It is officially sweater weather. You can heat up your juice or try out a few different soup recipes to welcome the winter.  In London, ‘souping’ is replacing juicing for the winter. Here, in L.A, El Nino is coming any day now. With shorter days and longer nights, it’s high time for cuffing season for breaker jackets, Netflix & Chill and…Soup.

Whether’s its butternut squash at Granville cafe, mushroom soup at Soup Bazaar, there’s plenty of options to choose from. We’ll share a few easy-to-make soup recipes you can do at home. We’ll also share a few cool places where you can grab a bowl of soup before or after drinking some fresh juice at Green Grotto.

If you want to get some authentic ramen, pho, or oxtail soup, these highly rated places specialize in these soups.

Silver Lake Ramen on Sunset in the heart of Silver Lake can get crowded on the weekends. With flu season fast approaching, this is the go-to place to get high quality ramen.

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Tatsu ramen. Source: LA Weekly

Slurpin Ramen Bar also serves high quality ramen in Koreatown.

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Vegetable ramen at Slurpin’ Ramen Bar Source: Los Angeles Times

In downtown Los Angeles Anzutei, a new ramen place just opened up 5 weeks ago. It’s specialty is soup and they offer almond pudding for dessert.

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Red Miso Ramen at Anzutei. Source: Yelp

If you are in the mood for something more specific, such as oxtail soup or  Sul Lung Tang, this place serves just that, and reviewers call it even better than “your Korean grandmother’s.”

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Oxtail Soup. Source: http://www.thelalamama.com/wawa/all-about-the-broth

Now, if you prefer more traditional soups, the Kitchen’s chicken noodle and daily changing soup special never disappoints. And they might inspire you to try making some your own at home. Speaking of which, we’ll share a few timeless recipes old world and trendy.

These soups all have the best of both worlds: fall flavors with local California and southwestern cuisine.

  1. Polish Mushroom Soup  To jazz up this recipe, you can always grate some parmesan cheese or drizzle a tiny bit of truffle oil to bring out the earthy tones. And it is best when served in a bread bowl, which you can pick up (and/or special order) from Frisco Baking Co.
  2. Hungarian Apple Soup. Make sure that you use your favorite type of apple. 🙂 You can always add ham or in some variations, shrimp.
  3. Cauliflower cheese soup. Note that you could also just make a Cauliflower Cheese casserole, a traditional fall staple in the U.K.
  4. Black Bean & Butternut Squash Soup. 
  5. Southwest Chunky Vitamix Soup

Here’s a question for you readers. How do you like your soups: chunky or blended, and why?

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