Quick Grocery Trip 2017/01/26

There is a Japanese word sanpo (散歩: scatter+walk) which is a stroll, or as husband says, a walk without purpose. I still get anxious about taking a walk for no reason, which I think is leftover from having lived in a couple of places where anyone who doesn't drive is either just so weird omg or actually in danger. So even though I live in one of the most safe and pedestrian-friendly places in the whole wide world, I often have to decide on a destination before I can convince myself to take a walk.

So I end up making lots of small trips to the grocery store. Sometimes I even save items on my list for a later trip. After talking to some other expats here and abroad, it sounds like this is not unusual, and Americans are the weirdos.

A short grocery list, but a good excuse to take a walk today.

A short grocery list, but a good excuse to take a walk today.

小葱 - Small (young?) green onion - ¥100 Don't be fooled by "small". It's literally as long as my arm and oddly reminds me of the "cat o' nine tails" that you might see at a renaissance festival. I believe this is really young leek (or young welsh onion).

小葱 - Small (young?) green onion - ¥100

Don't be fooled by "small". It's literally as long as my arm and oddly reminds me of the "cat o' nine tails" that you might see at a renaissance festival. I believe this is really young leek (or young welsh onion).

V木綿とうふ2コパック - cotton tofu 2-pack - ¥98 Will it be soft? Firm? It's always a crap-shoot when I'm choosing tofu. I have yet to dive deep into the world bean curd. I really like the tofu skins that I've tried though - those seem to be deep fried pockets, kind of like pita but more fatty (aka satisfying).

V木綿とうふ2コパック - cotton tofu 2-pack - ¥98

Will it be soft? Firm? It's always a crap-shoot when I'm choosing tofu. I have yet to dive deep into the world bean curd. I really like the tofu skins that I've tried though - those seem to be deep fried pockets, kind of like pita but more fatty (aka satisfying).

ゴールデンカレー辛口 - Golden Curry Spicy-Hot - ¥198 I grabbed this in case some of the other weird curry/gravy variants I previously purchased turn out too strange. If so, I'll toss in one of these packs and see if it improves the flavor. It worked for the Golden Hayashi Rice - Scott loved it, but I think I remember it tasting like tomato and cardamom... not my favorite.

ゴールデンカレー辛口 - Golden Curry Spicy-Hot - ¥198

I grabbed this in case some of the other weird curry/gravy variants I previously purchased turn out too strange. If so, I'll toss in one of these packs and see if it improves the flavor. It worked for the Golden Hayashi Rice - Scott loved it, but I think I remember it tasting like tomato and cardamom... not my favorite.

I bought all that stuff to go with this mapo doufu kit sauce we got at Costco. This spicy dish can be translated as "pockmarked grandma's beancurd". Doesn't that sound appetizing?! (UPDATE: Did not like! It made my mouth burn in a completely new and unpleasant way, and the flavor was weird. I'm guessing it's just the brand, though, since mapo doufu is such a popular dish. I'll have to find a Chinese restaurant to try the real thing.)

I bought all that stuff to go with this mapo doufu kit sauce we got at Costco. This spicy dish can be translated as "pockmarked grandma's beancurd". Doesn't that sound appetizing?!

(UPDATE: Did not like! It made my mouth burn in a completely new and unpleasant way, and the flavor was weird. I'm guessing it's just the brand, though, since mapo doufu is such a popular dish. I'll have to find a Chinese restaurant to try the real thing.)

イヤルミルクチィ - Royal Milk Tea - ¥98 And I got my trusty 'ol Royal Milk Tea. When I still crave a caffeine pickmeup after my coffee cutoff time, I go for this delicious, sweet, slightly-less-caffeinated drink. I am not sure how to pronounce 紅茶花伝 (maybe kochahanaden?). The four characters are: Crimson, tea, flower and Transmission. The first two together mean black tea (koucha), and flower makes sense, but that last character is like, wow. What does "transmission / intermediary / influence / good offices / connections / someone to trust / go-between / pull" have to do with my tea? i'm going to imagine that it really is Japanese for Trusty Ol' Tea.

イヤルミルクチィ - Royal Milk Tea - ¥98

And I got my trusty 'ol Royal Milk Tea. When I still crave a caffeine pickmeup after my coffee cutoff time, I go for this delicious, sweet, slightly-less-caffeinated drink.

I am not sure how to pronounce 紅茶花伝 (maybe kochahanaden?). The four characters are: Crimson, tea, flower and Transmission. The first two together mean black tea (koucha), and flower makes sense, but that last character is like, wow. What does "transmission / intermediary / influence / good offices / connections / someone to trust / go-between / pull" have to do with my tea? i'm going to imagine that it really is Japanese for Trusty Ol' Tea.

¥533 total with ¥2 discount for carrying my own reusable grocery bag. At the top is an announcement that every Wednesday is a good day because it is a 5X points day. We'll probably enroll in their point card soon since this store is the best balance of price, selection and convenience for us. Eeeeevery retail shop seems to have their own point card, and we are being super choosy so that our wallets don't get bloated with plastic. I wish we could get a WAON point card, because we hear that the machine barks when you swipe the card - but alas, the stores that use that card are not so convenient to us. Unrelated: Japan doesn't have separate taxation rates for different merchandise like many places in the USA do (groceries not taxed, prepared food taxed, etc). Goods/merchandise, food service, utities are all taxed at 8%.

¥533 total with ¥2 discount for carrying my own reusable grocery bag.

At the top is an announcement that every Wednesday is a good day because it is a 5X points day. We'll probably enroll in their point card soon since this store is the best balance of price, selection and convenience for us.

Eeeeevery retail shop seems to have their own point card, and we are being super choosy so that our wallets don't get bloated with plastic. I wish we could get a WAON point card, because we hear that the machine barks when you swipe the card - but alas, the stores that use that card are not so convenient to us.

Unrelated: Japan doesn't have separate taxation rates for different merchandise like many places in the USA do (groceries not taxed, prepared food taxed, etc). Goods/merchandise, food service, utities are all taxed at 8%.