Thursday, August 28, 2008

I know what you're looking at B, and Jesus does too

Previously, R asked, "Where have all the hotties gone?", well folks, they're at Blue C at South Center. Not only was the food devilishly delicious, but there were several scrumptious items on display that were not on the menu. B had a smile on his face today from the sesame noodles and the wait staff who served them. Oh, and R was there too.

Food: 5/5 Best Blue C experience to date!
Goodtimes: 5/5
The boys of Blue C: 5/5

Guess Where?

Blue C Sushi - it's just too dang hard to resist, and today - it was the best ever! Every dish was fresh and perfectly seasoned, DeShawnda was our server, and B was falling in love all over the place.

Food: 5/5
Goodtimes: 5/5

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I don't want to mess up my hair


After two major disappointments today at Taco del Mar, including no Taco Queen and an inoperable credit card machine (are you kidding me, that's like running out of tacos) we ended up at Chipotle. As you know, I love Chipotle and feel that every lunch there is “burrito-ful and fajita-ful”; however, our special lunch guest Power Womon came close to a nervous breakdown due to ordering pressure. No PW, when you order a burrito, you get one burrito, not three –multiples only work with tacos or at Claim Jumpers. As always, there were several fashion disasters including jeans so tight on a Chipotle patron that it made scuba outfits look baggy.

After lunch (and yogurt) we traveled to Party City (I thought the store was going green or was closed by not having the lights on, but apparently they have ultra-tinted store front windows) to purchase baby shower décor for a colleague. R swears she’s never been to a baby shower before, however she has a “sixth sense” that led her right to the baby décor aisle. Secretly, I believe that R could win at “Party City Sweep”. Also, who in the world refuses to wear a tiara when given the chance? Apparently, R-- I guess it’s not Womyn’s World enough.

Food: 5/5 (I love the pinto beans with bacon- although they equate to an extra 40 minutes on the elliptical)
Good Times: 4/5 (I can’t believe I actually went to a store named “Party City”)
Ending the R and B feud: Unknown. Is it really over?

Where have all the hotties gone?

Yesterday we ate at Mali Thai, because it was near Best Buy and J wanted to go there afterward lunch to redeem his birthday money for an ultra-faboo, 35mm digital camera.

The first couple of times we ate at Mali Thai, it was filled with hottie waitresses - but that was a couple of years ago, and now the waitresses are just average. My best guess is that the hotties are off helping to open, and sucker-in more customers at some other Thai restaurant. It's good Thai food, but not nearly as entertaining as it used to be.

The Power WomonToday, B and I put aside our differences and had lunch with Power Womon (J is "working" from home). PW usually only eats small amounts of meat and pineapple, but we talked her into trying a fish taco at Taco Del Mar only to find that TDM's credit card machine was down, none of us had cash and the Taco Queen is still MIA. Note to PW: You escaped fish tacos this time, but eventually you'll try them - and love them.

Afterwards it was off to Party City to pick up baby shower schwag for my cubicle neighbor - the Bird Killer. Highlight: B in a "New Mommy" tiara. Lowlight: having to look for baby shower schwag for the BK - how do I get roped into these things?


Food: 3/5
Entertainment: 3/5 (minus 1 point each for missing hotties, Taco Queen and a credit card machine; plus 1 point for B in a tiara)
Having lunch with the Power Womon: +5

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Open Letter #1: Get Off the Stick!



Dear World,

Unless you are at the Renaissance Festival, or on Survivor, it is not socially appropriate to eat meat directly off a stick. This means you.

Love,
J

Food (Mali Thai) 3/5
Good times 5/5
Birthday Cameras 5/5

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Deadliest of the Seven...Envy


After reading R’s misguided and maniacal attack, I feel I must respond to the TT readership. Yes, I did stray from R and J today, however, based on R’s recent poor attendance record at TT lunch events, I’ve had to take matters in my own hands. Who knew if R would even show up for lunch or if she would be lunching again with her “sister”?

R’s nemesis, B (the one I had lunch with) and I had a delightful and nutritious lunch at Whole Foods in South Lake Union. I appreciated the pleasant weather, superb company and no Tukwila. So while R was stewing with gastronomic jealously, (sorry J) I was enchanted with dining excellence.

So, don’t cry for me, Tummy Tukwila, the truth is I never left you.
Food: 4/5
Good times: 5/5
Dining with someone who actually showed up: 5/5

B, Who?

There is a black mark in today's Tummy Tukwila history... B had lunch with an old nemesis of mine: The Artificial Woman. B is hereby on notice, and must buy me lunch and fro yo with two toppings to make up for it, due by this time next.

Meanwhile, as B was busying himself with traitor activities (complete with plotting to topple my administrative rights to TSquared), J and I ventured out of Tukwila city limits for a Friday lunch at Luna Park Cafe in West Seattle. The food was delicious, as usual and the weather was nicer in WS than in Tukwila, as usual.

