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2014 Ramen Round-Up: LA Edition

2014 Ramen Round-Up: LA Edition

I love San Francisco, but when it comes to ramen, my city’s got nothing on LA. Maybe I’m biased because I lived there for 3 years and ate a shit-ton of ramen in my spare time. And maybe if I put LA head to head with San Mateo instead (15 miles south of SF), we’d … Continue reading

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

2014 Ramen Round-Up: Bay Area Edition

2014 Ramen Round-Up: Bay Area Edition

Over two years ago I posted photos of 12 bowls of ramen and other noodle soup dishes I had consumed in the year after I came back from living in Japan. While it had been my intention to eventually publish “12 More Bowls of Ramen” or something to that effect, life got in the way of doing so in … 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

Sushi Sasabune, Los Angeles

Sushi Sasabune, Los Angeles

This post comes with two realizations: 1) Photo posts take much less time and effort than textual posts do (unless there’s consciously a lot of text to accompany the photos… then they take longer), and 2) sushi makes some of the best food porn. So without further ado, get ready to feast your eyes on … Continue reading

Eye love lash.

Eye love lash.

Tomorrow is my last day teaching classes to junior high school students in Japan. As such, it is a special Fake Eyelash Day, and not an everyday Mascara Day, not for the reason that I’m trying to look like a purikura model on my last day or anything but simply because I don’t want it … Continue reading

Party in the USA… Oki Style!

It’s not that I’m not patriotic or anything (ok, maybe I’m just not), but I honestly thought I’d make it through two time zones’ worth of Independence Day without having to chime in about it. Of course, the fourth of July is the birthday of my home nation, and due to 70% of American military … Continue reading

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Irei no hi: Okinawa’s Memorial Day

Everyone knows I live in Japan, but I’m pretty sure that most people’s vision of what it’s like where I live is very different than the actual case. I live in Okinawa, the southern most part of Japan, made up of 150+some islands. Geographically it’s closer to Taiwan (a 1-hour plane ride) than it is … Continue reading

Blood Types

Blood Types

Whereas [some] people in the States are really into horoscopes and zodiac signs, here in Japan it’s all about the blood type… possibly to an even greater degree.. “What is your blood type?” is not necessarily asked as a cheesy pickup line, but more as an attempt to place you neatly under one of four … Continue reading