I pay slightly over $4000/month to stay here, and three meals/day are provided, plus weekly room cleaning with bed sheet (they make the bed) and towel change. But food quality is of most consequence here. One never gets tired of home-cooking, but there is something about a cafeteria that can be unfulfilling. How best then to optimize dining for the rest of my life?
- Monday: seven of us, led by our mixmaster (I'll keep names out of this discussion) and his wife, weekly prepare the most exotic cocktails with fanciful names (like Sex on the Beach, right). The colors on occasion are fabulous. This couple also brings local desserts such as layered rice cakes and ginger senbei. There are nights we seriously think about asking for a few wheelchairs to take us back to our apartments. 15C tolerates us, for we cause no trouble, and, actually share our drinks with various other tables. One of the staffers donated a bottle of expensive shochu from Haleiwa, and almost got us on CNN News. Alcohol and appetizers are frequently donated to this table by other residents.
- Tuesday nights are led by my next door neighbors, and the members keep changing. We sometimes go upstairs for ping pong.
- Wednesday night is my regular group, the same seven, usually, and we feel comfortable with each other. We normally imbibe two bottles of wine, sake or sochu, but sometimes have no-alcohol nights. We sit for almost two hours just talking. This table, with the Monday night group, pushed through a barbecue option, and the administration bought us a really spiffy grill.
- Thursday night is for academics, as most of us taught at universities. The discussion seems more political, international and such.
You don't see the speakers, but I have a bluetooth system that plays from my iPod. Fried ahi/eggs, miso soup and chu-toro sashimi with the usual drinks:
The other night I had corned beef and cabbage:
No, for if you trace the stem to the plant, the flower is arugula. The basil and arugula in my meal came from my herb garden.