Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

Daikaya

10.20.14: Ramen, DC, and Us.

Hello, dolls!! It’s almost the weekend again. Time really flies when you are busy! This month has been really good to me. I am learning a lot at work, my sister is here, A and I gets to spend time together and go on adventures — I couldn’t ask for more. Just one more day until I get to enjoy another Sunday — Sundays that are more meaningful now because we get to do what we have always wanted for the past 2 years, go to church – brunch – and spend the rest of the day holding each other’s hand! I prayed for this for a looong time! To have decent days off with A and now it’s happening!!!

So anyway, back when A and I could only have Mondays together (and if we’re lucky some other random weekday) we would make sure that we visit a new place. A couple of days after A’s birthday, we were still on “ramen high”. Since we do not have a lot of ramen places in Baltimore,we decided to go to Washington DC — our go to place when we are feeling adventurous. DSC_0411AWe decided to go to Daikaya, one of the restaurants in DC that we’ve always wanted to go to.

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Daikaya is a Sapporo ramen shop located at the first floor, and Izakaya a Japanese restaurant at the second floor of the building.Both restaurants are owned by 3 Japanese men.What’s also interesting is that they also serve Filipino inspired dishes in Izakaya (which we have to try soon!)

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Find me

DSC_0400A“couple shot”

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Blending
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We had to wait for a couple of minutes to be seated. They were pretty packed for a Monday lunch, and no..they don’t take reservations.

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Finally!!! We were seated at the ramen bar..my favorite spot!!! I love watching ramen Chefs work on the line.

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I took about a million pictures of the ramen station alone. It’s so neat!!! It made me want to work at a ramen shop in Japan

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My date

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this guy has mad wok skills.

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There’s a corner table beside the stairs going to Izakaya. I had this feeling that I want to go back and just stay in this corner.

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nori box

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Ramen in the making: First he pours broth to the bowl #YUM

Then adds the noodles…THE delicious perfect ramen noodles.
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Lastly, for the final touch. Cha Siu and wok seared vegetables. YES!IMG_0216A

Before we stuffed our faces with ramen and dumplings

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perfect lunch

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My spicy miso ramen

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 I have this thing for spicy miso, A is not a fan of miso. So whenever I order spicy miso, I am afraid that A won’t be ale to help me.

This was so good (and huge) that I finished it! Even A liked it. The smokiness from the vegetables added flavor to the broth. The broth has the perfect balance of saltiness and creaminess from the miso. Aaaaah and the noodles…phenomenal.

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Our gyoza took a while because they do it to order. 

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Their gyoza is perfect and delicious! A and I kept saying that it’s worth the wait.

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A’s shio ramen

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Chicken based broth flavored with dried seafood and seaweed.

A loved it…so much that he inhaled the entire thing in 5 minutes (pretty much)

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Ramen game on

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The line was small but efficient. With only 3 cooks and a full house, they did a hell of a job. What also amused A and I are the kitchen equipment that they have.

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We will definitely go back to Daikaya!!!

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A few doors down from Daikaya is Joy Luck House 

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A Chinese bakery and cafe beside our favorite hand-pulled noodle restaurant.

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I was very happy to see Asian pastries again…for cheap!

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Got my moon cake, egg tart, and my Chinese wife cake. #NOMS

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Stopped by to see how our favorite noodle and dumpling restaurant is doing

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National Building Museum

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Since A and I had time to kill, we went to the Judiciary Square

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Trees are extra beautiful during fall.

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I do not ask A to carry my bag, only when I have tie my shoelace. haha

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…and now he looks like Mr. Grumpy

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Another amazing Monday with my love

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Saw Mr. Naughty #2 on our way back to Baltimore

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adding color to fall

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xx

R

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