Japan: Week One, Tokushima

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Bacon Caesar Salad Pringles!This first week in Japan has been such a fun happy feeling, fuzzy headed sort of week. The humidity is amazingly atrotious, but eh… what can we do but enjoy the air conditioning where found, and fan ourselves silly. One Japanese custom we have picked up so far is to carry a fan and a bandana cloth around with us.

Sweets and I have been up to venturing around by ourselves in the nearby grocery store. Our new standard lunch is to share a salad topped with slices of maguro or tamago and maybe a fried something or other from the deli section. The grocery store has been such a fun array of goodies. Everything is begging to be taken back with me in my luggage. From the dark sesame toast spread, to my favorite chu-hi, I’m glad we packed light on our way over!

Herd of Chu-hi!And oh my- the Chu-Hi! Japan’s answer to the wine cooler, these are alcoholic soda’s that run 5-6% alcohol with out tasting one bit different from a soda. So far my favorite flavors are grapefruit, lime and litchi. Being a sucker for marketing, my favorite brand has a wrinkled can that ripples into a drum noise when you first pop the can open! I can’t wait to see that gimick catch on in the USA.

Haagen Daz ParfaitFun varieties of American foods have been popping up like crazy. From the bacon caesar salad flavored pringles to amazingly delicious Haagan-Daz parfaits, we’re floating in a world of wonderful flavors. Ok, except for the pringles… those were crazy aweful. Surprisingly the bacon flavor did not work in the concept recreation. Instead, these crisps taste like sour cream and onion with a hint of weiner. Yuck.

The layered thing works well with the pastries here. This ice cream parfait captured my heart our first night. From the smooth creamy ice cream mixed with the sweet roasted tasting bean paste… it’s a sumptuous blend of flavors and textures as the chewy beans pop in for some extra time to play around your mouth. Also available are more western style flavors like chocolate nut ice cream parfaits, and layered flavors like tiramisu. I’m really trying to not go for western flavors though… heck, I can get those when ever.

Sweets and I are going to be bringing back a list of goodie favorites to ask our nearby Asian Market to import. Like the kit-kats we just spotted tonight at the local Sunkus (like 7-11)! Oh, just you wait till I post those flavors!

Tomorrow we are off to Hiroshima, then Himeji-jo and meeting up with our friend Chris at Kyoto. It will probably be a couple days till we next update our flickr set!

Till then, happy flavors and sweet dreams…


posted August 1st, 2006 at 5:11 am

That parfait looks absolutely delicious! Too bad you can\’t bring those home in your suitcase.

  • Totally!
    So far I\’m planning on bringing back a couple chu-hi, some sesame toast paste, and maybe some rice seasoning packets. The amount of frozen treats here is boggling!


posted August 1st, 2006 at 6:21 am

Neat-o! Thanks for sharing.

posted August 1st, 2006 at 9:47 am

Oh my gosh – major homesickness for a non-home place. I can’t wait to go back to Japan.

Be sure to stock up – surely you can schlep an extra suitcase home…

- lisa
posted August 1st, 2006 at 5:39 pm

I like the ice cream best


- Teddy
posted August 4th, 2006 at 2:24 pm

Go to supermarkets just before closing and get the packaged fresh fruits and vegetables half price. Go to Beppo for a mud bath. Also see Hemeji, a Castle town, near Tokyo. Take the Bullet Train and bring your own plastic cup with a lid, instant coffee and sweetened creamer that comes in something like a toothpaste tube. Pack your own lunch, everything on a train is $$$$$. Lots of deer roaming around in Kyoto at their park. I spent 7 weeks traveling from one Youth Hostel to another. I met the greatest people and spent next to nothing.

  • Great advice Linda- thanks. Also noted that they mark down the sushi at this time too.


- linda
posted August 5th, 2006 at 6:35 pm

I am so jealous! It looks great!

- rachel
posted August 6th, 2006 at 2:34 pm

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. As someone who had the privilege of living in Japan for a number of years prior to returning to the United States, I found myself growing so nostalgic for the foods and drink I miss now that I’m back in America!

posted May 1st, 2019 at 9:39 pm

Good! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

Only if you quote and credit like you see in newspaper articles when one is interviewed. Be smart and polite. :)


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