I got up this morning and took a quiet....well as quiet of a drive as can be had with Da' Boyz and had a New Year morning look at our neighborhood.
And had a nice, warm simple, bowl of soba. While it is traditionally the last item eaten on New Year's eve, we'd always had it on New Years day (toshikoshi soba - "crossing over the year noodles").
Yesterday, just like I've done on every New Year's Eve since 2005, I went to check out the various Osechi Ryori, traditional Japanese New Year dishes, at our three Japanese Markets. As I noted last year, it seems like this tradition is slowly fading away. I'm sure that'll it will never completely disappear, but it seems that only Nijiya has a large selection.
The selection at both Marukai and Mitsuwa were quite "sparse" in comparison.
While walking the aisles I had time to contemplate the year.
While it was pretty easy picking out the Missus's favorite dish of the year:
A delici-yoso Tripas à moda do Porto in, where else? Porto.
Her favorite bite was without a doubt hidden in this salad.
The Missus had a bite of the Hokkaido Scallop and almost did a delici-yoso dance Herself!
It was a bit harder for me. Much like last year, I've come to think of moments within context.....bellying up to the bar for bifana and a beer....for breakfast. It was just the perfect thing, one of those moments you just want to bottle and experience over and over.
Or standing on a mountain of shells in Paredoncito in the municipality of Benito Juarez, Sonora.
Watching horse drawn carts go out over the flats to awaiting boats.....
Bringing back amazingly sweet and tasty wild shrimp.
As the calendar turns and we look forward to another year, we hope to hear from you now and then.
The gang here at mmm-yoso wish all of you a healthy, happy, and delici-yoso New Year!