Food Coma from the Ramen Yokocho Festival

Hey friends, Joan here!

After an awesome morning surf session with my friend Lisa, we embarked on a journey to the very first Ramen Yokocho Festival at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. I purposely didn’t eat at all that morning because I wanted to eat as much ramen as I could! It was tough downsizing the amount of photos I took, but I hope it will give you an idea of what the festival was like! I’ll describe each ramen at the end of the post.

We went on Saturday, the first day of the event and arrived around 1 pm. I thought parking was going to be tough but we managed to get a spot right in front of the main entrance. (I have good parkma they say…) We noticed there was a really long line winding around the large parking area… but we managed to bypass the lines without a problem… or so we thought!

DSC_7564 Line to buy tickets

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Backdraft

Hey friends, Joan here.

Remember that movie, Backdraft? With Kurt Russell, William Baldwin and Robert de Niro? Well, I never saw it. But I remember that one part of the tram ride at Universal Studios, where you’re in a roaring warehouse inferno. Anyway, that’s besides the point.

I recently went back to Ikemen Dip Ramen in Little Tokyo with a friend. When we arrived, the restaurant was pretty empty. The same server I had last time was working that night, and there was a ginger fellow cooking behind the bar. They both wore cool hats, by the way. We both ordered the Backdraft Dip Ramen. (See, I had a point! Sorta…)

IMG_6820A roaring inferno in our mouth!

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Ramen Converts

Hey friends, Joan here.

I have acquired new converts to join my ramen cult. Muahaha!

After a Matthew Jude Band gig at the Joint in LA, I thought I’d take some friends on a late night ramen run at Tatsu. Half of them have never had ramen before so I was pretty excited to be part of their first ramen run!

There was actually a large group of us there, but I didn’t take any photos of myself, Matthew Jude, and Angie. You’ve seen enough of our faces anyway.

IMG_0142       Newbies Matt (different Matt & groupie)
& Kelly (awesome lady and MJBand supporter!)

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Adventures in Little Osaka

Hey everyone, Joan here.

It’s been a while since Tanya had ramen in LA and I finally got to take her! We went to Ramen Hayatemaru, a place that opened about 4 months ago, in West LA.

Tanya here. I can’t really remember when I have been in LA for ramen but I was excited. It has been too long. Just to give you a heads up, you need cash!

IMG_6478Tanya looked happy, I looked like a trouble maker…

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Tsujita Tsukemen

Hey everyone, tis Joan.

I better write this now since I’m going on a ramen run later tonight with Tanya!!! The blog laziness has returned….

I had ramen with my cousin Michelle a few nights ago. We were considering going to Kotoya, but realized that I’ve gone there far too many times and wanted to try something different. Michelle had been craving Tsujita LA’s tsukemen but since it was evening time, we went to Tsujita Annex across the street. We both ordered the regular size Tsukemen with Char siu.

20130606-104457.jpgMichelle was not pleased with her pork presentation…

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