Ramen Yamadaya, a popular ramen chain from Los Angeles, recently opened a location in San Diego. I always get excited when LA places finally make their way down to San Diego, so I couldn’t wait more than a few days to check it out.

I’ve actually never been to the LA locations, but have heard good things from friends. I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but my ramen knowledge is pretty limited. For a better coverage of Ramen Yamadaya, head over to A Radiused Corner.

Ramen Yamadaya specializes in Tonkotsu broth ramen. Tonkotsu broth is made of pork bones, boiled for 20 hours according to Ramen Yamadaya, which results in a rich, creamy broth. The noodles used are thin, white and straight, unlike the wavy noodles usually associated with ramen.

The location (nearby Little Sheep) is quite small. We had a party of six and rather than push a few tables together, they decided to seat us outside on the patio which was  unfurnished except for two Samuel Adams picnic tables. I hope they spruce up this outside seating in the future because it felt dark and separated, like I was just sitting at some free picnic table in a public park. It also made picture taking quite difficult since the patio was only lit by the plaza lights.

Here’s the menu:

TONKOTSU KOTTERI

I’ve been told that some people eat bourbon poured over cornflakes for breakfast. I’ve never actually tried it myself but I have sampled the Secret breakfast flavor ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe which incorporates the concept. And I loved their version.

So recently, when I was given three bottles of Red Stag by Jim Bean bourbon whiskey to try (Honey Tea, Black Cherry, Spiced), my mind immediately thought about bourbon and cereal and I wanted to make a dessert out of it.

Lately I’ve been wanting to make macaroni and cheese but every time I think about the effort, I get really lazy. Then I came across a macaroni and cheese recipe made in a mug. You know how I love mug recipes

Suddenly, it no longer seemed so daunting. Five minutes. No stove required. Even I could handle this.

It’s not actually anything particularly new. I remember during my college days people would make pasta in the microwave. But I’d forgotten about it, and I’d never actually done macaroni and cheese in the microwave before, or all made into a mug, so it was still fun. And so easy.