Foodie February! My Favourite Breakfast Meals.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Foodie February! Today is the last post for this monthly segment and I decided to share with you some of my favorite breakfast meals.

Let’s get started!

1. Avocado Pudding

This is one of my favorite breakfast creations and to make this it is very easy. All you need is one large avocado, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, half of a banana, honey and little bit of milk. All of these ingredients need to be put in a blender and pour in milk is essential because it helps blend all of the ingredients faster. When everything is blended, it will have a pudding consistency. It is a healthier and better alternative to actual chocolate pudding! You put some toppings such as berries, coconut flakes and etc.

2. Waffles and Jam

This is fairly simple but on a day when I want to feel fancier, I like to have gluten free waffles with jam. This is so delicious and sweet!

3. Cereal.

Cereal is quick and easy for those days when you are in a rush. I have a few kinds of cereal I love and I tend to pick an organic cereal. This one here is a vegan cocoa cereal from Costco and it’s divine.

4. Bulgarian style pancakes

These are the best pancakes anyone could ever taste. These are Bulgarian style pancakes, they are very thin and they are stuffed with feta cheese or jam. This breakfast is more gourmet for days when I want to feel fancy or have a special day.

5. Yogurt granola bowls

This is my all-time favorite breakfast choice! I use organic probiotic yogurt with bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. I like to use raspberries or blackberries, I put one table spoon of chia seed powder to make it extra healthy.

6. Scrambled Eggs and Avocado

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This is my choice for a savory breakfast, I love scrambled eggs with avocado and sometimes I’ll add gluten-free toast or crackers. I also add some fruit to add a little bit of sweetness to my meal.

7. Smoothies

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When I’m not too hungry but I still need to nourish my body, I make smoothies. I have types of smoothies that I like to make. The first one is with almond milk, one banana, strawberries, blueberries and chia seed powder. The second smoothies I like to make it with spinach, one banana, and chia seed powder. It so healthy for you and a great way to detox your body if you ate junk food from the day before.

Thank you so much for reading and keeping up with this segment! I’ll have more food-related posts for you soon.

Now I would like to announce the next monthly segment…Music March!!! That’s right I’ll be posting music-related posts only and each week will have a theme. I will announce the themes by Friday, so please stay tuned.

See you soon!

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Foodie February! COSTCO Favorites.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Foodie February! Today I will be sharing with you my Costco favorites with you, I love going to Costco because you can get everything in bulk. Some items are worth buying, while others not so much. So today I will introduce my favorites, unfortunately, some items were discontinued but some of my other favorites are still in stock.

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Let’s begin and enjoy!

 

 

If you need to munch one something sweets and you don’t want to be unhealthy, these dried figs are a great choice. They chewy and delicious.
I love putting walnuts in my salads, granola and smoothie bowls. I cannot recall the price but I think it better to buy this from Costco rather than Bulk Barn.
I love Caesar salads, and of course, croutons are essential. I have discovered that buying a regular bag from the grocery store is not worth it because the bag is half full. Buying a package from Costco is more cost efficient.
I don’t always have time to boil and mash potatoes, so buying a package of these saves me a lot of time.
Annie’s macaroni and cheese, and their crackers are divine. I get a pack of these mac n’ cheese for days when I don’t feel like cooking and I need something quick and easy.
I love quinoa, it is a healthier alternative to rice. This costs around $20 but it is worth it because it lasts me for a long time. 
This is my favorite brand of healthy pasta, regular pasta makes me feel very bloated and sick. So I’ve switched to this one made out of chia, quinoa, and amaranth. It is delicious and even better.
I’m not much a soup lover, but this soup is delicious. If I don’t want to have a heavy dinner, I have this soup instead with some leaf lettuce.

 

 

I’ve been buying this for years and I put it on everything. On my salads, soups and other meals, I cook.
This is my favorite brand of cereal, I discovered it back in 2012 and when I found Costco had it in stock I was absolutely ecstatic. 
I drink green tea a lot so, buying this in bulk is a life savior.
I love these mini quiches, I make them for dinner or for lunches at work with some salad.
Ok, so I know this product has chicken but before I became pescetarian I used to eat this all the time. It was quick and easy to make.
My favorite section in the entire store is the produce section. I buy a lot of items from here.
A bulk of grapes is always a good idea, and here is a tip. If you are craving sweets, take some grapes and freeze them. They will taste like candy. 

 

 

Already chopped broccoli is a time saver, I dislike washing and cutting broccoli so this is great. 
I’m a huge avocado lover when I discovered this guacamole I was so happy. It is delicious, you should all try it!

 

 

Last but certainly not least, it is baby spinach. I buy this for my smoothies and salads. 

Thank you all so much for reading and see you soon!

