Thursday, September 18, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 09/17 - 09/18 - bonito and spaghetti

Wednesday's lunch was as much in the middle of my hype meter as the day of the week. We had some chunks of katsuo (bonito), which were cooked with sesame seeds, salad, soup, and rice.

The salad and fish are covered here because circumstances were such that lunch was served much earlier than usual, and my co-worker was considerate enough to cover everyone's food. It was spinach, cabbage, and carrots in regular from-scratch seasoning. The soup's highlight was sweet potato, which is always great, and it also had some burdock root in there, with carrots, onion, miso, and radish.

Calorie count: 657

Today's lunch doesn't look like much, but it was very filling, I assure you. Spaghetti, salad, and vanilla ice cream. We usually end up having some bread or some other side dish on spaghetti days, but I'm glad we forewent that this time around. The spaghetti was in tomato sauce, and it had eggplant, mushroom, parsley, onion, and bits of sausage in it. The salad was just cabbage with spinach, corn, and carrots in a non-creamy italian dressing.

I couldn't have asked for a more solid lunch today.

Calorie count: 602

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Link Bits: New MOCKINGJAY trailer, and how Elsa was almost the villain

[When I've got extra stuff to share...]

A trailer is finally out for Mockingjay Part 1!

Excerpt: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.

Nice essay written by a teenager about why Hermione is so, so important.

Elsa was, in an earlier script of Frozen, written as the villain.

Elementary School Lunch: 09/16 - tofu with a side of earthquake


Today we had an earthquake right as everyone was setting up for lunch. It wasn't too bad, but it set off the alarms and had everyone more surprised than anything else. Turns out it was a 5.6, and in my area it rated just a 3. Everything was business as usual afterward, of course.

Today's lunch was a Chinese dish, marble tofu, with some rice and salad on the side. Nice and simple, but those tofu bowls tend to be quite filling anyhow. Stuff I found in there: carrot, bamboo, bits of pork, onion, mushroom, and chingensai, a sort of green. The salad had radish, spinach, and cucumber in regular Japanese dressing.

Bonus shot of the tofu bowl on Instagram.

Calorie count: 658

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday Things: 09/12 - the return!

[I've returned! It took a little adjusting for me to get back into the swing of things after my break, but things should be back to normal, now. Here's this week's digest of things that caught my attention recently.]

On Books and Comics: 

Ginger Alden, who was Elvis Presley's fiancée at the time of his death, is coming out with a book about their relationship during the last year of his life. Consider my interest piqued, though I'll probably wait a while to pick up a copy.

There's a great interview over at Comics Alliance with the creators of Lumberjanes. They have some wonderful responses to the questions that were tossed at them, about their outlook of the comics industry and where it's going, and how they feel about media for children.

On Art:

I'm usually delighted by pretty art done on post-its, and these paper cut-out post-its by Akira Nagaya are no exception.

How-to draw Minnie Mouse - cute and easy-to-follow video tutorial with a Disney Animation Academy artist.

Disney Princess portraits rendered into fine art paintings. Stunning.

I didn't know it was possible to create such beautiful artwork with... a typewriter!

On Tees:

If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli and like cute tees, you might want to check out Hot Topic.

Cool tee that Stephen Arnell (from Arrow) is promoting for charity. Buy one if ya like!  


My pal Lauren Orsini has launched a blog with her husband called Gunpla 101. It's already rad, and it's only going to get better as they populate it with content.

(via BoingBoing) This guy covered 99 Red Balloons using red balloons to make all the sounds. Preeeetty neat.

[See ya next time!]

Elementary School Lunch: 9/11 - 9/12 - long weekend

I'm not sure why I just didn't find the time for anything on Thursday; maybe I just didn't look. Also, Monday is "Respect for the Aged Day," (no school) so we'll be back to lunch programming on Tuesday!

Thursday's lunch was a weird mix of flavors: soup with shrimp dumplings, radish salad in shiso (perilla) dressing, age-pan, and an orange. The soup had this watery broth and also featured mushroom, carrots, quail eggs, bamboo, and onions. The salad had cucumbers and spinach mixed in, and the bread had soybean powder on top. As usual, I had the bread for dessert instead of the actual dessert item, bahaha. But yeah, weird flavor mix.

Calorie count: 614

Friday's lunch was salmon with salad (bonus picture of this on Instagram), rice, and a bowl of pork with veggies. I feel kind of like the rice was overkill with the veggie bowl - I would have gladly had a double serving of that instead - but nonetheless, nice meal. The salad was bean sprouts, spinach, and carrot in sesame dressing, and the bowl had radish, carrot, green bean, konjac, and onion.

Calorie count: 628

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 09/10 - the lonely gyoza

Today's lunch put a lovely combination of tastes together. We had this bowl of shrimp and squid with assorted vegetables, rice, cucumbers, and one gyoza. Just one.

While each element of the meal itself was tasty, what struck me was that the cucumbers, for example, which were insta-pickled and spritzed with some lemon, really complemented the main bowl. They went so well together that I got seconds of the "salad" since I ran out of that before the other stuff.

In the bowl, I saw: tofu, carrot, onion, cabbage, bamboo, spinach, and strips of ham. I have no clue what the sauce is, but it's the usual for our Chinese-style dishes. Bonus image on Instagram.

In the gyoza: ginger, cabbage, and assorted onions.

Calorie count: 631

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 09/09 - ginger pork

Today's main dish was ginger pork, sauteed with some onions - totally fab. It came with some salad, soup, and rice. I was seriously stuffed afterwards.

The miso soup had winter melon in it, along with some fried tofu, mushroom, and spring onion. The salad was my favorite, and I wish I'd had the stomach space for seconds. It was bean sprouts with carrot, spinach, and sesame dressing. Man, I love sesame dressing. The ginger pork was meant to be dumped over our rice to eat, but I kind of had it on its own. The soup was so filling that I left most of my rice.

I know, I know - not the worst problem I could have.

Calorie count: 678

Monday, September 8, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 09/08 - rabbit on the jelly-moon


Today we had a little nod to tsukimi in our dessert, which was an orange-flavored jelly with a cute little rabbit on top, much like last year's except this year's rabbit was white instead of pink.

The rest of our lunch was awesome and super-filling: lotus root and minced pork croquette, some salad (boiled cabbage, carrot, and spinach in plain dressing), and a rice bowl. The bowl had bits of chicken, carrot, three kinds of mushroom, edamame, and small strips of fried tofu and root veggies.

Calorie count: 631