Ramen Fest at Makan Decatur

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The food scene has exploded in Atlanta since I last lived here 10+ years ago, and my calendar is filled with one food festival after another – not that I’m complaining!  It’s such a great way to get acquainted with the city again and the many amazing restaurants.  Last week, my cousins and I couldn’t wait to attend the ramen fest hosted by Makan, a new modern Asian restaurant in Decatur.

Most of you know my love for ramen (evidence here, here, here, here, and here).  I’ve shied away from it since moving back to the US since.. who could do ramen better than Japan?  Well, I’m happy to say that although ramen in Atlanta isn’t as steeped in tradition or honed to perfection as in Japan, it’s definitely more innovative and imaginative with unconventional flavors.  It’s like coming up for fresh air after a month of eating nothing but your grandmother’s (very tasty) home cooking.

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ramenfestmakan_by_ohmyomiyage

8 different restaurants served up their version of ramen in trial-sized bowls.  My favorite was the one from Makan (top photo), served in a flavorful overnight duck broth and served with a tender slice of duck breast.  I also loved the one from Victory (below), topped with perfect shiitake mushrooms.  Congrats to Makan on such a fun event.  I’m sure the next one will be even bigger.  Prepare your stomachs!

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Firefighter Party: Adult Tablescapes

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Here’s just a couple shots of the adult tables from the firefighter birthday party I posted last week.  There were separate tented areas for the kids tables and round adult tables, brought together with similar colors and the firefighter theme!

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All adults went home with cookie favors from Diddy Riese, a UCLA favorite.  They also helped to decorate the table!

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Custom signage directed guests to the drink table, set up with lemonade and flavored water.

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Happy hump day!

Throwback Rice Packaging

Spotted: awesome throwback rice packaging.  I’ve been seeing this packaging more and more around town from specialty Japanese food and/or rice shops.  This 2kg bag of rice from Arobo in Hiroo is a more modern take on the design.

Note: Japanese rice is a great omiyage (souvenir).  It’s flavorful with a great texture that’s hard to find outside of Japan – especially if it’s from this year’s harvest!  Visit one of the specialty rice shops like Suzunobu in Meguro.

Sobatei Takenoko

Sobatei Takenoko Restaurant in Taketomi Island Okinawa by ohmyomiyage

You don’t think I’d post about Taketomi without some foodie posts, did you? :)  My husband is a noodle fanatic so he tried to get as many bowls of okinawan soba in his stomach as possible.  Sobatei Takenoko on the northwest side of ‘downtown’ Taketomi was one of our favorites.  Friendly service, a homey atmosphere, great noodle texture and homemade soup make this place a must-eat!  Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw from West Pier, which makes it convenient too! Continue reading

Koregusu: Awamori Chilli Sauce

koregusu okinawan chilli sauce by ohmyomiyage

Happy Friday!  Since the last few (and next few) posts have been about Okinawa, I thought it would be good to introduce a condiment that’s ubiquitous to all the islands – Koregusu (pronounced: ko-ray-goo-sue).  It’s a bottle of awamori – the local alcohol made from rice – mixed with lots of red hot chill peppers.  You’ll find it at many of the restaurants especially okinawan soba joints.  A little bit goes a long way and adds a nice, slow bite to your dishes.

What are your favorite hot sauces?

Mirumiru Gelato Shop : Ishigaki

MiruMiru Gelato Shop Ishigaki Okinawa いもり牧場の自家製ジェラート ミルミル by Oh My Omiyage

Many places on Ishigaki have a laid-back island feel that’s just so darn relaxing and cute.  It’s surprisingly under-developed, which makes you feel like you’re in the country – a countryside with an ocean view.  One of my favorite spots that epitomizes this atmosphere is a little gelato shop MiruMiru.  We went every day! Continue reading