I've never been a take-out kind of guy. No white paper containers of lemon chicken, (with a plastic wrapped fortune cookie) for me, thank you. As for high end take-out, why make a financial contribution to Stephen Starr's decorator, when I'm not planning to stick around to bask in the ambience? Besides, I travel so much for my photography, when I'm home I enjoy eating home, and I love to cook.
..then came the fateful and foolish morning I decided to grab a hammer and crowbar, and replace the ceiling, walls, and floor of my kitchen...
I soon discovered that an extra container of Beef with Chinese Vegetables, or Chicken with Chinese Eggplant on Chow Fun, from Tasty Place in Chinatown could come in handy. In fact, the only drawback was carrying the weight of the $5 dish up to street level!
An extra Beef Mint Kebab lunch special or two from Rangoon on 9th St. isn't such a bad thing to have in the freezer for dinner. (please, don't blow my cover and let on that I've been eating their lunch specials at dinnertime!)
And a few frozen hot Tamales from La Lupe in South Philly heat up pretty well in the microwave I've kept in the back room.
So even now that I have a beautiful new kitchen to cook in, I've gotten used to the idea that I don't have to cook three (or five) meals a day, from scratch - which gets to be a lot of work when you live with and cook for yourself - when I can bring home a few extra Lamb Biryanis from Minar Palace on Sansom St.
And when my publisher keeps asking why the book isn't done yet, I now realize I could make a bit more time for myself if I simply heated up a container of Menudo from Taqueria La Michocana or the tasty Birria from Mexico Lindo in Norristown.
I'd love to hear some of your suggestions for five or six dollar lunch specials, or other cheap meals to go, that would make for a quick and easy freezer-to-the-microwave one dish meal. I know you have some great ones to add to my list!
In my case, I don't eat wheat, yeast, or anything the least bit sweet or refined, so meals with rice noodles or corn tortillas make up for the fact that I can't grab a quick hoagie or a pizza. Wheat-free suggestions would be much apprectiated, but don't let me stop you from sharing your non wheat-free suggestions amongst yourselves!
p.s. this is my first time posting, but I've been compulsively catching up on and enjoying all of your contributions since I recently discovered the list!