Since it's a lot later tonight than I expected, I have to keep this post short...
But let me tell you, there are some serious food bloggers out there in Nagoya, Japan. My hometown of Nagoya is not particularly famous for ramen, but just a quick Google search for ramen blogs in Nagoya will bring a plethora of interesting sites.
Seriously, these guys eat one new bowl of ramen a day... And really good ramen too - this is not your Maruchan college instant noodles. This is a serious culinary movement in Japan - the Way of the Ramen.
They recently built an entire indoor 'theme park' in Nagoya, dedicated to ramen. Titled Nagoya Men-ya Yokochou (Nagoya Noodle Shop Corner), the shops in this park are run by guys who are serious ramen-freaks. From 6/24-8/31, they are having a spicy ramen festival, where all seven of the shops have created a new menu item - a spicy ramen - to combat the summer heat.
Luckily, when I was there, one of the shops was undergoing renovations/replacement, so I only had six shops to choose from - but let me tell you. Choosing the six shops in there was as challenging as trying to decide on the best meals in San Francisco. Some noodle shops play up their noodles made with special water, while other shops emphasize their soups made with the new, trendy double-soup method: two soup stocks - one that is usually seafood-based and one that is land animal-based, separately made and mixed in the bowl right before serving to bring out the best combination of broths and flavors.
But that's all I can handle reporting now...
More coming tomorrow~!