essay, Food

Ramen: A Story of Independence

Americans celebrated their Independence Day earlier this month, and that annual event came with a new realization for me this year about my first significant steps toward independence. I was a latchkey kid. I had a key that I fastened to my clothes with a safety pin so I wouldn't lose it during the day.… Continue reading Ramen: A Story of Independence

tuna ramen veggie pulp

Dry Ramen with Tuna and Veggie Pulp

We just got a home juicer, and the yield on this thing is great because I don't discard the pulp once I've made raw juice. I store the vegetable pulp and sprinkle it on any dish for more nutrition. Just one example is a dry ramen I like to make for lunch, after a workout.… Continue reading Dry Ramen with Tuna and Veggie Pulp

Asahi Courthouse Arlington VA

Restaurant Review: Asahi, Courthouse, Arlington

We used to live in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. In recent years, the so-called "Orange Line Corridor" of Arlington has become a hotbed of rentals and real estate, and eateries are now plentiful in the area. For sushi, I recommend Asahi in Courthouse Plaza. I prefer it to Sushi Rock, which gets larger… Continue reading Restaurant Review: Asahi, Courthouse, Arlington

Adventure, Food

Foo Ramen Bar

I like watching Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here!" show, which recently showed the casual dining spot Foo Asian Street Food in Victoria, BC. A sister restaurant, Foo Ramen Bar, recently opened up, claiming to be the first ramen eatery in Victoria, and I had a chance to visit last week. Warning: this place… Continue reading Foo Ramen Bar

Art, Food

Hato Popo in Vancouver

We've only been in our new home city, Vancouver, for two weeks, but we've already become regulars at the new Japanese restaurant Hato Popo, located downtown on Robson St. We ate dinner there our first night in the city. Exhausted, jet lagged and hungry, we sat down, hearing Guy Fieri's voice in the background. "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" was on one of… Continue reading Hato Popo in Vancouver