Before heading to Rome, noodles, differently.

Before I head to Rome (tomorrow, Wednesday – click the flag) I had to charge up with a different cuisine.

I was in my native place for a couple days.  I had, among other important appointments, a meeting of my literary group (founded 19 years ago!).  We read Francis Thompson.  Interesting guy!  Next time, probably some Browning.

Anyway, I had Chinese when I hit town.

Starting with soup dunplings.  Now demoted to the 2nd best xiao long bao I’ve had.

Noodles with veg.

Pork in garlic sauce.

My dining companion had orange beef, which he was kind enough to let me sample.

Finally, the platitude cookie.

The next day, after my morning appointment, I dashed into downtown Minneapolis for ramen.  Having had a couple visits to Tokyo now, I have sampled good ramen.  This place in MSP has good ramen!

First, gyoza. Wonderfully crunchy and spicy!  I don’t know what is in that sauce, but… wow.

Tonkotsu ramen.

So, now it is off to Rome and a whole different way to treat noodles.

Time to pack.

Go Cubs.


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  1. NBW says:

    It all looks so good, especially the soup dumplings! Have a safe trip to Rome, Father!

  2. Love the tonkotsu ramen …. But kinton doesn’t have that sadly in toronto.

    Can’t wait to see what tidbits of info you get with the end of the Synod.

  3. gatormom says:

    Father Z, how do you never have a spittle flecked nutty? My husband never has spittle flecked nutties either and it drives me rather crazy but probably keeps me sane too. Have a great trip!

  4. Where does one get good ramen, and what brands to look for?

  5. excalibur says:

    Sadly, looks like the Cubs are going, home.

  6. Ultramontane says:

    Good ramen has no brand – it’s all hand made. Having said that, it is possible to get at least decent branded ramen. Try searching “Nissan Raoh ramen” or “Maruchan Seimen ramen” on amazon. I keep that in my cabinet here in Japan, and it’s the best thing I’ve found outside of the real deal.

  7. Ultramontane says:

    Nissin, not Nissan. Stupid autocorrect.

  8. The Cobbler says:

    If there is no good ramen brand, is there a guide to making it at home? Or is it the sort of thing one must experience from the experts before one knows what one is shooting for in one’s own attempts?

  9. A.D. says:

    Except for the lovely little Fortune Cookie, this confirms my suspicion that you are a barbarian . . . possibly a Klingon. : – )


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