Thursday, December 07, 2006

Benten

Cruisin Santa Cruz. Wednesday was a lovely day for a drive over the mountains and through the woods to have a business meeting Santa Cruz. Before the meeting, we grabbed a quick bite at Benten, a small and friendly Japanese restaurant on the north end of Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz.

Oyako Don


I enjoyed the Oyako Don (a chicken and egg dish), which was prequeled by a nice bowl of miso soup. Although nothing to write home about, it was good solid fare at a reasonable price with friendly service.

It was with trepidation that I chose a dish with chicken in it, having heard the news that Consumers Union testing showed that 83% of chicken that they tested harbored bacteria which can make you ill. The spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Steve Cohen stated "There is virtually nothing or any conclusion that anyone could draw from 500 samples. They're passing along junk science and calling it an investigation." hmmm. That seems a bit strong. Wouldn't you think it worth note if you picked up 525 chickens from various stores, organic, free-range and traditional, and found an 83% rate of bad bacteria??? Time to rethink my stance on buying a SensorfreshQ, or even better, eating ever-more vegetarian.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

boy do I miss the good old days in Santa Cruz.

chumly said...

After all that turkey those meals look wonderful.

Miss Lindsey Marie said...

I live in Santa Cruz, and I think that one of the better palces for sushi is Pink Gonzilla off of 41st. mmmm....

★后来呢〓? said...

Maybe I can introduce some chinese food to you. It's better than Japan's ,yes,I promise!
By the way,I'm a chinese and I live in beijing.

Barb said...

wow sure looks like a place I'd love to go for a holiday, love to try new things!

マイケル said...

Just as a bit of useless information, "oya-ko" of oyakodon means parent (oya) and child (ko)...referring to the chicken and the egg.

~Michael