 

Foodie February! Favorite Restaunts In Toronto.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Foodie February! I apologize for the lack of posts for this month’s theme, but not to worry I will have plenty of posts coming up this week.

Today I want to share with you my favorite go to restaurants in the city, that I’ve been visiting frequently over the years.

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Let’s begin.

1 Pickle Barrel.

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Pickle Barrel is a restaurant I’ve been visiting for years, and I absolutely love it. When I was a university student, there was a location near my campus and I would go there often with friends and family. This restaurant is very affordable, the food is fresh and delicious. In addition, if you need to make some changes to your meal and if you have any allergies or intolerances they are flexible in making the food to suit your taste. If you are on a budget, this is the place to go.

2. Cibo Restaurant.

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I am a huge lover of Italian cuisine, and one of my favorite Italian restaurants is Cibo. The food is absolutely delicious, and I typically go for brunch when they have a buffet style setup. Cibo usually offers Groupon coupons for two people, because it can be quite pricey for one person. I love the food, and I feel like I’ve taken a trip to Italy. If you are in the mood for a fancy day out and treat yourself then this is the place to visit.

3. Sushi Sky.

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I love Asian cuisine, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Filipino food. Sushi Sky is an all you can eat restaurant in downtown Toronto if I can recall correctly the cost for the lunch menu is $13 and $20 for the dinner menu. You can order more than just sushi and the food is delicious. You can get sushi, sashimi, hand rolls, teriyaki meat and more. I am very particular about the freshness of the sushi I eat and this place gets a two thumbs up.

4. Spoon & Fork.

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If you are a lover of Thai and Japanese food, this is the place to visit. I love their pad thai and of course, I go mainly for the all you can eat sushi. The service is fast and the food is delicious. I started coming here five years ago and I love their food!

5. Pizzeria Libretto.

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If you are in the mood for pizza this is a great place to visit, the pizza is so delicious and it feels like it melts in your mouth. With great confidence, I can say that this is the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time. They offer a great variety of topics, so I highly recommend this place.

6. Calii Love.

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This place is a bit more down to earth and casual, which is more my style and the food is healthy and delicious.

7. Kinton Ramen.

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Kinton Ramen offer a variety of ramen. My favorite is the classic ramen, I love ordering the miso ramen. The place is clean and the ramen tastes very fresh. The staff is also very welcoming and service is fast.

8. Asian Bowl.

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Asian Bowl offers Pan-Asian dishes, I started coming here three years ago and I love the variety of the delicious dishes they offer. Asian Bowl is located near Dundas Square and you have an access to Eaton Centre.

9. Luma Restaurant.

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This restaurant is on the upper scale of restaurants, but I enjoy their food during Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Those are an event when you order a three-course meal for half the price. The food I had was so delicious and I love going back there whenever I can.

10. Sushi 2 Go.

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Sushi 2 Go is a restaurant I’ve been visiting since my university days, I mainly go for their sushi but they also have a delicious salmon teriyaki. The prices are reasonable and the food is fresh.

That is all for my list of favorite restaurants in the city, let me know where you like to eat out.

Thank you so much for reading and see you soon!

Foodie February! Eating Out (February 5-12, 2018)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Foodie February, this month will be all about food. Let’s be honest here, food is pretty much on my mind 24/7. However, now that I have to eat healthy 24/7 because of stomach, I am going to use this months theme as a motivation to cook more.

Last week was fun because it was my birthday, therefore, I went out a lot to eat. Today I will be sharing where I went and what I had to eat.

Let begin.

My birthday week began with a surprise birthday breakfast with my coworkers at Panagio’s All Day Grill. The atmosphere and food was good and the location is at South Etobicoke near the lake. The prices were very reasonable so if you’re on a budget, this is the place to visit.

I am pescitarian but because of my health for a little bit I have to add protein to my meals.

On February 7th, I had a day off from work and I decided to go to TIFF Bell Lightbox to watch a movie. After the movie I went to the TIFF Lounge to read my book and have a delicious cup of chamomile tea.

Later on that week on Friday, I went to a Korean restaurant with my friend in Koreatown. I was in the mood for tteokbokki which is a rice cake dish. It is my favorite Korean meal and it is also a popular Korean street food.

The tteokbokki came with noodles and some veggies. Typically tteokbokki is a spicy dish but since I cannot have spicy food I requested the non spicy version. My friend also shared with me her black bean noodles, which were delicious and I just try next time I go to Koreatown.

The next thing we had was a potato pancake.

I like to think of it as a giant hash brown, it was delicious but a bit oily. I’m not a fan of oily meals.

Our meals came with side dishes too, this is a typical thing you get in Korean restaurants.

We had tofu, pickled radish, kimchi which is spicy cabbage, cucumbers, and I think we got spicy bean sprouts. I don’t know what the sauce was and I didn’t try it because it looked spicy.

