iberico bar: true lard leaves no traces
Anyone who knows me well will likely know of my affection for Spanish cuisine, a passion which rivals and in many ways, surpasses even my love for ramen. Admittedly, I don’t eat noodles nearly as much as I used to. A steady diet of Mediterranean influence - fish and tomatoes, olive oil and beans,has replaced a lot of my gonzo noodle slurping in recent months. In part this has to do with health; all those fats and carbs have to go somewhere, and as relatively young as (I’d like to think) I am, it’s never too early to cut back on the calories and perhaps spare a few arteries in the process.
feeding the fever
So this past week, I traveled to New York and spoke at Ramen Fever, a lecture and tasting event co-hosted by the organizations New York-Tokyo and The Asia Society. Part of an ongoing series of cultural exchange-related talks, the night’s festivities were held at the Asia Society’s center on the Upper East Side, and included appearances by Jenny Miller, editor at Grub Street, Adina Steiman of Men’s Health magazine, and Shigeto Kamada, proprietor and chef of two of New York’s most popular ramen shops, Minca and Kambi. I’d like to think that a fun and educational time was had by all; people certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, especially when the evening culminated in a cooking demonstration and sampling of an authentic triple soup ramen courtesy of Chef Kamada. Big, big thanks to all involved, especially to Taeko and Yoshie who organized and coordinated the whole event and also to Shreeya and her team for putting together a fabulous video detailing the night’s proceedings.
happy (ramen) holidays!
“santa stops in fukuoka” (2010, pixel on screen)
noodling on the wild westside
A last minute heads up to slurpers in the Los Angeles area: Culver City’s notorious, maid-infested Royal-T Cafe will be screening Juzo Itami’s classic “noodle western” Tampopo tonight alongside a popup ramen menu designed by in-house chef Konbu using seasonal ingredients. One night only? Admission and the film are free, I’m guessing the food is not. The real question, however, is whether I can be bothered to leave the house.
thanks pingu, via L.A. Weekly.