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The spicy tan tan men ramen at Slurping Turtle in Chicago.

Slurping Turtle in Chicago

There are two types of ramen restaurants: the traditionally tiny, bare-bones shops consisting of a cramped counter and a few scattered tables; and the…

Ramen at Terakawa Ramen in New York City.

Terakawa Ramen in New York City

New York City had turned unseasonably cold overnight.  The Northeast’s notoriously cold air blew through the city’s buildings, making me wish I’d packed a…

Pork belly and chanterelles at Casa Mono in New York City.

Casa Mono in New York City

There are pros and cons to restaurants that base their menus around small plates.  Small plates are a great way to try a wide…

Kelli Nakagama in front of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles before La Traviata.

LA Opera’s La Traviata

There is always a little bit of pressure, of nervousness, when sharing one of your greatest passions with someone else for the first time. …