Other than books, which are food for the brain, I also really love… well, food food. Like the kind that we eat with our mouth.
Do you ever see people taking photos of their food obsessively before their meals? Trying to perfect the lighting and the angle? Well, that is kind of me.
You guys may know that I recently moved to Vancouver. Since then, my stomach has been very happy :’) I want to show you guys the delicious restaurant food that I’ve tried, as well as some of my home-cooked meals!
Ramen (aka. The Best Noodle To Have Graced the Surface of the Earth)
Have you guys ever had ramen!??! (As in, the Japanese kind?*)
*The Chinese were the ones who invented ramen, aka. la-mian, which is a form of noodles that are made by pulling dough into long, thin strands. However, although I am fiercely proud of the country that I came from, I got to admit… that I prefer the Japanese variety [shields self from thrown tomatoes]
Anyway, ramen is SO, SO amazing. You guys would have to try. My favourite kind is tonkotsu, which is ramen that is made from a rich, pork broth:
This tonkotsu is from Yaguchiya Ramen. You can see that there are additional toppings that are added to the noodles and the tonkotsu broth. Some common toppings are chashu (slices of pork meat, often shoulder), diced green onions, marinated egg, and seaweed.
I also had a matcha pudding, which was delicious! Matcha is a finely ground green leaf powder that can be made into tea and desserts.
Kamamarui Ramen is one of my favourite ramen places in the city so far. The broth is so rich, and the serving sizes are generous. Those are the biggest pieces of chashu that I had ever been served in a ramen restaurant.
This is a delicious ramen made from chicken broth, from Marutama Ramen. I actually really REALLY loved the chicken broth. On the right is a plate of dashimaki, which is a Japanese egg omelette that has a slightly sweet flavour. It is amazing 🙂
Homemade Granola Bars!
I am a snacker– I seriously cannot wait the 4-6 hours between meals without munching on something! And when I get hungry, I get super hangry**. Knowing that I will be working longer hours at my new workplace, I prepared these delicious homemade granola bars to tide me through in between meals!
** Hangry = the sensation of deep injustice that you feel when you are extremely hungry (likely a first world problem)
To make your own, check out this recipe @ Bless This Mess!The amazing part is that the recipe is easy and entirely customizable. You can pick and choose your own mix-ins! The ones that I used for these ones are banana chips, chocolate chips, dried blueberries, and pistachios.
Oh yeah, and they turned out to be delicious! I brought one large container of these to share with my coworkers and they were gone before lunch!
Citrusy Kale Salad!
However much I want to be healthy, I… just don’t like many vegetables okay?? I hate broccoli, spinach, arugula, and egg plants, among many others. There is one vegetable that I recently discovered that I love!! And that’s kale!!
I absolutely love how easy it is to make this salad, and how light it tastes. If you want to give this a try, check out the recipe @ The Garlic Diaries! (Psst, the recipe calls for slivered almonds, but I used pistachios, which worked really well!)
What were your favourite eats this month? Do you take photos of the food that you eat or make? Have you tried a new restaurant or recipe this month? Are you a snacker? Do you like vegetables?