Sunday, October 7, 2007

My Catch Up (hold the ketchup and catsup)

Heh. Uh ... hi.

You may not remember me. I'm the blogger who writes My Cubicle Lunch.

I've been really busy lately. No, really. I've had lots of work, and classes, and dance parties, and season 5 of Smallville on DVD. It's just so much!

I just kind of haven't been ... blogging. But I have been photographing what I've made and/or reheated!

So here it is, folks, my list of recent cubicle meals for your mild voyeuristic amusement:

My Southwest Bean and Basil Salad

  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh Santa Monica Farmers (SMF) Market basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh SMF green beans (they're really sweet when fresh), broken in halves or chopped
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup sliced red grapes
  • parmesan or cotija cheese to taste
  • crumbled tostaditas for texture, and to make the neat little spire on top
My Basil-Tofu Open Faced Sandwich

  • 2 slices oat bread (lots of fiber, with a little sweetness)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole-seed dijon mustard (great texture)
  • 1 small vine-ripened tomato
  • 1/3 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh SMF basil (yeah, still trying to use it up)
  • 1 patty firm tofu, drained and sliced horizontally
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1/8 cup black beans
  • pickle slices to garnish
My Doctored-Up Pad Thai Leftovers

From Original Thai. I just microwaved and added some un-cooked, sliced zucchini to get more veggies in it. I also like the crisp contrast of texture it adds.

My Empty Pockets

Broke, out of money, destitute, hungry. At least I have a few slices of bread and a jar of peanut butter left in my desk's nether realms. Also, I get to take the new plate I bought over the weekend for a test lunch.

Please use non-disposable plates, cups and silverware at work. What you save in plastic and paper could be the earth's future.

(*step down from soapbox*)

My Paycheck Hasn't Gotten Here Yet

Another day of peanut butter toast for lunch, but at least I dressed it up with apricot preserves and banana slices. If I could only fry it, Elvis would be proud.

Thankfully, my coworker ordered too much at lunch (or saw me losing weight), and brought me her Original Thai salad role. She's such a good friend, I don't have the heart to tell her that I don't think these things are all that. But beggars and choosers, etc.

My Fatty Payback for a Month of Healthful Eating

1 carne asada burrito with a ginormous horchata (no ice -- it's a waste of valuable horchata space)

I've been craving a good burrito all week. This was not it. Casita Taco al Carbon may be a convenient taco shop for my office, but it's far from a great one. The meat was mediocre and laced with too much un-chewable gristle, the tortilla was certainly not made on the premises, the rice and beans did not run consistently through the length of the burrito, and the cardinal sin of all: the salsa sucks (though their verde is pretty decent). The horchata is pretty rockin', though. It's a bummer about their salsa, because their chips are always great. However, it's the fountain variety, which is hard to mess up. I will say that the burrito was far from bad, but it's just not up to the quality that is so easy to find in most San Diegan establishments.

While musing over the differences between my beloved San Diego's Mexican food and what I am so often disappointed by in LA, I found what is possibly the coolest food-related website EVER ESTABLISHED (besides MyCubicleLunch). It's user-generated Burritophile, a guide to the nation's best and worst in the tightly wrapped world of burrito joints. They cover most of the great spots in San Diego and LA, as well as the far reaches of Mexican cuisine's influence, like Wisconson. My only complaint is that some people are far too generous in their ratings. Case in point.

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