Ramen from Robata + Friday news

Last night I had a day-after-birthday dinner at Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar in Overton Square. When I try new places I like to get on the Internet and check out menus in advance, in order to have an idea what I want to order before I go in. However, with Robata’s menu I had absolutely NO IDEA what I wanted. I have never seen a menu with so many words I didn’t understand. Even typing some of them into Wikipedia turned up no results. Fortunately Daniel from the Silly Goose said, “Don’t worry bud, I’ll be there to guide you through it.”

Daniel and a couple of other people told me the ramen would be a good first experience at Robata, so I got the regular cut noodles in a pork-based Tonkotsu broth, with marinated boiled egg. green onion, red pepper, kikurage (one of the words I had to look up), BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts. For $1.50 more I added spinach.

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Not the best picture but let me assure you, it was delicious! Thanks to Tony for suggesting the dinner and to Emily, Rahul, Daniel and Josh for joining me. There was lots of sake being poured and they have PBR in 16-ounce cans.

Bountiful Blessings is the theme of the Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow. It’s the last market of the season, at least until they come back with their holiday market December 12. From 9 to 11, kids of all ages can design Thanksgiving plates, and from 8 to noon the UT College of Pharmacy will be on hand to give health advice and answer questions. Live music by Sing for Glenn 8:30-10 and Eric Crays & Friends 11-12:30. The market is from 8 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. Thanks to everyone involved with the market for an absolutely fabulous year.

Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour comes to the Orpheum March 6 with exclusive Amazon pre-sale ticket with Destiny Tour CD/DVD/Blu-Ray. For tour schedule and ticket information, visit www.CelticWoman.com.

If you drive on South Second this weekend, expect delays. MLGW will be making repairs between Beale and Dr. MLK Jr. Avenue through Wednesday and Second will be reduced to one lane. Also, Lt. George W. Lee Avenue, the street the Westin is on, will be reduced to one lane. Keep this in mind if you are coming to any Grizzlies or Tigers games between now and Wednesday.

The Turkey of the Year beer glass will be unveiled Wednesday night, November 25 at the Flying Saucer at 7 PM. My guess for the honoree is Donald Trump but there are certainly plenty of qualified turkeys out there.

News for my readers who like to hang out in the Broad Avenue arts district: Bendy Brewski Yoga, the group that runs yoga at High Cotton Brewery on Thursdays, is adding a second night. They will do yoga at the Rec Room at 3000 Broad on Mondays at 6:30. The way it works is, you do a all-levels yoga class for 45 minutes, then you hang out and socialize with your fellow yogis over a beer. Yoga is not my cup of tea, but some of my friends do this weekly class and really enjoy it.

From Lifehacker: Plan Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd with this spreadsheet. I remember when the Nuh-Uh Girl lived here, and she had a Thanksgiving spreadsheet. Although, that wasn’t to plan Thanksgiving for a crowd; it was “whose food am I eating and when.”

The CA has a review of Pippin, calling it a “wild acrobatic ride.” It plays the Orpheum through Sunday.

100 percent of the Grizzlies players have elected to participate in the Tickets for Kids program. They will purchase blocks of tickets to be given to local charities and youth programs, to incentivize academic achievement and other youth accomplishments.

The Grizzlies play the Houston Rockets at FedExForum at 7.

That’ll do it for this post. Time to run to the bank and do a few other errands, then will be out.