10:00AM On the way to lab
1 Kashi TLC peanut peanut butter granola bar
12:30PM Whitehead Friday Forum
Yay for free lunch! They seem to be cycling through their menu now though, because I've had this one before. 2/3 cup of fusilli pasta in herbed balsamic vinaigrette sauce, with a 4 oz braised chicken breast. 1/2 a large chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. I really like the pasta and chicken with the balsamic vinaigrette, which is mildly sour with a smooth sweetness that balsamic vinegar is so well known for. I also like to eat the chocolate cookie along with the dish because I think the sweetness of the cookie balances out the sour and saltiness of the entree. But that could just be me hehe.
7:15PM Cafe Mami in Porter Square
Pork cutlet curry entree with fried egg. Wow, I've missed Cafe Mami's amazing Japanese food. Porter Square has a strip of small Japanese restaurants that serve up really delicious and authentic Japanese dishes, from fresh ramen to Japanese curry to sushi. Cafe Mami is the most popular restaurant at the Porter Square strip, which is nicknamed "Japantown". It also happens to be the one restaurant that has the least amount of seating available, so there is always a line and they literally cram strangers into the same tables. Today Greg and I were seated along with 5 other strangers at a table that comfortably seats 4 people. Crazy crammed, we barely had room for our plates and bowls, and it just so happens that Greg is a lefty sitting to my right, so my right elbow kept jamming into his left elbow as we were trying to eat haha.
Now, back to the dinner. We started off with bowls of piping hot miso soup, which is a popular broth soup made with fermented soybean paste (miso paste), dried bonito shavings (bonito is a type of fish), seaweed, tofu, and scallions. It's a little bit of an acquired taste, as it is a rather salty soup and has a very subtle gritty texture. It tastes a little bit like soy sauce soup (I know, that sounds gross), considering that soy sauce and miso paste are both made from fermented soybeans. But it's really quite good, and a great starter to a meal because it is so flavorful. The only downside is that the miso paste is insoluble in water, so you have to keep stirring it before you take a sip or else it will begin separating out. I just finished stirring it and waited for the soup to stop whirling around before I took a picture, and you can already see the clouds of miso separating from the water of the soup.
I highly recommend this restaurant for all its yummy dishes (I have tried several of them) and its rare authentic Japanese-style comfort food that is so difficult to find in Boston. The only downside would be its price. Our cutlet curry dishes were $9.50 each, which isn't bad in general, but for the awkward seating and our college student wallets it's a bit of a hit. The pho I had earlier this week only cost $5.25 for the bowl. Much cheaper! But to me going to Japantown is always a treat, and the other restaurant stalls also have a lot of amazing and interesting foods to offer.
3:15AM Dorm Room
1 adzuki cream puff from Japonaise! :D I totally didn't realize that Japonaise has a small counter in Japantown where they sell some of the more popular goods from the main store. So of course I was ecstatic and bought 2 adzuki cream puffs to enjoy later on. Sooooo goooooood.
I also bought a couple of pastries for Greg, one of which was a maple pecan roll. It looks a lot like a cinnamon bun, but its circular layers are composed of tons of thin layers of croissant dough which was buttery and crispy after it was baked. It's topped with a yummy looking caramelized maple sauce and toasted pecans, with a similar mixture in the circular layers just like a cinnamon bun. Greg let me have a little taste of it and it was really decadent. This pastry seems to have more of the French influence of the bakery than the Japanese, but I don't think Greg minds at all :P