I just wonder what people here have for lunch. I know there are several good cooks and people who eat out at very nice restaurants on a regular basis at dinner time. But what do you do on work days, when crunched for time?

Yesterday I had a shrimp burrito at Cotija. Smile
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Yesterday, a leftover grilled dried out boneless skinless chicken breast. Today's lunch will have to be better.
I eat at lunch at home about twice in the workweek, leftovers, or an omelette or something, but otherwise, I rotate among a few local restaurants:

Club/chili from an Irish pub down the street.
Salad bar at local grocery or Whole Foods.
Sando, or Spinach Quiche from one of three local delis.
Subway 6".
Pizza/salad from a good local pizzeria.
Occasionally, some bad Chinese food with co-workers who love the place.
Food from the local Wednesday farmer's market.

Yawn.

Hey, you asked spo. . .
Yesterday was a gorgeous day in MI.
So a couple of friends and I decided to go for a ride on the Scooters. Stopped off at a biker bar in BFE North of Lapeer for a classic Bar Burger with a thick slice of onion. Fries on the side and a couple of Sam Adams. Quite satisfying.
When I'm at home for lunch (about half the time as I work from home). I usually make something quick for lunch (10-15 minutes max). Most weekends I will make a batch of soup or refried beans and salsa for Huevos Rancheros and then quickly heat it up and add bits for lunch. I serve the soups with crackers, cheese, olives etc which I always have on hand. On the weekend, I like to make a batch of spicy puttanesca for lunch.

When I go out for lunch, I usually have either good italian sandwiches, pho, sushi, soups, stews or salads. Quiznos prime rib is a bit of a guilty pleasure.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Yesterday, a leftover grilled dried out boneless skinless chicken breast. Today's lunch will have to be better.

Grilled chicken breast? Are you trying to lose weight? Wink
Weekends are my "guilty" days.

Went for a walk around Corona queens, near the center hispanic and italian district.

Picked up some Empanadas stuffed with potatoes, peas and chicken in a spicy tomato sauce.

Cuban sandwich, thin slice of pork loin, ham, swiss cheese and pickles.

Sat in the near by park for shade and enjoyed a nice lunch. No alcohol tho as trying to keep some of the calories off.

Of course, you can't be in corona without going to the ice king of corona (which made up for the lack of alcohol calories and then some).

Great for 90+ weather.
because i dont want to be lathargic after a substantial lunch, i eat lite... usually "whole foods" like baby carrots, japanese cucumbers, tomatoes w/ a few slices of cheese, salads, half tuna sandwiches w/ avocado, etc...
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Yawn.



But you are a vegetarian. Wink


And proud of it! <empty suit razz>. Well, I do eat seafood, which strangely, doesn't seem to disqualify one from being a vegetarian in the midwest.

Today: sauteed shrimp w/garlic, a little salt. Three farmers market peaches, handful of local strawberries, iced tea. Man, I love summertime.
Seeing as I take my lunch to school virtually every day, I generally eat leftovers. That is why the chicken and sausages are on the grill most Sundays.

Then I throw in some baby carrots, or grapes, or edamame to munch on as well....
Thai mango chicken and coconut shrimp. Only 10 steps from my office, very inexpensive, and remarkably tasty. The owner gave me a VIP 10% discount card to boot. Not too shabby.
Seared foie gras with an 01 Yquem...



just kidding...
Usually leftovers or a sandwich and salad from cafeteria here at work. Today I was out of the office for a few (seeing my daughter get her first real haircut!) and had an Asian Chicken wrap from Togo's.
We are pretty lucky to have a lot of options close to work, so each week is different. The only thing consistent week to week is a sushi run and our weekly trip down to Laguna Beach to eat and check out the beautiful “scenery”.

Today we went to “the hat” for double dipped pastrami sandwiches. I need a nap now.
Raw brocolli in a plastic bag, squirt in some hot sauce, shake bag, dump into a bowl and eat. Boring. Frown
I'd love tuna on rye toast with a slab of tomato and red onion.
or
burrito with carnitas, rice, pico, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, and very hot sauce.
Charcoal grilled boneless-skinless breasts, sliced and topped with 1/2 sliced avocado. Served on multigrain bread (or a sub roll if I'm feeling real hungry). That, or I'll pack a salad of spinach, geen olives, grilled chicken or tuna, peppers, grilled corn and baby carrots. Top with a low fat or fat free dressing.

