Hello there! Been eating and documenting my meals plenty but have had a severe block in the writing department this month for whatever reason. From experience I know it's best not to force things and just let the slump run its natural course. But managed to do this quick post tonight so that I'd at least have something for the month of April.(!) Anyway, hope to be back 100% in May...
A few weeks ago I accidentally discovered the food collection of the emoji function on my iPhone when an onigiri
icon popped up while typing Japanese. After some fiddling I found the full collection can be
accessed by going into your Settings/General/ and activating the special
box, sushi, ramen and hamburgers and even Curry Rice with a side of
Fukujinzuke pickles. I think my bases are covered, haha.
a pop-up cat kaiten-zushi card I found in the bookstore of Mitsuwa
Costa Mesa. The sushi carousel actually rotates as you open the card. So
Bento and Onigiri playing cards. Interesting but passed because I had already purchased a bunch of stuff the day...
this book called "Pan to Ippiki." About a bread loving dog and the
breakfasts its owner would create. Includes a few recipes.
Reminds me some of the beautiful stuff out of Brooklyn based Simply Breakfast blog, only minus the adorable dog of course. :)
Also picked up a mini Danboard figure. There were a few variants and while the TAMIYA
version was really tempting, I ended up with the Ehime Mikan (Ehime
tangerines). I didn't know the eyes lit up until I opened it at home.
These boxy characters aren't a new concept (like the NHK Robot Paruta and Suzuki from Sony's Dokodemo Issyo series) but I really like the infinite potential of the recycled cardboard box reference of Danboard.
Last, a little sweet treat from Mochi Cream. So far I've only seen the shop outlets in the Costa Mesa and Torrance locations of Mitsuwa Market. The shot below is from Torrance a few weekends back.
The round orbs are your Daifuku mochi with an assortment of many non-traditional fillings. I was told the equally pretty donut looking were more of a Warabimochi based. They all come frozen when purchased and you need to thaw them in the fridge before having.
not exactly cheap averaging a ~$1.90 a pop but the Double Mango flavor
was super good.(!) Filled with some whipped cream with a center of
intensely mango-rich filling.
Blueberry Yoghurt and also Apple Pie was equally as delicious. The
apple pie filled had some crispy crust bits that added a nice contrast
in texture. The only one I surprising didn't care too much for was the
Rum Raisin which was good but didn't exactly 'wow' me like the others
It's maybe hard to see buying these for myself again (one, I have a severe lack of sweet tooth...) but I think it's the
perfect gift to bring over when visiting friends or other special
occasions. I think a quantity half-dozen or more comes packaged in a deserving nifty box.