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Ramen Resolution: Karaage Setsuna

Ramen Resolution: Karaage Setsuna

After a long flight and a quick trip to Kerry Park to snap the picture (below) of Seattle’s iconic skyline, I was ready for ramen! After being mesmerised by the view for a while, I turned to trusty Google Maps to find the nearest place that took my fancy and set off in the direction of the hipster-lite Belltown district. I initially walked past Karaage Setsuna, I paused briefly to look at the menu, but decided to see what else might…

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Some thoughts on professional societies

Some thoughts on professional societies

Getting into any career is tricky. Employers are looking for the perfect combination of both knowledge and experience. Fresh out of University you have to try extra hard to demonstrate that you can actually do the job, not just talk about it. That was the position I found myself in almost 13 years ago. I spent countless days completing applications; labouring the point that “yes, I might have only ever worked in a shop, but you can definitely trust me not…

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Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles

Osaki Hiroshi, the author of The Secret History of Ramen in Japan, claims to eat 800 bowls of ramen per year. At a measly 14 bowls, I haven’t even come close to 10% of that in the last 12 months. However, I think it’s safe to say that I’m a big fan and whilst I couldn’t claim to be an expert, I do have a well-developed sense of what I like, and what I would steer clear of. Based on what…

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Ramen Resolution – Nanban

Ramen Resolution – Nanban

It’s been a couple of months since a ramen review. I did go somewhere not so long ago, but work has been crazy busy and I didn’t get chance to post about it; now I feel like it’s too late. However, conscious that there were only two days of 2017 left, I wanted to squeeze in one last ramen adventure! I took myself to Nanban in Brixton. There were four factors which influenced this decision: It’s only about 20 minutes…

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Ramen Resolution – Tonkotsu

Ramen Resolution – Tonkotsu

A long time ago a trip to London’s glittering soho used to mean luminous cocktails named after popstars and wristbands for free entry to Heaven. These days if I find myself in that part of town it invariably means I’m seeking out a noodles. How times change! Tonkotsu is a place I have walked past loads, but only just gotten around to visiting. From the outset the signs were good: no empty seats when we arrived and windows fogged up by ramen…

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Ramen Resolution – Mamalan

Ramen Resolution – Mamalan

Confession: This is not actually a ramen review. It should have been, but we panic-chose where we were eating and assumed (incorrectly) that an asian resturant in trendy Brixton Village would be purveyors of ramen-y goodness. We had spotted a free table, which at 7.30pm in London is not insignificant, so we plopped ourselves down before we had really studied the menu. Instead, Mamalan is full on Chinese. We’d already gotten this far, and needed to be at a friends…

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Ramen Resolution – Hare and Tortoise

Ramen Resolution – Hare and Tortoise

I first visited Hare and Tortoise long before Ramen Resolution become my thing. In fact, long before I even really knew that ramen could be more than the little packets of salty ‘chicken’ noodles at all. On my last visit, which I think would have been in 2012, I had a Katsu curry. I remember it being tasty, but as it’s been five years, it clearly wasn’t somewhere I was clamouring to return to. I didn’t get to see much of…

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