Grocery Shopping in Tokyo

SushiI love grocery shopping in Tokyo. My local supermarket has the best sushi and tempura (deep fried) aisle, which tops several Japanese restaurants internationally. My go-to favorites include kappamaki (cucumber rolls) and pumpkin, sweet potato tempura. Add some edamame to that and I’m golden.

Japanese TempuraJapanese tempura.

Japanese ChipsThe snack aisles are pretty epic but that’s easy for me to say who grew up snacking on Japanese shrimp chips and seaweed flavored potato chips.

Raspberry KitKatRaspberry KitKat bars, where else? They also have matcha/green tea flavored KitKats, which I’ve tried and are quite nice.

Japanese chocolate grocery aisleThe chocolate aisle has me drooling at the mere thought. Meji’s almond chocolates and macadamia chocolates are delicious. As are Meji’s meltykiss chocolates (strawberry flavor is my favorite), which live up to their name in the way that they melt in your mouth.

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Tokyo’s Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Season

Tokyo CityscapeI’m back home in Tokyo for a spontaneous, unplanned and quick jaunt. It’s sakura (cherry blossom) season, which is my absolute favorite time to be in Tokyo as the city turns pink in celebration with beautiful sakura decorations and sakura snacks.

Sakura seasonHinamatsuri (girl’s day) coincides and the decorations are lovely.

Sakura, Hinamatsuri snacksSakura themed snacks to celebrate hinamatsuri (girl’s day).

Sakura themed food

Sakura Cherry Blossom FrappuccinoYum, even the seasonal sakura blossom frappuccino topped with maple whipped cream and sakura chocolate shavings is back for a limited time only! I’m rarely in town when it’s available, so I’ll be sure to get my fill.

City Break – Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau, FranceFontainebleau is roughly a 45 minute train journey from the Paris Gare de Lyon station. It has a charming small town feel with cute specialty corner shops stocked with decadent macaroons, pâtisserie, tea, honey, fromage (cheese).

Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville J.P GauthéMacaroons at Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville Fontainebleau.

Fontainebleau, France

French CheeseMouth-watering French fromage (cheese).

French Cheese Shop

French Cheese Shop

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau, France

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Pierre HermePierre Hermé macarons.

When in Paris one shops, so I visited the department store Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann, near Opéra national de Paris Palais Garnier, to do just that.

Galeries Lafayette Paris

Galeries Lafayette ParisThe interior architecture with its exquisite art nouveau stained glass cupola is quite the sight.

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Galeries Lafayette GourmetGaleries Lafayette Gourmet with its fine food deli and marketplace full of mouth-watering delicatessen was a true sensory delight.

Tortellini at Galeries Lafayette GourmetAn assortment of fresh tortellini.

Galeries Lafayette GourmetCharcuterie.

La Route des Indes, Galeries LafayetteLoose-leaf tea at La Route des Indes.

Galeries LafayetteThe pâtisserie of my dreams. Pink, pink, and more pink with framboises (raspberries – which I love!), oh and let’s not forget about chocolate… drool! While in Paris, I’ve even tried pink sparkling raspberry wine.

Ice & Absent Saffron Buns

dsc_0309It’s now my second winter in Stockholm and I still haven’t found my bearing when it comes to icy, slippery, hellish sidewalks. The result being that I look like a less excited and less cute version of Bambi on ice. So, this means spending copious amounts of time indoors meaning that I officially finished my master’s thesis a few weeks back and before that curated an exhibition featuring a cutting-edge Japanese architecture firm. Whew!

dsc_0314 Ah, if only the city could evenly zamboni the ice to resurface it smoothly, then I would probably opt for the relief of popping on my ice skates and gliding around more gracefully.

dsc_0326Strandvägen, Djursholm.

dsc_0323Winter is still on, but sadly the delicious saffron buns that make it slightly more bearable have come and gone. #roughlife

dsc_0325Fortunately I took these pictures of the delicious saffron buns at Fabrique before they vanished until next year. That way I can salivate all over my keyboards indulging in the sweet tasty memory, while absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Breadworks – ブレッドワークス

DSC_0151Tokyo has a great deal of terrific bakeries and Breadworks is no exception. I adore freshly baked bread and hunting for the perfect loaf that suits the mood of my taste buds is an indulgence that I enjoy immensely.

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DSC_0153I buy an almond croissant and fresh juice, as well as a loaf to bring home with me and head to the outdoor dining area to enjoy a beautiful day by the Tokyo canal.