This is a very very delayed post! Two Fridays ago, a new ramen and sushi restaurant called Sakanaya opened up on campus. Of course, being in love with food, I went on opening day.
A few thoughts on this place: First, everyone was super friendly! I’m not sure if it was because it was opening day that they were extra friendly, but they were! We were served promptly and the staff was very understanding. Our waiter misunderstood our order, but the kitchen and staff were quick to remake our food. Two thumbs up! In terms of interior, I loved it! It was weird because we felt like we were in a restaurant in Chicago. It is definitely different from all the other restaurants on campus: modern and clean cut, which I loved. Finally, the food was good, but I thought it was a little expensive for what we got. I think it would have been perfect if it were $3-5 cheaper. I honestly don’t think I would go back again because I could probably buy my own ingredients and make it myself. Also, there are not a lot of vegetarian options. As a vegetarian, this was a problem. The ramen shops back in Chicago have vegetarian options, but there weren’t any here. I managed to get by but if you are a strict vegetarian, this is not the place. Nonetheless, if you’re on campus and need something warm to eat on a cold brisk day, this is the place to go for a hot bowl of ramen noodles.
Building off of yesterday’s post about Bread & Wine, today’s post is about the memorable conversations I’ve had around food this past week with some amazing people. Shauna Niequist talks about how she experiences God’s grace and presence around the table as she spends time with the people she eats with. I have to agree with her. I think one of the best ways I experience God is through good food, good people, and good conversations.
1. Thai food at Bangkok Thai with friends from Barcelona – an amazing time reminiscing on life abroad and updating each other on life as it is.
2. Lunch with my dear friend, Stephanie at Ike. All that food for the two of us. Got to share about daily happenings, keeping each other posted so we can keep each other accountable.
3. Lunch from the food truck, Cracked, with John and later joined by Hyunsu. Just random little things.
4. Halloween game night with snacks and Taboo. A super fun and chill night hosted by Jenny and Susan. Got to talk to people I haven’t talked to in a while + made some new friends!
Food and the table.. amazing how these two things bring people together.
Life has been pretty hectic and I haven’t been able to free read too much, but I’m slowly getting through this book called Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. It’s about Niequist’s journey with food, friendships, and her spiritual walk with God, all revolving around the table. I’ve got to say… I love it for her stories and simple recipes.
There are two things that I absolutely love in this world: sweet potatoes and Sriracha sauce. I almost cried when I heard Sriracha sauce was in a legal case to stop production because of complaints. But thankfully, they aren’t stopping! In the book, Niequist gives a recipe for sweet potato fries with Sriracha dipping sauce, and it sounds amazinggg. Must try it very very soon! My kind of comfort food.
Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Dipping Sauce (serves 4)
Ingredients 4 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup of olive oil, plus more for oiling pans
sea salt dipping sauce: 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and put two rimmed baking sheets int he oven to warm up.
2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into long, thing batons – the thinner, the better. Pull the hot pans out of the oven and oil them.
3. Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, then line them up on the baking sheets so they’re not touching or overlapping.
4. Put both pans into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, switch the pans and give them a shake while you’re at it, turning the batons.
5. Bake for another 6 to 10 minutes, depending on how crispy you’d like them. Remove when they start to become golden, but don’t expect them to be completely crispy like deep-friend french fries.
6. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.
7. While the sweet potato batons are cooking, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha in a small bowl. Serve alongside warm fries.
Monday morning (yesterday) I got an email from Red Frog Events stating that I didn’t get the internship. Of course I was bummed but I wasn’t surprised because I didn’t think I stood out from the crowd. That was at 9am and my day went by like any other day: classes, lunch, and work. Then at 5pm, I get a phone call from Red Frog apologizing because they sent me the wrong email! So basically, you’re looking at the next intern for Red Frog Events!!! It’s been a crazy month. I finally came to terms with forgoing law and took a leap of faith into something I’ve wanted to do since middle school. Amidst the craziness, one thing is for sure: walking and trusting in the Lord and being diligent in everything I do is the way to go. Being in the presence of God and whole-heartedly trusting in Him is the best place to be.
For those who don’t know what Red Frog does, they are the creators of the Great Urban Race, Warrior Dash, Firefly Music Festival, and the American Beer Classic, to name a few. I am so excited to work with them!! A LOT of pictures to come in the future, but for now, here are just a few from the weekend:
stopped by the Warby Parker Class Trip; falafels; RFE office
such a beautiful city; Sue at Field Museum; crisp autumn mornings