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What I Ate: October 6, 2009

Posted 6 October, 2009 at 10:05pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Dinner: We went to Vespaio Enoteca for dinner, but mosquitoes inside the restaurant started eating Tina alive. She got six bites within the fifteen minutes we were there and managed to kill one (filled with blood). Tina has allergic reactions to mosquitoes and instead of the typical itchy bump, she gets these half dollar to silver dollar sized bumps that itch like crazy. After we realized she was getting bitten inside the restaurant (instead of on the way into the restaurant), we decided that it was time to go. We had ordered fried calamari as an appetizer and it arrived just as we were asking about leaving. We had that boxed (which we ate in the car driving home), paid the check, and fled. Too bad, we were really looking forward to eating there. We'll have to wait until the mosquitoes die down.

I cooked some aglio e olio with capelli d'angelo, served it with a poached egg, and Tina sauteed some spinach for dinner.
Aglio e Olio with Poached Egg and Spinach

Lunch: Leftover Papa Murphy's Pizza and Salad
Leftover Pizza


6 comments to What I Ate: October 6, 2009

Jason V., October 6th, 2009 at 11:32 pm:

  • Is that the same Papa Murphy's (the Take-n-Bake) that they have in Northern California? Alas, I haven't been able to find one in SoCal. I loved Papa Murphy's when I could get it during college.

Michael Chu, October 6th, 2009 at 11:57 pm:

  • I believe so. Seems to be the same (although I never had it until after I left college).

Peter Tsai, October 7th, 2009 at 5:23 am:

  • ah that sucks. The mosquitos don't really die down until winter… which is December-Feb? haha. 2.5 months maybe

Tina Jiang, October 7th, 2009 at 1:22 pm:

  • yikes… that's not much mosquito-free time. i better develop immunity fast or find some really good insect repellents!

Scott, October 8th, 2009 at 7:01 pm:

  • In Wisconsin we always joke that the Mosquito is the state bird. They are "farmed" in Minnesota (Land of 10,000 lakes) and the jet stream blows 'em east into Wisconsin. :-p

    I've never had pasta with a poached egg before. about 10 years ago I started eating eggs that weren't scrambled….but still haven't gotten much past over-easy with toast. I was in Austria, and they poured an egg over our pizza…which kinda ruined the pizza for me, but I may give this a try soon.

    Does a certain type of pasta lend itself better to this that others? Long pasta? Egg noodles? Spinach pasta?

Michael Chu, October 8th, 2009 at 9:39 pm:

  • Any type of pasta works, but I think I'd prefer it over long pasta, like spaghetti or fettuccine. I was lazy and just did olive oil and garlic, but I suggest you do it with shaved pecorino or parmesan and ample amounts of fresh ground black pepper. Think of it as a deconstructed pasta carbonara.