Powdered Black Sesame Dessert

Brand: Torto Cost: 38 KR Found At: Asian Market When I first moved to a foreign country (in China, back in 2014), I was completely overwhelmed. It took me a long time to adjust to a place where everything was different – the language, the culture, the layout of the city – and I struggled... Continue Reading →

Kumquat

Found at: Plantagen Cost: 250 KR per tree   I love kumquats. I can eat kumquats until my mouth is raw from the citrus. When I lived in Japan, I would buy an entire plastic carton full of kumquats and finish them all in one sitting. Of course, like any good American girl, it took... Continue Reading →

Quark (Kvarg)

Brand: Lindhals Cost: 20KR Found at: Coop   “Oo! Yoghurt!” I said, unaware of the can of worms I was about to open.   “No!” said Emil, appalled, “That’s kvarg! Its thicker than yoghurt – and has more protein.”   “So, like Greek yoghurt?” I asked, apparently offending Emil’s delicate sensibilities.   “No!” he said,... Continue Reading →

Oatly Oat Drink- Deluxe

Brand: Oatly Cost: 28KR Found at: Coop   My first week living on my own, I went out and did a massive food shop. The grocery store was not nearby, I didn’t have a car, and I didn’t know the bus routes, so I stumbled home under the weight of all my groceries, sweating and... Continue Reading →

Fennel Popsicle

Brand: Baba Succo Found at: Coop Cost: 29KR   This is a popsicle. That much is clear. There’s no denying that it consists of frozen juice on a stick. But I’m not sure that it knows that. I’ve never tasted anything so unsure of itself as if a desert could have an existential crisis about... Continue Reading →

100% Hokkaido Bean Natto (3 packs)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 128 yen Found at: 7-11 Natto. Please don’t tell me that I have learned to like natto. Natto is the pungent and distinctive local dish made from fermented soybeans. The slimy beans are covered with a slimy, mucusy goo – a result of the fermentation process – that creates long spiderweb strings... 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 →

VEGIPS

Brand: Calbee Cost: 148 yen Found At: Lawsons   When I first came to Japan, I imagined the convenience store was some sort of bastion of egalitarianism. Rich or poor, young or old, powerful or powerless, I assumed that everyone shopped at the same convenience stores and ate the same snacks and sweets. Partially fueled... Continue Reading →

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