Coconut Chips Chocolate

Brand: Maika’i Cost: $1.50 Found at: Foodland I have many first-world problems in my life right now. The slow Wifi at my brother’s house in Hawaii means that my Netflix occasionally lags. A $7 poke bowl is slightly too much food for one meal, but slightly too little food for two meals. I have to... Continue Reading →

Plantain Chips

Brand: Maika’i Cost: $2.69 Found at: Foodland My first experience of plantain was that of betrayal. I wanted a banana and got a potato in a banana suit. I think this is a common experience, and I, for one, am still getting over the trauma. Still, I pride myself that I am doing the necessary... Continue Reading →

Marzipanstollen

Brand: Kuchenmeister Cost: $0.99 Found at: Trader Joe’s Nothing says “Christmas” like a bunch of Americans going absolutely wild over German baked goods. Like St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone suddenly seems to be Irish, at Christmas, everyone suddenly seems to be German. As soon as the Black Friday advertisements appear on TV, friends who are... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

Brand: Trader Joes Cost: $4.99 Found at: Trader Joe's I’ve missed you Trader Joes. Oh, how I’ve missed you.  I’ve missed your over-the-top hipster treats. I’ve missed your niche foreign foods. I’ve missed feeling like I’m saving money when I’m spending my entire paycheck on cauliflower rice. I’ve not missed the weird and borderline insensitive... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Snacking

It's been a minute since I've written last. First there was Covid. Then there was a Graduate School thesis. Then there was the emotional recovery from writing a graduate school thesis. Every day, there was a new and different excuse not to write a snack blog and before long it had been months since I’d... Continue Reading →

Sakura Cake

Brand: Meika (Excellent Sweets) Found at: Bokkusu   I’ve talked before on this blog about how I feel towards “sakura” flavoring. I have never known cherry blossoms to have a scent, and as I have never attempted to eat one, I cannot say if they have a flavor either - but as far as I... Continue Reading →

Egg and Cress Sandwich

Brand: Tesco Cost: £1 Found at: Tesco   There has been nothing more wonderful during this time of quarantine than eating a sandwich that I did not make. I know that I am being ungrateful – I love to cook and I love that I now have time to cook. Like so many others, I’ve... Continue Reading →

Kinako and Black Sesame Milk Latte

Brand: Nittoh Found at: Bokkusu   For today’s first world problem: I miss drinks that come in sachets. Yes, in the midst of a global pandemic in which hospitals are overrun, jobs are disappearing, and everyone is more alone than ever, I am still able to find something banal to whine about. You’re welcome world.... Continue Reading →

Kuroi Kinako-San Dango Mochi

Brand: Yamayo Seika Found at: Bokkusu Location: Aichi Prefecture   Eating this is like licking a molasses desert.   The mochi itself is flavored with Japanese black sugar syrup, and this gives it a pleasant, brown-sugar flavor that’s not too powerfully sweet. But for all the moderation in the mochi flavoring, the coating of kinako... Continue Reading →

Power to the Purple

Brand: Innocent Cost: £1 Found at: Tesco   This tastes suspiciously like a cocktail. So suspiciously, that I actually checked the label to make sure that I had not inadvertently signed myself up for a boozy lunch. But I’ve always been a lover of a mocktail: from a virgin piña colada to a Sherly Temple,... Continue Reading →

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