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Where Godzilla Fire Meets Udon

BulletTrain Udon – Shoreline, WA

When I find myself adventuring down old Highway 99, sometimes I pop into the Central Market to peruse their lovely cheese cases 🧀, watch the creation of fresh tortillas, or to pick-up a toasted sesame seeds daifuku to snack on as I venture about the greater Seattle area. And that’s what I was doing a few nights back ~ when I found Godzilla.

You read that right ~ Godzilla! King of the kaiju monsters. The walking destruction. And part-time unexpected defender of humanity. 💚🌊

While I am by no means a Gojira expert, it’s a deeply nuanced fandom, I am a casual fan. So both delighted and curious, I had to investigate.

A nearby flier put all the pieces together, everyone’s favorite prehistoric sea monster had brought a new Udon option to the shore of Shoreline, WA and he was doing so with Godzilla Fire flare!

Previously home to a coffee shop, the silo attached to the Shoreline Central Market is now the location of BulletTrain Udon 🚄🍜 . A new soup shop that sells udon options for just about everyone. Foodies can choose from shrimp, chicken, beef, veggie, and tofu. There is also a vegan option. And that’s not all, in honor of Godzilla’s atomic heat beam, for an extra $1.00 spice lovers get Godzilla Fire Hot Chili spices to add to their udon 🌶🔥 .

Udon shop in a grocery store silo?!

I immediately texted my foodie bestie and we returned the next day to get monster lunches. Although there were outdoor seating options, I selected the prawn udon to-go. And as a mid-level spicy food fan I had to see what the Godzilla Fire was all about.

Next Time, I’m gonna try adding an extra veggie & tofu!

When I arrived at home with my order, I was happy to see the crisp fried shrimp had been packaged separately from the udon noodles which were floating amid green onions & seaweed in a rich broth. It should be noted that while the soup may fuel Japanese monsters, it would be unwelcome among the Twilight vampires of Forks, WA as there is a very strong garlic presence. Not currently a vampire, I added the two prawns to the soup, dipped in my chopsticks, & throughly enjoyed the first flavorful slurp. And then the second…

And that might have been enough but in my hand was a small container of red seasoning waiting to level up the whole experience ~ Yes, the fore mentioned Godzilla Fire.

I had been warned by the shop owner that this spice was indeed, “quite spicy”, so I attempted to be reasonable and initially sprinkled only half of spice into my udon. The result was a warming flavor boosting heat which was good enough that before long I had decided to go full Godzilla Fire by pouring all the spices in. 

As we say on many Amara In Seattle adventures, “Life is for living” and this was getting exciting!

Now, with the full Godzilla Fire container in play, the whole game had changed.

Did I wonder for a second if I had made a mistake? Yes.

Was I sweating a bit? Yes. 

Had my 👅 gone numb. Also yes.

Was it worth it? Yes. Yes. Yes.

This Godzilla Fire fueled udon had quickly put in me at ‘perfect amount of heat’ station. And Nomming Rockstars, it was delicious!

Needless to say, much like Godzilla, I shall return.

Tl;Dr ~ The prawn udon was lovely & if you like spicy food the Godzilla Fire is a super fun add-on.

Location? You can catch the 🔥🚄 at: 15505 Westminster Way N. Shoreline, WA 98133 at the Silo attached to the Central Market. It’s a pretty quick drive out of Seattle.

Remix: Not into seafood? The bestie got the chicken udon & enjoyed it so much they paused a video to congratulate me on the find.

Amara Pro-Tip: There is a grocery store right beside BulletTrain Udon so maybe you can use it as a grocery shopping reward?! 🤔

Nomming Rockstars, be the first to know about my next foodie adventure over on my new foodie project Instagram: @AmaraNomsSeattle.

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Foodie Instagram Project: @AmaraNomsSeattle

Where @AmaraInSeattle meets @AmaraNomsSeattle

Among the many titles I am proud to have is low-key local foodie. Truth is I learned about my city through digital spaces, like Yelp, Pinterest, and Instagram. Through this process of placemaking, I also became a part of Seattle’s dynamic and creative food community. And while my focus on food has taken a back burner over the years, it’s always been there. 

Like all of us, food is a part of my life and, to be honest, I’ve never really stopped snapping shots of my meals before digging in. 

I often find myself at foodie events and pop-ups* and am delighted whenever a new food truck rolls through. 

What I consume is a notable part of my frequent travels and, after a year at home, so cooking** . Recently, I have also started thinking more about the role food plays in health, in joy, and in community building.

So I’ve launched @AmaraNomsSeattle – A new Instagram for the foodie part of my life that’s aways been there but hasn’t had a real home under the AmaraInSeattle creative umbrella. That, Nomming Rockstars, is changing. This is 2021 & I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry for more.

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Pssst Foodies: Know of a place I should check out? Have a great foodie idea? Wanna collab? Let me know on IG with the Hashtag: #RockstarNoms

*And if you’re wondering, alas I did not make it to the recent Milkbar pop-up at Dicks in Edmonds, WA ~ I was out of town ~ but my friend MontyBSeattle went and it looked super cool. If you also missed it, they do have some standing products at Whole Foods & a recipe filled Instagram… but that’s probably another post entirely.

