I’m not going to lie…. even though I’ve been trying to hide it. But I’ve had noodles 3 days in a row. And 2 days in a row last week. Not all of them were ramen!! But I’m definitely noodle’d out. With a restaurant like Noodle & Noodle down street from work, and having those Sun Noodle ramen kits at home, being noodle’d out was inevitable. Today was a cold day and I had a hankering for spicy ramen at lunch.
Gloomy day in Pasadena
“What is ramen?”
“Wait… there’s “real” ramen?”
“Wait… they’re not just the stuff in styrofoam cups?”
These are a few of the questions I’ve had to answer ever since we took on this ramen mission. Yes, there is more to ramen than the Cup Noodles and Top Ramen. The real deal is just so… much… more!
Just writing a quick post for ya. I finally checked out the new Noodle & Noodle restaurant which was only two blocks from my office in Pasadena. Before going there, I read about the place on Yelp to see what it was all about.
Noodle & Noodle is owned by a Thai restaurant called Nine & Nine, which used to occupy Noodle’s current location before moving a few doors down. I walked past Noodle last week and found that they have ramen on their menu. Knowing that they are owned by a Thai restaurant, I knew I couldn’t expect authentic ramen but I had to try it! And I’ve eaten at Nine before and thought the food was pretty good.
There were few people in the restaurant when I arrived. I sat myself at the bar area, even though it just faced a wall. I was pretty fascinated by their collection of Tonka trucks!
View above my seat
Hey guys, Tanya here.
Finally got to make a ramen run with Joan after a long time. I was excited. We decided to head out to Fountain Valley to a place called Ebisu. The shop is set in a plaza with a bunch of different shops. The place wasn’t too busy but the area was nice. Places to eat, shop, and a few hobby places.
Hello… Joan here.
It was definitely an overdue ramen run because Tanya and I had not gone together since August. That and…. my friend Kim Long had been inviting me to Ebisu Ramen since the summer of 2011. AND my brother, Angelo, had not been on a ramen run in years. Definitely overdue.
We arrived a little too early before Kim Long would get there, so we checked out what was around. Ebisu apparently took up most of the shopping complex. There used to be a huge Ebisu Marketplace that’s now closed, but they just opened up a small Ebisu Mart. We found some interesting stuff there!
Sun Noodle ramen you can make at home!!!
After a long work day, I was exhausted and starving. Ramen and beer sounded good. Some friends that I haven’t seen in a long time were actually in the area last night. But it was way past 11 pm and all the good places were either closed or closing up. So we met up at Kouraku in Little Tokyo, which closed at 3 am. It is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Central Ave.
My friend Sam, who had been on a ramen run a long time ago, is a big foodie and he likes to order weird stuff. Which explains the weird appetizers you’ll see below:
It felt so good to wake up and not feel hung over! I have to point that out because you know how things get every time I hang out with Michelle. I have to stop getting us into trouble! But last night was a sober yet enjoyable evening.
After work, Michelle met with me in Downtown again. Shalini, who I had mentioned before, recommended another ramen joint in Little Tokyo called Men Oh Tokushima Ramen. I had not been to Little Tokyo in a while and it was such a nice afternoon to go for a walk.
Pardon my obsession with buildings…
I’m taking a break from eating ramen. It’s not that I feel sick or anything… but after having ramen three times in a week, I still have to be health conscious. I’d hate to hear from a doctor one day that I should stop eating ramen. That would ruin my life forever! Continue reading
I seriously surpassed my ramen quota for the month. I can’t believe this was my third time in a week! But I felt bad for not inviting my friend Max to Kotoya for the third time, the night before, so I really wanted to make it up to him. (Just a reminder, Max recommended Kotoya to me and is a devoted Ramen Run reader.) Max and I have been to Kotoya a good number of times, so I suggested we check out some place new and met up at Tatsu Ramen in the West LA area.
Parking was quite easy as it was 11 am when the restaurant opened, so there was hardly anyone parked in their lot. I took a quick glance at everyone working there… and to my disappointment, not a single Japanese employee was to be seen!
Last night was a very inebriated ramen run. I can’t believe I remember everything about it. But at least I can tell you all what happened!
After work in Downtown LA, I went to Santa Monica to stay with my cousin. For dinner, we wanted to go to Kotoya again because it was close to Michelle’s house and I was really in the mood for their delicious ramen! Well, it was still early and Kotoya wasn’t open yet, so we decided to have a drink… or two… or three. Three whiskies.
There was no way we were driving so we caught the bus!
The past two days were quite eventful! I’ve been pretty busy with music and I’m really excited about everything going on.
Yesterday, I started out with recording a music video with an upcoming artist, Suzanne Elise. Keep an eye out for this girl because she’s got a lot of talent!