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:


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.



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


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


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


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).


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.


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


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?


Clearly, reading is sweet!

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

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!!


  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…


  3. carolinebee says:

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


  4. 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. 😛 And $2 is fine for tofu….the ones they gave you are tasty and pretty at least right? 😀 And for sweets…I like milk candy. A lot of it.


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