Isshin Ramen – Richmond CA

Isshin has been a staple of ours for quite a while. Located in the Pacific East Mall, they have good Ramen, – although in the early trips there, the broth was not consistent, they seem to have settled into their broth recipe. Our favorites include the

Tonkotsu ramen

Chicken Karaage – probably the best we’ve found.

Curry Bowl – Tommy absolutely loves the curry here,

Potstickers – are great.

Yakisoba – surprisingly good for a dish we don’t often order.

Yesterday Bret tried the Fire tonkotsu with spicy level 8 of 10. He sweated through it and proclaimed it was delicious – not sure if he’d feel the same way the next day…

Getting To Know All About You


Tommy: Maggie, what do you know about me?

Maggie: I know you love minecraft. I know you like to be on the iPad every day. I know you hate it when I bother you. I know you don’t wash your armpits. 

Tommy: One of those things isn’t true…sometimes when you bother me I kind of want you to. STOP! STOP! STOP! STOP!

Matters of life and death


Maggie has hit that most wonderful of developmental phases: death questions. Tonight she was thinking or our friend Leslie who died a few months ago at the age of 21.

“What happens when people die when they aren’t supposed to [like leslie]? How do they get to heaven? Right away? She just spawned there? Is she in Bible stories? Will they write a new bible story about her? Will they give her a house? Will Jesus give her food?”

I asked if she was worried about these thoughts of dying. She said “No. When it’s time for me to die I will be ready. This probably worries Tommy, right? He’s scared of more things than me. Girls are not scared of as much.”

Git ‘er Done


Tommy facing an unpleasant task: Well actually I’m happy to do it right now. Like I always say, ‘The first the better.’ Well no, I never actually said that before. That doesn’t make sense.

Mommy, out.


Bathroom! Please! Can’t I just go to the bathroom without someone yelling for me and then having a meltdown because I didn’t answer? I’m just talking pee here. I KNOW it’s too much to ask for a legit poop break.