Sushi Pirate, Yaaaarrrrrrrr

There is a “new” sushi joint in my neighborhood.

I say “new” because it’s been there quite a while and I’ve only now had the interest to go there.


We decided to go out on a Sunday afternoon for a quick lunch and we picked Sushi Pirate.


HELLO !!!!!!!!

Why am I looking at an empty plate ???

I can’t believe I went out for sushi and didn’t bring my own chop sticks.


Mmmmmmmm, pot stickers !! I’m used to eating frozen pot stickers from Trader Joe’s and these were really good and really fresh.


The wife ordered her usual “Chicago” roll. (Boring !!!)


I’ve had “Volcano” rolls and many different places and this is the only place that presented like this. It was very good and the sauce was fantastic.

We were there on a Sunday, mid afternoon and there were only about 10 other customers there.  The service was fine, the food good and the prices were about what should be expected. I will definitely give the Pirate another go for dinner.



Not to be confused with “Rice-A-Roni” (The San Francisco Treat)

or with “BeefARoni”

Just a few simple items.

All cooked up.

Lunch For Week XXII

I haven’t posted anything about my lunches lately, mostly because they were not very interesting !!

The past several weks I had rice with water chestnuts.

BUH !!!

But this week, I had to throw a piece of good lean beef in.

The good news is that I’m still down 10 pounds.  I just need to eat less for supper everyday !!



Lunch For Week XVIII

Lunch for the next week.

I had some leftover ham from a dinner a few nights ago so I thought I would put it together with rice.  I am really enjoying having rice every day.  I am making the rice with that same package of “Spicy Szechuan”  that I have used for making my chicken and it does a nice job of jazzing up the white rice.

Also, as part of my being a “Mad Scientist” in the kitchen, I used a package of “Chinese Barbecue”  to flavor the ham.

(The Mad Scientist part comes in because I did NOT follow the directions on the package!!)

Still having the yogurt and fruit for breakfast

The directions on the package called for marinating the meat and then baking.  I just mixed it up and added it to the fry pan and cooked.  I had to add a bit of cornstarch to thicken it up.  At this point, I have yet to even sample or taste what I made.  As  far as I know, this will be a disaster come lunchtime on Monday !!!

One of my favorite things about Asian food is the presentation.  In my opinion, Asians make much more of a point to add to the visual presentation of the food.  Seeing the color of this dish makes it much more appealing to me then just plain ham.

The good news is that I am down 3 pounds in two weeks.  That’s a little less than I would like, but there are still 10 weeks to go.  The above photo is one lunch.  Do you think it is still too much !!??!!

Lunch For Week XVII

Start of the second week of the “diet”.  I really enjoyed the Lean Cuisine Egg Roll with the extra rice.  So, that was my choice for this week too:

(yes, I did reuse the photograph from last week)

I did find that because I was eating noticeably less, I added some fruit and yogurt for a morning snack to carry me over until lunch.

According to my scale at home, I’m down 1 pound !!!


Lunch For Week XVI

Lunch for week XV was nothing to write about, really !!

It was a 4 day work week and on Tuesday and Wednesday, I had leftover beef and mashed potatoes from Christmas dinner.

Thursday and Friday I had “Cream of Chicken Soup from a can.

But now, it’s on to week XVI !!!

I am slightly embarrassed that it is store bought, packaged food.  I am only using 3 cups of the rice to add to the dinner.

But there is a method to my madness.

At work, there is a weight loss contest/competition (for a lack of better description).  I would much rather cook my own food, but it is much easier to use packaged food that I can easily count calories, fat, carbs etc.

I learned about this weight loss event about two weeks ago.  I decided that it would be counter productive to continue going to the gym AND watching what I ate if I were going to do this.  So I stopped my normal eating habits and did not restrict/control/restrain myself when it came to foodstuffs.


I can not imagine what I would feel like if I continued like that.  I did not try to overeat, but there was very little reason to stop.

That’s a funny thing about my daughter.  A few years ago were at home eating hamburgers and she (6 years old at the time) was about halfway done with her burger and she put it down on her plate and said, “I’m full” and was done eating. Over eating is not natural and has to be learned???

