Well, it is the last week of my "vacation"...sigh. I've only been home for 9 weeks, but I have accumulated some stuff! Thank goodness Satoshi came and took most of it home. My aunty will also be coming to Japan in April and has been asked to take a box for me too...What did I buy? coffee, tea, other food items, BOOKS and magazines!..you would think that Japan doesn't have these things? They do, but they are sometimes REALLY costly.
For the most part of my "vacation", I've been seeing my friends, visiting with family, helping around the house and driving my parents around. We don't have a car in Japan, so this is my chance to get in ALL of my driving until my next visit.
Like I've said previously, Hawaii has a diverse culture and when you crave a certain cuisine you can probably find it. This morning on a local program they featured a local bakery, Nanding's Bakery. This bakery makes Filipino treats. My mom and I oohed and aahed at what was shown.
Luckily, we had an errand to run in town, so we made a detour to this bakery. Unfortunately, the hype that started from the program had sold most of their items out by the time we got there.
My mom was only able to get a few items--ube loaf and ensemadas.
The ube loaf might actually be mongo loaf, because it tasted like it had sweet bean paste inside instead of purple sweet potato filling. The bread is so soft and fluffy--it was like eating air.
The ensemadas were labeled ube (purple sweet potato) and macapuno (coconut), but all were ube. This buttery roll is topped with a good slather of butter and sugar. When you chew, there is a kind of crunch to it as you eat the sugar crystals mixed in with the soft buttery top. I think I would have preferred it without the ube....still, I'm gonna miss all of this.
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