One-Bite Green Tea Warabi Mochi

Brand: Nagatanien Found At: Bokkusu   ‘A sweet and bitter green tea jelly that you eat from a package’ – described accurately, this snack hardly seems appealing. The packaging, too, is quite off-putting as only a packet of jelly can be. But as unappetizing as it seems, the taste is something transcendent – that quintessential... Continue Reading →

Iron Bru Pastilles

Brand: Buchannan’s Cost: £1.25 Found at: Tesco   Whoever said that whiskey is the national drink of Scotland has clearly never been to Scotland. Sure, I see my fair share of whiskey about, but it is nothing compared to Iron Bru. Every shop, every food truck, every pile of trash on the side of the... Continue Reading →

Nākd Bakewell Tart

Brand: Nākd. Cost: £1 Found at: Tesco   At this point, I have never eaten a Bakewell tart, but I’ve eaten many things that are supposed to taste like Bakewell tarts. As far as I can tell, the original pastry is something akin to a pie made of jam and almond paste, and if it... Continue Reading →

White Chocolate Coconut & Corn Flakes

Brand: Fin Carré Cost: 45p Found at: Lidl   The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, I am still in lockdown, and I am feeling tropical. I’ve cranked my heater up to 5, donned a tank-top and shorts, and am blasting every Israel Kamakawiwoʻole song that iTunes has to offer. I even hurried over... Continue Reading →

Foot of a Mount Hakone Black Tea

Brand: Kanagawa Ken Noukyo Chagyo Center Found at: Bokkusu Region: Kanagawa     Japanese tea is amazing and you can’t convince me otherwise. There are so many varieties with such a broad range of flavors that you can spend a lifetime and still only drink a tiny fraction of the tea that is out there.... Continue Reading →

Yogurt Gummies

Brand: Sugimoto Found at: Bokkusu   I hate it. I get it. But I hate it.   Yogurt is just spoiled milk that we’ve tricked ourselves into being able to digest. I’m ok with that – it’s not as if most dairy products are much better, and everyone here knows how much I love dairy.... Continue Reading →

Mikan Mochi

Brand: Seiki Found at: Bokkusu   The first time I saw an orange growing on a tree, I was totally stunned. Being a Northerner, born and bred, I knew that oranges grew on trees in the same way that I knew that alligators roamed the swamp: I believed it because other people had told me... Continue Reading →

Mayo Arare

Brand: Bokkusu Found at: Bokkusu   The polite way to describe these crackers is: “mayonnaise forward.” If you like eating Miracle Whip out of the jar but always wished it was crunchier, then these are the crackers for you. They are, to put it mildly, powerfully mayonnaise-flavored. In fairness, they are advertised as such, but... Continue Reading →

Maple Syrup Hotcakes

Brand: Yaokin Found at: Bokkusu   TINY POCKET PANCAKES!   I’m a sucker for smaller versions of things – and these are particularly delightful. They taste almost exactly like pancakes with maple syrup – sweet and fluffy and full of maple nostalgia. On these cold, stormy winter days, there’s something so wonderful about being able... Continue Reading →

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