September was a strange month for me. My sleeping schedule has been off. My tennis elbow started acting up so I had to keep icing it and letting my arm rest. The weather kept bouncing back and forth from an annoying heat to out-of-no-where rain. I had plenty of those days that just felt weird. For all of that, I’ll just place the blame on Mercury being in retrograde >_>
If I was being honest, this was a month filled more with food cravings than favorites. But then I really wouldn’t have craved them so much if they didn’t become favorites either. Bah whatever, I’ll count it for both ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Mugicha or Roasted Barley Tea
I’ve been craving coffee late at night because I can usually smell my neighbors brewing it at that time. Living across a college usually makes it easy to tell when midterms or finals are by the fresh coffee I smell during the wee hours of the night. But since my sleep is already messed up, I wanted something else to drink to satisfy my coffee cravings. And then I found roasted barley tea!
When I first tried roasted barley tea or mugicha, it tasted like a really light coffee to me. I was even more excited to find out that it was not caffeinated. A trip to the Asian supermarket later, I brewed myself a large batch of mugicha to keep in the fridge. It doesn’t taste much like coffee to me anymore but it’s still hits the spot for me during the hot days we’ve been having.