Saturday, December 20, 2008

Buttermilk Wings & Cider

Whoa, the wings were spicier then I thought.  That means they were pretty good. See that little cup? That was the best cider I have ever had. Grabbed another on my way out. Would have taken a few, but I didn't want to be that guy. Lunch ratting: :)+

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bacon Fried Rice Y'all

Gotta love East Meets West's bacon fried rice and potstickers. They are pretty much awesome. Today's lunch rating - "Meh+".

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No, It's Not a Burger.

I know. I thought so too! Once I got to the end of the line I needed to pause and rescan the line to make sure I didn't miss the bun. It's not quite how I am used to eating ground beef, but it was still good. The fish was tastey too. Nothing really blew my sox off though. If I had to rate things today I would rate my lunch a "Meh".

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Maru Ichi Email Post

Greetings from my G1! Todays special was Maru Ichi and it was, as always, great! Good day!

Monday, December 15, 2008

And We're Back

Meh. The chicken was ok and the steamed veggies were good. I really don't like that rice too much, but I usually try it every now and then to see if things are different. I heard Lunch Box was pretty darn good. Should have made the trek over too.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Its Been a While, Sorry.

Ok, this is going to be one big post.

Look! I'm half way done!

Chicken and cheese. MMMmm.

This was supposed to be Burrito Thursday, but when I went to Andale, they were out of pre-made burritos!!!! And they had a huge line! This really screwed me up because I had a final later that day at school. Ever hear of contextual interference? I was used to learning all full on burrito, but then I had to go test all full on sandwich! So yeah, big problem. I pulled it off though.

I remember that the stuff on the right was pretty damn good. 

Steady hands again.

All chicken fingers should be so good. Can you believe that salad was red?

I think they forgot to drain the oil off the ground beef before mixing it in with the rest of the chili. This had to effects: 1) the chili was much less healthy, 2) the chili was way tastier. The pulled pork and chicken wings were pretty good too.

Please note the red circle! I bet you wouldn't find that on a potato knife or fork. 

Steak and guacamole! O. M. G.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Today (last Tuesday the 25th), I had left overs from a place that serves the best Indian food in San Jose. Totally great. I need to go again soon.

I need to apologize: There will not be any more posts this week (meaning last week).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dead, cooked cow with fried onion things and fish with pomegranate stuff on top. It just doesn't get any better than that (unless it's Kuro).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ok, try not to pay too much attention to the dates over the next couple posts. I am a bit of a slacker.

So what the hell happened to Cafe 150? The place looked deserted. For the life of me I can't figure out why either. The food was (is still I imagine) pretty damn good. I mean look at it. LOOK! I want to petition to revive Cafe 150. Who's with me? Actually, I'll just try to go there more often. A petition sounds like too much effort.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

2nd To Last Burrito Thursday

I only have a couple more Thursday afternoon classes left. Woohoo! You know what that means? No more 20 minute drive old, premade burrito Thursdays. Never fear though, because it doesn't mean I will stop eating burritos altogether. That day will never come. It only means that Burrito Day may or may not fall on a Thursday.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Made the trek to the Basic Deli today. We biked there and then walked back because someone else needed our bikes. Maybe they needed to go to Charlies? I got the pulled pork sandwich on wheat, some roasted cauliflower, some mixed greens, some raspberry frozen yogurt, and washed it all down with some iced tea. Good stuff. Try to guess what order I ate my lunch in?

Anyway, not sure how we got on the topic, but did you know there is a giant mass of trash (twice the size of Texas) floating in the pacific? I looked around a bit for more info, and found an article where some guy in the comments claims to have found it in Google Earth. I looked at the coordinates that he supplied in Earth and sure enough there is something there. Not sure if its the mass of trash or some other weirdness. At any rate you can see the same weird mass using Google Maps too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Maru Ichi Fix

Had a new member join the club today. He is still on probation, but appears to be a promising new member. We shall see. It was pretty funny when he actually read the menu, noob. 

