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13 Things/Foods I've Been Missing Lately
Cool Weather (or not sweating instants after showering or leaving an air-conditioned room) - It's 37C today! And humid! Need I say more?
Trees - There aren't many trees around our neighbourhood. Being surrounded by concrete and the lack of green really gets to me some days.
Water - One of the first things I like to do when I visit 'home' is take a walk along the Ocean, and smell the sea air. I never realised how much I'd miss being near water until living in this concrete jungle.
Breakfast Cereal - The selection in Japan is so small. Essentially it's Corn flakes or muesli. Lately I've been craving Cheerios and Grape-Nuts.
Salt & Vinegar chips - I know chips aren't good for you but once in a while is ok, right? The standard flavours here are salted or nori (seaweed)!
Rhubarb - Oh how I'd love to have some rhubarb pie, or a rhubarb crisp!
Raspberries - When I was growing up we had our own raspberry bushes (and rhubarb too for that matter) and I'm so missing fresh raspberries. They're very very very hard to come by here. Even raspberry jam is rare. :(
My Mom's Cooking - I recently shared my mom's recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake and it's got me craving it and many of the other dishes and baking that my mom was so good at.
Red/Yellow peppers that don't cost $2 each! - The little Japanese green peppers are cheap but also have less flavour. Buying bell peppers is a real splurge.
Zucchini - Zucchini is even more ridiculously expensive here, when it's even available that is.
Deli meats - OK, sandwiches aren't exactly typical Japanese food but it would be nice to have something other than ham, ham or... ham to choose from.
Brown Bread (more than one kind) - For some reason the Japanese adore white bread. 95% of the bread in the stores is white. I'm tired of having the same brown bread over and over.
Cheap Books - Of course I have plenty of unread books already but even when I do browse here I hesitate to buy because of the price of imported English books. Thank goodness for The Book Depository!
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