Houjicha is a Japanese roasted green tea. According to Wikipedia, houjicha is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. So that explains the reddish color and the smoked scent of this tea.
Before my Japanese friend head back to Japan, I ordered another bunch of Japanese snacks and teas. I got one pack of sencha, matcha and a 20 pack of houjicha. I didn’t get the tea box because we didn’t want a bulky packet but she put it in a zip locked bag so the freshness is still kept.
I like the color and design of the tea pack but bf has mistaken it for … condoms! >.<! I guess it’s because of the glossy sachet packaging. Hmm.. What do you think?
Anyways, the brand name of this houjicha is Oi Cha Ito En. According to a friend, this is one of the famous beverage brands in Japan.
Steeping time is 30 seconds to 1 minute in 85 degrees C water.
Since this tea has a lower amount of caffeine compared to other teas like sencha and matcha, you can drink this before going to bed. When it comes to taste I find it unique because of the roasted smokey taste. I’m not sure if my description fits but just imagine sitting at a bonfire and smell the scent of burning dried leaves.
It’s just the two of us this weekend. So I try my best to make it great for the both of us even though I’m not feeling well because of the hangover (hehe). I’m so proud of myself today because I went for a short trip to the mountain despite of my poor *ahem* condition. Hiking when you have a hangover is uncomfortable because of the headache, dizziness and nausea. Do not forget the very low energy level as well. It’s like going to war sick and unprepared.
After doing the laundry, I changed clothes and went for a short hike with Zorro. I thought that I wasn’t in the mood for a hike and I was thinking of going back but then I looked at the dog and I felt guilty because I haven’t taken him for a hike these past few weeks because of my hectic schedule.
I struggled all the way to the top. It was an exhausting trip but it cured my hangover. So the saying is true that nature cures everything.
Anyways, here are the photos that I took today. Have a great weekend!
It is already mid October and the weather is surprisingly lovely in most parts of the country for almost two weeks now. I am not complaining though. The weather is just perfect for hikes, road/boat trips, picnics and you name it but do not let the sunshine and the blue skies fool you because it is absolutely cold.
A week ago we visited my partner’s family and while the bf was busy with his father’s garage I took our dog and the dog of his sister out for a walk. My plan was to go to Vardetangen but had to change course because I suddenly got a problem with one of the dogs. So I followed the sign to Fonnes kai(quay) instead and tada, a beautiful scenery welcomed us.
Times like this should be spent wisely, especially here in Norway because you never know what the next days gonna be when it comes to weather. For some reasons it is not easy to predict the weather anymore.
This shot was taken during my short trip to Eidsvågneset today. I asked my bf to take me to somewhere nice today because I can’t stand staying home all the time. I’ve been staying at home these past few days because of my stomach virus.
So anyways, I’ve never been to this place before. I think… but bf was insisting that I’ve been here before. I can’t really remember and I don’t remember the paintings on the wall on the hill. Nevertheless, whoever painted the eyes did a great job. He/she made the boring wall cute and mysterious.