Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We got a wicked case of indian summer goin' ahn over here, which means that, for a limited time only, eating in the out-of-doors makes sense (to the non-crazy). It's hard to imagine a better place to take advantage of this exciting scenario than the Red Stag Supperclub. The place is amazing all-around (food/drink/decor-wise) & for me & mine, its a truly untapped resource for eating and hanging. The lunch menu is truly sublime, but for this lunching extravaganza I went with a special o' the day: their philly cheese steak. And I must say - this may be the elusive (no joke). The meat is local & was tasty beyond compare, and the plethora of seasoned peppers and onions only added to the utter flavor explosion. This thing weighed about 4 lbs & I ate it all. On the side was a miniature arugula salad (yum) & a side of "chip," which is one giant homemade potato chip.
I'm pretty sure this meal gives me the edge for all-time. Sick or not, Shawn, ucanttouchthis.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK!!! Cuz this ain't one... I'm on lifeline duty again today, with the understanding that TODAY IS THE DAY AAAIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!! So again lunch happened in a flash, at the one place within walking distance of the office: Nordeast Eatery. I ordered their weird variation on a cuban sandwich that tastes more like a BBQ pulled pork jam (inna South Cak-o-lak style) than a traditional Cub'. It was tasty. The pork was succulent, the mustard was zesty & the ham slice a dream. This grey foto makes me pine an iPhone or something else that was manufactured within the past 5 years, since the actual sight of this thing was colorful, & almost exuberant. May the best lunch win (mine).
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Publix - Turkey sub, baked lays, diet Pepsi. Chris - Just becasue your a life-line for someone on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire doesnt mean you win...today you lose. Hit up Publix and ate at home today, a rare occasion. When I lived in Knoxville, I would DREAM of Publix subs - they are amaaaaazing. Truly awesome. I win. (*Other notable foods from Publix - chicken fingers, bananna pudding, spinich dip, macorroni salad)
Monday, October 27, 2008
The astute Daily Lunch Battle fan may notice a striking similarity between this photo of my lunch today, purchased/consumed at Snap Pizza, and that of my lunch from way back on September 25. That's because it's the smae photo!!!!! I left my cell phone (w/ camera) at home today, due to a discombobulating morning, and lo & behold wasn't able to photograph my lunch. Thought that the best way to get around this issue would be to revisit something from a past lunch, so here we are. I got the Snap Pizza lunch spec: two slices & a soda. And as usual, it was pretty delish.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Work decided to buy pizza for us all today, which always rules. Even better, I convinced everyone to not go with the normal joints, but instead to try Crescent Moon Bakery on Central. I've been eyeing this place on a weekly basis; it's right across from the bank, and looks intriguing. So we got the Afghani pizza, which they also call "football pizza" (it's shaped that way). Totally amazing! We got one with veggies (spinach, tomato, onion, garlic) & one with meats (ground beef & pepp), and both were monster jamz. Each pizza also included a spicy pepper/mint(?)/garlic chutney sauce-ish thing to drizzle on top (that's the green stuff pictured on a slice). The whole office agrees: totally yummy.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Hey student, where's Coffman Union?" After learning last week that there is, in fact, a CHIK-FIL-A IN MINNEAPOLIS (!!!!), it's taken all of my willpower to refrain from trekking over to the University of Minnesota campus for a big ol' bite. Today I trekked. And holy moly it was fantastic. First, I spent some time on my route, finding a really fast way to get to & fro. I scoped out parking & exactly where I'd need to walk to get my Chik-Fil-A fix as quickly as possible. So then it was time to leave, and I busted outta here like a bat outta hell, screaming "carpe diem" and frothing at the mouth. I get in, purchase a small order of nugz & a sammie (sans pickle, of course) & bolt for the courtyard to dine in a bona fide student stylee. The sun almost made me forget that it's 50 degrees today (& windy), but really it set the tone for the beaming smile on my face & warmth in my soul. Fan-tasty-tastic. Shawn loses (as usual).