Don't look too closely at the photo. I wasn't able to get a new one of my lunch today, but it wasn't any different than this (nor should it have been). Kuro FTW! You know, growing up FTW had a different meaning. Did it for anyone else? If so, what? I'll tell you, if you tell me. :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Went to Fourteen for lunch today. It was doggone delicious. The BBQ and plain old roasted chicken were quite nice. The BBQ chicken was freakin spicy. One of my table mates (who shall go unnamed) was surprised that I could handle the heat! Can you believe that!? I mean, I didn't even realize that it was spicy until my lunch neighbor started crying. Here is his lunch plate:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Went offsite to Michael's at the Shoreline golf course for lunch. I got the Philly Cheesesteak. Meh. We had great weather. (Any readers from Dublin can stop reading now.) In fact, we actually started to complain about it being too sunny! Once we got a little shade, it was pretty nice to have lunch with everyone.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Burito Thursday Is Back

Ok, I am pretty convinced now that my drive home has a negative impact on burrito flavor. I should try to eat before I leave.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I think I was hungry again before I finished eating. Whatever that sauce is they put on the tuna was mmm, mmm, good.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Yikes! This is quite the mishmash of foods. There's some watermelon, cheese and crackers, palik paneer, basil chicken, and walnut butterscotch cookies!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Great Salmon Caper

It was bright and warm Autumn afternoon. The lines at BigTable weren't out of the ordinary. In fact, the lines were extra ordinary. The guy behind the counter feverishly grilled the Salmon, stacking each finished master piece on a square white platter. The presentation was amazing. And so was the sauce, the Caper sauce to be specific. The ingredients must have been shipped in from some exotic location on the other side of town. By the time we reached the end of the line, everyone knew what would  happen next: another line would begin.

Sorry about that.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sushi Is Fish, Right?

Had some awesome sushi from Charlies today. Pretty damn good. I saw the doc the other day and she said, " need to eat more fish [blah blah blah] or you'll die." Whatever I wasn't listening. Anyway, the sushi was pretty freakin great. I am a huge fan of wasabi. If my eyes don't slightly water then I am not using enough.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Something Kind of Different Thursday

You might be thinking: "WTF, Pat? This is Burrito Thursday. What the hell are you doing?" In all honesty, I had a delicious burrito from Andale last night. It was pretty damn good. I find that they taste much better when you eat them right away instead of putting the foil wrapped goodness on the dash of your car for 30 minutes while driving home. They stay surprisingly warm (and good), but lose something along the way. I am not quite sure what though.

So while I was grabbing that burrito last night I noticed that there was a contraption that let you make quesadillas. Yes, you read that right. You can make your own quesadillas in Andale. Today, thats what I tried to do. I ended up using way too much cheese and it started to burn, so I took it off the grill a little early. I didn't want to subject everyone there to the amazing smell of fried cheese. I know that it might not be well received by everyone. See how considerate I am?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I stood in line for 21 minutes to get you this photo. I hope you're freakin happy and enjoy looking at it. So now I have had both the marinara sauce and the alfredo sauce. They are both good, but I have to give the award to the alfredo sauce. It really is better and that's not my opinion, it's a fact. Please note the spoon. This utensil is waaay more effective for bow tie pasta than a dumb little fork. A spork might come close though. Think about that for a little while.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Just Pizza

Meh. Should have had a burrito.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I'd like to apologize to all my fan for the late post. You deserve better. No Name pretty much rocked yesterday. Coffee Crusted Flank Steak? Purple Peruvian Mashers? Pumpkin whatchamacallit? Are you kidding me? Awesome. Don't ask about the metal fork and knife, not sure what happened there. I claim it was the metal utensils that caused the late post and you can't disprove it. I suggest being really careful using metallic utensils on a Monday at No Name, after the 12 noon lunch crowed, on a rainy day, just before playing pool, while drinking a handcrafted Rootbeer that tastes like it was brewed in Heaven (says so on the bottle), when you have a blog post to make about your daily lunch. You have been warned.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Firey BBQ Ribs & Bloody Rice

Sorry, no good Halloween posts here, move along. In case your still reading, the ribs were pretty good, but I think I should have gone with a burrito or a couple tacos today. After all it's almost Dia De Los Muertos.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Burrito Thursday

What were you expecting?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maru Ichi Fix

Like I mentioned before, Maru Ichi is freakin' great. Again, I was not let down by Combo A with Kuro. The rest of the meal was good too. Pay no attention to the small red circle at the top of the photo. I am not sure how that got there. Mmm.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Diwali!

