Lunch 5/20/2012: the Great Patty Melt Challenge

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Patty Melt and Fries
Joanie’s Cafe
Palo Alto, CA

The Great Patty Melt Challenge

The bread, the bread, the bread was perfect. Yes, perfect. Crunchy until the last bits, grilled with butter, great quality rye. Wow. And the onions, sliced well, with a generous portion – the whole circle slice, actually, and grilled until soft but not burnt. But everything else about the sandwich was subpar. I asked for it medium, and it was well done. And, while the patty was seasoned nicely, I still couldn’t get over eating beef that hard. It was served with a tasteless cheddar (two slices, but not gooey). I even tried to taste the cheddar, but nada flavor. And the fries were the typical cafe fry, with that slight breaded flavor, but they were over cooked or they needed to change the oil. As for the overall experience, there were so many major factors that were bad, I’m not sure such good bread could make up for it. Good bread, though.

On a side note: my server, Susan was a doll. She even suggested another place for me to try. Good job, Joanie.

Patty: 2
Cheese: 1
Onions: 3.5 (still a little stringy)
Bread: 4.5
Side: 1
Experience: 2

Overall: 2.33

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Dinner 4/19/2012 (and a little movie review)

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Movie popcorn with butter, Dreyers mint n’ chip and cookies n’ cream ice cream on a waffle cone
Cinemark theaters to see Blue Like Jazz
Mountain View, CA

This movie was not your average movie, and junk food is not your average dinner. But sometimes, I need a break from average, and both this dinner and movie, Blue Like Jazz, got me and my companion out of my rut of normalcy. While we talked at length about life, doing faith in Jesus at Stanford, community and ministry and love over our ice cream (which really hit the spot, BTW) I realized something about this movie: it reminded me very much of my ice cream. Both are unpretentious (no pinkberry or fancy gelato for me, thankyouverymuch) and familiar. I’m a decade older than those students and I still understand the internal conflict of the protagonist. Sometimes I feel like I’m a generic mint n’ chip lost in a sea of Ben and Jerry’s array of endless flavors. Do I try to add Oreos with my cookies n’ cream to become like a B&J flavor, or do I just stand on my own? And my answer lied in my waffle cone: if I did, I’d become messy and fall out and melt. Then, no one would be happy, not even my lesbian friend. So, maybe I should accept that I’m mint n ‘ chip – cool and sweet with a touch of something that people crave – and let that truth permeate what I do, rather than try to be some crazy concoction to become more popular, even if it’s just for a season. This movie is modest, and portrays a common struggle with a triumphant ending, one that I’ve never seen on film before. I will definitely be having movie night with it. And, I’ll bring a pint if mint n’ chip to share.

Lunch 4/16/2012

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Pasta Alfredo with chicken, caesar-ish salad, garlic bread
Olives Cafe, Stanford
Stanford, CA

I’ve started riding my bike to work, so I had a craving for pasta (highly unusual). I was excited to find that Olives was really close to my class, so I went for their Monday pasta special. I was envisioning creamy, buttery goodness and I got not that. I mean, pasta is pasta, but they need an added richness to the sauce. On the bright side, it was $9 for the plate with a coffee (not pictured). Maybe next time I’ll try the falafel.

I take pictures

A lot of pictures of food. If you go to my mobile uploads album on facebook, 75% of it is food. So, I decided to showcase what I think is delicious. I’m going to let this blog evolve naturally at first. It might turn into a nearly everything I eat, or just my more delicious and unusual adventures. I’ll do minimal captions, unless something warrants a review (cough, cough, The French Laundry)

So, please subscribe, comment and give me ideas. Restaurant recommendations are always welcome.

Enjoy and be inspired!