Grace E. Hester, just-turned-30, corporate-working mom of 2 young daughters who sold out her creative soul when she moved from Singapore to Cleveland, Ohio when she finally found a man who was worthy. Join her on her journey from concrete jungle to mid-west surburbia of Westerville, Ohio, from college grad to mother of two, from mtv to numbers-crunching . . . all while trying to balance the pretty with practical in her life.
Naia starts kindergarten in September this year and since without going into a rant about the lunch options being served at schools these days, I am preparing to get into the mode of making a lunch for her to take to school. Everyday.
I started looking into bringing back bento-styled eating at home to allow Naia to become more familiar with it. I say "bringing back" because having grown up in Singapore, I am no stranger to bento boxes or stacked containers. I remember when we were strapped for money but had to be somewhere, my mom would make the food for the day and we would bring our own meal so we would not have to purchase lunch. Thinking back to those days, I remember looking forward to the aroma of mom's home-cooking, rising from the insulated containers when it was time to open them for lunch or dinner.
Wow, what a trip down memory lane. :o) I miss my momma! (She's in Singapore)
I have to be honest, I did experience a little sticker-shock at some of the prices for the bento boxes so I am going to check out the Chinese Supermarket I visit to see if they have some. But I did stumble upon some neat tools that I would absolutely add to my "chef's tools" to make the bento boxes just a little more fun.
The muffin tin meal idea seemed fun though in lieu of a regular-sized muffin tin, I used a mini-muffin tin. I was also short on vegetables so carrots were it for this meal and I would add some kind of dip or yogurt next time. It is such a great way to introduce variety and negotiate for the picky eater to try something new since it would be on her baking tin in such a small amount. It was definitely a hit with the girls and Naia declared we should "eat this way for the rest of our lives!".
This is one of Noah's and my favourite restaurants to meet up for lunch and although their buffet price of $9.60 (includes tax) is a little bit on the higher end for a lunch but it is a decent deal when you think of all the options they offer for both vegetarians and omnivores. (Disclaimer: most Indian buffets are great deals to me because I can eat Indian food three meals everyday!)
I wish I could have taken some nicer photos but I was on a tight lunch hour and wanted to dive into the food without having to explain why I was walking around with my iPhone, taking photographs of their food. (Okay I wussed out.)
I did manage to steal the shot below though. So as a summary . . .
The four trays you see on the left and the two soup pots are their Soup and Salad options. They usually have a light lettuce/tomato/onion type salad, raita and chutney. Today's options for soup were Sweet Corn Chicken Soup(lots of pepper, but no chicken chunks - still satisfying) and Hot and Sour Chicken Soup (which I did not try).
The next four stations are vegetarian options and today they had Kadhi Pakora, Aloo Gobi, Mushroom Mutter (has green peas), and an eggplant side-dish. The last three stations were meat options with Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken (so tender and yummy!), and Goat Curry.
Then of course on another side table, they had the Naan, some cut up melons, Rice Kheer, and a bread pudding (Meetha Tookra) that was too sweet for my liking.
Not too shabby for an Indian buffet at all! I also like that they have a large space so you are almost always guaranteed a table and some level of table conversation privacy.
While I was online looking up the exact address for Bayleaf, I noticed some negative reviews of Bayleaf online and just could not place the negative reviews with Bayleaf, even on its worst day. Just goes to show you can't believe everything you read and also reiterates why you should go and try this place out yourself. :o)
If you twist my arm, I might just take one for mankind and go with you. TOTALLY as a favor to you.
Someone left me this on my work desk this morning.
Pardon the blurry photo, the camera on my iPhone is quite limited when taking close-up shots.
It is a rum-ball, and it has some kind of chocolate in it - I can just smell both ingredients calling my name. I *think* I know who it so I am leaving this note on his/her (Big Brother monitoring) desk,
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