Good morning everyone,

It's going to be just as wet as they had predicted today and tomorrow...I'm torn between going for a long run this morning or tomorrow morning. Either way I'm going to get wet...I'll probably head out for a 10k run today and do the 35km run tomorrow. Tuesday will still be cloudy before giving way to sunnier skies on Wednesday and Thursday. Highs for the next few days will be around 20C before dipping to the high teens for the rest of the week.

I met up with some friends last night and instead of going out for dinner like we had originally planned, we ended up heading back to one of their places for an impromptu nabe party. It was great! Sometimes it's fun to be spontaneous and just do things on-the-spur-of-the-moment.

Don't ask me where we went though...if I had to guess, I'd say somewhere in Ushita not too far from the river...other than that, I couldn't say. It was too dark and too rainy to notice any landmarks.

Anyway, we popped into Promart to pick up some stuff for the party and found this:
akakara soup

Have you ever been to Akakara? It's a nabe shop on the second floor of my building. The shop is from Nagoya and their nabe is made from red miso. I've been there a few times, but not recently. In fact, I couldn't tell you the last time I was there...it was ages ago. Anyway, every time I've been there, I really enjoyed the nabe. One of the things that makes it fun is that you can choose the spice level that you like. I enjoy spicy food, but when it's nabe I prefer it to not be too spicy. Why? Well, it's the main dish so there's nothing else you can really eat to dampen the strong, spicy taste. If it's a side dish, it can be super hot and I'd still like it. In nabe, I prefer it to be around the same level as slightly hot kimchi...do you know what I mean? In Akakara, that would be around level 3 or 4.

The soup packages they were selling at Promart were level 3 and it was perfect! It was a little sweet and a little spicy...just right.

If you're thinking of having nabe this warmish but wet weekend, you can't go wrong with that soup. Kimchi nabe is still my favorite by far, but it's nice to find something different for a change. Every winter I have nabe about 3 or 4 times a month and three of the times I'll have kimchi, but every once in a while I'll try something new. They're always good, but I get tired of them by the second day and look forward to having kimchi nabe again...I could definitely have that nabe again!

Now I can add Akakara nabe to my nabe rotation...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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