It's warmed up just the tiniest bit, and most of the snow has melted off, but there are still some cute snowmen hanging around. I ran across this cute little guy wearing an instant ramen bowl as a hat. They're predicting more snow this weekend, so maybe there will be even more snowmen next week. I'm so excited to be on the beach in just a couple weeks!
Life is good in spite of the cold. Today I saw a couple walking a ton of poodles, and one was being carried in a bag. Maybe he's got a hurt paw? It's impossible not to smile though when a horde of little dogs goes running past you. Raku and I also got samples of the newest drink that Starbucks will be rolling out on February 15 - the Sakura Latte. Sakura season is always big at Starbucks, they have limited edition tumblers and drinks that sell out quickly each year. Last year I tried the sakura white hot chocolate and my eyes almost popped out from a sugar overdose. The sakura latte is a lot more enjoyable, but I suspect a full cup might still be too sweet. It has the same sakura sprinkles/flakes on top that are really pretty, but they're where a lot of the super sweet flavor comes from.
In other news I made ribs in my slow cooker over the weekend and they were delicious! It's not easy to find that cut of meat here, but Costco came to the rescue - a whole rack for only 1200 yen! It easily fed 4 people! I also got some really great chipotle bbq sauce there too. Honestly, it can be a pain to get there, but having a membership is soooo worth it! Especially now that I know you can takkyubin (mail) the stuff home. They'll ship anything that isn't perishable. Raku and I normally split a huge box, and it only costs about 1000 yen. Then we can haul more fresh fruit and cheese home with us on the train.
|The dog on the right is wearing a sweater with floppy bunny ears on it.|
|So pretty, but soooo sweet.|