Jinya Ramen Bar Opens
Fans of the Jinya Ramen Bar in Murray can now enjoy their favorite ramen in Sugar House (675 E. 2100 South). As of July 24, Tokyo ramen master Tomonori Takahashi's expanding noodle empire added another location to this national chain. As Takahashi's first foray into the restaurant business blossomed into six locations in his native Japan, he decided to set up shop in North America where Jinya now has more than 15 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The menu features creative takes on traditional Japanese ramen along with rice bowls, curry and takoyaki, which are fried octopus balls. A stellar cocktail menu sweetens the pot with out-of-this-world libations like the singular matcha mojito (pictured).
For eight years running, the Mega Peruvian Festival has committed itself to bringing all of Peru's color, art and culinary tradition to downtown Salt Lake City. This two-day festival features local Peruvian artists, musicians and chefs for a weekend of cultural immersion. Festival performers and participants pour in from all over the Western United States, and plenty call Utah home, too. Not only is this event a great way to experience another culture, but there's nothing quite like some ice-cold Inca Kola and ceviche to help cool your jets as the temperature continues to climb into the triple digits. The Salt Lake City Library (210 E. 400 South) hosts the event on July 27 and 28, from 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 1-10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, and more information can be found at facebook.com/fiestas.delperu.
Fermentation has been a part of human existence ever since we first felt the need to get drunk. While inebriation might have been the goal of our first foray into fermentation, brews like kombucha have demonstrated its more health-positive attributes. For those who have ever wanted to experiment with fermentation on their own, the folks at Craft Lake City have arranged a kombucha workshop that's right up your alley. Instructor Erika Longina, founder of the Mobile Moon Co-op, hosts the event where she explains the tenets of home fermentation and offers up some tasty kombucha samples. The brew-ha-ha takes place Thursday, July 26, at local boutique Hip & Humble (1043 E. 900 South) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased via 24tix.com.
Quote of the Week: "Life is hard and winter is cold—but there's always ramen." –Elyssa Goldberg
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