On Saturday I went out with my friends to a ping pong bar and I had a veggie burger with fries. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures but it looked like a typical burger. I always get a vegetarian burger and I’ve tried a few that don’t taste very good, but this one was delicious.

I typically do not eat out often anymore, but it was nice to go to new places and have some yummy meals.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Foodie February! Foodie Tag.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the first post of the monthly segment that I call Food February.

I would like to call myself a foodie because I enjoy trying out different cuisines and go to new restaurants and cafes. I never used to be so open to eating exotic food from other cultures. However, in university, I tried sushi for the first time and I loved it. I think this is what made me more open-minded about eating various types of foods.

Today we will take a look at more of my food preferences so you can get an idea of what I enjoy to eat. This month’s segment will include recipes, food guides to my favorite cuisines in the city and listing my favorite restaurants and cafes.

Now let’s take a look at which foods I enjoy to eat.

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1. What food could you eat every day?

I could eat pizza, sushi, and pasta every day.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant?

I have many but I love Cibo, Pickle Barrel, Sushi Sky, Kyoto Japanese Restaurant, Kinto Ramen, Luma Restaurant, and Azura Restaurant and Bar.

3. What city has the best food you’ve ever had?

I loved the food in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia. Portland has an amazing pizza place, called Sizzle Pie and I highly recommend it. I liked the food in Vancouver because the sushi restaurants were always cheaper than the ones in Toronto.

4. What do you get on your sub?

I don’t eat subs anymore, the last time I went to Subway was 2012. I don’t like their food anymore and I don’t find it filling.

5. What do you get on your pizza?

It’s nothing exciting, but I get olives. I prefer regular cheese pizza without any topics.

6. Is there a food you’ve always wanted to try?

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I always wanted to try omurice, which is a popular Japanese dish.

7. Tell me about your worse restaurant experience

I haven’t had one, I had some food from a Vietnamese restaurant years ago and later on that day I felt sick. I don’t know if that counts as a bad experience.

8. Who’s a better cook; your mom or you?

My mom for sure, she knows how to make delicious meals. However, I’m catching up with her.

9. What is one food you just fail at making?

I tried making omurice, but I failed. Omurice is basically omelet rice, you cook the omelet and then you put rice inside and fold it the omelet. I failed at the folding part.

10. Name your least favorite foods

I don’t like beans, peas, peppers, kiwi, apples, there is some Bulgarian food I dislike too.

11. Raw or cooked veggies?

I definitely prefer raw veggies, but I don’t mind eating cooked ones too.

12. How do you like your steak?

I’m actually a pescetarian, so I haven’t eaten steak since 2014. However, back in the day I liked it well done, seeing pink in the meat made me feel sick.

13. Do you enjoy cooking or baking better?

I’m not good at baking so I prefer cooking.

14. What’s your favorite fast food place & can you name 5 items off of the menu?

I don’t eat Mcdonalds anymore, but when I used to I would order the cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, big mac, apple pie and their salad with the thousand island dressing. I do not order these items all at once, of course.

15. Name a food place you wish was closer to you.

Sizzle pie, this pizza place was heaven and they made the best gluten-free pizza.

16. Ultimate favorite dessert?

Cake, any type of cake is good for me.

17. What food do you gravitate more towards at a party or get together?

I gravitate towards fingers food, I like getting chips, cookies and etc.

18. Favorite food to eat at Christmas?

I love my mom’s Tutmanik, which is a special bread filled with cheese. It is a traditional part of our Christmas Eve dinner.

19. What’s the first food that comes to mind… NOW?

Sushi, I haven’t had raw fish in a while because I am not allowed, therefore, I am craving it a lot.

20. Do you have any weird food habits?

I do, I love to put ketchup on my rice. I don’t know if that’s weird but it makes the rice taste so good.

21. What holiday is your favorite for food?

Definitely Christmas time, I love the traditional Bulgarian food we cook on Christmas Eve. Let’s not forget the sweet treats too.

22. What’s one food you would NEVER try?

Oysters, snails, and clams!

23. Do you know your best friends favorite food?

Yes, my first friend loves cupcakes, my other friend loves beef, I have another friend who loves anything deep fried and finally Italian food.

24. What’s the best thing your mom makes?

I love the moussaka my mother makes, it’s the best comfort food.

25. What’s your favorite style of eggs: Scrambled, boiled, poached, over easy or sunny side up?

Definitely scrambled, and I like to add some crumbled feta cheese. I don’t always do this, but when I add the cheese it adds a nice flavor to the eggs.

26. Name your favorite restaurant that closed down

Luckily, my favorite restaurants are still open so I don’t have one yet and I hope it stays that way.

27. Do you like your bread toasted light or dark?

I like it dark because the burnt flavor is actually to my liking.

