Death is Always The Expectation

Taking the new Fijifilm X100F for a spin on a rainy and foggy New England Winter day. More to come about this wonderful camera later.

This is part of the series I am creating around three branches in the winter. I am always fascinated with the similitude between the three branches and the blood vessels in the human body; specially the brain. Click on them to see them bigger.

I guess that's the reason I am always looking up into the sky.

The title pertains to a train of though that has been the topic on my life recently.

Lots of dear friends and family passing away and me getting to that age where I worry if I will be next.

I am reminded of the wonderful work by photographer Simon Hoegsberg, "We are All Going to Die - 100 Meters of existence". Is a sobering reminder of that big deadline we all face. Go take a look (You will need flash on your browser to see it).

I guess the important thing to remember is what we do with our alloted time. How do we make the most of it. What do we leave behind.

I recently watched the Disney movie "Coco" that deals with our memories and the memory of our loved ones. It resonated with me because I have always had similar thoughts about the people who came before us. I will probably be one of the last persons to remember my grandfathers.

How do I honor their memories? What can I do so their legacies and struggles don't fade away into oblivion?

I guess, the best I can...

All images edited using Luminar 2018.

Nom-Eez

We wanted to go out with our children and their respective girlfriends and we were looking for something different... We had been to Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield, CT, but my wife and I thought that it would be too expensive for the seven of us.

We went looking for similar places online and found Nom-eez in Bridgeport. Closer than any other place we could find.

One of my sons made the comment that from the looks of it, it seemed like a "Hipster-type" of place.

Boy, was he right!!

Nom-Eez

We got there and the first thing to notice is that there are no tables. You sit bar style on heavy metal and wood stools.  This means that if the place is full, you are probably going to sit next to a stranger. No problem for us, as there were seven of us and the place was not full on a Sunday evening.

The staff was very nice. We told them we were waiting for some other people and they offer us ice water.

My wife noticed that the register was manned by a couple of white people and because this is a noodle bar, the kitchen staff was mostly Latin American people!!

Her comment was: "I thought you said it was a Vietnamese Place..."

There was some indecision about what to order, but in the end, we were all there for the Pho.

The menu has some nice selections of Noodles and Soups and the appetizers are quite varied and interesting.

We ordered the Pork Belly Baos, The Pho-Ramen, the Wonton Soup and the Shrimp and Coconut Soup. My son's girlfriend is Vegan and she ordered the Stir-Fry.

Pork Belly Bao

My wife said that she was not hungry and ordered an iced coffee.

The food took time to get to us, and like most noodle bars, the portions are huge!!

Pho-Ramnen

These could easily be shared and feed probably more than two people.

The Pho-Ramen is a richer version of their pho made with Ramen noodles, pork belly, and a perfect egg.

Shrimp and Coconut Soup

My Shrimp and coconut soup had the flavor of Kaffir lime, turmeric, lemon grass, and ginger. The shrimp dumplings, thick rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint, papaya, and lime complemented the flavors to make an excellent dinner.

Like I mentioned, is a "Hipster place". Which kind of makes it a little on the expensive side. With entrees between $10 and $15.

They had Peking Duck on the menu ($32) so I probably have to go back sometime...

The pork belly baos were really nice and fresh and the experience was absolutely delicious.

It's a place to go with your significant other and not with a large family! ;-)

Nom eez is located at 2992 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport CT.