Today I decided that Sunday was going to be my grocery shopping day. So, I ventured out into the world and discovered the Japanese mega-sphere of department stores, コンビニ (convenience stores), and super markets. I began with a plan - I was going to make this recipe. Claypot chicken in a rice cooker. What could be bad? I don’t suppose I actually knew what I was getting myself into…
Anyway, four hours, two train rides, and three different markets later, I think I have all my ingredients. I use the word think because when everything is in Japanese, sometimes you kind of just have to take a chance…
What I discovered today was that, for a price, I can get almost all of favorite foods. (Still on the look out for hummus: this is proving to be a challenge.) I found a bag of plain, white flour tortiallas at one of the markets in Kokubunji station - for 750Y (approximately eight dollars) and I even found some natural peanut butter but… Again… It was a tiny container and given that it was an import, it was extraordinarily expensive. I think I dream of Trader Joe’s at night. Joe-san needs to find his way here, fast.
But! As demonstrated by my picture, Japan and I are going to get along juuuuust finnnneee… While the Snoopy peanut-chocolate butter has a somewhat questionable taste, the jar is adorable and it was on sale. Marketing. Gets me every time - even in a foreign language! But, more importantly, I also found (drum roll please,) frozen broccoli! At the Lawson 100 down the street! (Lawson 100 is a convenience store where just about everything costs 105Y. Like a dollar store but so much better!)
On top of finding frozen broccoli, I found Nutella (which went un-purchased), my favorite pasta brand, and suama (I’ve wanted to try this for ages - ever since I first watched the Japanese drama “Stand Up!!”). While I found it surprisingly difficult to locate any decently sized portions of chicken to purchase, over all, I think I’m going to discover it quite easy to feed myself here. (Not to mention the cheap restaurants, so-delicious-it-should-be-illegal ramen, and the super awesome super market bento meals…)
Stay tuned for further pictures, posts, and most likely food rants… 

Today I decided that Sunday was going to be my grocery shopping day. So, I ventured out into the world and discovered the Japanese mega-sphere of department stores, コンビニ (convenience stores), and super markets. I began with a plan - I was going to make this recipe. Claypot chicken in a rice cooker. What could be bad? I don’t suppose I actually knew what I was getting myself into…

Anyway, four hours, two train rides, and three different markets later, I think I have all my ingredients. I use the word think because when everything is in Japanese, sometimes you kind of just have to take a chance…

What I discovered today was that, for a price, I can get almost all of favorite foods. (Still on the look out for hummus: this is proving to be a challenge.) I found a bag of plain, white flour tortiallas at one of the markets in Kokubunji station - for 750Y (approximately eight dollars) and I even found some natural peanut butter but… Again… It was a tiny container and given that it was an import, it was extraordinarily expensive. I think I dream of Trader Joe’s at night. Joe-san needs to find his way here, fast.

But! As demonstrated by my picture, Japan and I are going to get along juuuuust finnnneee… While the Snoopy peanut-chocolate butter has a somewhat questionable taste, the jar is adorable and it was on sale. Marketing. Gets me every time - even in a foreign language! But, more importantly, I also found (drum roll please,) frozen broccoli! At the Lawson 100 down the street! (Lawson 100 is a convenience store where just about everything costs 105Y. Like a dollar store but so much better!)

On top of finding frozen broccoli, I found Nutella (which went un-purchased), my favorite pasta brand, and suama (I’ve wanted to try this for ages - ever since I first watched the Japanese drama “Stand Up!!”). While I found it surprisingly difficult to locate any decently sized portions of chicken to purchase, over all, I think I’m going to discover it quite easy to feed myself here. (Not to mention the cheap restaurants, so-delicious-it-should-be-illegal ramen, and the super awesome super market bento meals…)

Stay tuned for further pictures, posts, and most likely food rants… 

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