I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in months. I would call it vacation but…vacation only lasted about a week. Back to business for me and sorry for the long break.
I haven’t posted since my Summer vacation in August. My vacation wasn’t actually that planned out. The plan: fly to Tokyo and stay at an Airbnb. That’s it. The plan besides that was to simply enjoy myself.
And by enjoy myself, I mean “eat delicious foods”.
So when you think about Japan, what foods do you think of? Sushi and ramen are probably the first, if not only, foods that might come to mind. As such, I decided to be weird and avoid these. As much as I love ramen, there is a large array of ramen to try and I could simply eat ramen for every meal and not get bored. Plus…it can get kind of expensive.
Most of my trip was spent adventuring around the Shinjuku and Shibuya areas (Harajuku is nestled in between the two).
First up, Dominique Ansel Bakery. I found out about this bakery thanks to a Youtube video from some of my favorite Youtubers. This place is award winning and is known for having an array of seasonal items. As it was the summer, I had to have the Frozen S’mores.
Behold the beauty of the Frozen S’more. The inside of this handmade, vanilla bean marshmallow is vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate and graham cracker crumble. The whole thing is actually on a wooden stick, looking straight out of a campsite (but much cleaner). When you order it, the pastry chef behind the counter pours a light layer of wildflower honey on the outside and caramelizes it with a cooking torch. This is freshly done right in front of you. It was absolutely amazing and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this seasonal item.
The other item I bought was a Key Lime Gimlet. That little tart was filled with key lime creme. There was a small trough, made of white chocolate, filled with seasoned salt and garnished with a lime. When I bought it, the cashier said that I could add more salt or more lime juice as I wanted it, as if it were a Gimlet drink. It was absolutely delicious, but I had unfortunately already filled up on sugar because of the s’mores.
Another great adventure I went on in Tokyo was meeting an old friend and making a new one at Tokyo Disney Sea. Yes, there is a Disney Land in Tokyo, but Tokyo has a different park that is specifically sea-themed and completely unique to Japan. For the summer, the park had a Pirates of the Caribbean- theme, complete with a musical water show and fighting pirate ships.
There were so many options for food at Tokyo Disney Sea. Obviously, there were different areas with different themes. In the “downtown” area, we picked up mochi (pounded rice cake) that looked like the aliens from Toy Story. At first, I was concerned. Usually amusement park food looks good but doesn’t actually taste good. These, however, were great. Each of the three different pieces were filled with a different flavored pudding: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Though they were on the sweet side, I was really impressed that these were worth the money.
For actual dinner, we stopped by Agrabah. Oddly enough, the sea-themed park had an area based on Aladdin, which is set in a dessert. You’re not going to see me complaining, though. We were able to pick up chicken curry and apple tea. At first, I was concerned about how spicy the curry would be. However, my friend explained that the Japanese diet isn’t that spicy. She was absolutely correct. It was a pretty mild curry. It had a bit of spice to it, but nothing to overpowering. Again, I was so surprised at how good the park food was.
All-in-all, Tokyo Disney Sea was really impressive and I highly recommend visiting it if you have the chance. It has unique rides and areas compared to other Disney theme parks, its very own version of the Tower of Terror ride (with its own story), and food that is actually worth the higher price of park food. (Plus, it has a Jules Verne section, for all of you sci-fi fans.) Thanks to JoLyn and Sarah for being my adventure buddies for the day!
While walking around the Shibuya area, I randomly found a New-York style sandwich shop called “Gorilla Brand”. It was about brunch-time and was the first meal of the day, so I bought a full sandwich set. This sandwich was amazing, with homemade brisket, avocado, and a fried egg (can you really go wrong with a fried egg?). Along with the sandwich was a very unique lemonade with a twist of spicy jalapeno. I know, sounds gross but actually was delicious. This was one of the best brisket sandwiches I have ever had, hands down.
Finally, I saved a lot of money for most of my meals. Since I had to put quite a bit of money towards a whole day at Tokyo Disney Sea, I tried to scour the convenience stores for most of my meals. Let me tell you. Japanese convenience stores have some legitimately delicious options.
Onigiri and eggs, veggies and fish, coffee and beer, sweet and savory. Japanese convenience stores have a whole array of foods. I know. It doesn’t seem like the most fun thing to eat on vacation. But trust me, delicious food is delicious food, regardless of where you buy it from. You can enjoy good food regardless of your budget.
This was a fantastic trip to Japan. It was the first time back for me in years, and goodness was it an adventure. Good food everywhere and I didn’t have to eat sushi and ramen for every meal.
To make up from my lack of posting, I will be going back to posting once a week. Stay tuned for more posts about the amazing food of Korea (and other places, depending on where I am).
Thanks and happy eating,