Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Day in South Bay: Eats & Fabrics

Starting the day off with a 6.0 earthquake was quite jarring.  We are thankful that our area is ok and sending our thoughts to those injured or who sustained any damage up north.

If you search for ramen in San Jose, 2 eateries that inevitably pop up are Orenchi (see here) and Santouka.  I have to say that I was a little skeptical of Santouka given its food court setting, but the broth was well-developed (Spicy Miso, Shio, and Shoyu were distinctively flavored) and the noodles had a good bite.  The regular size bowl gave you a very generous portion of noodles.  

Santouka - Spicy Miso Ramen Combo w/ Ikura Salmon Rice
(Rice was unremarkable)

My current ramen rankings would be 1. Orenchi, 2. Ramen Izakaya Kagura, 3. Santouka, 4. Ramen Dojo / Santa Ramen, and 5. Ramen Parlor.

Diagonal from Santouka was Matcha Love.  We didn't get to try it (too full from Santouka), but are looking forward to it next time!  
As Suzanne mentioned on IG, they have a hojicha offering (roasted green tea) that sounds promising!

 Other Mitsuwa treats included these matcha flavored finds.  I'm saving these for a gal pal outing, but am betting they will be a big hit :)

Matcha Oreos, Hojicha (roasted green tea) Pocky, and Matcha cream sandwich cookies

As if Mitsuwa's offerings weren't enough, there was also a Paris Baguette in the same shopping center (thank you, Caroline, for the recommendation!)

Pain Au Chocolat, Mango Cronut, Strawberry Cronut, Mango Boat
All I can say is Cronut = yummy in my tummy

And what's a trip to San Jose without some fabric shopping at Fabrics R Us?
Pretty checks for $4/yd and chiffon stripes for $2/yd - ridiculously good prices!

Also got to meet up with sweet Phoebe for some boba at Tea Era.  I keep repeating myself, but I love it here and never want to leave!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Ohhh the ramens look yummy and the Cronuts droool!!

    1. Hi Kat! Have cronuts made their way over to Australia?

  2. How crazy as I too went to Santouka last week! Felt the same way.

    1. Hi Flora! How does Santouka rank for you vs. the other ramen eateries?

  3. I would highly recommend the blueberry chiffon cakes from Paris Baguette!


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