There are a countless number of subscription boxes available these days. It is hard to find the ones that continue to be worthwhile month after month. I have a few that I always look forward to the arrival of. Month after month, my Robb Vices delivery is almost always my favorite. The April shipment themed after a Japanese Spa Experience continues to impress, especially for me due to my love of Asian Culture. The shipment themed perfectly with a number of Asian antiques we recently acquired in the process of renovating our office. I am already looking forward to the surprises in the black box of the May shipment.
I have to put a plug in for my long time Friend Michael Bishop who runs The Popular Pioneer in Mendon Vermont. He recently gifted us the amazing sign that serves as a backdrop in the main image for this post. His ability to find amazing items is second to none.
Robb Vices - April 2019
• Soto Sake – Super Premium 750ML (Retail Price: $39.99)
• Kimino Sparkling Yuzu Juice 8.5 FL OZ (Retail Price: $4.00)
• Onsen Secret Spa Set: Body Lotion, Moisturizer, Mineral Bath, Beauty Nuggets (Retail Price: $225.00).
The Onsen Spa Experience
Aside from the cuisine and the culture, Onsen (mineral hot spring) bathing was one of the many things I love about Japan and look forward to on my next trip. Onsen Secret (https://www.onsensecret.com) brings the experience to your bathroom at home without the fourteen-hour plane ride. Clearly, it isn’t exactly the same but its a good substitute.
Included in the awesome book provided by Robb Vices you will find directions for your at home Onsen Experience. The process starts with a 15-minute tub soak with the Hot Springs Mineral Bath product. Finish the experience off with the Body Lotion and for the full spa experience, the Beauty Nuggets pack includes a sample product just the right size for single use. Last but certainly not least included is there daily hydration moisturizer. Each Robb Vices shipment includes an over the top item that no one would actually purchase for themselves, unless you happen to be sporting an Amex Black Card, and this is it. With a retail price tag of $187 for 50ml it is a little on the steep side for me to consider for daily use but it is without question an amazing product.
I think my only disappointment here is that they didn’t bother to include a candle for lighting during an amazing bath!
One of my favorite part of every Robb Vices box is that I have never received one that did not include at least one great beverage to heighten the enjoyment of the contents. This box includes two Japanese classics. A bottle of Soto Sake and a bottle of Sparkling Yuzu juice. Within the book, you will find a great recipe for a Soto Kimino Spritz which will put both of your beverage to use. The recipe for the drink can also be found at the bottom of this post for your immediate enjoyment, assuming, of course, you happen to have Sake and Sparkling Yuzu juice kicking around your house.
While good Sake is great almost any way you serve it, a Kimino Spritz puts Sake in a whole new light as a cocktail. The only downside of this drink is that it drinks just like juice, and before you know it you will have consumed an entire bottle of Sake, which can make for a very interesting night. Not interested in fruity drinks, a Sake Martini is a new alternative option.
KOIME DE: In English translates to "Make it Strong". Just remember if not stated discretely it will be viewed as rude.
An awesome combination of Sake, Sparklings Yuzu Juice and Grapefruit!
- 3 Parts Sake
- 1 Part Grapefruit Juice Fresh Squeezed
- 1.5 Parts Sparkling Yuzu Juice
Add all liquids into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
Poor into ice-filled glass.
Garnish with grapefruit peel!
- 3 Parts Gin
- 1 Part Sake
- Cucumber Peeled into a ribbon
Fill a shaker with ice.
Add gin and sake to shaker. Shake hardly until very chilled. Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with cucumber ribbon.