Emperor’s Garden: broccoli, fried tofu, shitake, button, and oyster mushrooms, and fried enoki mushrooms

Capital Seafood

Irvine, CA

Neighborhood: Irvine Spectrum


BAYFOOD COOKS: One of the things that I miss is eating ramen since shifting to a dramatically lower sodium diet. I don’t even mean the nice ramen you get in restaurants - I mean like the quarter a packet kind you get in the store. I don’t know why I like it; it’s horrible for you. 

Determined to still eat whatever I did before, but modified, I went in search for lower sodium and/or homemade ramen recipes. Most of the ramen recipes would still consist of using the packet noodles with your own broth - but the noodles themselves contain a lot of sodium so that posed another problem! Eventually, I found some recipes that went through the process of making your own ramen noodles. I found out that the Potassium Carbonate & Sodium Bi-Carbonate is what gives it that yummy, salty flavor. Otherwise it’s essentially flour, eggs, and water to make the dough. My mother (since she’s more skilled in cooking) took on the challenge of making homemade ramen thanks to our Kitchen Aid pasta cutter. 

It actually turned out pretty well! Once combined with broth, spices, and herbs, I was able to enjoy those familiar ramen flavors. I even tried eating other types of homemade thin noodles and I couldn’t really tell the difference between the Ramen specific noodles and the others. So I think so long as you get thin noodles that don’t have the Sodium Bicarbonate or make your own, you can have homemade low sodium ramen!

For the broth, I basically had a combination of low sodium chicken and beef broths, ginger, garlic, green onions, and a little bit of hoisin and sriracha sauces. I also added some lower sodium pastrami for some meat.

I referenced several different sources during my research: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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This summer 2014, I will be traveling to Bali, Indonesia to study through UC Irvine’s 5-week program in Public Health! There I will be involved in direct studies learning alongside a NGO (Non-governmental Organization) in order to monitor, investigate, and educate about the health issues and hazards in the Balinese community. I hope to contribute to a greater cause by helping them develop better solutions to maintaining healthier lifestyles. 

It will be such a rewarding experience for me as I continue forth promoting wellness in another country with my major in Public Health. 

I hope to raise money in order to cover costs of the program as well as the travel airfare (Totaling about $4,000). 
I am reaching out to my friends, family, and supporters who would like to kindly help me with this amazing opportunity. I am very grateful for your donations of even the smallest amount since every bit will make such a huge difference!

Thank you all so much for your support and generosity! I can’t thank you all enough.

Here is a link for more information about the program in Bali:



Pressed Juicery in Southern & Northern California

Delicious fresh juices!


Attic (San Mateo, CA) - Garlic noodles with crabmeat. Crab roe fried rice with crabmeat. Amazing here. Must-EAT.



Seasonal Pumpkin Pecan French Toast

Old Vine Cafe (@ The Camp)

Costa Mesa, CA

MmmM looks good!

Wash Those Reusable Grocery Bags | The Nosh | Food | KCET


Angelenos! We can’t use plastic bags anymore. So remember to wash your totes!


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Komodo Cafe

Los Angeles, CA

Neighborhood: West LA


BBQ Chicken Pizzette 

Urban Plates

Irvine, CA

Neighborhood: Westpark


pineapple, watermelon, basil, and mint refresher & organic blueberry soda

Urban Plates

Irvine, CA

Neighborhood: Westpark