Yesterday I was craving meatloaf, actually I think I have been craving meatloaf since Heather of Ohayo Bento posted a bento with leftover meatloaf. I had purchased some new potatoes and green beans from the small (only 8 booths) local farmers market. So that went real well together. We ate all of the potatoes and green beans. While at the farmers market I saw a sign that said basil. I started digging in the basket and the owner said she only had mint left. And since it was closing time I got it for a steal.
Also this weekend I ventured into Nam-Hai, an Asian market that mostly caters to the Vietnamese community. I have been avoiding this place since all I have heard about it is how smelly it is and that they will try to overcharge you at the checkout. The minute I walked in The Kid and I just about threw up from the smell. But I endured it and The Kid kept asking if he could wait in the car. I made The Kid walk up and down every isle. He did finally see his favorite candy Hi-Chew so after he picked that up I heard no complaints.
I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a very wide variety of things. No bentos but a handful of bento tools. I bought a couple of bags of items including canned quail eggs, panko crumbs, soba sauce, mini pork sausages, kamaboko, furikake and some bento tools. I just hope none of it is expired. Some of the things in this store looked like they had been there awhile. Everything I bought did not indicate expiration dates.
I did almost make a horrible mistake at the store. I saw fresh quail eggs and started to pick them up. One of the store employees ran over to me, pointed and said "babies" in his broken English. I got the point and stuck with the canned quail eggs. I guess I didn't need them that fresh.
I had no problems at the checkout. I watched very carefully to see that the priced marked on the item was what was being ran up. I guess that it could be that the Manager was the one working the register.
In today's lunch I have some leftover meatloaf, white rice, cherry tomatoes with mozzarella, a mini sweet pepper, broccoli, strawberries and mint accents. My lunch may be too minty, we'll see.