Recycled balls

(What kind of blog is this anyway?)

Before we get into the sloppy seconds, let’s start at the beginning …

Yesterday evening, I met up with my favorite Brooklyn bloggers — Vani, Emily, and Diana — at Hanco’s, the latest go-to spot when in need of a ball-fix. The ladies all ordered sandwiches, but I got this beauty of a salad:

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My salad contained lettuce, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, grape tomatoes, and mint leaves and was topped with roasted peanuts and fried red onion (though now that I think about it, I’m not sure the salad had any onion at all) with Vietnamese vinaigrette on the side. For $2 extra, I got some tofu on it. I know $2 is pricey for a few little slivers of the ‘fu, but given that the salad was only $4,50 to begin with, I decided I could splurge.

Obviously, we weren’t going to go to Hanco’s and not order the balls. I got an unsweetened (except for the natural sweetness from the fruit) lychee black tea. And then I arranged a color-coordinated photo shoot for it.

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We also enjoyed a high level of success with the self-timer:

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Once we had worked out way through the teas, Diana came through with themostamazingcookiesever, maple-nut oaties that Heather had sent her.

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I had three. Each one looked like this and tasted like perfection:

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And then came the ball recycling. Diana had some balls left in her cup, and I wasn’t about to let them slip unappreciated into a landfill! I brought them home, gave them a little rinse, and set a few up in a snack for last night (and saved the others for a more exciting job this morning).

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Last night’s snack involved yogurt, ricotta, and PB2 (ummm, is that the third time I ate this yesterday??) with a ball smiley face and overzealous cinnamon freckling.

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There were some other exciting things that came home with me.

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Diana brought her Newman’s Own mints for me because, while she is partial to gum, I obviously love these mints and eat them nonstop. Thanks, Diana! My supply was running low, but I am no longer anxious about that. Phew.

The rest of the loot is from Emily. I won her book giveaway last week, so she brought my prize to dinner … along with some other fun goodies, like a beautiful big envirosax bag (super handy for an expansion expert such as myself!) and some fun bookmarks. Plus, check out her stationery! Can you tell she’s a teacher (though not for long!) or what?

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Clearly, reading is sweet!

What else do you think is sweet? Or, if you’re feeling feisty, when are sloppy seconds ok with you?

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15 thoughts on “Recycled balls

  1. Danielle says:

    Is it weird that after just a couple sips of your bubble tea on Saturday that I want some more? I’ve had a weird craving for it since I woke up on Sunday, unfortunately I don’t know if there is any around here. Guess that means I’ll just have to come back to the city soon.
    Hope you are having a great Thursday!!

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  2. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    Wait a tick, let’s get something straight right now: I APPRECIATE BALLS VERY MUCH.

    Phew, now that I have lost any remaining dignity,

    1) You’re welcome. :)
    2) I will take sloppy seconds on pretty much any remains of a dessert item. I may have to follow your example and get more aggressive with crumbs. I’m pretty good at frosting already…

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  3. Taylor says:

    Great “goodies” you brought home. Love the bookmarks! Those are bookmarks, right? lol. :)

    And yummmmm, what great looking cookies.

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  4. carolinebee says:

    haha i totally read your most recent post before this one and was just way not prefaced on all the balls-ness :D Dude i’m all about sloppy seconds, because they are usually sloppy FREE seconds :D

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  5. luckytastebuds says:

    Oh dang you are SO creative with those tapioca balls!!!! I’ve had childhood fears about them and can’t eat ’em while looking at them (my mom made a WHOLE pot one time and it solidified into one giant ball. She still made my brother and eat the whole thing so as not to waste food). hahaha

    Wow, that’s a good timer picture!! It usually cuts lots of heads off. :P And $2 is fine for tofu….the ones they gave you are tasty and pretty at least right? :D And for sweets…I like milk candy. A lot of it.

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