Tuesday, December 23, 2008

kanpai!

Kanpai !(cheers!) it is a holiday here--the Emperor's birthday.

This was a canned chu-hai (a highball made with shochu (an alcohol made with rice, potatoes, wheat or barley and diluted with soda water) This chu-hai was flavored with niju-iseki (which means 21st century, is a pear famous in the Tottori region) that we brought back with us.

It was sweet and had a lot of fizz...it was delicious.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping? If not, you may want to check out Out of the Box Gifts, my friend Audrey is selling her beautiful jewelry and her husband, Michael is selling his delicious chocolates there...beats standing in line or waiting for parking...

9 comments:

Tamakikat said...

Aloha/Kia ora e hoa,

looks like you had a great trip.

I still have yet to see the sand dunes.

I wonder which way you went to Tottori. Up past Takarazuka I guess...

I love the can graphics.

21st century pears are great. I got some from the supermarket when I was there-soo cheap:)

All the best to you from Tamaki Makaurau.

TK

Lori said...

I am almost done with my Christmas shopping! Just one more to go...

K and S said...

Yup, we went on JR from Kawanishi-Ikeda Tamakikat, on the local the whole way. If you get a chance you should go when it is warmer :)

Good for you, Lori :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Martin J Frid said...

Happy holidays, take care! Looking forward to more travel tips and food ideas from you 2009.

grace said...

i have never had canned chu-hai before but it seem like it would go down quite well and what a lovely design of a can. i imagine chu-hai would taste good with some salted nuts in hand?

happy holidays!

K and S said...

Thank you Martin, I look forward to your informative posts on being green in 2009 :)

Take care.
Kat

K and S said...

I think it would match just about anything you wanted as a chaser, Grace :)

Take care.
Kat

Debinhawaii said...

My friend Yoko brought me some shochu from Okinawa--I think it has mandarin orange in it. I wasn't quite sure how to drink it--soda water sounds like a great option.

K and S said...

That shochu sounds delicious, Deb, I hope you like it with the soda water :)

Take care.
Kat