Sentouchi Lemon Pie

Brand: Furuta Seika Found at: Bokkusu My friend Mackenzie is a picky eater. This would usually be a problem for me. In the past, I have struggled to cultivate empathy for the food shy – my slightly Victorian upbringing has left me with the misguided impression that all of life’s problems can be solved with... Continue Reading →

Baklava Assortment

Brand: Eridanous Cost: £1.50 Found at: Lidl             How have I been alive on this earth for almost three decades and never once had chocolate covered baklava? How did I stumble through my life before this moment, completely oblivious to how good life could be?             For those unfamiliar with my favorite desert, baklava is... Continue Reading →

Butter and Soy Sauce Crunchy Eringi Mushrooms

Brand: Sozai Found at: Bokkusu Oh no. I don’t even know where to start. These are horrific to the point that my brain cannot process the information that my mouth is giving me. Imagine butter popcorn that is also mushroom flavored. Now imagine that it is not only mushroom flavored, but artisanal mushroom flavored, with... 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 →

Millionaire’s Tart

Brand: Lidl Deluxe Cost: ~£2 Found at: Lidl   “Sophie Wessex is ‘exactly what the royal family needs’ because she ‘just gets on with it’ and doesn’t take on projects that are ‘very glamourous,’ according to a royal expert.” said the notification from the Daily Mail that popped up on the “news” app of my... Continue Reading →

Crispy Chewy Shonan Gold

Brand: Shonan Toffee Found At: Bokkusu   This candy disintegrates faster than my self-control when encountering any temptation. Sitting in its packaging, it’s quite sturdy - I’ve tried to crush it with no success. Yet as soon as you pop it in your mouth, it shatters into a fine, lemony powder. It’s how I imagine... Continue Reading →

Malt Loaf

Brand: Soreen Cost: £1.05 Found at: Tesco   The 13th-century serf in me is in heaven. Finally, the snack that captures the culinary tour-de-force of buttered bread. It is truly the sushi of Europe: so simple, so elegant, so delicate. And so overpriced. For £1.05, you get two credit-card-sized pieces of chewy molasses bread, and... Continue Reading →

Gobo Chips with Seven Spice Powder

Brand: Sozai Found at: Bokkusu   This is the most hipster thing I think I’ve ever eaten and I LOVE IT. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool hipster, after all; how could I not?   And as a hipster extraordinaire, I can attest that gobo is possibly the most absurd of the obscure Japanese vegetables. There’s just nothing... Continue Reading →

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