March 18, 2015

Lipton Tea...

Hello!  Spring has sprung evident by the gorgeous and wonderful smelling plum flowers everywhere which means cherry blossoms aren't far behind.

With that I have two new teas for you.

First is White Tea Latte:

Upon first glance my husband thought that was a picture of butter.  It's actually white chocolate.  I had initially tried this after eating, and it was gross, but once the food taste disappeared, it was okay.  Not the best but drinkable.

Next is Hyuganatsu Tea:

I had to Google this because I had no idea what a hyuganatsu was.  Obviously from the picture it's a citrus fruit.  It's native to Japan.  Anyway, the tea had a light citrus taste, and it was pretty good.

The list:
  1. Milk Tea
  2. Maple Milk Tea
  3. Lemon Tea
  4. Peach Tea
  5. Earl Grey Milk Tea
  6. Green Apple Tea
  7. 50/50 Tea & Lemonade
  8. Tropical Fruit Tea
  9. Chamomile Citrus Tea
  10. Roast Milk Tea
  11. Jasmine Lemon Peel
  12. Grape Tea
  13. Straight Tea
  14. Apple Tea
  15. 50/50 Tea & Fruit Punch
  16. Matcha Milk
  17. Tea Cappuccino
  18. Mikan Tea
  19. 50/50 Tea & Nectar
  20. Luxurious Milk Tea
  21. Muscat Tea
  22. Plum Honey
  23. Cream Milk Tea 
  24. Grapefruit Tea
  25. Orange Marmalade Tea 
  26. Royal Milk Tea
  27. Golden Pineapple Tea
  28. Italian Fruit Punch Tea
  29. Honey Milk Tea
  30. Green Apple with Honey
  31. Thailand Lychee Tea
  32. Sweetened Condensed Milk Tea 
  33. Turkey Apricot Tea
  34. Milk Caramel Tea
  35. Navel Orange Tea
  36. French Pear & Apple Tea
  37. Creamy Milk Tea
  38. American Tea Lemonade
  39. Hojicha Latte
  40. Gold Kiwi Tea
  41. Bitter Caramel Tea Latte
  42. Green Tea & Muscat
  43. Green Tea & Peach
  44. Extra Black Tea Latte 
  45. Green Tea & Citrus:
  46. Caramel Tea Latte
  47. Peach & Mango
  48. Mixed Berries Milk Tea 
  49. Lychee Tea
  50. Winter Tea Punch
  51. Winter Tea Latte
  52. Earl Grey Orange Tea 
  53. White Tea Latte
  54. Hyuganatsu Tea
The Top Five:
  1. OG Milk Tea
  2. Green Tea & Peach
  3. 50/50 Tea Lemonade
  4. 50/50 Tea & Fruit Punch
  5. Peach & Mango

March 13, 2015


Not the blog, my actual physical self is moving to my 3rd ku in 3 years in Japan.  Moving is never fun, having to live out of boxes until everything is sorted, not knowing where anything is despite having labeled every box, and the all around disarray that goes with moving.

My current apartment which I'm leaving behind has served me well this past year.  It introduced me to a new neighborhood of Tokyo and despite it being just a little smaller than my last place, it actually felt bigger, and the best thing of all about this place, it's pet friendly and allowed me to adopt this beautiful face:

Anyway, for closure purposes, I thought I'd write about what I would and definitely would not miss about this place.

Will NOT Miss
  • traffic sounds from the busy street
  • the annoying and unbelievably loud auto shop across the street (which always seems to be the absolute loudest every time I try to take a nap)
  • old everything
  • really far from the station
  • people throwing trash in my bicycle basket every single day
  • stinky pachinko next door

Will Miss
  • gorgeous view of Fuji-san & lovely sunsets
  • allowed me to have my first dog in Japan
  • bedroom on an outside wall and on the top floor
  • bright, lots of windows
  • the newly-built, super convenient market downstairs
  • vegetable farm nearby
Anyway, I've made my peace with leaving this place in more ways than you realize, and I'm beyond excited to start the next chapter of my life.

Today I dragged two suitcases two different times to the new place.   It's so quiet there and everything I look at in the house makes me happy.

Here's some lackluster pics for now.  I guarantee it will be a lot spiffier once we're all set up.

And our very first housewarming present:

March 12, 2015

Kit Kat time!

I have some new Kit Kat flavors to share with you.  The first three I picked up at Narita before my trip to The States.  I always like to give people Kit Kats back home because they only have two flavors of Kit Kats there.

Anyway, here's what's new!

First is Apple:

It was okay.  Not my favorite.

Next is あずきサンド or Red Bean Sandwich:

This one was super weird and borderline gross.  Definitely not a fan.

Finally, Tokyo has new Kit Kats this month, Cheesecake:

The outer package recommends you toast them.  I did that.  They were pretty good toasted.  I also tried them regular style.  They didn't taste much like cheesecake though.  They tasted really lemony.  I liked them better toasted.

Here's the list:
  1. Cheese
  2. Bitter Almond
  3. Ramune 
  4. Berry Pomegranate
  5. Apple Vinegar
  6. Peach
  7. Green Tea
  8. Tiramisu
  9. Wasabi
  10. Vanilla
  11. Sakura Matcha
  12. Strawberry
  13. Raspberry
  14. Vanilla Ice 
  15. Caramel
  16. Pumpkin Pudding
  17. Cookies and Cream
  18. Cinnamon
  19. Citrus
  20. Japanese Chili
  21. Blueberry Cheesecake
  22. Purple Sweet Potato
  23. Rum Raisin
  24. Brown Sugar Syrup
  25. Orange
  26. Hazelnut
  27. Condensed Milk Strawberry
  28. Passion Fruit 
  29. Strawberry Cheesecake
  30. Baked Kit Kats 
  31. Hokkaido Red Bean
  32. Orange Peel
  33. Kobe Pudding
  34. Dark
  35. Apple
  36. Red Bean Sandwich
  37. Cheesecake