Magazine article Sunset

The New Face of the Flea: It's Gone beyond Vintage. These Days, Flea Markets Are Adding Indie Designers, Artists, Food Carts, Even Live Music

Magazine article Sunset

The New Face of the Flea: It's Gone beyond Vintage. These Days, Flea Markets Are Adding Indie Designers, Artists, Food Carts, Even Live Music

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RAMEN REVOLUTION

The Japanese noodle shop is gunning for sushi bar status. At places like UnderBelly in San Diego, ramen dishes now include nontraditional additions like oxtail dumplings, smoked brisket, and truffle oil, ail served in a wine bar atmosphere worthy of date night. And we dare you to find a betted conversation starter than the restaurant's 15-foot portrait of Mao, rendered entirely in succulents. 619/269-4626

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* AT Wafu in Portland, couples crowd beneath dreamy paper lanterns for bowls of build-your-own ramen full of springy handmade noodles, rich broths--say, a chicken and pork shoyu (soy sauce) or vegan miso--and sophisticated toppings like chicken confit. 503/236-0205

* The izakaya spot Nombe in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood rolled out a new menu of beef ramen this year, starring oxtail, short ribs, and beef tongue, topped with buttery tree mushrooms and a swirl of umami foam. Don't miss the small plates (zingy fried brussels sprouts and pork belly are standouts) and mellow housemade sake. 415/681-7150

Century Ballroom Every, Saturday, you can shop to the sound of swing music in this lush art nouveau ballroom turned Seattle flea market. …

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