Lunch (from the restaurant, at 2:30 after I got home from covering a co-worker's shift-- his brother was dying, so I was glad to do it): vegetable fried rice.
Shopping (Whole Foods): heavy cream, hand lotion, two prepared grilled chicken breasts from the deli, whole milk, challah, 2 mini-baguettes, sugar, herb mix salad greens, dried cherries, 2 dozen brown cage-free eggs, 6 individual Fage Greek yogurts (assorted flavors), Ghiradelli unsweetened chocolate, Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate, white bakery bread, celery, scallions, garlic, sliced almonds. $78.
Dinner: I made Donald Link's Spaghetti with Pork Jowls and Fried Eggs, plus roasted broccoli on the side. I am suddenly really into roasting broccoli. Okay, so my main problem with this recipe was that I really don't know what pork jowls are. I went to my usual international grocery store with all its unusual (to Americans) cuts of meat, hoping I might find pork jowl, clearly marked, but no such luck. And I'm thinking that probably I just should have gone with pork belly-- or pancetta for God's sake-- but instead I choked and bought some generic "stew pork" that was obviously not right. So, my spaghetti had a really delicious cream sauce that featured random bits of chewy pork floating in it. I'm sure something fattier was intended. That said, the deep-fried eggs (poached first, then chilled, then breaded and fried) were, if labor-intensive, quite wonderful. And the pasta overall was rich and tasty. I would make it again, if I didn't mind risking heart attacks for everyone at the table. This dish is heavy.
And this, belatedly, is what pork jowl is like. Looks like a) this is an American food, and I would have been better off in an American-style grocery store, b) bacon would have been a reasonable substitution, and c) yeah, the pork belly would have been better than the choice I made (did you know that bacon is smoked pork belly? Boy, am I ignorant).
Snacks: 4 cups of coffee, 2 regular, 2 decaf, with half and half. Half a cup of homemade ginger-jujube tea given to me by one of the Korean cooks at work. Sherry in the evening.