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iberico bar: true lard leaves no traces

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Anyone who knows me well will likely know of my affection for Spanish cuisine, a passion which rivals and in many ways, surpasses even my love for ramen. Admittedly, I don’t eat noodles nearly as much as I used to. A steady diet of Mediterranean influence - fish and tomatoes, olive oil and beans,has replaced a lot of my gonzo noodle slurping in recent months. In part this has to do with health; all those fats and carbs have to go somewhere, and as relatively young as (I’d like to think) I am, it’s never too early to cut back on the calories and perhaps spare a few arteries in the process.

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ikemen at arms

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Ikemen is now open. "What?" you say. The hot new thing to hit the Los Angeles slurping scene is a heavyweight that has thus far flown low, low, low under the radar, the product of one Sean Nakamura, yes, that one, he of Ramen California fame. When disquieting reports of Nakamura-san's mysterious abdication of the south Torrance throne began making the rounds last month, I was inundated with requests for more information, as if I alone had the inside track to all the noodlings-on in Tinseltown.

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Tanaka Nagahama Ramen in Santa Monica

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Santa Monica will play host to Tanaka Soba-ten (Tanaka Shoten) and their Hakata Nagahama-style tonkotsu ramen this weekend. Just a heads up for those in Los Angeles that are keen and hungry for a bowl; they're kind of like the Shinsengumi of Tokyo.

the tohoku earthquake (and how you can help)

Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Japan, especially those affected by yesterday’s earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The possibility of nuclear disaster in Fukushima is only compounding the problem. If you want to help out and make a contribution to relief efforts, you can donate $10 to the Red Cross via text message. Just text “REDCROSS” to 90999 in the U.S and to 30333 in CANADA. Other ways to donate are detailed here and here. Watch out for aftershocks, and stay safe, everyone.

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