The weather dudes here are saying that this is one of the coldest winters.
In fact, this weekend we are actually supposed to have snow!
People who are used to seeing snow are probably rolling their eyes, maybe bundling even more reading this, but I'm from Hawaii where there is rarely snow.
Growing up I've experienced hail but that is about the extent of it.
Apparently on the day before the New Year (12/31/2010), there was a huge snowstorm all over Japan.
Since we missed it, I guess Mother Nature thinks we need to experience it.
I'm giddy while Satoshi is dreading it.
During the past days, I've been keeping warm with tea.
I got this Mango Tea (by Hawaiian Island Tea Company) from a friend and it is delicious. I shared some with my host-mom and she raved about it.
She actually wants me to bring some home with me the next time I go to Hawaii.
Tokumasa's curry udon is good, and now they've teamed up with Nissin.
It is an instant version but takes a little more "work" than just adding water and waiting the 3 minutes.
First you need to "cook" the noodles, add hot water and wait 1 minute, drain.
Then you make the soup...add hot water to the dried soup, "goodies" (green onions, meat, tempura kasu (bits from frying tempura)) & curry paste.
The taste is spot-on...sweet then spicy. Whenever I eat noodles, I usually don't drink all the soup (because there are supposed to be lots of calories and salt), but did so on this day.
And yes, I ate these with a fork...
I actually wished I had a scoop of rice to eat with the leftover curry soup.
Recently KFC came out with a Jandare chicken sandwich. The chicken is coated with a kochujang sauce.
The base of the sauce tasted like Western barbecue with some spicy kochujang (Korean miso) worked into it.
This was really messy to eat but really delicious.
Another way to keep warm is with the sun.
Unlike some areas, our area tends to have sunny, clear days.
Though the temperature doesn't get too warm, having the sun shine is definitely good for the soul.
So, if it is cold and dreary where you are, how are you keeping warm?