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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Slow House – スローハウス

Slow House TokyoVisited the oh so trendy lifestyle shop Slow House, located by the Tennozu waterfront in Tokyo.

Slow House, Tokyo

スローハウス, Slow HouseThe lifestyle shop stocks a selection of chic things, ranging from fashion, cosmetics, homewares, food and plants to vintage furniture. I’m a fan of their ceramics, which looks like unique one of a kind pieces.

Slow House Tokyo

スローハウス, Slow House

Tennozu Waterfront, TokyoTennozu waterfront.

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.

Fall in Stockholm, Sweden

dsc_0201After a few miserable days weather-wise in Stockholm, the weather has finally cleared up and revealed some much missed sunlight. Gracious Apollo has answered my pleas.

dsc_0209Skeppsholmen.

dsc_0328The air is cold and crisp but it’s totally worth it for clear blue skies, fresh air, and a bit of sunlight. I seriously miss spring/summer and the feeling of caressing warm sunlight on my skin. Just some six-seven months before it starts to get bearable again, so the countdown has officially begun.

dsc_0343One of my favorite Stockholm views is of the beautiful buildings, boats and water by Strandvägen.

Sanrio World Ginza – サンリオワールド ギンザ

DSC_0136I love visiting Sanrio World Ginza as almost everything is pink, glittery and totally girly. カワイイ(kawaii – cute)!

dsc_0146Nearly everything you could possibly imagine and then some, is available at Sanrio World with mainly Hello Kitty but also other cute Sanrio characters. This includes pens, calculators, double-clips, paperclips, erasers, sharpeners, key chains, bedazzled cellphone covers, chargers, porcelain, chopsticks, lunchboxes, lip gloss, beauty products, hand towels, umbrellas, handbags, toiletry cases, suitcase straps, and postcards. The list goes on and on but I thought I’d just mention a few of the things available.

dsc_0140Despite the fact that I don’t like real life cats, I am a fan of Kitty-san. So I decided to pimp up my suitcase by purchasing a fabulous new suitcase strap to replace my tattered old, boring gray one that matched my suitcase to perfection. #oldpersontryingtobeyoungagain

dsc_0147Tasty Hello Kitty biscuits.

dsc_0148Don’t think they’ve forgotten about catering to men as an assortment of stylish Hello Kitty ties are available to the fashion conscious male.