If I had my druthers I'd eat carbs all day every day. I'm not much into meat, though when my blood sugar gets low, give me some chocolate, a glass of OJ, and some PROTEIN (usually in the form of a glass of milk, some cheese, or crackers and peanut butter).
Anyway, we usually go out on the train somewhere on the weekends (if you've got little boys this is a must because the trains in Japan are super clean and always right on time), and one of our favorite stops is the Kurakuenguchi station. A yummy bakery, Roggen Meyer, just happens to be right across the street, and of course we just have to go in and grab a few bits and pieces for lunchies by the river.
They don't have my to-drool-for (bite-sized and glazed) lemon donuts anymore, but they do have this amazing chocolat orange pastry now that Stephen and I both adore (pictured below). The bitterness of the orange peel on top just goes perfectly with the not-too-sweet chocolate and pastry.
And the sakura (cherry blossom) mochi anpan (rice paste and sweet red bean paste) pastry (pictured above) is perfect for munching by the cherry-tree-lined river (the trees have just started blooming now). The sakura blossom adds a nice salty flavor to the cloyingly sweet red bean paste in the pastry. You just gotta try it. Come on over!
My boys would love the trains too. Sometimes I take them on the city bus for an outing (probably not as clean as your trains though, but still fun for them)
I was wondering why the dessert was called a Marlow as well. I thought it might have something to do with a shortening of the word Marshmallow?
Wow, this sounds delicious. Have fun.
yummy! I have tried some of roggenmeyer's breads, they are delish!
Joie de vivre - Ah, you're probably right about Marlow! Hey, you should bring your boys to Japan sometime - they'd LOVE the trains here.
Reeni - thanks! :)
Ivy - thanks for your comment! :) Hope you have fun, too - it's beautiful spring weather here now so I'm definitely having fun!
K and S - Did you know there's a big Roggen Meyer in the new Nishinomiya Gardens mall? It's stocked full of goodies!
Is that mall still crazy with people? I want to check it out but without all the mobs of people.
I'm not a bread maker but I am a bread eater...and I'd like to eat one of those.
Very interesting. I've never made friends with red bean paste, but I think that I should :)
Oh my goodness yum!!! SO JEALOUS!
oh. my. god. the bean paste and cherry blossom pastry? i'm DYING. needless to say, we don't get that around these here parts.
and yes, i watched everyone go through that no carbs phase all by themselves. why live if you cannot eat some good carbs each day? seriously.
K and S - We went back to Nishinomiya Gardens again yesterday and it was very pleasant - not too many people! I wonder how all those millions of shops are making any money, actually.
Joan - Wish you could try these!
Lo - Many foreigners in Japan see red bean paste and think it will be chocolate, but are shocked when it's not! I still think it's yummy, though.
Fuji Mama - Wish I could send you some!
Cate - These are carb heaven!
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