Not-So-Instant Ramen

Dinner tonight was a college staple:

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Tia, our friend Maya, and I were trying to decide between pizza, BBQ, and ramen and these spicy noodles from High Five won out. We all ordered the “Half Spice” and it was pretty damn hot. I love when the “spicy” options at restaurants are actually spicy and not, like, sprinkled with a dash of pepper.

This definitely hit the spot on this brisk evening. This is a far cry from the instant ramen packages I used to devour while I was in college, that’s for sure…

Totally kidding – I still eat cheap ramen all the time. It’s delicious!

What was your cheap, college food of choice? Do you like your food spicy or not so much?

~Tina

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Ramen-San

I tried another ramen joint recently…Ramen-San.

Michaela highly recommended this place. She and her boyfriend go for dinner all the time, but she still wanted to go for lunch.

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I had the “Shiitake”, with mushroom broth, fried shiitakes, and tofu. It was pretty good, but not as good as the mushroom-tofu ramen at Noodles by Takashi.

Michaela had the “Kimchi and Fried Chicken,” with pork broth, buttered corn, and a molten egg. It was REALLY good.

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Do you guys like ramen? I typically find it a winter/cold weather meal, but I just can’t get enough this summer!

~Tia

Invisalign Meals: Jamba Juice & Noodles By Takashi

As I type this, our friend Joyce is heading back to Miami after a long, jam-packed weekend in Chicago! Tina, Joyce, and I met as freshmen living in the same dorm at Northwestern. Joyce moved to Miami last summer for a new job. We’ve missed her!

Tina and I will fill you guys in on her visit later, mostly with pictures/descriptions of the places we ate at, but first, I have an update.

As I mentioned earlier, I was thinking about getting Invisalign…well I got them on Sunday afternoon! I felt ok the rest of Sunday, but Monday was rough. The trays felt really tight and were difficult to remove, and it hurt to eat anything.

For lunch, I just had a large Protein Berry Workout smoothie from Jamba Juice.

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Today, I feel much better. There’s still a lot of pressure, but it doesn’t hurt much. Before Joyce left for the airport, we went to lunch at Seven on State, a fancy name for the food court in Macy’s on State Street.

I had the Mushroom Tofu Ramen at Noodles by Takashi, which was relatively easy to chew.

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I’m thinking tilapia and spinach (or another soft  fish) for dinner.

Any suggestions for soft foods I can eat? Anyone else have braces/Invisalign/both?

~Tia

Urban Belly

Last Friday, I was set on going to this Vietnamese restaurant called Sawtooth on Randolph Street. The Yelp reviewers recommended a spicy dish called “Seafood in a Clay Pot,”  with calamari, scallops, and shrimp.

CJ and I got there around 7:30pm only to find out the restaurant had “switched management” and was no longer a Vietnamese restaurant, but a lounge serving Buffalo wings. I was starving and very disappointed 😦

Instead, we walked a few more blocks and went to Urban Belly, for “reimagined noodles, dumplings, and rice.” We had gone next door to Belly Q for my birthday, where I had gotten Wagyu Short Ribs, and they were delicious.

CJ had the Chicken Katsu with Sliced Rice Cakes, Mango, Cilantro & Korean Chili Broth
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I had Mushroom Pho – Rice Noodles with Tofu, Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts, Jalapeño & Thai Basil.
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We shared Wagyu Beef Dumplings – Beef Wontons with Cheddar, Romaine, Tomato & Horseradish
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My favorite were the dumplings for sure.

Apparently, a new ramen restaurant opened a few blocks from where I live! Can’t wait to try it out when Joyce comes to visit from Miami!

Do you like ramen/pho? 

~Tia

Weekend Update 5-9/5-11

Hi Everyone!

How was your weekend?

On Friday, my coworkers and I met at the company bar (yes, my company has an office bar!) to send off one of our coworkers who is leaving the team. On my way back home, I had a long chat with my parents about my sister’s SATs and college applications. She’s the baby of the family, so they’re freaking out about her finishing junior of high school.

I came home to this…and Thai takeout. Thanks CJ! (You know you don’t have to get me Mother’s Day flowers, right? haha).

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On Saturday, we went with some friends to dinner at a restaurant called Wasabi – hands down my favorite meal in a long time.

I had a salmon avocado roll, short rib skewers, and Spicy Garlic  Miso Ramen.

Picture fail. It was incredibly dark in there. I had to use my phone as a light to read the menu.

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Here’s a better one I found online.

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On Sunday, we had brunch takeout from Eggsperience. I had a custom scrambler with egg whites, tomatoes, bacon, and spinach (with toast and hash browns). CJ had the Mile High Scrambler with pancakes.

We decided to give Eggsperience another chance after some customer service issues, and I have to say, they haven’t improved 😦 I had to place my order three times with two different people before they got it right.

Last but not least, I bought some baskets at Target for extra storage above the kitchen cabinets. Any other city dwellers out there with some storage tips?

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~Tia