Something has been missing for the last twenty years, and I never knew what it was. Then eight weeks ago I started this internship at Bamboo Skateboards. I have the advantage of being able to get through it with a friend. Mike has taught me a lot, but nothing as significant as the importance of bran.
For the last couple of months I’ve been starting my day with a cup of coffee, sliced oranges, and a big bowl of raisin bran. I love raisin bran.
I made a spelling mistake on my wrap up a couple weeks ago and wrote about ‘branstorming’ ideas. I thought ‘Branstorm’ would be a great name for a rasin bran-esque cereal. What makes it unique is the Branstorm Rating Scale, which is a 1-5 rating based on the cereal’s present fibre intensity. More fibre = higher branstorm rating.
Anyway, until I can make my entry into the cereal industry a reality, I am quite happy continuing to enjoy the great food I’ve been eating at restaurants around North County. I love ending a day the way it started – with a nice meal chock full of fibre. So for future interns, here’s a review of some of my favourite spots near the office, rated according to the Branstorm Rating Scale.
1. The Wok Inn
– Category 1 Branstorm
What the Wok Inn lacks in fibre-full food, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Linda has been running the place for more than 20 years, and her spring rolls and Pho keep me going back. Have an extra bowl of bran in the morning and you’ll be able to enjoy the food without worrying about not hitting your daily fibre target.
2. Jay’s Gourmet
– Category 3 Branstorm
Jay’s is just a block from the beach and always busy which makes it a great dinner spot, and if you go with the whole-wheat spaghetti you’ll get more than enough fibre for one meal. You can smell the tomato sauce and garlic bread from the sidewalk and the wonderful energy at the tiny Carlsbad location always makes for a fantastic night. Get the calamari fra diavolo for something spicy and enjoy with a glass of wine.
3. Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen
– Category 2 Branstorm
One block west of the South Coast Highway you’ll find this gem serving everything from seafood pasta to steak and grits. Loaded with atmosphere (was packed on a Monday night) and excellent service, I recommend any of the Pig’s nightly specials. You can substitue any of the sides with a salad for fibre content. Reserve the corner table in the back with a bottle of wine.
4. 333 Pacific
– Category 4* Branstorm
Although I am biased towards fibre, I still like my protein and I’ll have to say that I’ve had my best steak at this beachside restaurant. Be sure to ask the waitress for the vegetable side selection to ensure your fibre quota. Reserve the couple’s seat facing the beach for a romantic and fiber-filled sunset dinner.
*must pair with vegetables