How to Make Your Own Ramen Burgers

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Whether you’re a nine-tailed fox or a college student cramming before midterms, ramen has always been your delicious dependable friend. This savory noodle soup has transcended beyond any ordinary bowl of noodles to a Japanese cultural icon. There are festivals, even a museum located in Yokohama devoted to the dish. Nowadays ramen is so popular there are endless configurations to the noodles: bold shoyu, rich tonkatsu, spicy miso, all garnished with delectable toppings such as sweet tender pork. In Japan, it is customary to slurp your noodles and considered rude if you don’t. However, there’s a new tasty craze that’s taken ramen to a whole new level—ramen burgers. That’s right, now you can enjoy ramen without a bowl, broth, or chopsticks by transforming it into a classic American staple. Chef Keizo Shimamoto took these two beloved national treasures and made a hapa burger baby. Ramen burgers are delicacies that aren’t listed under every burger joint’s menu, but fear not for you can make them yourself at home.

Time: 1 Hour

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First of all you’ll need your ingredients. We made a ramen cheeseburger, but as I said about ramen earlier: there are endless options. Substitute the beef patty with pork, switch up lettuce with bok choy, add some kimchi for a spicier sandwich. Here’s what we had:

Ingredients:

  • Pack of Ramen
  • 1 Egg
  • Ground Beef
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Soy Sauce

Step One:

Open up that pack of ramen and boil the noodles in hot water. You’ll need to let the noodles cool for about 15 minutes.

Step Two:

Crack an egg yolk into the noodles or a bowl and mix well. You may add soy sauce or the flavor packet that came with the ramen.

Step Three:

Forming the buns is probably the trickiest step. We had ramekins which are little soufflé and dessert bowls but anything circular would work—smaller bowls, mugs, tins. Mold the buns evenly against the bowls and place a layer of plastic wrap above them. Weigh the buns down with something heavy such as a can of soup or a jar of pasta sauce. Place the forming buns into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Step Four:

Now that your ramen is shaped, it’s time to fry them up into nice buns. Sprinkle some oil onto a pan on high. Plop the buns on and cook them into a golden brown. Make sure you flip the buns and let them cook on both sides. The time may vary on how thick you shaped your buns. Thinner buns are better because it can be hard to fully cook the inside of larger ramen buns.

Step Five:

It’s burger time! Cook your ingredients: sizzle a juicy patty, sauté some mushrooms, melt that cheese into a gooey blanket.  Instead of ketchup, we made a spicy mayo by mixing mayonnaise and sriracha. You are the chef and artist, unleash your inner Remy. Like any other burger, things can get a bit messy but you won’t regret this American Japanese fusion.

Note: Don’t feel discouraged if your first batch of buns didn’t come out perfectly. It may take a few tries to get it just right.

Itadakimasu!

Comfort Without the Bounce | How to Find the Right Sports Bra

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Your body is a castle. Actually, after you’ve been working out, it feels more like an exquisite mansion with marbled trimming, red satin curtains, an interior pool, and a menagerie of exotic animals. So naturally it would make sense to treat your body right. Sports bras are essential for an active woman. After all, no one wants their assets swinging around like bouncy balls and we certainly don’t want the girls suffocating under a corset-like grip. You should pick a sports bra according to the physical activity you’re engaging in, with your cup size in mind.

Low-impact sports include walking, weight training, yoga, and cardio machines such as ellipticals and stair climbers. High-impact sports constitute more exertion of the body, such as running, gymnastics, and games like basketball or football. Low-impact sports don’t require as much support so you can settle for simpler designs such as cami straps while maximum support bras are required for more rigorous activities.

Compression Bras

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(Photo Source: http://store.nike.com/ Nike, Nike Pro Hypercool Compression Aerial, $50).

Compression bras are ideal for sizes A-B. They minimize breast movement by holding down the girls in place.

Encapsulated Bras

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(Photo Source: http://www.championusa.com/ Champion, Champion All-Out Support II Full Figure Wirefree Sports Bra, $29.99).

Encapsulated bras are built with cups, so they are more supportive with a traditional bra shape. They are the bras we wear every day. Women with breasts D and larger should consider encapsulated bras.

Combination Bras

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(Photo Source: https://www.victoriassecret.com/ Victoria’s Secret, The Standout Sports Bra, $49.50 – $56.50).

Last but not least are combination bras, that fuse together compression and encapsulated bras for shape, support, and comfort. They are ideal for cups C & D.

How Do I Even Choose?

The market for sports bras is becoming more and more competitive, presenting a variety of new modern and intricate styles such as front zip closures or decorative criss-cross straps.

With this new assortment of styles, it’s becoming easier to find bras catered to your needs as well as your fashion taste. But remember, that comfort is your best friend and should always come first. Make sure your bra isn’t digging into your shoulders and that you can still inhale and exhale with ease when the hook is clasped on the second or last hook.

Skip window shopping when it comes to sports bras! Always try them on before buying because looks can be deceiving and you’ll want to make the most of your investment.

The lifespan of a good sports bra is six months to a year. Sadly, I know what it’s like to have that favorite go-to bra that you can’t bear to part with. But the more you love and use a sports bra, the band starts to stretch out and it loses its effectiveness and support. The circle of life moves us all, and clothing is no exception.

Lolita & Mauve Pink Lippies

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Top: Lolita – Kat Von D

Middle: Lolita II – Kat Von D

Bottom: Cannes – NYX

My go-to lip color is a dusty mauve pink. It’s an elegant yet fierce color that’s appropriate for almost any social situation.

My all time favorite brand of lipstick is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

Pros:

  • Wand makes it easy to apply evenly
  • Long lasting
  • Over 25 different bold and varied colors
  • Matte

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Popular shades are often sold out
  • Can be drying

Kat Von D’s cult classic shade is Lolita, a dark mauve rose color. It’s a lovely color, but can be come out very dark if you apply more than one layer and can be somewhat of a chameleon in different lighting. In fluorescent lighting it looks a lot more mauve but when taking a photo in flash it looked really pink.

The shade pictured above is the most current batch that is being sold at Sephora. It is rumored that there first batch created was much lighter, and the second batch, the “bad” batch which had a brown tint.

Sephora recently released a Lolita II, which is a more of a nude/pink Lolita. I actually prefer this shade over the original Lolita, which I find to be more flattering and flexible with my skin tone.

If you’re looking for a lighter shade than Lolita, NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes is a great option. I’ve been wearing it almost everyday.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Matte
  • Vibrant colors

Cons:

  • Comes off easily
  • Strange perfume scent (I find it a turn-off but I suppose other people may like it)
  • Drying