Coke zero.
A Sahlen's Smokehouse ham and Swiss cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread with Gulden's mustard and mayonnaise, half a tin of regular Pringles potato chips, banana, and half a sleeve of thin mint Girl Scout cookies. To drink - a small carton of whole milk.
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Originally posted by spo:
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Yawn.



But you are a vegetarian. Wink


And proud of it! <empty suit razz>. Well, I do eat seafood, which strangely, doesn't seem to disqualify one from being a vegetarian in the midwest...


It is not just the Midwest. About 1/4 of my college friends (all East Coast) consider themselves vegetarians but all of them eat fish and seafood (except for one Vegan -- but he is downright mental).

Frankly, if I didn't like the taste of red meat so much, I would deffinitely go this route... But I do, so I don't Wink
At Tomato Cafe in Vancouver today. Westcoaster Salad - candied Salmon, chevre, sweet peppers and a maple basalmic dressing. Very nice with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Sushi yesterday - unagi, amaebi, toro, sake nigiri sushi with a spicy scallop roll.
Lovely steak frite at Boulevard Cafe' in Fountain Hills, AZ. Shared a bottle of 2007 Archery Summit Rose' with DW, restaurant is BYOB since they do not have their liquor license yet. No corkage.

Back in Oregon now, land of the Fighting Ducks and great Pinot Noir.
I tried something new. I am not usually adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, but I am glad I did. I had a Panini with chicken, caramelized apples, and walnuts. It was quite tasty.
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Three hotdogs, umm nitrates.



If you want to take your nitrates to the next level try your hot dogs Tijuana style, wrapped in bacon.
Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery drenched in Newman's Own Caesar dressing. Paired with water.
Fish and chips, halibut. From Newman's in Eugene Oregon. Low 70's, overcast, perfect weather for Olympic Trials here starting next week. I imagine the local vineyards and tasting rooms will be slammed with all the visiting winos.
I made some brownies last night. As of 3pm today all I had eaten was brownies. I am worse than a child.
Had a great steak burger w/fries on deck at local country club. Only thing that would have been better is a nice chilled Rose' or a couple of pounders of local IPA. Had three serious bible thumpers at lunch so that was out of the picture Frown
My husband and I tried a new place today in Fort Worth's Montgomery Plaza, BoomerJack's Grill & Bar. I had a honey BBQ grilled chicken sandwich with a strawberry limeade. It was quite tasty. We enjoyed our lunch and will return.
Today I had a california burger at work with lettuce, tomato, pepperjack cheese, avacado, applewood cured bacon and spicy mayo. I kind of made it up myself and was quite tasty.
pizza made at home. Whole wheat crust. Cheese, zucchini, anchovies, more cheese, tomatoes, capers, more cheese.
Washed down with Seghesio Zin, 2006.
Yum.
For lunch on Saturday I introduced Mrs. Glennk to the wonderful world of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Crispy fried chicken with a side of buttery waffles. Sounds crazy, but it is so good.
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A piping hot mug of white onion and garlic soup with some crusty bread and a couple pints of Abbot Ale.
Then back to work. Big Grin All of a sudden the numbers start to look better. Sounds like a great lunch.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
A piping hot mug of white onion and garlic soup with some crusty bread and a couple pints of Abbot Ale.
Then back to work. Big Grin All of a sudden the numbers start to look better. Sounds like a great lunch.
I actually work from home most days, so I walk to lunch just to get out of the house. Today was kind of cold so soup and beer it was. I’m usually more efficient before lunch Wink
Saturday – At Duke’s in South Ken - Pork belly with an apricot glaze and mixed greens. Fullers London Pride.

