We made it into our new apartment! I’ll provide the full tour later, but I can give you a few tidbits now:
- We have an automatic flush toilet. I thought those were just for restaurants and airports, but apparently not.
- I’m really glad we decided against a queen sized bed (it wouldn’t have fit).
- “Blank slate” is an understatement.
- Red bean paste waffles and a shop dedicated to kaleidoscopes are just steps from the front door.
But one of the most exciting things about my day was lunch. I picked up a quick bento box lunch at the nearby grocery store while I waited for our mattress to be delivered, and it was the most delicious thing! Maybe it’s just that everything tastes better when you are eating off the floor, but I thought it was worth sharing. Here is a sneak peek of the apartment with my picnic lunch:
That is right, I also picked all of the other important things — toilet paper, rice crackers and iced coffee. But back to my bento…
It may not look like much in its little foam container, but it had a surprise in store. The grocery store had probably 12 different options, and I chose this one because of what I thought was a panko-fried shrimp hiding there in the top right corner. You can’t go wrong with fried shrimp (except when you can, ahem). But after I bit into it, I discovered it was actually Japan’s version of the crab cake!
Eastern Shore, eat your heart out. It also had a little crab claw sticking out, like a dainty little crab cake handle.
Of course I did what any self-respecting girl in my situation should do, I cracked that little claw open and sucked all the delicious crab meat right on out. My mother-in-law and her Maryland roots would be proud.
Because I know some of you are wondering, I’ve taken my best guess at what else was in my lunch:
And (almost) everything was tasty, particularly the sweet potato and pickle combo. Who would of thought?! I have to admit, I skipped the mystery cube and carrot — sorry Japan, not even you can get me to like carrots.
With that, I must unpack (again – this is the 3rd time in 3 months, for those of you who are counting). Saké Puppets will be offline for a few days until Internet service is up in our new apartment, so in the meantime, send us your comments! We love to hear from you!
There is nothing about any of this I don’t adore.
That is an awesome looking lunch! I am jealous!
You know, if I come to visit you I will starve to death; Japan is way out of my gustatory-comfort-zone (or GCZ).
Kevan is drooling over the bento box! I’m drooling over the craft store you found!
It’s so great to be able to read about your adventures. Keep up the yummy posts!
I can’t wait to hear more! I LOVE your bento box description! I feel more worldly already! XOXO
I’m starting a band called Gelatinous Mystery Cube!