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.
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!
lamb biryani from jasmine market, a burmese muslim restaurant in culver city. mildly spiced and with a slightly softer texture at places, almost like a steamed rice dish. the raita really complemented the biryani and the portion was huge.
i did also shamefully get a starbucks iced coffee because i had just gotten off an early morning flight and found no alternatives.