Sunday – Needed a break from shopping so we stopped into Scalini in Knightsbridge. I had the pennette with tomato, sausage & pesto. Simple chianti. Third time I have been to Scalini in the last couple of weeks. Can’t recommend it high enough.
Cesar salad with grilled chicken and plenty of anchovies. Fullers London Pride. Just started reading The Watchmen so that will be my lunch time entertainment for the next week.
Great lunch today at a local place called Two Chefs...Bacon wrapped filet covered with carmelized onions...two toast points and a side of scrambled eggs with smoked white cheddar cheese. Outstanding!
Today I had a grilled ahi tuna sandwhich with brie cheese, grape tomato and wasabi mayo on grilled bread with fresh fruit. I was trying to be healthy. Smile
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Chicken Tikka from a Mediterranean place on my way home from work. Smile

Isn't that an Indian dish? Confused Big Grin
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Originally posted by spo:
Chicken Tikka from a Mediterranean place on my way home from work. Smile

Isn't that an Indian dish? Confused Big Grin


Chicken Tika from Al-Meshwar Greek & Mediterranean Food. What do you want form me? I am from El Cajon.
KSC02,

El Cajon (and Fallbrook) is where they move all the rednecks in San Diego County. Wink

Yesterday, Greek salad (made it myself), a banana and some yogurt.
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El Cajon (and Fallbrook) is where they move all the rednecks in San Diego County. Wink



That should shed some light on my tea situation. I must say Chaldeans do Greek food much better than Italian food. Big Grin
Won-Ton Nachos and Buffalo wings at Oggi's. I also had a delicious Stout. Now I have one of those drinking beer when I was super hungry headaches. I think when the body cries out for nourishment the first answer should not be beer.
Sandwich of grilled chorizo, roasted red pepper, crisp rocket and olive oil on grilled bread. So good! From the borough market.
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Originally posted by Seaquam:
"Ashamed?"

Was it an article of edible clothing?



They really need a more gourmet style of such, imo.
I agree, w+a.

On the plus side, though, I imagine almost any sweet wine would make a fine accompaniment for this type of garment . I have to question their nutritional value, however. They all seem to be made of sugar.

A nice ham and swiss would certainly be a welcome addition.
Not to worry Board-O, there have been plenty of days when you were grilling steaks and veggies on the “what’s for dinner” thread and I’m eating a frozen pizza….
Today we were exploring china town so we stopped at the place with the longest line and had some spicy garlic chicken and fried noodles.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Not to worry Board-O, there have been plenty of days when you were grilling steaks and veggies on the “what’s for dinner” thread and I’m eating a frozen pizza….

Isn't that the truth?
Or, in my case, working late and coming home to a simple bowl of cereal. Roll Eyes Big Grin
After working the overnight shift for a few days I didn't eat a formal lunch for a bit. Before the football game Saturday I had a classic brunch of Double Gloucester and Gouda cheese with some locally make crackers, a few glasses of Bordeaux and a bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest and Blue Moon Pumpkin ale. Oh, and a Reeces pieces... I didn't drink nearly enough to stomach the way Wisconsin lost to Ohio St. however....
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After working the overnight shift for a few days I didn't eat a formal lunch for a bit.


Does that mess up your intestines?
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Before the football game Saturday I had a classic brunch of Double Gloucester and Gouda cheese with some locally make crackers, a few glasses of Bordeaux and a bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest and Blue Moon Pumpkin ale. Oh, and a Reeces pieces...

[insert farting emoticon]
I had 10 minutes for lunch. I had 2 "dirty water hot dog" (160 calories each-that's what the sign said-with mustard and onions along with a can of diet Coke and 1.5 oz of potato chips(a package deal at $3.50 served with 2 napkins in a brown bag). All this from a steet vendor who did not speak English very well. I always like people who serve food and handle money. I suppose from an immunologiocal stand point, I gained some antibodies.
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Originally posted by davem858:

8 White Castle cheeseburgers...I think I need some Tums.


Wow! Going for a personal best?? Smile
To busy dealing with crying investment clients and buying financials.

