A Few Random Thoughts About Food

For the longest time, I bemoaned the fact that St. Louis didn’t have any ramen restaurants. I loved eating different types of ramen when I lived in Japan.

But then, in the span of 18 months, 4 different ramen restaurants sprang up within 15 minutes of my house. I’m spoiled by all the options.

I ate at the fourth, Vista Ramen, for the first time yesterday, and I had a great time. I always know I’m enjoying a meal if we talk about food during the meal, and several mini-topics/questions came up that I thought I’d share with you:

  1. Why is chuhai not more common in the US? Chuhai is kind of like an alcoholic fruit soda. It’s super refreshing. I used to sit on the banks of the Kamogawa sipping on chuhai with friends, and I’ve never seen it in the US…until Tuesday.
  2. Why didn’t evolution provide humans with two stomachs–one for foods we want our body to digest and one for foods we want to taste but otherwise pass right through?
  3. Do you ever measure profit or savings in food? I instinctively do this all the time. Like, if I’m going to save $20 on an oil change, I equate that to 20 Slurpees. Not that Slurpees cost exactly $1 or that I’ll drink that many Slurpees in my lifetime, but that’s still my go-to comparison.