Apr 12: Popeye’s Fried Chicken & Beans; Squid Puttanesca

Lunch

We might as well make it an all-take-out lunch week, so Foodie Philip picked up some Popeye’s Fried Chicken on his way home from Burbank.

  • A 10 piece special was $13.98 and we had two piece each, or $2.80 per serve
  • The red beans and rice is $3.99 or $2.00 per serve.

We enjoy Popeyes from time to time, for $4.80 per serve.

Dinner

A return to “Fishy Friday” with Squid Puttanesca. We based the Puttanesca source on Nigella Lawson’s recipe, staring in the squid at the very last minute, allowing it to heat and cook, but remaining tender.

  • The squid was $4.50 or $2.25 per serve
  • Anchovies are $1.59 a can, or 40c per serve
  • Garlic and seasonings add about 10c per serve
  • The pasta was $1.29 or 33c per serve
  • The unseasoned canned tomatoes were $1.00 or 50c per serve
  • A jar of pitted olives is $2.99 but only half is used in the recipe or 38c per serve.

Although a little salty this puttanesca variation worked particularly well, although neither of us particularly liked the tentacles, for $3.96 per serve.

Apr 11: Eggs Benedict; Frozen Indian

Breakfast

Part of our NAB tradition since Foodie Philip’s first trip in 1998, has been a breakfast at the Peppermill restaurant. The first opportunity we had was on our last day, on the way out of town.

Sadly, this is no longer the restaurant we’ve been visiting for 21 years. They have lost the ability to accurately predict table turns (giving an estimate half the reality), to dramatically smaller proportions, and have an obsequious manager who could not really give a damn.

Clearly there has been a change in management and the new owners are nowhere near as competent. We won’t boycott the Peppermill, but we will no longer be seeking it out during an NAB trip.

Breakfast for three cost $52.18 with a smaller-than-average tip and tax, or $17.40 per serve.

Dinner

After the drive home no-one felt like cooking so we each had a frozen Indian dinner from Trader Joe’s. Foodie Philip had the Chicken Tika Masala, while Foodie Greg had the Paneer Tikka Masala. The meals were $3.49 each.

Apr 10: Yeros; Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Lunch

Our last trade show floor lunch and we tried the Yeros because the crowds had thinned out on day three, for $11.37 per serve with tax.

Dinner

Our trade show duties done we retreated to an Air BnB rented by our friend and associate, where we cleaned out her refrigerator! Foodie Greg sliced some remain (cooked) pork chops and stir fried a bag of seasoned broccoli mix, adding the pork at the end to reheat without further cooking.

It turned out pretty good, especially since it cost us nothing!

Apr 9: Roast Beef/Italian Sandwiches; In and Out Burger

Breakfast

We repeated yesterday’s breakfast of omelette/breakfast sandwich before heading to the trade show for $14.41 per serve with tax.

Lunch

Since we found something we liked we repeated yesterday’s rolls. Foodie Philip had a roast beef roll, and Foodie Greg had an Italian Roll for $22.73 or $11.37 per serve with tax.

Dinner

Another evening event where we both sponsored and exhibited, while Foodie Greg took a role in the production activity so we did not get to eat until late, so we stopped for a Double Double each from In n Out Burger for $8.77 or $4.39 per serve.

Apr 8: Roast Beef Roll/Italian Roll; Steak Fajitas

Breakfast

We only have breakfast during trade shows, as it’s a lot of work and not much access to food. Fortunately our Courtyard had a small bistro open in the morning and we had an omelette/breakfast sandwich before heading to the trade show for $14.41 per serve with tax.

Lunch

We generally have low expectations for trade show floor food. It tends to be way overpriced and just average quality, but we found a “healthy” option near our stand. Foodie Philip had a roast beef roll, and Foodie Greg had an Italian Roll for $22.73 or $11.37 per serve with tax.

Dinner

Another trade show party that we were partly sponsoring. At least tonight we had no official duties so we could enjoy the Steak (or chicken) Fajitas provided for the party. While we sponsored it had no direct cost.

Apr 7: Mr Mamma’s; Finger Food

Lunch

Ahead of show set up we discovered Mr Mamma’s nearby and we had some excellent Eggs Benedict with the best hash browns we’ve ever had. A great breakfast and start to the day for $29.90 with tax and tip, or $14.95 per serve.

Dinner

Sunday night had the Foodies working at a conference gathering with limited finger food. We each got two tachitos! Not much for our party sponsorship!

Apr 6: Bahn Mi; Mediterranean Delivery

Lunch

Today we travelled to Las Vegas for the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, so we had a Bahn Mi for $8.27 per serve with tax.

Dinner

After traveling we did not feel like heading out for dinner, so we ordered Mediterranean delivery for $39.16 total, or $13.05 per serve. Foodie Philip’s steak wrap was just okay, but the other two dishes were excellent. Foodie Greg thought it was the best Baba ghanoush he had ever had.

Apr 5: Toasted Sandwiches; Yardhouse

Lunch

A repeat of the tuna, capers and Swiss with Sweet and Spicy Tuna and a sandwich spread heavily with the garlic spread and the remainder of the heirloom tomato.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna pouch was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter, and garlic spread
  • The tomato has already been accounted for.

Two good sandwiches for $1.96 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we met a friend at Yardhouse Burbank where he had Fish and Chips, Foodie Greg had Sesame Chicken and Noodles, while Foodie Philip had the Spicy Jambalaya.

Burbank on a Friday night is really busy, compared to when we used to live there! It was a very enjoyable meal and our friend covered the cost.


Apr 4: Sweet & Spicy Tuna & Swiss, Tomato & Swiss; Beouf Bourguignon with Farro

Lunch

A repeat of the tuna, capers and Swiss with Sweet and Spicy Tuna and a sandwich spread heavily with the garlic spread and the remainder of the heirloom tomato.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna pouch was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter, and garlic spread
  • The tomato has already been accounted for.

Two good sandwiches for $1.96 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we did an encore performance of the Beef Bourguignon for $5.10 per serve.

Apr 3: Panini Rolls with Egg Salad and Sprouts; Boeuf Bourguignon with Farro

Lunch

For variety we finished some par baked panini rolls and stuffed them with Trader Joe’s Egg Salad and some sprouts.

  • The panini roll is 63c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The sprouts cost $1.96 and we shared about 1/8 or 13c per serve.

We enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.68 per serve.

Dinner

Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon) is a classic French recipe that we served with Farro. We will get four serves from this meal.

  • The beef was around $3.12 per serve
  • Carrots were $1.99 or 50c per serve
  • A yellow onion was 50c or 13c per serve
  • The wine is $3.00 for 3 cups or 75c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for seasoning, garlic and oils
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve.
We really enjoyed this. The gelatin substitutes for slow cooked connective tissue for an unctuous mouth feel, and the slow cook released a lot of flavor. The farro balanced the meat dish perfectly for $5.10 per serve.