polenta cake.
i can’t really cook right now since i’m living in a temp place and i don’t have my own kitchen so i’ve been living on this kind of stuff for a week. then i hit the san gabriel valley hard so look out for goodies coming up.
my first workday lunch, a “bibimbap” from a forgettable place across the street from my office. there’s a real death of viable* lunch options nearby so for the rest of the week i brought my signature beetroot turkey sandwich assembled from trader joe’s ingredients.
the bowl had a lovely variety of veggies but the sauce was like a soy dressing and therefore NOT bibimbap.
*i’m right on top of umamicatessen but i’m not that meatloving nor could i afford to hit that up on a regular basis. there’s a food court at the fashion mart that seemed kind of gross and a cute nearby deli but i didn’t feel like a sandwich that day.
lemongrass chicken banh mi from good girl dinette in highland park, my new neighborhood. i got in on saturday afternoon and after getting to my new place i basically went to the first place nearby i could remember.
the chicken was really tender, so surprisingly good for chicken, and the bread was tasty but it was missing that quintessential vietnamese fishiness. the slaw was kind of a disaster and i didn’t finish it.
for my goodbye lunch with diane in portland: grilled eggplant sandwich from lovejoy bakers, with potato salad. it was good but small. fine for my appetite but so unportlandlike.
i haven’t made pasta sauce in a while but i made a big batch with mushrooms and sweet italian sausage. it ended up lasting a really long time because it was too mushroomy for jason, even though he’s the one who bought that quantity of mushrooms. 
i had it over rice when the pasta ran out, which is delicious.
what the what salad from nepo 42, with fried chicken and subbing pickled onion for cheese. i love a salad with fries on it.
this was the day that i found out i got my new job in la. so that’s why posting has been sporadic. life is kind of crazy right now. this is a de facto last dinner out in portland, although i’m pretty sure i had a burrito from ole frijoles at some point later, and i’ll be back at the end of the month to pack up the rest of my stuff.
snacks picked up at niyija market on sawtelle, west la: baumkuchen, calpico, some random korean coffee because they didn’t have mr brown, a giant apple, and cheese flavored caloriemate.
i’ve been wanting to try caloriemate for a while now it’s a lot bigger and a lot more moist than i expected and the cheese flavor had a pleasant salty/sweet thing going. also, it contains almonds, which meant i made jason spit it out after he took a bite before i’d fully read the packaging.

the baumkuchen was awesome as expected. i love layered cakes!
tsukemen at tsujita annex. thick chewy noodles with an unbelievable amount of flavor in each bite, savory, spicy and garlicy, without being too salty. how do they do that?
the portion was just big enough without going too much into food coma.
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