Piping Hot Udon at Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe

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Am I an honorary Phoenician now that eating hot soup and drinking hot tea in the middle of summer doesn't faze me?

No matter -- the promise of a steaming bowl of noodles come fall still thrills me to the core. I can't tell you what kind of mood I was in until I sat down to this simple, comforting bowl of udon at Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe and cheered up as if I just got a call from Santa Claus. This sansai ("mountain vegetables") udon had really mouthwatering broth, which I sprinkled with shichimi togarashi and proceeded to drink until my cheeks were glowing.


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