Because of the eating of the past two weeks, I expect to weigh in close to 250 pounds.  My goal for the 12 weeks is to lose 10%.  Yes, a lofty goal but since there is prize money involved, I have an extra incentive !!!

Lunch for Week XIV

Back to making another classic: Split Pea with Ham !!

Normally when I make my lunches for the week, I end up making enough for just four lunches, leaving me to forage on Friday.  But this week I made a double batch of the soup and not only will there be five lunches, each one will have a bit more then normal !!

And of course, the finsihed product.

The ham was on sale at the supermarket “Buy one Get one Free” and with a coupon that I had, it made this ham only about $5.00 and total for the week of lunches will be under $4.00 since there is much more soup, I won’t add any crackers.

Oh, and as a footnote, No, I did not use all of that ham in the soup.  I used only about a 1/4 of it and will slice the rest of it for fried ham and hash browns for a dinner this week.

Lunch for Week XIII

UPDATED !!!!!!!!!

This is the lunch we had today:

Yes, it is enough food to feed a small Amazon village for a week!!

I am not in the habit of putting butter on my rolls or toast at home.  I use butter to cook with but not spread on my food.  It’s just a way to save some fat and calories for eating MEAT later.

BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wasn’t  going to dip the lobster in the butter mostly because I didn’t want to hide the taste of the lobster with the butter, but I went ahead and dipped.


Holy cow was that great !!!!!!!!!

I almost wanted to drink it straight up !!


This will be a more boring post then any other !!!
The Holiday activity is beginning and this is the schedule for the week:

Monday:      Office luncheon

Tuesday:     Department (off site) Christmas party

Friday:         OFF

So I will just have to forage on Wednesday and Thursday.

The office luncheon:

In today’s economic situation, it’s a miracle that we still get a nice luncheon.  We also had a bang up picnic this summer.

Now I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I could almost do without the lunch.  We have an upscale cafeteria in our building ($7.50 for sandwich,soda and chips)(which is why I bring my lunch!!) but when they try to put on a lunch for 200+ people, it loses a little in quality.

The main entree is Filet Mignon(nice, but would rather have a rib eye) and I think there will be a shrimp entree as well, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, rolls and and a variety of cheesecakes for desert.

No, I’m not bragging or gloating.  The cafeteria staff will do a great job but it’s really hard to put it all together with the best quality.

I would be happy with a good burger and fry !!

Lunch for Week XII


The good news is that lunch is not ruined.  It has a heavy vinegar taste, but will do for this week !


The week of leftover lunches were interesting, but it’s nice to get back to some spicy Chinese !!

Now, that looks like a lot of chicken but it isn’t really too much considering there is probably only a total of 6 thighs and it is for 4 lunches.  I did accidentally take more out of the freezer then I wanted to, but decided to cook it all any way !!

There was a very good sale on “Black Friday” at my grocery store and one of the things that I bought was a “name brand” can of baby corn  instead of the cheapest one that I can find.  What a difference it made when I opened the can and emptied the contents into the strainer !!!.  Each ear was the same length and same girth, not just a random bunch of stuff in the can !  It will most likely taste the same and I don’t mind using the stems and stalks in the lunches, but if I were preparing a meal for others, I might have to go with the name brand as presentation is almost as important ast the taste.  And my lunch experience is mostly just about filling my pie hole until dinner.

Despite this looking like a lot of chicken, when I spooned out equal portions into my lunch containers, there wasn’t too much.  My lunch is quite a bit less than what you would buy for take out and a Chinese restaurant.  And I will be keeping the sauce and chicken separate as to keep as mush of the fried, crunchy goodness that I can !

I have ruined a bit of food by “experimenting” or altering a recipe.  Today, I thought I would try adding a little rice wine vinegar into the sauce.  And don’t you know that I dumped too much in !!!.  I tried to compensate by adding another package of sauce.  I did not sample the sauce yet, so on Monday at 11:15 am when my food comes out of the microwave at work, I will find out how it is !

Lunch Week X

After a couple of weeks of some kick butt chili, I am going back to some Oyster Beef.

