While Jen eats dinner with friends in Boston, I stay home in New York and dine with my good friend, Carl Sagan. Watching the fifth episode of "The Cosmos" goes wonderfully with a wide variety of Pan-Asian cuisine. I also find Carl Sagan's enunciation to be particularly soothing while you dine.
Tonight I started with a salad of greens, wasabi peas, sesame seeds, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and Bragg's amino acids.
Several years ago I went out to dinner with some friends. We were at an Asian restaurant and I ordered the miso soup. The waiter didn't bring me a spoon so when he came back I kindly requested one. He then looked at me and said, "Oh, you're a spoon eater?" He said the words "spoon eater" with the vitriol generally reserved for the words "child molester."
That man was an asshole. An asshole who, thankfully, was not around tonight to see me once again deal with miso soup in such a crazy manner.
I made miso with some more of the soy-ginger marinated chicken, some green chili paste, and spinach over some more cooked noodles. It was delicious and with enough leftover for tomorrow's lunch.
And tomorrow I'm going to drop some local foods on you so hard it's gonna feel like a ton of bricks. Look out!