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and somehow managed to get back to the office in less than 90 minutes. West Seattle is not that far from Tukwila, so next time you're looking to change it up, hop on I-5 and take the 12 minute trip to the sunnier, friendlier west-side.

Food: 4/5
Good times: 5/5
Betrayal: 0

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Chicken NOW Is Watching!

Today's lunch led to some divisive spatting between R and B, when R announced she was ditching the TSquared crew in favor of eating lunch with her mysterious "sister." B announced that R's role as TSquared president was on the precipice, and it wouldn't take much more non-joining from her to be pushed over the end into culinary oblivion, forced instead to eat noodles in garlic water at her desk until the end of days. J suspects a struggle for power is in play, and he's staying out of it.


Lunch today consisted of a trip to Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter (where else?), where both J and B selected Panda Express as their culinary choice? Why, you may ask, dear reader? Because running the cash register was none other than Mui, a long lost favorite of yesteryear, whom J had written off as a casualty of the destruction of the original, hope-I-don't-get-shot-here, Southcenter food court. Mui seemed slightly subdued, as if she had taken a Quaalude before working another shift at her awful, awful job, but B was still beside himself.


The food was fairly unmentionable, but the conversation was scorching, with J putting forth his theory that Chicken NOW was acutally a shadowy government organization, using Granny's secret dippin' sauce as a conduit to feed their mind control drugs to the unwashed masses. B corroborated this theory, adding they served their food in black boxes that appeared possibly to be CIA-issue standard. Fortune smiled on B and J in the form of cookies, with B's fortune prophetizing his winning smile might finally get him a date, and J's suggesting he blame any future work failings on a computer malfunction.


While leaving the mall, J and B were fairly certain that they were followed in a black car by sinister-looking Chicken NOW agents.


Food 2.5/5

Good times 3.5/5

Conspiracy theories 5/5


Run Destello, Run!

Okay, okay... I was gone for a week - I took a tour of Minnesota, Wisconsin and had a day in Chicago with my partner, J (yet another J for you to keep track of) for her cousin's wedding. But here is my report - Tummy Tukwila at large:

Good food in Minnesota, for the most part, is scarce - and at the Mall of America, it's just plain weird. J and I dared ourselves to eat at Bubba Gump, a Forrest Gump theme restaurant, and like the movie, the restaurant gave me indigestion.

deep-fry delightJ is an avid deep-fry fan, but Bubba's actually exhausted her desire for all things deep-fried for something like 3 days (totally unheard of). Our meal consisted mostly of deep-fry: deep-fried fish, deep-fried shrimp, french fries, and some alcohol to wash it down. I ordered these shrimp/fish deep-fried balls and they were tasty in a omg - this is totally clogging my arteries sort of way. J is usually pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but not even she dared to order the "Boat Trash" entree, she went for fish and chips instead.

Wisconsin was mostly a cheese tour for us. We even stopped at some place called "Mars Cheese Castle" where they had oodles of varieties of curd among the different cheeses, and they even had cheese shaped like Wisconsin (see photo).

J's family, who is mostly from the Minnesota-Wisconsin area, is famous for their "Snickers Salad" which actually features Snickers candy bars, but unfortunately, it wasn't on the wedding reception menu - instead, I had some lemon cookie that had potato chips smooshed into it just to give it an "interesting effect" - indeed!

Driving to Chicago from Wisconsin we found places dotted along the highway called "Oasis" where someone had constructed food courts above the highway. It was a pretty amazing find - we were out in the middle of nowhere, low on gas and hungry for Taco Bell, and there it was. Kudos for the inventive use of space, and extra points for atmosphere - eating above rushing traffic is sort of fun.

Chicago was a whirlwind - we only had about 12 hours to tour the city, so a top priority was Chicago deep-dish pizza. We found an interesting place: Gino's East Pizza. The atmosphere was kitschy - surface after surface covered in graffiti from diners of the past, the food was good, but we had an annoying server who tried to kick us out because we had ordered from the take-out counter and not from him. In the end, I won and we ate our pizza at the table and he spent the rest of the time trying to reverse the negative effect his insolence had on his gratuity.

So - back in Tukwila now and I'm about to go get some lunch with my sister who is visiting from Salt Lake City, so sorry B and original J - you have another day of lunch without me.

Food: 2/5
Good times: 5/5

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Phantom Fox on Assignment

B ditched the regular group to have a team celebration lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

The "new" J from the previous post (see I've Never Heard of a BJ's Before) got married and of course, my preferred way to celebrate anything is with food.......big food. Some memorable moments included: a pear and endive salad with no dressing (no wonder it was only 590 calories), sharing highly effective Supermarket Sweeps techniques (always go for the cheese, olive oil and baby formula and leave the tic-tacs) and learning why B would be a great Olympic diver (it's all about elevating the spring board to it's highest potential).