Had some great Indian food today. Mmmm. The Samosas were pretty damn good. Although, they could have used less potato and more peas. The plumb sauce really makes them something special. The Chicken Tikka Masala was really good too. I had a bit of the Aloo Bagan and then realized that there was eggplant in it when I sat down. I ate what I could of that, but stopped short of actually eating the eggplant. Eggplant, along with mushrooms, are probably the worst foods on the planets. <- Yes, any of them.

Please note the potato fork on the left hand side of the photo. Thank you lord. :P

Monday, October 27, 2008

Everything Else < Pumpkin Ice Cream < Jesus

Eating the Pumpkin ice cream in Cafe Moma is a spiritual experience. One that I have no problem trekking across the street to get. I mean, I am pretty sure the good lord is rubbing my belly after each bite. Lord, thank you for that. And lord, thank you for my Prime Rib and the good cooks that made my lunch today. Well done. 

Regarding my utensils: they were out of potato forks today, so I had to use a metal one. Lord, can you fix that for tomorrows lunch? I promise I wont ask for anything else, ever.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Magical Wings

Its been a while since I went to American Table. Not sure why either. They are always freakin' awesome. I think at this point I would place them in my top three cafes. The wings today were pretty amazing. The turkey pasta dish too. 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Cereal?

It was a WFH day. I got the cereal from my pantry, the milk and berries from the fridge, and the bananna from the counter. I guess I paid for all of this. Sorry.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Custom Made Just for Me

So today I waited in the longest line I have ever waited in for lunch. I usually just skip what ever has the longest line. There is always something good in a much shorter line. Well, today I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about and give the long line a try. In case you couldn't tell from the photo, I waited for a custom bowl of pasta. The way this worked was you wait in line for a while, order your toppings, and then they cook it up right there in front of you (the pasta dish, not crack). I have to admit, it was quite good and well worth the long wait. Hmm, maybe it was crack. Anyway, here are the toppings I ordered: garlic, garlic sausage, zucchini, and peppers all topped with a marinara sauce. Mmmmm. The garlic bread was good too. Mmmm. Garlic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Deep Fired Chicken Thing

Had some pretty awesome Orange-Creme soda with lunch today. The best part was the deep fried chicken thing though. It had this sauce that reminded me of this Plumb sauce my favorite Indian restaurant makes. I need to go there very soon and you should too.

Monday, October 20, 2008

This is America!

After hearing a comment from Latthew Mewis today, I had a momentary internal struggle over whether or not it was OK to mix foods from different cafes on one plate. I quickly came to the conclusion that this was not only OK, but that it would be considered down right un-American to do anything else. Besides, I'll be damned if I let any one cafe dictate how many cafes I go to in one day. I mean, how else am I supposed to try out a highly regarded cafe and consume some great frozen yogurt in a single meal? It's just not possible. 

Now, I know what you are thinking and yes, that is bacon on that sandwich. And yes, the sandwich was freakin' awesome. The mashers and salad were so so. Finally, I would love to tell you how I finished everything up with the Red Mango (warning: annoying all flash website) yogurt, but the truth is, I didn't. I actually ate that first and saved the bacon sandwich for last. That's just how I roll.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Desk Lunch Friday

Some pretty sweet taquitos. Get this: I tried to get a real fork today, you know, to try to make a difference and what not, and they were out of clean ones. Sorry earth. Better luck next time.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Vote For Burrito

Surprise! I had a burrito today! Sorry about the lack of presentation in the photo. I feel that if you seen one Carne Asada Supremo burrito from Andale, you've seen them all.  I did take a slightly different route in the beverage department today. Instead of a frosty glass of grape juice, I washed it down with a frosty glass of milk and a little civic responsibility.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

