restaurant: Bun Mi

Bun mi, eat mi, love mi. If Bun Mi is any indication of what a Subway tastes like in Vietnam – I’m there. This was a sandwich packed with so many flavors and so far from the turkey subs that I am used to. And quite frankly, I’m not sure I could ever go back. Why bother? Yes, I suppose it is higher in calories than a plain turkey but there are times (most of the time in my world) when calories are just not important. Wait, am I allowed to say that? Let me rephrase: there are times when calories should not be the end all be all when delicious food is on the line. ;)

What is a bánh mì you may ask? According to Wikipedia: a Vietnamese baguette  made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pate, mayonaise and various meat or tofu fillings


I had read about this restaurant in the Mpls St Paul Magazine and it just so happens to be on the U of M campus, which I like to visit and pretend I’m still in college…. ahh….the good life…for me. Not my Dad.  They recommended the Bun Mi Special which is BBQ pork and “specialty eggs”. Specialty eggs for the record are essentially scrambled eggs in some special seasonings. Not from crazy birds like I had suspected. Silly mi. This was amazing. In fact, it might just be the greatest sandwich I’ve ever had. Grilled pork, eggs, cilantro, jalapeno, carrots, cucumbers, etc……and sriracha on the side?

The other sandwich? I just wasn’t that into it. It was the “Vietnamese Classic” though so I did want to give it a try: BBQ pork, pork roll and pate. Pork roll? Pressed, steamed and sliced into little spam-looking pieces. The taster did enjoy it though and was sweet enough to trade me halves. I will stick with the “Bun Mi” Special from now on.

baked eggs & herbs

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In a quest to use my new ramekins for something other than mac & cheese, use some herbs, incorporate one of my favorite ingredients AND make something a little special on a day off of work I decided on some baked eggs.

They are simple and satisfying, and really, what more can you ask for in a breakfast?

Baked Eggs:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray ramekins with cooking spray. Crack 2 eggs into each ramekin, pour 1 Tbsp of  1/2 & 1/2 over eggs, season with salt and pepper and 2 tsp minced herbs (I used thyme and rosemary). Place ramekins in a pan and pour hot water around them to about 3/4 to the top. Bake until just set, about 10-15 minutes. Be careful to not overcook, mine were a little too done.

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typical day of eats

Since I don’t post everything I eat and it may at times seem like all I eat is cheese and pasta and drink red wine ;) I thought I would show you a day of typical eating for me:

Breakfast: I am a total egg person – it seems that they are the only thing that keeps me from starving at 9AM. I usually have 2 Organic Eggs, greens and some Sprouted Bread. (with a side of sriracha)

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Snack: favorite of the moment, apple and almond butter – glamourous on a paper towel, no?
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Lunch:

Salad from the salad bar

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leftover sweet potato, spinach and chorizo soup

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side of veggies

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Snack: my kind of candy bar :)

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Dinner: Pick one of these.

deviled-egg spread

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You know I love my eggs and so of course I love deviled-eggs but I never make them. Quite frankly I think I just always forget about them. So when I came across this recipe in Food & Wine? A la Rachel Zoe, I die. And I make ASAP.

It was super-easy and a definite crowd-pleaser. They are the retro hor’s d’oeuvres that everyone has had and everyone loves.  I served mine with warm baguette slices and endive leaves. The endive gave it a dainty feel and in my opinion dressed it up a bit. This would be perfect to bring to Holiday parties and events for the not-so-adventurous eaters out there. ;)

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