My birthday was simply perfect. I had a short workday, I had a nice noodley lunch “somewhere new” with the Hubby, I did a little shopping thanks to a gift card from my brother and SIL, I was overwhelmed and overjoyed with all the FB messages I received, and I took a really, really nice nap with a little help from my allergy meds I was in great need of. :) Naps are definitely a luxury for me as I 1) don’t get enough sleep as it is and 2) I don’t usually have the time to dedicate to napping/resting. Best of all, I had a nice dinner at home with my Hubby and kiddos. Here are some photos from today.
I knew I needed to have something with noodles (noodles=long life) and I had been craving ramen, so I jumped on Yelp and found Tajima. Very satisfying and delicious, but I still think the broth is in contention with Santouka’s. One thing I did appreciate was their optional “side” – they offered mini gyozas, mini bowls of two types of rice, and onigiri (rice ball with a filling). Both Hubby and I chose the BBQ pork rice, and that in itself could have been considered a “light” meal. I can’t even describe the flavor, really, but it was good. Definitely not what I expected after reading “BBQ pork” but good nonetheless. Sprinkle some of that red peppery goodness they have as a regular condiment, and you’re good to go!
There’s something to be said about fried battered dark chicken. It’s like the unhealthy relative of popcorn chicken. But it’s definitely a staple at our Japanese dinners together. This was served with a side of mayo, which I believe was an aioli of some kind.
I ordered the Regular Ramen that had BBQ pork and half of a boiled (aged?) egg. It was tasty but had too much of a gingery flavor for my taste. I would have liked more pieces of pork in mine, but the portion of the entire bowl of ramen was very generous – I could not finish it.
Hubby ordered the Kakuni Ramen – it had pork belly (mmm!) and half a boiled egg. Very very tender tasty pork – in fact, I would order this next time.
Did a little bit of shopping today and picked up some cute stationary and a couple of purses. For purse #1, I loved the old school vintage feel and the “quilt” look. It’s a pretty big bag, which you know I love. Purse #2 is a bright white shoulder bag – not as roomy as my usual purses, but it was still a good size. The photog features a little gift from my Hubby – my new Blackberry which I just LOVE LOVE LOVE (thank you, honey!). My Hubby and kids gave me this really thoughtful gift – a water can filled with gardening essentials, a gardening magazine, a tee with Sesame Street characters and a caption that reads “All My Homies Are From The Street” (love it), a fancy travel mug.