Friday September 21, 1:35 p.m.
Quiet day today. No teaching and no translating. I was able to walk with my Dad and enjoy 90 minutes of magazine reading in the mall library. I read the most recent issue of "Toronto Life", a magazine that often allows The Big Smoke's 99% to read about what the 1% is doing. There was a small article on Kinton, currently everyone's Holy Grail in terms of ramen restaurants here. There was a top-view photo of a bowl of ramen from there which looked very set up. I mean the noodles basically obscured the soup....it looked like a bunch of yakisoba instead of ramen. And there were two browned strips of what appeared more like fatty bacon instead of cha-siu. Plus, the author talked about the changes in taste and texture, and mentioned connoisseur-type expressions such as caramel....oh, boy.
Actually, it ended up that The Anime King went down to Kinton yesterday on a whim since his current place of employment is at the U of T. Since the restaurant is on Baldwin St, he could get there within 10 minutes. Despite the fears of "The Dark Knight Rises"-level lineups, he reported that it didn't take him too long to get in although he noted that it was a tight fit inside. As for the ramen, he didn't particularly rave about the stuff but said that it was the first bowl for him in Toronto (and he's made ramen-crawling in Japan as much of a mission as he does with anime whenever he goes there) where the noodles and the soup actually complemented each other.
Good enough review from him. I'll have to try it out next week before I start on that long supply stint at the school.