I 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.
The 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 KitKat bars, where else? They also have matcha/green tea flavored KitKats, which I’ve tried and are quite nice.
The 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.
Fontainebleau 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).
Macaroons at Boulangerie Pâtisserie Dardonville Fontainebleau.
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.
The interior architecture with its exquisite art nouveau stained glass cupola is quite the sight.
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet with its fine food deli and marketplace full of mouth-watering delicatessen was a true sensory delight.
An assortment of fresh tortellini.
Loose-leaf tea at La Route des Indes.
The 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.
Tokyo 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.
I 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.