favorite things table for one
I stopped by House of Small Wonder for a snack around three yesterday. It’s an odd, in-between time for diners and restaurants alike when it’s not quite lunch but definitely not dinner. Unsure of the appropriate meal to order for the hour, I settled on a banana Nutella croissant figuring it’s always time for dessert.
The croissant turned out to be quite small, so I finished it in a few bites. Still hungry, I caved to my savory craving and ordered the Okinawan taco rice, a popular Japanese lunch dish consisting of ground beef on a bed of rice, lettuce and tomato, topped with an egg over easy. I like well-seasoned ground beef so much I’d eat it on its own with a fork in a bowl, so, needless to say, I’m enamored with this dish. Plus, the red sauce they use reminds me of sweet homemade ketchup. Basically, it’s the Asian equivalent to sloppy joes without the burger bun.
In an attempt to detach myself from the Internet, I ignored my phone for a full twenty minutes and turned to a book instead. I tried to memorize details of the garden-inspired decor and Prussian blue walls to motivate a trip to Home Depot or wherever it is that people buy paint. I eavesdropped on my neighbors and briefly wondered about what brought them there. Are they students? Restaurant employees? Freelancers? (I wonder if we’re Twitter friends…) Do they like the show Girls or did they drag their feet through the first three episodes of the second season like I did? How do they know each other? Why are they splitting a croissant!? It’s tiny.
I took out my phone to capture the foggy afternoon and my pre-lunch pastry, grateful I was inside with good food and the rare pleasure of not having to talk to anybody.
house of small wonder, 77 north 6th street, brooklyn. (718) 388 6160