The good news is that I am only working 3 days next week, so each of my daily lunches will be slightly larger !!!

Total cost for the week:  $8.00

Lunch Week IX

No big change, just another pot of chili.

The only difference is that here may be about 50% more meat in this batch.  I purchased about 4 pounds of ground chuck and made hamburgers, a kick ass meatloaf and used the remainder for the chili.

Still about $10.00 for the week for lunch

Lunch For Week VIII

I finally located more of the good chili that I had before. I was able to buy it from (Cugino’s Chili).  I only paid $21.85 for my order.

With the saltines, this week of lunches will cost about $11.00

I prefer to have my ground beef  not to be a paste.  I like it to have a good texture.  In fact, the next time I shop, I will be trying to find a coarser ground.  Even when making something as simple as tacos, it makes a great difference with the coarser grind.

Lunch for Week V

The Split Pea Soup (with slab bacon) was good, but I want to go back to my Chinese lunches, so this week it is Oyster Beef with mushrooms and sprouts.

The meat after cutting and marinating overnight in the Oyster Sauce:

And of course, the finished product !!!!

There isn’t much color in this dish.  I only added half of the sprouts and thought that if I tossed in some broccoli there would be too much food.  Did toss in a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes.

Going to be a little more costly this week:

Oyster Sauce:          $1.60

Sprouts:                     $1.00

Mushrooms:            $1.00

Meat:                          $5.30

I bought everything except the meat at Big Lots last week when they had a “20% Off Everything” sale so those items are 20% less.  I also stocked up on various Chinese ingredients.  They did not how ever have any of the baby corn left !!

When  I emptied the can of mushrooms, I noticed that it said “Product of China”.  That got me to thinking a little bit.  These mushrooms are not a gourmet product.  I can hardly believe that a farm(er) in China can raise, process and ship a can of mushrooms to America and Big Lots can sell it for $1.00 and make money doing it.  Is there a shortage of mushrooms in America?????  America is not able to produce enough mushrooms so that it needs to be supplemented with Chinese imported mushrooms??

Strange thoughts.

Lunch for Week IV

Well, with the Fall weather beginning (HA !! 80 degrees this weekend !!) I went back to making my Split Pea Soup (with Bacon this week)

It has 16 ozs of green split peas.

The instructions on the bag say not to pre-soak them, but I have found that they cook much faster after being soaked.  Overnight in this case.

1 pound of thick cut bacon fried to perfection !!!

Unfortunately, I was out of crushed red pepper flakes so I added a couple of squirts of Tabasco sauce for a little zing.

Have you ever seen anything more beautiful !!??!!

And of course, the finished product !

Peas             $ 0 .99

Bacon         $  3.99

Crackers   $ 1.00

Lunch for Week III

Made another big batch of “General Tso’s Chicken”
Made it this time with a double batch of sauce (I need to find somewhere I can buy it in bulk!!)
Also, I did not coat and fry the chicken, instead I just sauteed it.
I found a 5 pound package of chicken thighs at Jewel-Osco for .99 a pound and spent a little time in the kitchen de-boning it. (I don’t mind be the prep monkey in the kitchen)

So for the 5 pounds of chicken, I made my lunch for the week, made dinner for three, and put some in the freezer. Not to bad!!

Lunch for the week II

I was able to find the above bag of chili fixin’s at Big Lots for $2.99 and with the ground beef coming in around $3.00, this week’s lunch will run about $6.00.

I am not a big chili eater but this mix has a really good mix off spices and seasonings.

Lunch for the week I

Just for a change of pace, I did not make my usual “Split Pea & (fill in the name of a pork product) Soup”

Being the notorious cheap bastard that I am, this lunch for the week will be just under $5.00.

Normally that amount of meat would have only been 2 lunches, but I do need to lose about 20 pounds so I am going to be making a  (more) serious effort to eat less !!!

Finished product.

When using the canned vegetables, the secret is to mix them with the cooked meat, cover and remove from the heat.  That way the vegetables won’t get overcooked.  Yes, I could use fresh vegetables but sometime it’s much easier to open a can !!