I have stayed loyal to my bento baon goals for the last couple of months.
However, I have cheated on the weekends.
It shows on my evil digital scale.
The Good: I’ve pumped up the vegetables in my bentos. I have scaled back on the meat. I added tofu and other protein substitutes. I also stayed true to the “baon” nature of this project by incorporating more leftovers.
The Bad: I still haven’t figured out when to stop eating when dining out. I clear my plate without thinking about it. I know there’s a cue from my belly when my hunger is satisfied. It’s a subtle one and I end up ignoring it because I love the flavors in my mouth and how the food makes me feel. Now, I’m trying to sub-out the fries and fatty side dishes with salads. A damn shame, since I love fries.
The Ugly: I’ve slacked off on running.
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So far, the best bowl of ramen I’ve had in the Bay Area.
Ta-Ro Ramen With Tonkotsu Broth at Dohatsuten.
Where do you go for ramen?
This was Game Day food for the NCAA Championship Game. Rock Chalk Jayhawks.
Truffle oil is a winning combination in this mac and cheese dish from the Pub at Ghirardelli Square.
Kansas lost. Still, we had fun with all the Jayhawk fans.
My husband introduced me to Max’s Opera Cafe in Palo Alto. It’s a classy spot for Jewish deli favorites: from Reubens to matzo ball soup.
I loved the hearty potato latkes.
I figured the apple sauce on the side helps this photo fit the Mellow Yellow Monday theme, yes?
We split the Reuben with huge slices of pastrami and a hefty serving of sauerkraut. It was certainly big enough for two people.
Where do you go for deli sandwiches?
Lucky was a running theme or joke in the newsroom. One producer wanted me to take my fortune and add the phrase: “in the newsroom.” Why not?
This is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday. Are you feeling lucky?