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Recession Obsession: Rainy Day Ramen

Santouka's Hot Miso Ramen, Nutritious and Freaking Delicious.
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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over LA's Most Famous Hot Dog, and mondo falafel "burritos." Today, we obsess...

It’s been raining cats and dogs in Los Angeles. Don’t believe me? Consult your nearest social network where you'll see such pathetic updates as:

“It’s raining. Who’s got a bunker?” “Rain rain go away, else I’ll slit my writs today.”

“IT'S FUCKING RAINING SO HARD I NEED TO JUMP IN FIRE.”

Okay. Maybe that last one was a Tweet of my own, mocking the fragile nature of those Angelenos who would handily lose a collective arm-wrestling competition to a South Florida retirement community.
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Don't pout. Seek The Rainy Day Cure: comfort food. While chicken noodle soup, and mac ‘n cheese milkshakes typically cut the mustard, we’re going for ramen today (we have in dry times too.)

West LA’s Mitsuwa Market is a lighthouse-like reminder that fantastic Japanese food can be had at prices which aren’t very Westside. The main attraction is a grocery store full of so many wonders that Mister Magorium would be jealous (I didn't see the movie, nor will I, so I hope the reference works,) but the food court is where the rain’s driving us.