Hi everyone, Joan here!
So… I recently switched over to a gluten-free way of eating. Why? Because it turns out, verified by my doctor, that I have a gluten sensitivity and is the reason why I have had skin issues for years. I’m not gonna go into too much details on that but it’s been about 3 weeks that I have not had bread, pasta, noodles or anything that has any wheat in it. So what does this mean for my ramen blog?!
When I announced some years ago that I have also switched to a plant-based diet, people asked the same question. Not to worry, there are still options out there and I have experimented on my own on how to make a gluten-free vegan ramen. Check out this recipe that I have made, inspired by Silverlake Ramen’s Vegetable Ramen recipe with a few of my own adjustments. You can do this gluten-free or with wheat noodles.
Gluten-free Vegan Ramen
Hi friends, Joan here!
Long time no see! But I just went to a new ramen spot over the weekend and wanted to quickly share about it.
One of the things that I love about LA, especially Downtown LA, is that you can transport yourself to different countries within a 1 mile radius. I brought my friend, Elena, who’s originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and has not visited DTLA yet.
As I was googling ramen spots that had vegan options in Little Tokyo, I stumbled upon Okiboru House of Tsukemen. It’s summer, it’s hot… and tsukemen will hit the spot! Heh. That rhymed. Anyway… Okiboru was located in China Town instead.
Welcome to China… Town
It’s been a while… but I thought I’d write a quick post about something that got me sooooo excited.
I tried SoulCycle for the very first time after being invited by my friend Matt for almost a year now. But that wasn’t what I was actually excited about.
I forgot my workout socks… don’t judge me.
Hi friends! Joan here.
I decided to try something new with this blog and actually put together a ramen recipe for you all to try! Here is a vegetarian ramen recipe for those vegetarian or health conscious. There will definitely be more recipes in the future!
Found all of these at Nijiya Market on Sawtelle Blvd. Continue reading
Joan here. I’m doing something that I haven’t done in a long time… write a blog post shortly after a ramen run! AGH!
Saturday night, I had a ramen dinner with my brother, Mark, who’s visiting LA for the weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Ramen Hayatemaru in West LA and I was craving their awesome tsukemen. Also, Hayatemaru is not only great at ramen but they have amazing appetizers. We started off with some gyoza and spicy cucumbers. Be careful, those cucumbers definitely had a kick to them!
… well you can have good gyoza at Hayatemaru!
A few months ago, a bunch of friends and I met up at the NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants for those who don’t know )at the Anaheim Convention Center. Well, I’m not a big gear head that needs to know and try all the new stuff out. But going to NAMM was just an excuse to hang out with your good friends and hit odd things that we most likely would never own.
At NAMM with friend and fellow drummer, Sarko Manchez
Hey everyone, Joan here.
Just a quick post for you about another ramen spot in West LA. Forget Little Tokyo, (even though I love DTLA) the Westside is definitely where all the good ramen is at! All within a 5 mile radius.
I finally got around to checking out Ramen Yamadaya in Westwood. I’ve been to the other restaurants of its chain so I had an idea of what to expect there. My friend, Lisha, and her cute son Iari (ya-ree), joined me for an early ramen lunch. I don’t normally eat ramen so early in the day (11 am), but I was starving and had not eaten breakfast. Lisha is a very talented photographer and took some photos for this blog post!
So I have taken up a new hobby…
Stepping it up to the streets of NoHo. Wow, that was cheesy.
This is another late post but I cannot move forward with my blog without introducing you to… my Wang. Jonathan Wang.
He’s charming, he’s funny, he falls asleep in the blink of an eye (literally), AND he loves noodles as much as we all do. We all love our Wang!
Meet my Wang Continue reading
Sometimes you don’t realize how long you’ve known someone, until you randomly spot an old photo that brings back all sorts of memories.
Here is an 8-year-old photo of myself and a few friends from college. You may recognize the fellow with the soul patch to the far left, standing next to me. That’s Max, he has been on several of my blog posts. But this blog post is about my friend Akane, (the young lady to the far right dressed in all black.)