Everyone curses the morning daylight saving time rolls around – except for night shift workers. I LOVE that at 2:00 a.m., the clock magically moves forward an hour. Who likes working an hour less? This gal!

For my first meal at work, I ate leftover chicken cacciatore and broiled asparagus.

As a special (daily) treat, I also ate a couple spoonfuls of melted coconut butter.

Midway through my shift, I ate a snack that consisted of a hard-boiled egg, baby carrots, and Aubergine dip.

For my last meal at work, I ate the last box of leftover Korean short ribs, roasted Brussels sprouts, and sauteed peppers and onions.

When I woke up this evening, we met my parents for dinner at New Kapadokia in Redwood City.

I purchased a $50 gift certificate for $10(!) almost a year ago but never got around to eating at this Turkish establishment because you need to spend a minimum of $100. Hubs and I eat a lot but it looks embarrassing if it’s just the two of us chowing on a mountain of meat.

We each started our meal with a Turkish salad…

…and then we split two orders of kebab combo #2…

…baked eggplant stuffed with ground meat (karniyarik)…

…and lamb stew served over mashed fire-roasted eggplant.

What’s my verdict after a single dining experience here?

It’s alright. We definitely had hits and misses throughout our meal. My favorite dish was the stuffed eggplant. It was well-seasoned and the combination of spiced ground beef and tender soft eggplant was the perfect comfort food on a rainy day. Although the combo platter was piled high with meat and advertised as “a carnivore’s dream,” it didn’t deliver because the meat was overcooked and dry.  In contrast, the lamb stew meat was undercooked and still kind of tough. I might come back for the stuffed eggplant but for grilled meat on sticks, I’d rather patronize Paradise Kabab House, Anatolian Kitchen, or House of Kabobs.

After we got home, we put the kids to bed despite their loud protests that the sun hadn’t gone to sleep yet. I’m sorry pumpkins, but you ain’t as old as the sun.

Then, I packed my meals for work, did a short burst of exercise in the garage, ate some baked sweet potatoes, and left for the night.

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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