**Leave a comment if you also have pages and pages of recipes waiting for someday to try, I know I do!

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Seattle Foodie-ish.

Often seemingly out of nowhere ~ my foodie self appears. Enthralled by the local food scene, and the community that surrounds it, a mood will strike and I will find myself hearting up Instagram posts ranging from sugar coated baked goods to health/environment focused Meat Free Monday meals (say that one five times fast).

A few months back, I attended a Seattle Foodies Instameet and since then I have been thinking more about the role of food and community building in the age of Instagram.

I have followed a number of local foodies and have begun to seek out unique cuisine in my travels. I have learned new hashtag lingo. I am delighted to see that a good food snap can lead to an interesting cross cultural or cross neighborhood dialogue/meetup.

Naturally, when I learned a Pie Instameet at A La Mode Pies was going to be led by my delightful friend Seattle Dessert Geek aka Jess Tupper I knew this was a chance to be part take part in something especially delicious. Every time I hang w/ Jess I seem to find myself consuming food that is wonderful, unique, and memorable… Also, I like pie ~ basically because I’m human.

Call It Like You See It
The Blue Hawaiian – signature pie of A La Mode & lovely Elvis Tribute 🙂

Edge of delicious
Mexican Chocolate Mousse – My chosen slice

Oreo Okay
Cookies & Cream – this one was my bestie’s favorite.

Truth About Instagram
Instagrammer @SeattleOnTheRun aka Page snapping the magical Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse (also seen w/ me in the featured photo at the top of the post)

While people do complain about a world filled with people, “just posting pictures of food online”, I have seen friendships and professional growth develop through Internet foodie culture.  For me, becoming a #SeattleFoodie is an entirely delicious experience.

 

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Amara Inspired on YouTube #IWD

It’s International Women’s Day & to celebrate I made three YouTube playlists, yep three, one for each channel. On my main channel, Amara In Seattle, is a playlist of videos that inspire me, many of these are among my all time favorite YouTube videos for various reasons, explained below.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk: Your elusive creative genius
It would often happen on the way to an old job, that I would suddenly feel like I must MUST write something down.  In this Tedtalk writer, Elizabeth Gilbert, highlights the value of that feeling & helped me to make changes into a Big Magic filled creative life.


St. Patty’s Day Hair of the Dog w/ Hannah Hart & Grace Helbig

There is a moment of true friendship that is captured during this episode of YouTube comedian Mamrie Hart’s show, You Deserve a Drink, when things go terribly wrong.  This video highlights why these three women are pillars of YouTube culture, in large part because they care about each other in the way we all want our friends to.

Finishing with Sprinkle of Glitter – Louise Pentland
When long time British YouTube creator, Louise Pentland, decided to step away from her established YouTube formula to be more honest and direct with her audience it was risky. Inspiring and truly brave, Louise is leading the way in the development of YouTube as a platform for evolving dynamic creators.

Meghan Tonjes – ‘This Year’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
This is probably not Meghan Tonjes favorite song, it was early in her music career and launched her to video success (and landed her on Ellen!), but for me the lyrics continue to be inspiration whenever I need a reminder that this moment and year is part of my journey.

Too Emotional – Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik has stood off to the side from me for a long time. I didn’t watch Blossom as a child but it was there in all its uniquely dressed glory. Her channel is new, but tackles subjects that are very open and raw, using her Big Bang Theory celebrity to open important digital dialogues like this one on feelings.

Living The Mr. Kate Lifestyle – Mr. Kate
I have watched Mr. Kate build her one-of-a-kind channel to over 1 million subscribers through hard work and strange colorful ideas. When this video debuted it brought Kate into my view, and I have watched her be silly, weird, creative, and brilliant ever since. Kate showed me that YouTube offered a one of a kind amazing opportunity. She also inspired me to realize there is room for different kinds of lifestyle channels, helping me to form Amara In Seattle.

Climbing Mt. Fuji – Sharla In Japan
Sharla took me up Mt. Fuji and in the process helped shape my vision for my travel channel, Amara Not In Seattle ~ a place to share travel as I see it: in beautiful experiences. Videos that feel like you are right there, experiencing those one of a kind travel moments.

House Tour – Rosanne Pansino
Ro is the queen of YouTube growth and improvement but it is the way she designed her home, to also be her workspace, that inspired me to see her as a model #girlboss. This design is inspiring, downright clever, and got me to begin dreaming about how Amara In Seattle could blow past expectations. Also, Ro is also a Seattle gal, so I may be a little delightfully bias.

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes – Wendy’s Lookbook
This vid sparked the idea that I want to learn technical video creation skills for artistic reasons, as well as practical ones. The information is presented in such an entertaining way that it immediately got me thinking: I wish I could do that. Now, when I get stuck learning a program or digital process I return to this tutorial to be inspired.

Wild Flag – Romance
There is a moment in this music video when Carrie Brownstein rocks out so hard it answered a question I’d had most of my life: what instrument is for me. This video helped put an electric guitar in my hands and is filled with strength and silliness. The video for Romance is a good reminder that badass and goofy can and should go together.

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