Japan 2007

Japan 2007: Because sometimes, you just really feel like Western food...

1/17/2008 01:13:00 AM

Spaghetti Napolitana. Lavazza Cafe, Omote-sando in Tokyo. ¥930 inc. coffee.

Funny how it happened. I spent weeks, if not months, looking forward to my Japan trip - imagining all the wonderful Japanese delicacies I would savour, all the new tastes I'd try, how much better sushi would taste on its home turf! But once I got to Japan, every few days, I'd find myself craving Western food. Pasta, bread, steak, potatoes, whatever. Bad. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side. I guess I should have ignored those cravings, and kept on shovelling in the wafu ryori... I mean, Western food in Japan is more expensive than Japanese food, and it seems illogical to pay premium prices for food that you could get easily (and cheaply) at home.

At the same time, however, it would be even more illogical to eat something you don't really feel like. And it's important to indulge every now and then.

Here are some highlights of the western foods we ate whilst in Japan. Click on the slideshow to get it started.

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  1. If it's any consolation, I ate a LOT of felafel kebabs whilst travelling round Europe...for the discerning Gap student, they are cheap and relatively healthy to boot. There must be a certain novelty value in eating carbonara or ensalada caprese whilst in Japan, anyway!

  2. Mmm... felafel! I haven't had a kebab or a souva in yonks. I think I'll have to get one soon; there are heaps and heaps of doner shops in Germany!!

    xox Sarah

  3. Mmm German food! I can't wait to travel again and eat all the regional foods (and probably some McDonalds,too LOL)

    They showed Angels in America on TV here a few years ago but I only saw the first installment. I thought Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker were pretty fantastic though :)

  4. How great is Meryl Streep? I was totally surprised to discover she played the rabbi!!


    xox Sarah

  5. Anonymous7:04 AM

    *sheepish grin*

    Yes, we too went the way of the occasional Mos Burger, McD's and toast breakfast set whilst in Japan. Man/woman can not live on fish alone -)



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