everything i eat, most of which i've made, somewhat properly
chicken fried steak with home fries, eggs, and pancakes from carrows, the only place open 24 hours in my neighborhood. just what i needed. 
argued with jason over what constitutes and diner. i think, if breakfast is served all day, it’s a diner.
terrible sushi lunch at gatten sushi in torrance. when will i learn that kaiten sushi is always a terrible idea?
this was some kind of seared salmon with red pepper flakes. it was arguably the best selection.
tomato and fig panino with a pretty flower side salad, from surfas.
apparently the sandwich has taleggio, pesto, and is on garlic bread wut i don’t really remember it being that fragrant. i hope i wasn’t stinking up my afternoon meetings.
we were on the west side. jason wanted “normal food.” we went to islands.
i got the hawaiian (pineapple teriyaki) in turkey with a wheat bun. i should have gone beef, which would have stood up better against the sauce, but i was feeling like a bit of different. they’re fries are excellent.
3 classic dishes from tasty noodle in san gabriel: jellyfish cucumber salad, beef tendon noodle soup, pan fried pork buns.
the salad had these large cuts of jellyfish, which i had never seen in this type of salad. the dressing was so good even jason liked it, although he only had like half a piece of jellyfish.
the beef noodle soup had great housemade noodles and a surprising spicy kick.
the pork bun were light and savory, although they could have benefited from a bit of vinegar dipping sauce.
i’m really lucky that tasty noodle house is basically the closest real asian restaurant to my house, along with mini southern town and golden deli. and $21 fed us for two meals. will def be back.
west lake beef soup has become one of my chinese ordering mainstays. this version, from new capital seafood in rowland heights is more like the traditional thick gung style while the one at oak tree inn in south pas is lighter and with more spinach. i like both.
and i like eating my soup out of ridiculously small bowls.
mi quang and lime soda from ngu binh in westminster, oc. i had to pick up my parents from SNA on a wednesday night so i made lemonade by visiting little saigon.
this was the first time i had mi quang and i am so into it. from gastronomyblog: “turmeric noodles, banana flower, lettuce, beansprouts, shrimp, pork, rice crackers, and herbs, all in a shallow pool of sweet pork broth.” i might never have pho ever again.
bun thit cha gio and ca phe sua da from pho 79 in alhambra. the meat to noodle ratio was a bit higher than i would have liked and i put too much of the nuoc cham over it. but overall good quality.
then i went to the gym for the first time in a long time and felt like i was going to die.
moving day weekday lunch at hui tou xiang: an order of pork hui tou and the seaweed salad. with complimentary kimchi. the hui tou were not as good as i had built up in my mind but the seaweed salad was kind of amazing. had enough for leftovers that night.
when i first moved into my new apartment, i had no internet or way of cooking. so on a sunday i went to the south pasadena library for their free wifi and then had a lamb biryani and mango lassi at radhika, a kind of “modern indian” restaurant nearby.
all i have to say is, unless there’s a massive regional difference that i don’t know about, this is not biryani. more like mushy rice with curry sauce stirred in. and the naan was underdone, probably not made in a real tandoor. the mango lassi was good, at least.
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