July 25, 2004

Japa-snack Food

It has been a few days since my sister asked her last question. So, in order to keep her from giving up, I figure it's time I get my act together and answer:

"What is your favorite snack food? Mine is Pocky."

I also enjoy pocky, it is most certainly the Japanese snack food of snack foods, but, I don't really indulge in it as much as I should. Instead, I would say that "choco crunch" and "nuts crunch" are my favorite snack food so far. They are tiny cookies, maybe ten to a bag, in chocolate and peanut flavors. They are really cheap, at only 105 yen, and are found at the local convenience store which is very... convenient.

However, Mondays and Tuesdays are special days in the world of snack foods, or perhaps the catagory of food itself. Not only are Monday and Tuesday our 'Friday and Saturday,' but we also make a stop at one of many local bakeries on our walk to work, Die Gute, and grab lunch and breakfast for the next day. Inside Die Gute you can find all sorts of fresh baked bread, pastries, pizza type things, bread stuffed with some kind of stuff, and many other wonderfully tasty foods. I look forward to these days, because it gives me a break from rice.

I know what you're thinking,

"If it's so good, why don't you go there everyday?"

Well, the answer is simple. (Though, as usual, I will proceed to make it sound very complicated.) Monday is our one late day, we work 3:00p.m. - 10:40p.m. On our other days, we work from 7:30a.m. - 3:00p.m., making our commute via the underground mall, filled with resturants, bakeries, and hundreds of other businesses at around 6:45a.m. The problem? Well, these shops don't open until 10:00a.m., and like a well planned bowel movement, we have already passed through. Instead, we are subjected to smelling them prepare their glorious baked goods early in the morning, dangling the forbidden apple in front of our faces, while we settle for pre-packaged rolls at the convenience store... every single morning.

"Well, if it's that good, why don't you go after work?"

Well you see, my freinds, the reason Die Gute is so wonderful is because it makes for the perfect breakfast or lunch. As I already stated, it's not yet open for breakfast when we walk by.

"But if you eat lunch there on Monday's at 3, why can't you go after work on the other days for lunuch?"

Well, simply because it is too crowded after work on those days, so I never think of it.

"But don't you understand that it's the same time you go on Monday's, 3:00p.m.? The time is the same, why torture yourself and complain about it?"

Because I said so.

"That's not a very good reason."

You're not a very good reason.

"Look, I'm just trying to say that you can always..."


"But I..."



SO ANYWAY, as I was saying, I would have to go with the little cookies as my favorite snack food so far, but when it comes to my own personal delicacy, I enjoy stuffing my face with fresh baked breads and pastries.

Till next time...

..."I was only trying to..."


Posted by jed at July 25, 2004 08:53 PM

i feel that it should be noted that i do not go to die gute with jed.

i go to the bakery across the hall called the Cookhouse. I think they are yummier and i like their slogan...Relaxin' with coffee and bun!

The exclamation point is part of their slogan.

I like to think of our separate journeys to the bakery as a 'divide and conquer' approach. we have different strategies though. jed likes to browse for new arrivals. i am a creature of habit and know exactly what i want and waste no time in the dilly-dally 'which is better' debate of most pastry novices. i am a conneseur. i don't mess around. i feel as if i have been training my whole life for this because i can bend and twist and dodge people like no one i have seen. i dread the day when there is only one of my favorites left and i must knock down the old lady battling for it so that i may indulge in pleasure.

the end.

Posted by: Karen at July 26, 2004 12:16 AM

Wow. You FINALLY answered my question. I must say, you answered it well, so I am not too upset. So now for my next question... Have you become familiar with the subtle nuances of bowing? And is it any different for a guy as tall as you? I mean, as far as I know you have to bow at different heights to indicate different levels of respect so I would assume you just might confuse people.

Posted by: your sistah at July 27, 2004 11:16 AM

I sure do hope you actually had to bow once or twice. If not, don't worry. There are plenty more where that one came from... maybe that's not such a good thing. ;-)

Posted by: your sistah at July 27, 2004 11:18 AM

Christ wants to slay reason and subdue the arrogance of the Jews...

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