Just to be clear this is not the last bento forever, but it is the last bento I’ll make in DC for quite some time, at least until the fall when I’ve dispatched of the bar exam. 

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Top shelf (left): Chow Mei Fun-style glass noodles with eggplant, tuna, and shiitake mushrooms. Sauce strong points = umeshu, shoyu, curry, and bbq sauce + hard-boiled egg + scallions.

Bottom shelf (right): steamed bok choy with shiso furikake and a shiitake mushroom.

This one is a bit more of a scrapper than my usual work. I apologize for all the ingredient repeats, but as I’ve mentioned before I was in the process of cleaning out my fridge before the move. My bento contents should get a lot more creative once I get to California and settle in…

So, the rest of this entry will be a sort of “what I”ll miss about DC” post! It deserves a tribute! So many pics after the jump!


1. Walking out my side door every morning and seeing the Watermelon House. How great is it to have a little shot of levity before a long day of work? I never met the whimsically-disposed owners of this house, but I always enjoyed the cheek of this paint job. It says a lot about the character of my neighborhood.

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2. The botanical wiles of Shaw and Logan Circle homes. Sometimes it’s like living in a botanical garden. The variety of flowers and plants house by house is actually staggering. Why stop and smell the roses when you can stop and investigate literally any variety of tulip, maple tree, and violet in a four-block radius?

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3. Whitney’s perfect kitchen (and, of course, Whitney). My roommate Whitney is going to be a fantastic attorney, but she’s already a great homemaker. Her kitchen is so picture-perfect, well-stocked, and pink. I took care of it as best I could, but often felt like a stampeding rhino boiling and singing everything to a crisp. I was basically a tenant in her home this semester, and I’ll always be grateful to her for putting up with my “culinary aggressions.”

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4. How easy it is to meet awesome people.

For example, on Tuesday spent hours in the only legit coffee shop in Chinatown, Chinatown Coffee Co. working on the blasted last paper. During this time I was chatted up by one biglaw attorney studying MCAT material, a cyber security masters student from Stanford who knew someone from my tiny hometown, and overheard a conversation by two lawyers discussing their “crazy” mutual friend who directed Kinky Boots. What?!

DC, I am going to miss you so much, for it seems nearly all your inhabitants (a) have their shit together, (b) are impeccably pedigreed academically, (c) know a ton about a really amazing niche subject and will discuss it enthusiastically, and (d) will all be very patient with me while I engage them in fiery debate about WHERE THE BEST RAMEN IS. That would be Toki, btw…

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    • Thank you, glad you enjoyed! I’m missing DC already and am preparing for the hot hot CA weather…

    • Aw thank you! I wish I could do some kind of bento delivery day. Let me know if you ever consider packing your own!

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