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2014 Ramen Round-Up: Outside California Edition

2014 Ramen Round-Up: Outside California Edition

It’s true, California (including Northern California) has a lot of ramen. But I also like to sample the local varieties when I go out of state (and of course, when I’m so lucky, out of the country). Here are twelve bowls–mostly of ramen, plus some other noodle delicacies–I’ve eaten outside California in the past couple of years. One … Continue reading

This sleepy dog.

This sleepy dog.

Every time the family dog jumped up on the bed and fell asleep while I was doing work at my desk, watching TV on my laptop, or snoozing myself, my heart melted. Like, every single time. This is quite possibly what I’ll miss most about being back at home this summer. I love this face. … Continue reading

Breaking the radio silence

I live in LA and am currently spending the summer in Honolulu–the #1 and #2 cities for the worst traffic in America. As such, I spend a fair amount of time in my car on congested freeways and thoroughfares. Listening to the radio is perhaps the default activity for people who spend much of their … Continue reading

Forever Summer

Forever Summer

Oh, summer vacation. When I am brown and beautiful, the way I should be. When I can get a full 8 hours of sleep on enough nights of the week that those when I can’t are less painful. When I can catch up on Glee (RIP Cory Monteith) and start Orange is the New Black. … Continue reading

The Fourth Wall (of my bedroom)

The Fourth Wall (of my bedroom)

13 months after moving into my LA apartment, my room is FINALLY at the point where I’d be happy to invite guests over to check out what I’ve done with it. Recall how the highly idealized Moroccan motif  for my bedroom was replaced simply with the color orange, though I regret to report that for most … Continue reading

Planting the seed

Planting the seed

Last week I happened to be somewhere with a TV (actually that place happened to be Vegas, in a hotel room at the Flamingo, but I’m sure I’ll tell the story about that trip a little later), and The View was on. I don’t really know much about The View, other than that an Asian … Continue reading

12 Bowls of Ramen

12 Bowls of Ramen

As you know, I’m basically addicted to ramen. And even though I moved back from Japan almost a year ago, I still made sure to eat a lot of it. The following is my year in ramen–plus one hiyashi chuuka, one tsukemen, and one Okinawa soba–consumed at multiple local establishments in California and Hawaii. No full-length reviews … Continue reading

Hawaii Staycation To-Do List

While not too many people would consider Hawaii a staycation, I happen to be lucky enough to call this place home, and to have just gotten back two days ago to spend some time here for the holidays! After a busy, stressful first quarter of grad school I’m in DESPERATE need of a little r&r (or … Continue reading

No Hula, No Life

No Hula, No Life

In the days following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11th and after both failing to give blood for the first time in my life (stupid puny veins!) and feeling like my ¥10,000 note to the Red Cross was barely enough, I started to get this idea. Back in March a friend and fellow JET … Continue reading