Eating Out


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On Tuesday, Stephen drove to Shanghai Garden & picked up lunch.

I had forgotten my wallet, so I had to borrow $6 for my styrofoam clamshell of Mongolian Beef over rice.

I waited too long to find dinner, so I ended up getting a slice of pizza from Pieces on 21st Street. 

Pieces is a casual restaurant that is open late.  If it is 2:06am, and you are intoxicated, it will be the best pizza you have ever tasted.

I brought my slice home, stopping at am/pm to get another giant Coke. The total was $3.69.

March 10, 2004 
For lunch Wednesday, I went to Una Mas, a Mexican food chain on 19th and J Street. I ordered the fish burrito and a large coke. These fish burritos are very tasty, packed with flavor, and I love them. However, they have a tendency to stink up the whole office, so I don't get them often.

Lunch was $7.80.

During an afternoon break, the boss ran out and got coffee. My mocha was $3.80.


I didn't have a date for dinner, so I went to Jack's Urban Eats on Capitol and 20th. This is probably the nicest cafeteria-style restaurant in California. It was the nicest place I had ever eaten by myself. Usually when I am alone, I'll go through the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant.

I had tri-tip steak, steamed vegetables, bread and a Coke. It was $9.60. Looking back at the amount of food on my plate, that wasn't a good deal. I probably would have considered it a better value if I had been surrounded by friends, having a great time.

March 11, 2004
For lunch Thursday, I visited the Italian Import Company on 19th and J Street. I've walked by this place a million times, but this is the first time I went in.

Ordering and receiving my sandwich was super-quick. I was in and out in four minutes.


I got an Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions, and a Coke. Lunch was $6.65 total.
That night I went to the seventh annual Dotties awards with Stacy. was a finalist in the weird and humorous category, running against badmouth and suckramento

There was a superb buffet table. I had sausage, meatballs, watermelon and kiwi fruit. I also had a couple of beers.

It was a good show. The long, boring speeches were almost all gone this year, although I missed Paul Joncich and Rob Berry.

Cockeyed lost the weird and humorous award to suckramento, but won the people's choice award!  This was the second year in a row, both thanks to readers and voters. Thank you!


At the end of the night, on the way back to the car, we ran into a guy riding a Segway personal transporter.  I expressed my excitement and he offered to let me ride it around.

The Segway is has two main controls, a twisting hand-control that steers left and right and it's famous lean-o-matic forward velocity control. After a two-minute instruction session, I climbed aboard and gave it a whirl.

Awesome. Easy. Fun. It was like being aboard a tiny, futuristic chariot. I would love to rent one of these things for a weekend sometime.

A little later in the evening, Stacy and I dropped into Tapas, a spanish restaurant on J Street between 21st and 22nd. 

Tapas is open until midnight, and is almost always bustling with a nice crowd.

They were out of Fish, so I ordered the Vegetable Pasta instead, with a beer. 

The total for my meal was $16.67.

Compiling information for this story, I realized that the my restaurant bills were about food, drink and tax & tip.

The chart on the right describes my bill at Tapas.


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