Heading home to open a nice 2006 Pinot Noir, I need alcohol.
Probably a local term for some kind of fish. It was in a small Bermudian restaurant, one that tourists rarely visit. That's what the chef/owner called it.
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Originally posted by davem858:

8 White Castle cheeseburgers...I think I need some Tums.


Wow! Going for a personal best?? Smile


Unfortunately 8 is probably not even close to my personal best (yet I can't understand why I can't lose any weight!!). It's rare that I eat these during daylight hours as they are usually consumed after hours when I'm not particularly interested in counting. Smile
Jimmy John's tuna sando on wheat, no extra mayo, plus dijon. Jimmy John's makes me forget all about Togo's in Nor Cal for good cheap lunch grub.
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Carnitas Tacos at Taco Surf Seal Beach. YUM!
Ahh, I do miss Mexican food. Not that taco surf is real Mexican food, but I would take it at this point.
Chili cheese dog and a carmel waffle blizzard at Dairy Queen.

I was in the Federal Republic of Boulder today, life was not to be taken seriously, and it was so warm and beautiful.
The burrito that started it all. Well at least this thread anyway. Shrimp Burrito form Cotixan. I love National City.
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Pumpkin ravioli -- free and yummy.
They have some prety swanky soup kitchens in Jersey.
It’s forecast time again so to give myself a break from starring at excel all morning, I went to my local pub and had roasted parsnip soup and a caesar salad with roasted chicken. A couple of pints later and I’m having a hard time getting motivated to finish my forecast……
1/2 of a chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville. Spice was Hot. My scalp is still sweating and bad things are going on in my guts but it was worth it!

Oh - I washed it down with a basket of fries and two liters of diet coke.

Thirsty "gotta love hot chicken" Man
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1/2 of a chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville. Spice was Hot. My scalp is still sweating and bad things are going on in my guts but it was worth it!

Oh - I washed it down with a basket of fries and two liters of diet coke.

Thirsty "gotta love hot chicken" Man

Big Grin
Today is my b-day (32!) and my wife made my favorite pesto with chicken for lunch served with a wonderful 2004 Domaine de la Vougeraie Corton-Charlegagne Le Carlemagne that she picked out for me. Lovely lunch and wine and even better company. Unfortunately I have to work the rest of the afternoon, but meeting friends tonight at a pub! Happy New Years!
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1/2 of a chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville. Spice was Hot. My scalp is still sweating and bad things are going on in my guts but it was worth it!

Oh - I washed it down with a basket of fries and two liters of diet coke.

Thirsty "gotta love hot chicken" Man

Big Grin


If you like spicy food - you need to have lunch here when you are in town. "Hot chicken" is a Nashville tradition that deserves trying.

take a look at this link if you are curious:

www.nashvillehotchicken.com the link for Prince's is the one to look at first.
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Today is my b-day (32!)


Ah, a 1976 birthday. I'm hoping you enjoyed a wonderful wine from Loire or Champagne from 1976 to celebrate. Both were stellar in '76, and Germany as well.

At 32, your best years are still to come Glenn. Happy Birthday!
Thanks for your kind words W+A. I hope to share a bottle with you soon.

Champagne from 76 sounds wonderful, I will have to look into that. The only birth year wine I have had was at the La Chapelle tasting I went to last month. Everyone figured it would be way over the hill but it showed surprising well. Cool
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Thanks for your kind words W+A. I hope to share a bottle with you soon.

Champagne from 76 sounds wonderful, I will have to look into that. The only birth year wine I have had was at the La Chapelle tasting I went to last month. Everyone figured it would be way over the hill but it showed surprising well. Cool



We will share a bottle or two I'm sure.

Do not overlook Germany, the wines from '76 can be VERY special.
Spinach stromboli at the local pizzeria. Then, spent 30 minutes walking around downtown Indy at lunchtime with my Chargers LT jersey on. NOTHING! Indy is as wimpy a football town as there is. The fans here don't not like their team, they're just so danged polite. Would have gotten a "Chargers suck!" in Pittsburgh, New England, or Miami. And, a knife attack in Oakland.
Seared sushi-grade Ahi prepared rare with a sesame seed & black peppercorn crust. Served over baby greens, carrots & cabbage tossed in a light wasabi vinaigrette. Garnished with pickled ginger and wonton strips. Cool
Chicken Salad sammich on multigrain bread with Applewood Smoked Bacon, leaf lettuce and herbed aioli. Frikkin' delicious........

