A Self conducted interview with stephanie, by stephanie
I spend a lot of time thinking about food related topics so I thought it would be funny to do a Q&A with myself, by myself. Enjoy!
Some serious Tokyo Food Tips mentioned in this one.
What is the simplest meal that would satisfy you on a no frills night?
A baguette from Tolo Pan and 50 grams of demi-sel butter from Echire followed by a cup of hot chocolate and a homemade marshmallow from City Bakery.
What dessert do you like to eat that’s not too sweet and won't fill you up in case you want to eat again after?
Pancakes from Flippers. They are so light, it almost feels like you didn’t eat anything and the fact that they add the maple syrup to their whipped cream (so as not to weigh down the soufflé pancakes) still blows my mind!
What is the best foodie life hack you’ve ever discovered?
Once in a blue moon, a number of the convenience stores in Japan will stock up on 180ml bottles of Yamazaki whiskey sold at 1200 yen each. If you were to buy a 700ml bottle of Yamazaki, it would cost you about 10000 yen. Now, Im no math expert, but if you were to buy five of the smaller bottles, you would have more Yamazaki for way less money and that is pretty flipping phenomenal if you ask me! (Btw, this is a constant obsession of mine that am always seeking out).
What is the best value for your money dinner course in Tokyo?
If I answered this honestly, I would probably get killed by my friend who took me to the particular place I am thinking about, but made me swear I would keep it a secret. (To give you a hint, it’s a no-name sushi spot hiding in a little residential area which has an all you can eat course for 70 minutes at about $40 and is some of the best sushi Ive ever had in my life). Besides that place… I would say Ginza Maru has a nice kaiseki course, which is reasonably priced and serves all the proper dishes you should try in a kaiseki course.
Where is your favorite place to get a proper Japanese breakfast?
That’s easy, The Claska Hotel
There are so many great taiyaki shops around Japan, but where have you found “The Best?”
Across the street from Yoyogi station is a taiyaki shop that blew my mind away with its texture. And to top it all off, they had one with apple stuffing - something I’ve never seen before!
Where is your favorite place to have a picnic and eat al fresco?
Shinjuku Gyoen Park doesn’t allow booze, but if Im feeling wild, I’ll sneak one in. Otherwise, Inokashira Park is my favorite place to pack a picnic and then I like to take a ride on the swan boats with a beer in hand. A favorite sunny Sunday afternoon pastime for sure.
What is your ideal convenience (combini) store meal?
My ideal combini meal would be a karaage chicken skewer, a perfectly cooked medium boiled egg, a hash brown, and some chocolate crunkies, or a Papico coffee ice cream in the plastic tube!
Favorite convenience (combini) store beer?
The one with the cat on it, of course! Suiyoubi No Neko is a Belgian Witbier style beer brewed by Yo-Ho Brewing Company in Nagano and usually found at higher end convenience stores.
What are the most exotic souvenir food purchases you’ve made while living in Japan?
I love this question because, I do purchase food items as souvenirs when I travel a lot! The favorites are as follows: Sakura honey from Karuizawa (I actually had to go back a second time just to get more of this honey for my mother because she flipped so hard over it), wasabi salt from Shimoda, frozen salted fish from Atami, simmered pork belly and chanpuru seasoning from Okinawa along with some miso pork from another island in Okinawa, wasabi pea crisps and furikake from Kyoto, oh and white peach jam from Karuizawa also (had to go back a second time for me on this one).