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In Search of Chicken [Sep. 5th, 2010|05:35 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I get my protein mainly from chicken and I don't like cooking it at home (not to mention that I'm incompetent at it), so I've been trying to find a restaurant where I can get take-out chicken. As in, just chicken and nothing else. My hope is that by getting a bulk quantity of it, I'd save both time and money compared to eating out. Considering that this is a bit of an unusual order, I've been confining myself to mediterranean restaurants since they all have kebabs[1] on the menu.

I started with Med Wraps. They didn't have chicken kebab, but their lamb kebab for $6 gave me enough meat to last several meals, so I was encouraged. (But lamb won't do it for me; poultry is the only meat I eat on a regular basis.)

Next I tried Gyros Gyros, and another location of Med Wraps (yes, all the mediterranean restaurants in Palo Alto have awfully unspecific names). Both of these had chicken kebab on the menu, but interpreted my order to mean that I wanted the vegetables, rice, etc. taken out of a normal order of kebab, and yet be charged the same price. Needless to say, completely cost-ineffective.

That means I am still chickenless. Any suggestions where to try next?

[1]According to Wikipedia, kebab is also spelt kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, kephav, or qabab.

[User Picture]From: hlwoods
2010-09-06 12:40 am (UTC)
Are you willing to consider a grocery store? More and more are now offering rotisserie chicken, and there's usually several days eating on one of those for one person. And locally they're running around $5 for the whole chicken.
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[User Picture]From: paper_crystals
2010-09-06 12:42 am (UTC)
That would be my suggestion as well.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2010-09-06 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks.. I bought some cooked chicken from Trader Joe's (although not rotisserie) just a couple of days ago, but I haven't tried it yet. My problem with these tends to be that it's usually not spicy enough for me and I kinda need to force it down.
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From: girly_girl_
2010-09-06 04:12 am (UTC)
Andronico's sells one as well.
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[User Picture]From: medryn
2010-09-06 03:17 am (UTC)
The Chinese character for kebab is "串" which I think is one of the best characters, because it looks exactly like what it means!
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2010-09-06 03:31 am (UTC)
Aren't there many hieroglyphic characters?
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[User Picture]From: iliada
2010-09-06 04:20 am (UTC)
Have you tried Rose Market? It's not Palo Alto but easily accessible (El Camino and Castro). Their kebabs come wrapped but sans rice, vegetables, or anything else but spice.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2010-09-06 04:22 am (UTC)
Cool, I will give it a shot. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: haran
2010-09-06 05:38 am (UTC)
Wait - you're not a vegetarian? :)
I could have sworn I remember reading something you had written about being vegetarian. Did you used to be one?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2010-09-06 06:05 am (UTC)
I was, a long time ago. I started eating meat a few months after I started weight training, having realized that getting enough protein and calories for muscle-building on a vegetarian diet is essentially impossible unless you spend literally all day planning, acquiring and consuming meals.

This is probably the article you're thinking about. It was written right around the time when I started eating meat — the change made me ask myself why I was vegetarian in the first place.

I remain mildly morally opposed to eating meat, and wouldn't do it if I didn't have to. It is the reason I confine myself to poultry. The day in-vitro meat hits the store shelves, I plan to switch.

Off-topic: linking to my old posts reminds me how abrasive I used to be on the Internet. Unfortunately I'm only slightly better now.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2010-09-06 06:20 am (UTC)
P.S. your memory is excellent!
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