Yup, it's been four years. But first to more exciting things, Ramen Yumma-daya, I mean Yamadaya is coming to SD.(!) July 25th, I got my calendar marked. [Update: Check out my first visit here and a more thorough first month visits post here.]
I had dinner at Little Sheep
last night and whaddya know, they're opening up in the same mall just a
couple doors down. It's been a while since my first and last visit at
the original Torrance
location back in Oct. 2010 but I knew they've been expanding rapidly. Currently there are five Yamadaya locations including the newly opened Sherman Oaks branch.
Looks their menu has expanded
a lot as well where while they've been primarily a Hakata-style
Tonkotsu establishment, they now seem to additionally offer a brothy clear
type Premium Shio and Shoyu which I might be looking forward to more if they also have plans for them here.
They've been the rarer exception in So. Cal. of a place that served katsu and teriyaki items that also managed to produce commendable ramen, so people can get their Japanese deep-fry fix here too. Japanese Gyozas weren't too bad as well if I remember right.
Ramen Yamadaya, 4706 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego,CA 92117
Back to my blog.. I feel I've been doing this a lot longer but Year Four is behind me as of today and now onto my fifth. Still planning to put up random food related topics that inspire me as a Food Curious. (A descriptor I came up with a while back after long deliberation.)
[Giant Takoyaki @ Meiji Jingu, January 3, 2011]
Maybe a self induced quick Q&A is due for this year...
Q: Is Dennis your real name?
Might have mentioned before but it actually isn't. But have felt
comfortable enough with it when meeting other fellow bloggers in real
life and missed the critical awkward timing of telling them otherwise.
The 'K' btw comes from the Japanese Curry loving original Super Sentai yellow ranger - Kiranger.
Q: Any favorite/proud posts?
A: Embarrassed to say I have a few but I seem to corner any query for "Japanese Worcestershire (sauce)" thanks to my dandy Usutaa Sauce chart. While the most popular route to my humble blog according to stats would be via a Chirashi photo on lunching at Sushi Ota, I'm actually more excited of the fact that if you Google-Image "One meatball," my pic from Volare is usually up there in the top three. In all of the entire google-verse, how cool!?
Q: Who's your target audience?
I don't really have one but I try to write for a broad (nerdy)
international readership as much as a lot of the content is SD specific
by nature. Most comments I get are from other food bloggers.
Q: Other memorable moments in the four years you've been blogging?
A: Yes, it's when I got a hit from S.E.T.I.!
Probably just a receptionist trying to figure out what to have for lunch, but I can't help get totally nerded out about it.
Q: Most swiped photo without permission?
A: That's easy, it's the Triple Scoop Thrifty's Ice Cream Cone.
Q: Last, do you have a favorite single food/meal/dish?
A: It's hard to narrow to one, but it's most probably something Japanese Yoshoku. Aside from the nostalgic component I think I like how it reminds me that
everything we eat were adaptations at one point and evolving. Some just
stuck around longer and/or had good PR. But a nicely done scratch made bowl of Miso Soup is hard to beat... So
I'll take what I first said back and it's a piping hot bowl of Miso Soup with
lots of Bonito dashi flavor. Yeah!
Thanks again for visiting. Looking forward to another year!