Samurai Noodle had something to do with it!
But before I delve into that, even more good news, my sister Emily started a blog! Head to CheerioSpeachEO to see her peppy, awesome, interesting posts on travel, cooking, and the world of speech and language pathology. And tell her I said hi!
Oh and one more bit of good news, my blog got a makeover! There will be more minor updates coming soon (think header menu items and subcategories, ooh, ahhh), but I hope you all like what I've done so far with the space! Many thanks to my friend Amber for introducing me to this Etsy shop, filled with cute, user-friendly blogger templates.
During the crux of my dumb summer cold I decided nothing would benefit me more than a nice, hot bowl of ramen. I had heard about the new(ish) spot Samurai Noodle, and it isn't far from my office, so I popped on over for some soul-warming goodness.
For the sake of research I ordered the spicy tofu appetizer to start - soft tofu served with cold house marinated bamboo, green onions, and house chili sauce. This wasn't bad. It definitely was better once I poured the chili sauce all over it. I enjoyed the contrasting textures of crunchy green onions, chewy marinated bambo (first-time marinated-bamboo experience, whattup), and soft, creamy tofu. The earthy, syrupy, zippy chili sauce served as a nice coating. Overall though, personally I prefer my tofu cooked or mixed in with a bunch of stuff (um, hello RAMEN). But for a protein-packed appetizer, this was probably exactly what I needed to help build my immunity.
Okay, YES my tastebuds were probably a little off, and YES I've only ever tried ramen one other time, but I really, really enjoyed this ramen. The miso broth base was wonderfully briny, the bean sprouts and corn had a beautiful crunch, and the hellfire sauce was not too spicy, but spicy enough to *ahem* clear me out.
Am I the worst? I'm the worst.
The vegetables were fresh and lovely, and the tofu added a wonderful softness to the soup. The onslaught of nutrients I was receiving, atop the beautiful broth was a force to be reckoned with, and just what the doctor ordered. If anything, the fact that my tastebuds were muted should speak volumes for the amount of flavor and power I felt that this bowl delivered. And bonus points: The order really was one heck of a meal, so I was only able to eat half of it, which means lunch was covered the next day!
Of the two ramen experiences I've had (that aren't 99 cent packages of