It is to my understanding that 46 out of the 50 states of America are currently experiencing a Polar Vortex in which Mother Nature has decided to freeze everyone besides California, southern Texas, southern Florida, & Hawaii. There have been plenty of jabs at the scientists that coined the term “Global Warming” because it’s clearly frozen in America, but that’s why many of us use the term “Climate Change” instead, because “Global Warming” can be a misnomer. While the planet is indeed getting warmer, it also means extreme weather changes. One man’s frost is another man’s heat & one man’s flood is another man’s drought. In California’s case, we’re really hurting for rain so if one of those 46 states could just ship us over some snow, that’d be so great. We’d be sure to send them a thank you card: Wow. Such Snow. Much Appreciate. Very Kind. Much Thanks. Wow.
Before I start talking about the ramen I ate, I just want to make it clear that when I refer to Mother Nature, I don’t actually mean that Earth is a living entity with a spirit controlling the weather; I mean the equalizing weather changes Earth experiences in order to maintain stability & balance. This drought hasn’t gotten me drinking the crazy punch yet, don’t worry.
On Wednesday, I went to one of my favorite Japanese markets called Marukai (their website is a mess, I’d try not to surf for too long on it). Knowing they had a food court with boba & ramen, I thought, “I can have one fat day out of the week, can’t I?” so why not? After getting groceries to make Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory cabbage pancake), udon, ramen, & other various dinners for the next 2 weeks, I stopped by to get ramen from Ramen Iroha. I was sorely disappointed with the lackluster the broth, but the noodles were just what I was craving. I did fix the broth a bit with water, sugar, hot sesame oil, lime, & ponzu sauce, but it looks like Yelp! was right in awarding it with only 3 stars.
I kept the ramen separate to replicate Tsukemen ramen, which is dipping ramen. It’s the best way to keep from overeating & feeling bloated in my opinion. Tsukemen is the best way to go. Ramen is the perfect meal for rainy days, but jeez, Mother Nature, why you gotta hold out on us like that? It’s just kind of “cold” here while New York is an ice cube. Give them a break & just hang out with us for a little.
So, for today’s take home message, please be sure to always reuse, recycle, & repeat. Take reusable grocery bags when you’re out at the market & take shorter showers. Wash your car less & water plants with unused stale water laying around the house. Carpool & walk or bike to close destinations. Even if for some idiotic selfish reason you don’t think climate change affects you, think again for the future of humanity & for your children’s future. We are affected by climate change every day–in fact we’re affected by it right now–so do your best to reduce your carbon footprint.