Only fellow commuters shall be able to identify with the pain associated with the above statement.
I generally relate weekends to two things: painfully slow drivers with little to no sense of direction and severely reduced public transit service. Combined, these factors have the potential to make for a possibly disastrous commute.
Thankfully, my second bus wasn’t too tardy, and I managed to hop on before dissolving into a depressing puddle inside the shelter.
For locals, it meant a great deal of tourists – cameras in tow of course – invading their bike lanes. For businesses along the ferry docks, it would mean spikes in income from impromptu decisions to ride the “water taxis” to the islands. For us though, it simply provided one more area to explore on our excursion. And for the first time ever, I didn’t feel as if I was sticking out like a sore thumb by slinging a camera over my neck, primarily since many families were spotted with image-capturing devices of their own.
This time around, we try a Tokyo Fog with grass jelly and Lavenderbrew with tapioca while seeking refuge from ridiculously strong UVA/UVB rays. My milk tea was, of course, as tasty as ever.
(My personal mission is to try every item on their Tapas menu, and I’m proud to declare that I’m already halfway there.)
Eight slices of mackerel, each approximately 1 cm thick, were arranged on a narrow ceramic plate and accompanied with finely-sliced scallions and grated daikon. Utilizing the hot flame of a kitchen blowtorch, the saba had been delicately charred until it no longer remained translucent. While a bit blander than I would have preferred, the addition of salty-tangy Japanese radish and green onion made for a tasty, well-balanced dish that could even be enjoyed by the most health-conscious of eaters.
The final product was less minty than it was rum-like though. While the honey and aloe juice had resulted in a palette easily accepted by the taste buds of the general public, I found rum to be an odd addition. In addition, the mint flavour wasn’t particularly pronounced; the chunks of aloe could have also been a smidgen larger for improved texture. Aloha wasn’t as impressive as Johnnie Black Tea, but not a complete disappointment either. I might attempt Sailor Moon next time instead.