|Ma Mi Eatery seats up to 20.|
The restaurant's name is a play on "mom" and "mi," Vietnamese for noodles or sandwich (banh mi), both menu staples.
DETAILS: Ma Mi Eatery, 546 Durie Ave., Closter; 1-201-660-7826. Closed Mondays. Website: I Want My Ma Mi
MORE TAKEOUT: From Lotus Cafe, 450 Hackensack Ave., in Hackensack's Home Depot Shopping Center, clockwise from top left: X.O. Seafood E-Mein, braised noodles with seafood in a sauce of anchovy, shrimp roe, dried scallops and herbs ($15.95); Chinese Broccoli stir-fried with fresh garlic ($10.95) and Filet of Sole with Scallion & Ginger ($17.95).
H Marts in Little Ferry, Englewood, Fort Lee and Ridgefield sell the Korean-style seasoned vegetables for $7.99. This version is from Jinga, an H Mart supplier in Queens, N.Y.
|EATING OUT: At Seafood Gourmet, the fish market-restaurant in Maywood, I enjoyed a beautifully balanced lunch of pan-seared Soft Shell Crabs with potato and steamed vegetables ($18).|
A friend started with Seafood Gourmet's wild-caught Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail ($13).
EATING IN: My wife brought home Icelandic Haddock Fillets from Costco Wholesale in Teterboro ($8.99 a pound), and I put a delicious fish-and-vegetable medley on the table in less than 30 minutes. The Fish Dock in Closter sells a ready to cook version.
EATING IN: Fresh wild-caught whole Porgies were only $2.99 a pound at the H Mart, 260 Bergen Turnpike, Little Ferry.
We also had a Broccoli Salad with Garlic and Sesame from a recipe in The New York Times.
|Organic Whole Wheat Shells from Whole Foods Market are wonderful for breakfast topped with two Organic Eggs from Costco Wholesale with Aleppo red pepper, grated cheese and fresh herbs.|
TAKEOUT: I don't eat meat, but other family members do, so we got a half sausage, half vegetable pizza from the Food Court at the Costco Wholesale Business Center in Hackensack (an 18-inch pizza is $9.95).
BREAD RUN: On Friday, I stopped at the retail store of Balthazar Bakery on South Dean Street in Englewood for two signature Baguettes, still $2 each, and hamburger buns, below.
Six Balthazar Bakery Whole Grain Burger Buns, left, were $4.50. Six Plain Burger Buns were $3.
|Balthazar's tarts and pastries are to die for or die from.|
SHIT SHOW: On Thursday, I stopped at the ShopRite on Forest Avenue and Route 4 east in Paramus to take advantage of a sale on Northwest Bing Cherries ($1.88 a pound), and was confronted by this mess.
Also at the Paramus ShopRite, I could find only four New Jersey peaches that weren't cut, heavily blemished or soft. And the price per pound went up to $1.99 from $1.69 last week.
At the Paramus ShopRite last month, I bought grass-fed Nature's Reserve Whole Beef Tenderloin from Australia on sale for $6.99 a pound, compared to $8.99 a pound and $12.99 a pound for the same cuts of domestic beef.
NORTH OF THE BORDER: At Marius, 50 St. Catherine St. West in Montreal, me and my wife split Le Pagnol, a tasty warm sandwich of marinated salmon with lemon confit, grilled pepper and aioli ($9.25 Canadian), below.