Another way to meet and bond with locals is by tucking into their food. For some visitors, it’s as much of a reason to travel as the snow and with so many delicious dishes to try, it’s good that winter nights are so long !
Eating plenty helps with staying warm and your appetite i s only f ur t her sharpened if you have spent a few hours on the slopes. Then a warm mountainside restaurant waf ting delicious lunchtime smells on the fresh air becomes an irresistible lure. The end of the day brings more temptation. With stories of the day’s events to exchange, there’s nothing better than a shared meal, maybe going on for a few drinks too. Happily, the distinctive cusines of northern Asia have lots to offer. Japan is especially feted with foodies drooling over the freshness of seafood and produce from Hokkaido in particular. Korean and Northern Chinese food also offer hearty dishes perfect for restoring energy and warming the body. It’s not just about local food either. Though once upon a time many ski resorts had little to offer besides local grub and pizza, the likes of Niseko have diversified, offering everything from fine dining to kebab vans. Between meals there are more delicious items to snack on: churros and hot chocolate, red bean cakes, ice cream, the list goes on. Wander the well stocked convenience stores of Japan and South Korea and you’re sure to find something interesting – even vending machines offer novel drinks and snacks. Go on, treat yourself.