Will original J, R and B ever have lunch together again? Stay tuned.

Food: 4.5/5 (my sandwich had bacon, an automatic +1.0 bonus)
Good Times: 3.5/5
Thinking about having to wear an Olympic diving swimsuit 1/5

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I've never heard of a BJ's before....

B and J (with another J) branched out to experience another new South Center eatery. Today's extra special event occurred at BJ's (which we think stands for either Barbara Jean or Big & Jumbo). The extra special event was J's birthday celebration…well maybe not.

Our aggressive, chirping bulldozer of a server (she had the word "belly" on her name badge) was disappointed when we refused to order dessert before we had finished even half of our lunch. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. New J ordered shrimp tacos with chipotle mayo (but refused to admit there was any mayo on the taco), old J ordered a hungry man size chicken fried steak and B surprised everyone and ordered chicken fingers (I know, it's very old J like). Gossip and Olympics talk followed.

Overall, the food was average. We did stop at Red Mango afterward, which made everything better, especially with the free honey topping for the yogurt (or so we hear...).

Food: 2/5 (pre-yogurt) 3.5/5 (post-yogurt)
Goodtimes: 3/5 (we miss R)
Not giving your child a middle name: 0/5

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ho...hum


R and J had a boring lunch today. Or did something else happen that demands their silence??? Interesting.....

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cheeseburger in Southside

The only thing notable about today's south-side adventure was J's double, bacon cheeseburger from Johnny Rockets.

When he dropped it on the table, I'm not kidding, it made a thud.

Bye, Bye Blackbird


There's a lonely blackbird stuck in the Westfield Shopping Towne South Center Food Court. It's pacing back and forth, back and forth looking for escape. R is very sad for the bird.

Hell Hath No Fury


Posting a day late, but J needed some recovery time for this one...




Food always tastes a little better with some spice, but too much of a good thing can cause indigestion. J learned this lesson as he sojourned yet again to Blue C sushi with special guest diner, M. Unfortunately for Blue C, a conveyor belt malfunction caused them to open asbout half an hour late, drawing the ire of a crabby, and apparently ravenously hungry M, whose pointed barbs and passive agressive stance made even the sassy J cringe with embarassment. The poor gay slip of a thing manager was nearly reduced to tears, unable to assuage the fiery wrath of M despite his best attempts.

Of course, by the time we sat down to eat, the sushi was warm and the hot dishes cold. Tempers, however, were still hot, and not even the excellent spicy tuna rolls compared to that heat. J will not be able to show his face there for some time.

J's ratings:

Food 2.5/5
Good times 0/5

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Come Back to Us, Taco Queen!


So, J is out of the office today, so R and I were able to go to Taco Del Mar (TDM) for fish tacos. J is TDM phobic.

A few things caught our eye today.

1) The taco queen is missing. Our favorite (and most efficient) taco artist has not made an appearance during our last two visits. Perhaps the "taco queen in training" had her whacked with a Mondo Burrito or she died from an excessive cholesterol count.

2) Checkered black and white converse style high tops with a matching purse. No, B and R were not wearing this, however someone was- and she had a bodyguard to protect her in case there were comments.

3) The Psychic Paleontologist. After rubbing the sand decor on the food line the right way (B and R believe she thought the fish drawings in the sand were real fossils) she proceeded to have a psychic connection lunch with her lunch partner. Hello, Dionne Warwick...are you there? Intense eye contact and very little verbal talking. Plus, she was licking her burrito....I swear.



B's ratings:

Lunch 4/5

Good times 4/5
Missing the Taco Queen 5/5

Friday, August 1, 2008

Justice - served

Believe it or not, we went to Blue C again today. But this time, instead of DeShawnda, we were served by Justice - really, that's how he introduced himself. B was tempted to introduce himself as Militia, but didn't... darn.

We ate pretty much the same things - and then afterwards, went to Red Mango fro yo to get some. I had the green tea with Fruity Pebbles. I liked this fro yo stand much more than the self-serve downstairs. Not only is it in a cheerier location, but it has more cereal topping options (cocoa pebbles, cap'n crunch, golden grahams).

Afterwards, we went to H&M. Interesting store - a lot good and then bad clothes. For certain, they need to figure out a better way to store sweaters, as they were all hung on hangers - a serious pet peeve of mine, so I won't be buying any of their stretched-out sweaters anytime soon - but maybe some work shirts.

Speaking of getting stretched out - the office cafeteria now features an ice cream machine. Something tells me that by December, a lot more of us will need to be participating in relay races - including me, it's so hard to resist an orange dreamcicle...