For the first time at this job, I actually went home for lunch. Low and behold, Katherine went grocery shopping..and I wanted to eat it all. This lunch might seem a bit bizarre, but here's what i had: Campbell's low-fat chicken gumbo soup, Wasa crackers, carrots, celery, black beans (with lime and onions), some bizarre salsa Katherine bought that ruled, and some bizarre guacomole Katherine bought that also ruled. No coke zero. Water. I switched it up. Chris, whatcha got?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Had a short lunch today thanks to work & personal errands (post office, bank, gas-o-line fillin'), so I cruised thru the drive thru of Porky's for lunch. The first Porky's (still in operation) opened in the 50s as a drive-in, but I hit the new one, which opened last year and is sorta weirdly futuristic-looking. Ordered a combo #2: a burger w/ cheese, BBQ sauce & fried onions, order of fries, diet coke and a choco chip cookie. Like all of their burgz, this one comes topped with a single onion ring (!), which I think is really a nice touch. All of this got inhaled in the parking lot whilst listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR. Note: the awesome greasy wrapper... Killer lunch brah.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sea Salt is a seasonal seafood eatery near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, and with a mere week left of operation, it seemed like a good time to finally try it out. What you see here is a catfish po'boy with the usual fixins. What you don't see, is the bottle of Crystal hot sauce (ask for it by name) that got nearly emptied on top of this joker. Totally delicious. A wonderful day outside, too, which means a lot with the impending freeze...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
With the morning devoted to packing up stuff for the post office & various errands, my afternoon was ready to be filled with some lunch. In the midst of errands I stopped off at Seward Cafe for a bite. And as always, it was yummy. I ordered the "super red bean earth," which is hashbrowns topped with tomatoes (red), onions & cheese (super), and pinto beans (...bean) with delicious toast on the side. This place is collectively owned/run, and all the food is local, etc etc. A pretty singular establishment around here. Got some coffee (they were out of iced tea) and water to go with it. A few hours later, I'm still stuffed from this thing. Total yum-yum.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Say it ain't so! Yes, for the second time this week I hit an Indian buffet for lunch. Today's lunch isn't from my norm (India Palace), but rather from Nalapak, a vegetarian South/North Indian restaurant in (sorta) nearby Columbia Heights, MN. This was my first time there & it was pretty much totally tight. Pictured is some mint chutney, gobi manchurian, vegetable korma, basmati rice, paratha & iddly. Some masala dosai was lurking just off camera, stage left. Good stuff. If this all isn't enough, upon returning to work I hit a slice of some insane cappucino dessert/cake thing from French Meadow for a co-worker's anniversary. I'm ridin' on cloud 9.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
In honor of the fact that nachos rule forever, I cruised up Central Ave in search of a Mexican joint where I could belly-up to a plate full o' crispy cheesy treats. So I end up at a place called Chiapas, which I'm guessing is not reknowned for their nachos. Not that they were bad, mind you - nachos rule, after all - but these aren't actually what I had in mind. These things are rather gringo-y, but still miles above dorm style nachos or anything of that stripe. My toppinz included 2 kindsa cheese, beans, chicken, guac, jalepenos, tomatos & sour cream. So yeah, these were great, but my craving persists, so expect more nachos in my future....
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Took today off from work to get caught up on all sorts of things, and in the middle of them I headed off to downtown Saint Paul for some..... lunch! Destination: Golden's Deli. Heard nothing but rave reviews about this place, so the visit is long overdue. Ordered a half sammie / soup combo. The sandwich is turkey & swiss on a cibatta w/ horseradish, and the soup is a chicken tortilla bean thing. Good stuff. Washed it all down with a red berry iced tea.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sundays are for lougin', reading stuff, thrift store stop-ins, and burritos. For the latter I cruised into Pineda Tacos - probably the best burrito place in the Twin Cities. The Saint Paul location is still the best, but today I was in Minneapolis. When in Rome, eh? So this thing is amazing. I got a spicy chicken burrito filled with refried beans, salsa, cilantro, lettuce, rice, and the secret/awesome ingredient - grilled oxaca cheese (!!!!!!!!!). An absolutely unreal burrito experience. Unfortunately the lighting is bad in this joint, and we sat away from the window in order to enjoy the Bulgaria v. Italy soccer match on the TV. So don't focus on the pic so much as the excellent cuisine it depicts.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Morracco - Brewat + Casa Beer. We picked EPCOT right in the middle of the Food & Wine Festival, and it has been AWESOME. We are curently going around eating everything we find, and drinking everything too. The Food & Wine Festival food is so much better than the everyday Disney fair..I picked the Brewat for the picture because its been the best. Chicken, potatoes, peas, spices, all wrapped in a spicy crispy flour shell. What a treat. Chris, this is better than that mess you ate today.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Back to where we started... Snagged some Snap Pizza at lunch today. Instead of the two slice lunch spehsh, I went with one slice o' pepp & a gigantic (re-fillable) diet coke. Since I skipped dinner as well as my breakfast smoothie, I thought it made perfect sense to eat a big piece of greasy 'za. Good idea? Time will tell.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Again today I'm without a car, but thankfully the weather is waaaaay more conducive to a lunchtime adventure. Walked a few blocks to Zakia Deli, a real hidden gem, for their Wednesday special: DAVE-BASHA. This is an amazing dish, loaded with seasoned ground beef, pine nuts, carrots, stewed potatoes & loads and loads of seasoning. All of that is dropped on a bed of rice. On the side is their 'ranch potatoes,' with is sorta like a souped-up home fries dish with seasoned and grilled potatoes, green & red peppers and onions. Unbelieveable lunch. I gotta say that I am embarrassed for Shawn for having to compete against this one today...