Sometimes I love grocery shopping more than I love shopping for clothes.
Today was one of those days. Lately, all the stores I go into at Ala Moana Shopping Center either bore me with their selection and quality (Forever 21) or are way out of my price range (gray Phillip Lim zippered cardigan I want you!)
The only place I got excited at was Shirokiya. My body got so confused in there because I wasn't hungry, but all of a sudden I wanted to buy sushi bentos, salted salmon bellies and nishime. I wandered through the aisles touching the goodies and getting weird looks from the chefs because I walked by a million times. Then when I was heading home I saw that the new Japanese grocery store, Nijiya Market, finally opened! More excitement for me and more confusion for my belly!
Here's the damage, click on the links to learn more:
1. Japanese Baumkuchen Coffee Cake: Soft, rich and sweet. I couldn't stop myself from taking a bite (or five) before taking a picture. (Nijiya)
2. Hello Panda treats: I used to love these little guys when I was little! There are pandas printed on these chocolate filled crackers. (Shirokiya)
3. Umeboshi Chazuke: Chazuke is one my favorite foods! Make some rice, add hot green tea and then your seasonings. This is also really good when you're sick because the rice is easy to eat and the green tea is good for you. (Nijiya)
4. Lychee Sake- I love lychee martinis, so I was eager to try this out. This sake is a wee bit too sweet, but still good. (Nijiya)
5. Tofu: Simple and delicious. Just add shoyu. (Nijiya)
6. Warabe Mochi w/ Cocoa Powder: Super smooth and delicate. Best mochi I've had in awhile, I think I'm gonna go back and get the kinako flavor. (Shirokiya)
Now I'm gonna stuff my face and watch the Olympics.