We ended the foodie adventure week with some good ol' Japanese soul food at Ramen Tatsu-ya. Yah, going backwards here, 'cause I'm hip like that. *deuce sign* Plus that's the order these insta-pix were loaded. Anyways, we heard good things about this place. One of the best ramen spots in town, they say. So what do a group of non-ramen addicts do? We check it out.
Like I've mentioned before, we are probably the least into ramen out of all our ramen-loving group of friends here in Austin. But the hype, man, the hype. Word on the street is that it's comparable to the best ramen spots in San Fran and NYC. Like, wow, really?? How could we not NOT try it?
That's George + Annie + Baby Giono up in that belly. We had paella with them last week. I love how we switched it up this week and totally went Japanese. Our fellow foodie adventurists have pretty awesome taste buds!
Ramen's not really on my top must-try foodie experiences in San Fran or NYC, or in general, but I do know that the best ramen I have ever tasted was at a hole-in-the-wall spot in Tokyo. So with that distant taste bud memory in mind, I'd give this Tonkotsu sho-yu thumbs up. It's a well-balanced marriage of various flavors. And pretty tasty to boot. I could do without that 'Corn on the Bomb' (seasoned corn and butter) sitting on top of the ramen. It gave the broth a slight sweetness to it and I'm not down with that. What it needed was more Chashu (soy braised pork belly)!
Ah, then there was Hanh + Me + our Monday brunch adventure at La Boite.
Hanh has never been to this French 'food truck' gem sitting on top of a hill, and so I had to, nay, must show her what she was missing out on. La Boite has THE best croissants and macarons in town!
Cafe au lait for me, cafe cortado AND london fog for Hanhsters. With a side of blueberry + fleur de sel macarons. There was a sausage and herb croissant alongside those macarons. But I had already shamelessly gobbled that up by the time I took this pic. Sorry, but not sorry. ;-)
Good food + good friend + unusally good weather. Monday can't get much better than this.
Asians taking pictures of other Asians taking pictures of their food. It's a sport for us.
And finally, we started off the week with Sunday brunch with these guys, Zaid + Mike, at Another Broken Egg Cafe. Introducing these newbs to one of Jincent's fave brunch spots in Austin!
Look at that list of brunch options. This ain't gonna be easy!
But I already know what I want. Loves me some french toast.
Especially if it looks like this. Cinnamon rolls grilled in french toast batter. Topped off with cream cheese icing, Banana's foster sauce, warm berries and whipped cream. Yeah, that's right. It looked and tasted ah-mazing.
Not one, but TWO french toast platters for brunch. Cuz I'm fancy like that. French toast connoisseur here! Feast your eyes on Banana's foster french toast in all it's sinful glory. And it tasted so so so heavenly!
More Asians taking pics of their food. One of these days we'll actually eat the goods.
Bottomless coffee. Perfect complement to a gluttony brunch massacre.
After Sunday brunch, we moseyed on over to West Elm. Don't think I have ever spent this much time here. 2 hours. With a group of dudes. And they're more into it than me! Hah!
Til next foodie adventure!
besos ... jin.