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Vegan Ramen at Home

It’s difficult to find good vegan ramen in LA.  It’s easy to find vegetarian ramen, but usually since the noodles have egg in them, it’s hard to find vegan one. There’s Shojin, which has vegan ramen, but it’s expensive for what it is and not that delicious given the price. Because of this, I made vegan […]

Niu Rou Mian @ Honey Badger Restaurant

I went back to Honey Badger Restaurant last night and ordered the niu rou mian because I was in the mood for noodle soup. What came out was a bowl of beefy, chewy noodles that surprised me in one way. The broth was thicker than I expected, almost to the level of the thick Japanese […]

Pho Ngoon

This newly-opened northern Vietnamese restaurant has a concise, focused menu featuring just a handful of noodle soups and an even smaller handful of appetizers. The cha gio came two to an order and was of the rice-paper variety.  The rice-paper was fried to a shatteringly-crunchy texture and had a great tang to it. The filling is […]

Honey Badger Restaurant

When I was walking back from lunch on Saturday, another storefront caught my eye.  The exposed Edison bulb chandeliers and dark wood surfaces made me think this was going to be a hip coffee place on the rejuvenated Main street in Alhambra, but it was actually Honey Badger — yes, the same Honey Badger as the […]

Colonia Taco Lounge — Party Trays

When we were thinking of what food to serve at Robin’s 1st birthday party, we primary wanted things that 1.) tasted good, 2.) was low effort, and 3.) most people would like.  After shooting around some options and finding pros and cons of each, I suddenly thought of Colonia Taco Lounge. Will and I already […]

Modan Artisanal Ramen

Are you sick of the word ‘artisanal’ yet? Because I am. I should have known Modan Artisanal Ramen was going to be disappointing. I was excited when I read about a ramen shop opening in South Pasadena, which is just a stone’s throw away from me. We already have Benten ramen, which works in a […]

KazuNori — The Chipotlezation of Sushi

Whenever I’m in San Francisco for work, the pre-lunch conversation usually goes like this: Me: “Where to go for lunch?” Colleague: “How about we go to blah-blah?” Me: “What’s that?” Colleague: “It’s Chipotle for Korean/Vietnamese/Thai/Japanese/Indian food.” The fast-casual, assembled to order, fresh ingredient restaurant has been popular in San Francisco and I usually lament that there […]