PH
Leftover red beans and rice (minus the rice), a multigrain "bagel" and some various veggies sticks. Red beans and rice is another one of those dishes that gets better a few days after initial preparation.
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Okay BRR, I'll bite, what's a "bagel"?


Oh, I just happened to grab a few crappy grocery store bagels that are, IMO, sorry excuses for real bagels. That's all I was saying.
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Originally posted by Dunder:
Okay BRR, I'll bite, what's a "bagel"?


Oh, I just happened to grab a few crappy grocery store bagels that are, IMO, sorry excuses for real bagels. That's all I was saying.

EVERYONE knows you've got to come to Montreal for a REAL Bagel! Smile

Isn't that so TBird? Wink
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Originally posted by Dunder:
Okay BRR, I'll bite, what's a "bagel"?


Oh, I just happened to grab a few crappy grocery store bagels that are, IMO, sorry excuses for real bagels. That's all I was saying.

EVERYONE knows you've got to come to Montreal for a REAL Bagel! Smile

Isn't that so TBird? Wink


Big Grin Watch out, KSCO2, I hear New Yawkers are pretty firm in their belief that NY bagels are the center of the known bagel world. Personally, I've never tried one but would love to make it up to Montreal to try!
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Originally posted by KSC02:
EVERYONE knows you've got to come to Montreal for a REAL Bagel! Smile

Isn't that so TBird? Wink


Big Grin Watch out, KSCO2, I hear New Yawkers are pretty firm in their belief that NY bagels are the center of the known bagel world. Personally, I've never tried one but would love to make it up to Montreal to try!

My point exactly BRR.

When TBird was coming up, a few months back, the challenge was made to compare both side-by-side.
No bag-o-bagels showed.
Thus, I just assumed it was a clear forefeiture. Montreal won it, no? Big Grin Popcorn
Lunch with vinaigre today, following a retail wine tasting.

Osso buco
assorted cheese plate
2005 Chateau Brown Bordeaux
double espresso
Homemade cream of brocoli & cauliflower soup, garnished with grated sharp cheddar ... the hint of nutmeg works well in this soup.
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Homemade cream of brocoli & cauliflower soup, garnished with grated sharp cheddar ... the hint of nutmeg works well in this soup.
I'll have to try it with the nutmeg, sounds tasty. Today it was some awesome chicken shawarma at a local Greek place.
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two hard boiled eggs and a box of cheerios.

And I assume that the 'box' was for needed fiber in your diet? Razz
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Originally posted by mareff:
two hard boiled eggs and a box of cheerios.

And I assume that the 'box' was for needed fiber in your diet? Razz


A man always needs some fiber in his diet, nice milestone on the 5000 post, btw
I was tempted to put this in the "worst meal" thread.
Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Szechwan Beef w/ Asian Style Noodles. My wife bought this for me. I'll have to figure out some way to "thank" her.
This stuff is horrid! A couple small strips of beef in a sweet goo. And the "asian" noodles more closely resemble the ones in a pouch of dried Lipton chicken noodle soup.
The company should be fined for putting this crap on the market! Mad
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Sushi boat with green tea.

D - i see a pattern forming Wink

Pollo a la Brasa - Rotisserie Chicken, side salad and some Papas Fritas... and Inca Cola! tastes like liquid Juicy Fruit!
I have been on the road for two weeks, so taking a PDO today.

All this lobster talk (other thread) has me wanting one, so talking my Mom out to lunch for two grilled lobsters and a hopefully stunning White Burgundy. Cool
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All this lobster talk (other thread) has me wanting one, so talking my Mom out to lunch for two grilled lobsters and a hopefully stunning White Burgundy. Cool

I'll bet she's appreciative of that! Wink
What gives here? Have you forgotten all about your long, lost twin brother. Say "hi" to mom for me, and save me a glass of the good stuff.
Sometimes it sucks being "Danny".