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Old 03-19-2008, 02:25 PM   #11
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hey BA I am in a new spot as well so I have adjusted my routine

I try to bring lunch (I got in this habit when I worked in midtown manhattan because the food around my office was expensive and bad)... leftovers if I have em or a sandwich or simple pasta dish... espeically when the weather is nice and I can go sit in a park and be outdoors

Sometimes, like today, I dont get around to it though so then I try to explore all the great cheap food around my office here in Philly...yesterday was a falaffel cart I had not noticed before YUM!

Today I had a surprisingly tasty pizza whole wheat crust, roasted peppers, carmelized onions, and olives (kalamata?) with a soft cheese (ricotta? goat?) I think there was a little tomato sauce... I am fuzzy on the details because frankly it was really good and gone really fast! it was really savory and had a super thin crust... I was impressed as a NYer with a generally bad opinion of Philly pizza... and I am always suspicious of the tourist spots

The place sells thier dough too which made me think it would be a fun lunch excursion to buy a knot of dough and then browse the market stalls Reading Terminal Market › Home choosing stuff to make a pizza for dinner. It is VERY dangerous to work near such a place.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:28 PM   #12
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Most days, I bring lunch to work, but today I picked up a turkey-apple club sandwich - it's roasted turkey with sliced apples, white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on apple bread, with pasta salad on the side, and a strawberry yogurt. The pasta was a tad bland, so I jazzed it up with balsamic salad dressing I keep in the fridge.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:35 PM   #13
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I usually make soup on the weekend for the coming week. I'll often have a sandwich too(always zucchini, havarti & tomato). This week's soup was Mushroom & Barley (a really good batch) and corn chowder (not so good).
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:51 PM   #14
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I try and take my lunch because it just gets so expensive to buy it. My lunches this week great, but all to a theme, because we have a HUGE amount of tomatos right now. So I have roasted them, made them into soup, pasta sauce, etc., etc!

Often in the winter, I'll made a huge pot of vege soup at the start of the week, and use that for lunches.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:06 PM   #15
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I try to bring lunch (I got in this habit when I worked in midtown manhattan because the food around my office was expensive and bad).

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Sometimes, like today, I dont get around to it though so then I try to explore all the great cheap food around my office here in Philly...yesterday was a falaffel cart I had not noticed before YUM!

I do currently have the problem of being in a certain area of the city where most of the food is overpriced and uninspired. It's the "golden triangle" area of DC, and everything is a Panera or a Corner Bakery or somesuch. Not bad food per se, but nothing to get super excited over.

That "breadline" place I mentioned is one of the very few exceptions.

I sometimes will metro to Chinatown or other areas to get stuff like falafel at carts, empanadas from little hole-in-the-wall latin bakeries, etc. The best stuff is always hidden away!


Anyway, today I brought my lunch in. I had a smoked turkey sandwich on 7-grain with swiss & polish mustard, and then a gladware container full of other stuff (hardboiled eggs, pickled asparagus, brie, braeburn apple, pepperoni). The pickled asparagus was delicious with the boiled egg.


There IS some decent food if I walk a few blocks. I got this sushi a couple weeks ago and it was fantastic:

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Old 03-21-2008, 09:25 AM   #16
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my lunches at work are primarily leftovers, but i treat myself once a week or two to a glorified hot dog cart across the street from my building. it's specialty is marinated chicken thighs, griddled with onions and peppers, then served with mild tsatsiki and hot sauces over yellow rice, and a side of lettuce and tomato.

btw, brazen, your sushi looks top notch! the salmon we've been getting here has been really good. is that a piece or two of shrimp tempura roll in the back?
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:44 AM   #17
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I'm like IronChef. I have to be at work around 2pm. Sometimes I grab lunch at home. Sometimes I show up at work hungry (not the best thing to do when you work in a kitchen). There's a lunch buffet that comes back about the time I get there, and I'll eat a little off the leftovers, if they appeal to me. Sometimes, I just make a small order of nachos, or maybe get creative with the sandwich fixings on both the hot and cold sides of the line. The folks at the pro shop like to come visit me and ask me to get "creative" with their hamburgers, so I'm always thinking of "what else can I do for a burger?"
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #18
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Hummus and naan today, brought from home.

Yesterday I brought a salad of mixed greens, beet slices, slivered almond, olive oil, s&p.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:02 PM   #19
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I try to cook my luches on the weekend for the upcoming week. I usually make pastas, stews or chili then divide them into containers for the week. I can break up the monotony by having 1 or 2 leftovers from the dinner the night before. I save a ton of money this way. When I used to buy lunch all the time I could easily spend 40-50 bucks per week. Now, it's more like 15-20. I really could care less what I eat for lunch, I just need to eat so I don't get real grumpy.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:04 AM   #20
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Today is leftover fish enchiladas, black beans, and rice. Found a great new place last night.

I also brought my usual almonds, carrots, pickled asparagus, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, and avacados. I store all this stuff in the fridge on Monday and use it for snacking through the week.
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