Eel Onigiri

Brand: Bellmart? Cost: 250 yen Found at: Tokyo Station Bellmart   I took my grandparents to a sushi restaurant about ten years ago. It was a new restaurant in the international hub of Peoria, Illinois and after two weeks of hamburgers and casseroles and pizza, my wimpy little West Coast self was willing to risk... Continue Reading →

Japanese Omlette and Cod Roe Onigiri

Brand: Bellmart? Cost: 240 yen Found at: Tokyo Station Bellmart You can’t just eat any old onigiri on the Narita express. Then again, I’m not sure that you are really supposed to eat anything on the Narita express. I’ve never been explicitly told not to eat on public transportation in Japan, but I’ve also never seen... Continue Reading →

Salmon Chirashi Sushi Onigiri

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 119 yen Found At: Family Mart Chirashi sushi literally translates as “scattered sushi,” but I think a Bellingham restaurant translated it best as “kitchen sink” sushi. Basically, it’s a bed of sushi rice, covered with everything but the kitchen sink. I like it because it is often the cheapest of the... Continue Reading →

Spicy Fried Rice and Pork Onigiri

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 195 yen Found At: Family Mart This onigiri talks a big game. It’s from the Family Mart’s “man food” line – a randomly curated collection of ready-meals that seem to assume that women do not like meat. This one seems to have made the cut because of its extreme spiciness –... Continue Reading →

Minced Chicken and Pork Meatloaf

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 150 yen Found At: Family Mart There is nothing like an unidentifiable loaf of animal flesh on a bed of rice and mayonnaise to bring out your inner gourmand. It’s my own fault from straying from the path of tuna mayonnaise, salmon flakes, pickled plum and all the other old standbys... Continue Reading →

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