Jaffa Cakes

I have always wished birthdays had themes the way anniversaries do. I’m thinking about this because I have recently had a birthday, and as much as I treasure the thoughtful gifts of others, I also want to do something to celebrate my anniversary with myself. It is my longest relationship, after all, and I feel... Continue Reading →

Lemon Scottish Shortbread Rounds

Brand: Morrison’s Cost: £1.60 Found at: Morrison’s   After three weeks, IKEA finally delivered my teapot. It was one of those objects that I thought I could live without but after a week I caved, realizing that I am indeed the kind of basic bitch that needed a teapot. I never have been very good... Continue Reading →

Hobnobs Oats

Brand: McVities Found at: Coop   I come from the heart of coffee-land. Growing up in Washington, coffee has been a central part of my culture since childhood. The coffee shop was the public space in a rainy world where the newspaper weather forecast did not need to be updated for months on end. It was... Continue Reading →

Singoalla – raspberry and licorice

Brand: Goteborg Found at: ICA Cost: 19.95KR   While other shopping centers have a kids’ play area, the ICA down the street has a grandma station – and I love it. Even though it's a fairly small grocery store, it still puts out two big easy chairs, a coffee dispenser, and a bowl full of... Continue Reading →

Walker’s Pure Butter Shortbread

Brand: Walkers Cost: Gift Found at: Lawsons   I am sad to say that I will soon be leaving Japan and its wonderful snacks. I’m off, instead, to Scotland. I need to go to graduate school, after all, and what better place to pursue an expensive degree than to a country where the local currency... Continue Reading →

Black Sesame Macaroon

Brand: Kashiwado Cost: 100 yen Found at: Yamadai   Without a doubt, I live a charmed life. You might call it privilege, and that would be fair. Or you might call it dumb luck, and that would also be fair. And while I can’t myself speak to charms and spells and divine intervention, if you... Continue Reading →

Ginger Biscuits

Brand: Yamatono Cost: 100 yen Found at: Yamadai   I’m always interested in snacks that have an old person depicted on the packaging because there is always the possibility that it will turn out to be something fantastically weird that no modern person would dream of eating. The Japanese equivalent of the holiday fruit cake,... Continue Reading →

Squash Macrobiotic Cookies

Brand: Natural Lawson Cost: 198 yen Found at: Lawson   My first response to these cookies was a solid “no.” I had one, it was chalky, and because I am mild-to-moderately resistant to new experiences, I was not having it. I didn’t care how macrobiotic or naturally sweet it was, I didn’t care that it... Continue Reading →

Shiroi Koibito

Brand: Ishiya Co., Ltd. Cost: 700 yen for 12 cookies Found at: Break Room (from Hokkaido) The problem with the jump between Japanese and English is not the grammar, not the vocabulary, not even the overflow of verb structures on either side of the divide. The issue, it seems, is that of the utter failure... Continue Reading →

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