50% Special

I find that when I go to pic, I load my plate mostly at the beginning of the line (salad side) and at the end of the line. The end of the line is where they keep the "Specials". Today's special was Chicken Katsu (located between 9 and 12 o'clock on my plate) and Okonomiyaki (located at 2 o'clock). Holy crap those are good. I can see why they make it to the "Special" section of the lunch line. The Chicken Katsu is breaded and deep fried and topped with a crazy good sauce called Tonkatsu Sauce. I can't even tell you what the Okonomiyaki is made out of, but I suspect it's made from a little slice of heaven. I wanted to go back and get more, but I don't think going back and taking the entire tray of Okonomiyaki would have been very nice. Next time I'll be sure to grab a couple pieces. Oh, the stuff covering the bottom half of my plate are the standard vegies and salad, not too special.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chinese Style Noodle Soup

Ingredients for a delicious soup: broccoli, grilled beef, vegetable broth, couple (OK like 4 or 5) pork wontons, fresh Shanghai noodles, red and green chilies, bean sprouts, and cilantro. Please note the toothpicks. You can find them between the soup and milk. Those are very important for a meal with cilantro, especially for a guy with big teeth. Not sure why I grabbed the fork and knife - force of habbit I guess.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Standard Monday

Today was a pretty standard day as far as lunch goes. Nothing flashy or exotic going on, but good none the less. At Charlie's you'll always find something good and familiar. Some of the other cafes can get carried away sometimes with far out types of food that you have never seen before. Not Charlies though. Actually, sometimes they have something crazy, but they always have your basic comfort foods. You know the kind that requires almost no thought as to whether or not you'll like it. I would consider them to be the PB&J of the Google cafes.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Orange Not So Dirty

Ok, so I really hate mushrooms. I think they are one of the worst things a person could eat. I can only describe the flavor of mushrooms as dirty. Just consider what they grow in for a second would ya? The only mushrooms I ever liked were some I had while I was in Hyderabad, India. They were stuffed with cheese, breaded, and deepfried (that makes everything taste good). Today, I saw some mushrooms that looked quite similar to the deepfried morsels I had in Hyderabad. These ones tasted OK (they were missing cheese). I guess I still don't like them very much. They had an orange sauce that I know was designed to cover the taste of dirt. They couldn't fool me though.

As far as the rest of the meal, the mixed vegies were pretty damn good, so was the chicken. I don't usually drink soda, but I wanted to try the Royal Pepper soda (we say soda on the west coast, not pop) with agave syrup. It wasn't bad, but I don't need to have another glass. Finally, I have to saw that the best part of the whole meal were the plumbs. Perfect.

Happy Friday everyone.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Student's Lunch

This is my typical Thursday lunchtime meal. I have class in the afternoon, so I just grab a buritto from Andale and go. Today, I am washing it down with a frozen mug of watered down grape juice (60% Welches and 40% water).

In other news, we should hopefully start seeing some new Google Maps imagery soon. The first image of the GeoEye-1 has been released. Apparently, Google will be able to purchase image data down to the absurd resolution of 50cm! That's about 1 ft 8 inches for my metrically challenged readers. As a point of reference, thats only slightly higher then my camera was when I took a picture of that delicious buritto you see above. Hey Nokia, stick that in your Navteq pipe and smoke it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Not So Free...

... but worth every penny. You will likely see this beauty make an appearance here on a regular basis. Just look at it, simply amazing! You can find Kuro Ramen (combo A pictured above) at Maru Ichi on Castro St. in downtown Mountain View. Don't waste your time with another flavor Ramen, seriously don't do it.

For those of you daring enough to give it a try, I feel I must offer a warning: you will become addicted. You may not feel it at first, but you will. A week or so after your first taste you will find your mind drifting, thinking about Kuro. As soon as you cave to the temptation your life is over. Soon you will find yourself doing whatever it takes to get some of that garlicy sweetness into your veins. Your family and friends wont know who you are anymore and you'll have a hard time keeping a job or continue being effective in your current job. You've been warned.

Also, for those of you following along, I think that it is important to point out that Maru Ichi is located in California, the best state. I belive that I can rest my case now.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Coho My God!

Good stuff. You know what else is good? California and the new Mega Man.