Over the last six months two new ramen joints have opened in Philly. I carefully followed the press on both, and long wanted to form my own opinion, but things always came up and the gratification of this desire was delayed. In April I was on my way to a Punch Brothers and Jesca Hoop show at the TLA when I suddenly found myself outside of Nom Nom Ramen. I had plenty of time before the show, so I went inside to finally see what all the hubbub was about. I ordered a small bowl of the Shio ramen: tonkotsu broth seasoned with salt and white soy sauce along with pork belly, mushrooms, naruto, scallions and pickled ginger. I added an extra egg to the mix. I sat quietly at a booth and slurped my way through the bowl. Not quite as complex as the Ippudo broth of my first ramen experience, but definitely a dish with some depth of flavor in the broth. The noodles were pretty good too, not quite as 'springy' as I might have expected, but still with some bite and chew to them, not mushy or overly soft. The pork was properly tender and fatty. It was a good first experience and an excellent way to get myself ready for the concert - and later, the worst date of my life.This is not the venue for a real discussion of that date. But let me just say this: sometimes I feel like I'm a grumpy person, or someone without a lot of interesting things to say about myself...this date reminded me that I do have joy in my life, and that I do believe in basic etiquette. Moving on.