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Top Ramen Spots in DC!

GET YOUR SLURP ON

Ramen is not just a trend, it's a movement.  The Japenese comfort classic is taking the U.S. by storm with new and interesting takes on the traditional noodle bowl.  With the help of photographer Andrew Sherman, I'll walk you through the BEST places to get ramen in DC. Not only will I tell you where to go, I'll tell you what to order! Trust me on this - we spent days trying ramen and I wouldn't steer you wrong. No matter where you choose to go, slurp with confidence and feel all of your troubles melt away through the power of ramen.

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Kyirisan

Chinese/French Soul Mates

Kyirisan is Chef Tim Ma's first DC restaurant, and I'm so thankful it has arrived!  The modern restaurant, both in decor and cuisine, is inviting and exciting with a small, well-crafted menu designed to please the masses.  The fusion of Chinese and French cuisine is exotic and unique, and is something I'm hoping to see more of if it's executed this masterfully.

As I walk in, the enthusiastic and welcoming hostess greets me and I meet my friend at the bar.  The bartender wastes no time in helping me select a beverage and surprises us both with a shot of habañero vodka.  It is terrifyingly hot, but you should try it just to prove you're not a pussy (hey peer pressure!). Keep reading to find out how I spent my evening.

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Francesco Amodeo: That's Amaro

Francesco Amodeo, founder of Don Ciccio & Figi, is an Amalfi Coast alchemist bringing century old family liqueur recipes from Italy to DC - and everywhere in between.  I caught up with him and his booming business to feature as our April Hangry Hero!

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Umaya - Izakaya

Japanese If You Please

City Center DC's newest eatery, Umaya, is a Japanese-style Izakaya serving classic cuisine that left a smile on my face from start to finish.  Ramen may be a growing trend in the city, but where can you get authentic robatayaki? Umaya is the place.  Chef Nick Hoang dazzles the palate with exquisitely prepared dishes such as traditional yakitori and ramen, and displays his creativity and skill with daily specials. It is rare that I love every single dish at a restaurant, but I could not get enough at Umaya - I highly recommend you check this place out before it's impossible to get a spot at the robatayaki!

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Fat Tuesday Indulgence: Linzer Cookies

Spread on the Love

Have you ever had a linzer cookie?  They are delicate and flaky with lots of butter, a hint of lemon, and the crunch of ground almonds. What's even more EXTRA is that they are a sandwich cookie! Traditionally stuffed with jam, I turn things up a notch with a homemade chocolate ganache option. These cookies are probably my favorite sweet of all time, so I decided to make them myself - jam variety for me and mom, chocolate ganache for hangry bf and dad.  Treat yourself to these decadent cookies for Fat Tuesday before the fasting begins!

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