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10.06.14: Of ramen and tea

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 Hello, Vancouver!! Aaah I can’t believe that this is really happening!! After having an amazing and busy weekend with A,we are now on our way to Manila. As what A said “it is our most memorable trip to Manila”. It is definitely a trip of a lifetime because it will be the first time that our families will be together. Anyway, we have less than an hour left here in Vancouver until our plane leaves for Manila, hopefully that will be enough time for me to publish this one before all the craziness begin when we arrive home.

Today, we experienced a couple of firsts together. It’s our first time to travel to Manila together (this is A’s third time in MNL). Also, our first time to fly out of JFK. Thank God that our flag carried, Philippine Airlines, started flying to Manila from New York 2 weeks ago! We were very excited about this when they broke the news last year, no more loooong layovers, exhausting connecting flights,and worrying about our baggage!

Oh,we have so much love for New York! So let me share with you A’s birthday celebration in New York last year 🙂

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One of the things that I love about A is how it’s not very hard to put a smile on his face.

He appreciates everything even the simplest form of gesture.

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So what better way to make my birthday boy happy? A trip to New York to eat ramen 🙂

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Every year, pick restaurants in different cities that we want to go to. We have a long list so we choose the ones that we know are appropriate for the occasion. We save the best ones for days that we want to celebrate. And it works! It works because when we do it that way it happens.

One of the restaurants that A has been wanting to go to is Ivan Ramen.

 

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Ivan Ramen owned by a Jewish Chef who went to Japan and found love with Japanese food. With intensive training about ramen cooking, he was able to open a ramen shop in East Village, New York.

His noodles are made with rye flour (plus points for me because I know I can binge) and his broth is inspired by Jewish chicken noodle soup.

 

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Ivan Ramen’s 1000 year old deviled egg

hen egg + preserved duck egg + tomato + tobiko

 

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this changed my view on deviled eggs! It was so delicate and delish!!

 

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Grilled Duck Hearts

with yuzu kosho 

Japanese pepper paste with citrus

 

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A’s ideal appetizer

 

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Yuzu Lemonade

Perfect refresher for a beautiful day

 

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My Tokyo Shoyu Ramen

soy sauce, dashi and chicken broth, pork chashu,egg, and rye noodle

 

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this does need any explaining…it was reaaally good!

 

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A’s Cold Lemon Shio Ramen

chicken broth, lemon dashi, roasted tomatoes, rye noodles

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I loved this one!!! I am not a fan of cold noodles (because I think noodles should be hot) but this proved me wrong! I love the hint of lemon in every bite/slurp

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love their back patio!!!

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with my date ❤

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Sup, batman!

 

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Since we had the afternoon to go around the city, we decided to pay a visit to one of the best tea shops we’ve been to!

 

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We were in heaven!!!!!

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tea tasting for two

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I guess it is safe to say that we had the time of our lives when we were there. We can’t wait to go back this spring/summer 🙂

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Harney and Sons tea lounge

 

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 This reminded us of our amazing trip in Bangkok

 

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tea haven

 

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Can’t live without a bag of goodies from Harney and Sons ❤

 

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my new favorite bag #chos haha

 

DSC_0383ATropical Green ; Royal Wedding ; Black Currant ; English Breakfast ; Canton Green Tea

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what I do when stuck in New York traffic haha

xx

R

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