5 Ways To Make Your Ramen Taste Different, Since You Eat It Every Freaking Day

5 Ways To Make Your Ramen Taste Different, Since You Eat It Every Freaking Day

And warm up your Northeastern belly!
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Ramen is considered one of the most popular college eats, but many people don't know about how versatile you can make it. There are a variety of flavors and so many possibilities when it comes to these wavy noodles. My mom and brother have inspired me to get more creative with my beloved Ramen, and I want to share the love and inspire all of you with five delicious and unusual add ins for some brothy goodness.

1. Ditch the Water

Instead of boiling the noodles in water and using the sodium packed flavor packet, use the broth that best correlates with the flavor of Ramen you chose. So if you have Chicken Ramen then put in chicken broth, and so on and so forth.

2. Veggie it Up

I know not everybody is a veggie lover, but I can guarantee this will give more flavor to your Ramen. Some great add ins are celery, carrots, peas, and broccoli. Try to add them toward the end if you pre-cook them so they don't get too mushy or soggy. If they aren't cooked put them in the water with the noodles when you start so they can soften up. This also helps to make it more filling and fibrous.

3. Adding Meat or Fish

Adding in meat or fish adds more texture and flavor to Ramen. It also helps to add protein and Vitamin B which will fill you up and give you the energy to finish that term paper. Some ideas are to add duck to Oriental Flavor Ramen and chicken to chicken flavor.

4. Yolk it Up

I know this one sounds really weird but trust me it is delicious! Just crack one egg straight into the Ramen once it's almost done cooking. Make sure it's fully cooked to avoid salmonella and stir it around to break it up. All that's left to do is pour and eat!

5. Sriracha!

If you love a kick in your food like I do, sriracha is the perfect way to finish off your Ramen! Spicy and tangy goes great with savory and rich! It's also become somewhat of an obsession in the past couple of years that has a huge following.

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Party In College

They are rare, I know.
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I know what you all are thinking, she is just writing the article to brag on herself or to show the world the kind of person she is. No, I am writing this article to the girl out there who feels as if she is alone.

Not being a part of the party season is not the most popular thing to do on a college campus.

Most people spend their days thinking about what they will do at night. Life pretty much revolves around the next party. But for people like me, it isn't spent thinking about alcohol or the next party I'm going to attend. And that can get pretty lonely.

It is not like I sit and wallow in my sadness or ever feel like my friends leave me out because I don't drink. I have great friends that support every decision I make.

But, some are not that lucky.

Some girls don't have the support system like me and I am here to tell you to never compromise the person you want to be just because you don't fit in. If you don't want to party, don't give in just because your friends are pressuring you into. Not to sound cliche, but find new friends because they are not your real ones.

Choosing to stay true to you will pay off in the end, and you won't regret it. I promise.

I don't know why you choose to not attend the party scene, but I would be hindering my calling if I didn't tell you why I don't. I know this guy, and his name is Jesus. He is my best friend and the person I talk to about everything. It is because of Him that I decided to not party, to set an example for the people around me.

But, I am also not 21. So I don't think, by any means, that me having a margarita when I turn 21 is hurting my reputation or my testimony.

I firmly believe that alcohol isn't a sin when consumed in the right ways. I also don't ever see myself as a partier, 21 or not. Partying is a way of conforming and a way of becoming what this fallen world deems acceptable.

So to the girl who fails to be the typical college partier, I commend you. I look up to you. I respect you. I want you to know how rare you are. You choosing to not party and rise above the college standard is something you will never regret. I don't believe that my college years are boring because of the way I decide to live my life. I wish that I could befriend each and every girl relating to this article.

So, when those Friday nights get boring, remember that you are not alone. You are rising above the standard.

Sincerely,

The girl who doesn't party in college

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February of last year I wrote my very first post about Little Bad Wolf's highly underrated burger in Chicago. Give that one a read, my detail is comical – no joke.

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Since that tasty treat at Little Bad Wolf, there are others to share the spotlight and applaud! Here are my recent and ever-growing list of burgers to try when you are in the Chicago city limits.

Easter came early last year, April 1, and you bet I took full advantage to get a burger right after that day. I set my sights on Southport Corridor Brewery's burger. Listed at a reasonable $14, your plate presents itself with a double-steak patty, mustard herb mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, Detroit pickles, and a sesame bun! Pair that sandwich with a tasty beer on their rotating menu, and its lights out. Beer, burgers, and oh, did I mention their vinyl selection? Make it a top stop the next time you are in the area.

A few months later, enjoying a week away with the boys, we stopped at a local establishment in Richmond, IL called the Richmond Brathaus. They have a Hawaiian-take on what they title, the Maui Wowee, and boy was I floored from that creation. Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, cherry wood smoked bacon, grilled pineapple and cherry chipotle BBQ combine for what is an excellent sandwich – but to top it off, I got the "Haus fries," which contain chili and cheese – savory heaven. If you are just over the border in Wisconsin, map search "Richmond BratHaus," I guarantee you are going to like what you eat.

My last burger of 2018 was at a newer establishment in the West Loop from the West Coast (California), known as Ballast Point Brewery. The Ballast Point beers speak for themselves, from their "sculpin" line to specialty barrel aged, and rose-influenced beers. They are always top quality. On a cold winter night, there was nothing I wanted more than a delicious burger from this establishment. After a thorough look at the menu, my eyes kept wandering back to the West Coast Griddle Burger, which had American cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and "wonder" sauce on a brioche bun. They also offer you the option of three in-house sauces as dipping options for your fries. Do it. Even if it is not for the burger, go to the place, especially in the summer for their rooftop!

After four months, my journey for the best burgers in Chicago continues. I continually check Google for listings and names, making sure I am still on the best path. If you have any suggestions, feel free to shoot me a comment or message – recommendations are always welcomed by this guy. Until next time, keep eating, good eats!

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