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Hours of Operation: Silverlake Ramen House

12 Mar

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It was a random Sunday night and my friend and I wanted to eat some soup. While in search of a Vietnamese Pho restaurant we came upon this restaurant by chance. I was a little nervous because I had never had this japanese soup before & didn’t know what to expect. After first bite let’s just say I was hooked…I wouldn’t be lying to tell you that I returned the very next day for more! …and am contemplating going back again this week. 

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With a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on multiple food websites, I knew that SilverLake Ramen  would be wonderful for my first experience with ramen! But I need to make something clear. Ramen is not the dried artificially-flavored 10-cent instant meal found in college dorms across America. Real Japanese ramen is a delicious, unctuous thing of beauty.

It is served in a bowl twice the size of your head. The luscious pork-based broth is served with slightly chewy noodles, crisp bean sprouts, scallions, and glazed pork belly. This orchestra of flavors will have your mouth singing by the end of the night. The flavor tones are intense… it seems like every sense on your tongue is vibrating with enjoyment.

Before taking my first bite I expected a taste similar to Pho, the other popular Asian soup. I anxiously waited for my bowl because I really didn’t know what to expect. But if pho was a light, simple girl…Ramen would be her beefier, thicker, spicier older brother. The pork broth is so creamy and filling. There is an undertone of heat, but the kind that warms the soul. The sprouts, scallions and seaweed provide texture and crunch. It cuts through the thickness of the broth and chewiness of the delicious egg noodles. Then when your mouth is just beginning to get used to the crunch, heat, and texture your palette gets hit with a surprise! The perfectly crisp fatty pork belly. Pork belly is the part of pork used when making the best bacon. It is thick and meaty, but so juicy because of the fat content.

Some say simplicity is beauty when it comes to soup… but with everything Ramen has going on the ingredients still do not clash! It all comes together so beautiful that people cannot get enough.

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“How does this relate to the entertainment world?” you might be asking… Well Japanese ramen has been popularized by celebrities recently. Specifically, the foodie some love to hate, Chrissy Teigen.

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          In her food blog, Chrissy spent 6 days blogging about the “delushiousness” that is Japanese ramen. Her famous fiance, John Legend, and Chrissy flew to Japan in search of the most authentic ramen money could buy. Unfortunately, Chrissy was not able to pick just one restaurant. Instead she realized that ramen is and should be a “daily bowl of sodium and carby goodness.”

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For those of you who don’t have the funds to fly to Japan on a whim here are a few great ramen houses in the LA area:

Silverlake Ramen

(323) 660-8100
2927 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Santouka Ramen

(310) 391-1101
3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Orachon Ramen

(213) 617-1766
Astronaut E S Onizuka St
Ste 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hana Ichimonme

(213) 626-3514
333 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Hours of Operation: Sweet Salt — Food Shop Done Right!

19 Feb

Sweet Salt is a fairly new food shop on Riverside Street in Burbank, CA. However, typical is a word that will never be used to describe this restaurant/food shop/coffee shop/bakery. All ingredients are made in house: from baked goods to sauces. Since its opening celebrities have frequented this little shop for a bite of Sweet Salt’s interesting recipes.

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They have been featured in LA Times, LA Opinion, Huffington Post, North Hollywood Patch, and so much more!

Owner Alex Eusebio was recently on Top Chef:  Contenders on the hit show “Top Chef” aren’t known for being humble. That’s why some L.A. foodies were surprised to hear that Alex Eusebio — a Season 5 contestant and a hometown favorite — had quietly opened an unassuming gourmet sandwich shop in Toluca Lake called Sweetsalt Food Shop.

Before being cast on “Top Chef,” Eusebio, who is of Dominican descent and who moved to L.A. from New York, was the chef at an Echo Park restaurant called 15. The place had been transformed from a pupuseríainto a homey bistro, and Eusebio’s sharp flavors and precise cooking style soon made 15 a popular neighborhood destination with a seemingly bright future.

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Hours of Operation: Umami — The BEST Burger in Town!

12 Feb

Umami Burger has been voted the 2013 BEST burger in town! Over the past year more and more franchises have opened up all over Southern California. Celebrities flock to Umami for a bite of one of their gourmet burgers. But what is it about this burger joint that makes it so successful?Image Creator of Umami Restaurant group, Adam Fleischman wanted to create an All-American burger joint with a twist. He insisted on only using the freshest ingredients & putting creative twists to food classics.

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The Burger of The Year: The Umami Burger was voted the burger of the year by GQ Magazine. The ingredients consist of Kobe beef, Shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, signature Umami ketchup, and a parmesan crisp.

Other Original Burgers

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Another way Umami Burger has become so popular is through their social media presence. They allow guests to contact them on twitter, whether it be to leave a comment, post a picture, or anything you could imagine.

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They also have an instagram!

My Experience: So as you could imagine after hearing all this news about Umami Burger I felt inclined to check the place out. I walked through the door ready for anything. I had done some research and heard that the restaurant was favorited by plenty of celebrities & Hollywood’s elite. But I just wanted to taste the burger for myself & form my own opinion. After a few minutes, I decided on the Cali Burger (Kobe Beef, Butter Lettuce, Slow Roasted Tomato, House Spread, American Cheese, & Caramelized Onions) with some skinny truffle fries. At first bite my mouth was instantly given a crazy party of flavors. I didn’t know what to do… I just knew I needed to eat more. The next thing I know I look down & my food was gone. I had devoured the monstrous burger & fries in less then 10 minutes. That was when I knew what everyone had been talking about. I felt like I was invited to a secret club. I knew about the most spectacular burger, but instead of wanting to keep it to myself, I felt the need to share it with the world!