Unsolicited advice: part 4
Continuing this series of unsolicited advice, I’d like to recommend:
Thailand in January
After three weeks away, it is indescribably salubrious to be back in Thailand, enjoying the clement days of January.
One will naturally enjoy some fine local food too. After a sunrise run at the park, fresh juice, porridge, and soy milk, followed by freshly ground Thai (of course) coffee, I read, studied, and wrote all day.
Then I went out for this bowl of noodles. That’ll do for dinner.
The weather in central Thailand in January is predicatably dry, sunny, and cool (by equatorial standards). I highly recommend it.
Spicy Nori potato chips
These were a revelation. You have probably had potato chips and thought, “These are just missing a bit of seaweed.” Or perhaps you’ve been eating some delicious crisps and wished that they had that extra bit of spice.
But to have them both together? A revelation. This is a new flavor, and one that I’m sure will be around for a while.
And the book? Nobel’s Physicochemical & Environmental Plant Physiology. This is a superb book on quantitative plant physiology.
Two extraordinary novels
I’ve been doing a lot of writing and research for the past few years, and that necessarily limits the amount of fiction that I allow myself to read.
With that said, this morning I finished (largely thanks to a long plane ride yesterday) Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which I can only describe as extraordinary.
And a few months ago, I read Marukami’s Norwegian Wood, about which I have the same description.
Sushi in Ginza
I quite enjoy sushi. Likewise, Ginza. I recently had some errands to run in Ginza, and it was lunchtime. Thus, sushi in Ginza. Highly recommended.
Sake Museum & Tasting Room
I would like to clarify this by confirming that at the time of my visit, in early 2015, the Ponshu-kan had exactly 200 varieties of sake, standard and seasonal, on display (or shall we say, on tap) and available for tasting.
I can also confirm, as the website says, that “you can also take a dip in a bath of sake next-door.”
What the website doesn’t say, but that I feel obliged to inform you, is that there is a superb soft cream stand conveniently situated between the Ponshu-kan and the sake-infused bath.