Went here for lunch. After stuffing myself with fries and a lamb shawarma with feta, I finished off the meal with turkish coffee spiced with cardamom. It was sweeter than I expected, although that was probably because my coworker kept saying that it was bitter like espresso, but I liked it. Was a little disappointing to leave behind that layer of sludge; it was so good, I just wanted to keep drinking. I also liked the warmth that the cardamom gave. Now I just have to find a place with greek coffee and café cubano.
Story about lunch: my shawarma came with spicy sauce. I thought it was going to be a spicy yogurt sauce (which I guess would work against each other), but it turned out to be a chili paste, like sambal oelek. Not even something spicy like hunan chili paste. I guess I’m immune to that now since I was just spooning it onto my shawarma and it wasn’t spicy at all, while my coworkers and boss were gulping down glasses of water from the spicy. Now my coworkers think I’m all into spicyness (which is true), but they haven’t had spicy until they try 麻辣.
i work on the nasa ames campus, although not actually for nasa, and there are a lot of perks about working on the base. a tour of the world’s largest wind tunnel. seeing a guy decked out in complete roller hockey gear roller blade by (turns out they play behind the wind tunnel). listening to lectures about the progress/future in tech, and having access to a free gym.
a bbq, trip to nola’s, and a potluck all in one week. at our bbq, we were grilling burgers and hot dogs. since another food lover and i planned it, we had all the necessary condiments: mayo, ketchup, mustard, jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar and pepperjack cheese, onions, avocado, and bacon. and that’s just the beginning. we also had bean salad, potato salad, homemade chili (you know for the bacon jalapeno chili dogs), corn bread, spinach dip, and an assortment of chips. for dessert, brownies, toffee topped brownies, double chocolate cookies, and root beer floats. the intern potluck paled in comparison, although it did have delicious quiches, fried rice, chow fun, pizza, and many types of delicious cookies. shrimp po’boy from nola’s was icing on the cake that week.
of course that was an atypical week, but we also have special things for birthdays. one person brought in stuff for ice cream sundaes for her birthday, and another brought in cake. there’s leftover catering from board meetings every once in a while too. togo’s sandwiches one week, amici’s pizza another. there’s this one place (specialty’s) that has the tastiest cookies.
anytime someone goes on a coffee run, they ask the entire office (although that’s easy enough when there’s only fifteen of us). my coworkers bought me a loaf of bread from lee’s because i had food poisoning and couldn’t eat anything else. the cafeteria at the base is super cheap (yay no tax) and pretty damn tasty. there’s a korean bbq a block down the street from my building that has not as cheap, but tasty steak/chicken bbq sandwiches, in addition to burgers and hot dogs. also free kimchi. i must say, working where i do and being the food-lover that i am is quite awesome.
biggest downside of working where i do: they only replace vending machines every two weeks and the candy is always stale :[