28. Do you like spicy foods?

Growing up I wasn’t a fan of spicy food, but as I got older I developed a tolerance for spicy foods. The hard part is I cannot have spicy foods right and the struggle is real.

29. Do you like seafood?

Yes, my favorite types seafood is lobsters, crab, and salmon.

30. The first food that comes to mind that is green?

Spinach, because I am currently having a spinach and banana smoothie for breakfast or lunch I should say.

I hope you all got a brief insight into my foodie life, and I can’t wait to start posting more this month.

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Lifestyle Sunday! Top 6 Healthy Snacks.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Lifestyle Sunday!

Do you every find yourself craving junk food in between meals? Do you go to the kitchen to grab chocolate, chips or any other junk food? If the answer to those questions is “yes”, don’t worry because I’ve got a solution to the problem. In my personal experience, I have noticed that I reach for those unhealthy snacks when I can’t think of anything else to eat. For years I would reach for a bag of chips because it is quick and convenient. However, that convenience is not always a good thing because this kind of food is not healthy. Now before any of you jump to the assumption that I eat healthy 24/7, that would be false. Just like any other person out there, occasionally, I enjoy a small bag of chips, chocolate bar or a slice of pizza. You can still eat the food you love, but in moderation and achieving that happens gradually. One day I started to brainstorm some snack ideas that do not require a lot of prep time, so I am going to share with you my six quick and easy snack ideas.

Let’s begin 🙂

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1. Veggies & Hummus!

This one is very easy to make, it is delicious and you have a variety of vegetables to choose from. I like to use cherry tomatoes and cucumbers with regular hummus, for the longest time I used to hate hummus, but now I find it appetizing. If you don’t like hummus, you can use ranch or spinach dip, whatever it is to your liking.  I like get a medium sized  plate, put the vegetables around the hummus. It is a satisfying snack because it has that savory kick you would want in a snack.

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2. Seasoned Seaweed and Fruit!

If you love the Asian flavor in foods, then this might be more up your alley! I like eating a lot of Asian food, but I recently also started liking seasoned seaweed. I like to get the sesame seed flavored packages or the ones that are sold at Costco. When I get my seaweed I put about 10 sheets onto a plate and in a small bowl I add some grapes or blueberries. I have discovered that those two fruits go well together with the seaweed. For beverages, I have water or a warm cup of green tea.

3. Kale Chips!

I like to refer to kale as the vegetable from the lettuce family, but with more of a bitter taste when it is eaten raw. I personally prefer to eat it raw, but I also love it as chips. If I feel like dedicating time to make my own kale chips I would, but I’m usually lazy so I buy it from the store. There so many different flavors, such as hemp cream & chive, cheddar, spicy curry lime, pink salt, red peppercorn ranch and so many more. I love eating the cheddar flavored one because it is so delicious and I love cheesy snacks. The brand I buy is Solar Raw Food, you can find it at any natural food store or any supermarket that sells organic products. If you live in Toronto, I recommend going to Fiesta Farms, it is one of my favorite grocery stores for organic food!

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4. Coconut Strips!

I made an amazing discovery at Costco last month and coconut lovers will be thrilled about this, I sure was. My routine when I go to Costco is to check every isle, in case I find something I want to buy. This time I discovered coconut strips, they taste amazing! I like to have some in a small bowl with some tangerines, both flavors go well together.

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5. Fruit Platter!

I am a huge sweets addict, luckily fruits are a great substitution for my craving. That’s why I prefer to make a fruit platter, but I try to be creative. The most recent fruit platter that I made consists of banana peanut butter sandwiches, strawberries and clementines. It is so so delicious and healthy for you. Natural sugar is the way to go!

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6. Quinoa Puffs and Applesauce!

I discovered quinoa puffs at work (I work in a daycare) and they are so yummy! I like to get the plain quinoa puffs because they taste better than the cinnamon and cocoa puffs. I pick two small bowls and fill them up with applesauce and quinoa puffs. It is a small snack, but it will make you feel you up until dinner or lunch time.

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I hope you enjoyed this healthy blog post, I am sure that in the future there will more snacks to add onto the list. However, for now this will suffice! Let me know which snack you will make at home 🙂

Have a peaceful Sunday and I’ll see you soon.

Japanese Food Galore!

Hello everyone,

Last weekend I decided to go outside, despite the cold weather and visit my favorite Japanese grocery store, Sanko. I was so excited when I found this store last year and now all of the Japanese food I want is within arms reach. They have everything you want, curry, onigiri rice balls, ramen packs, Japanese sweets and kitchen utilities.

Today I want to share with you some of the stuff I bought, I usually enjoy reading or watching videos about Japanese food hauls, so I thought Japanese lovers will enjoy this too.

So let’s get started with this fun shopping haul!

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I think it’s safe to say that I am drooling as I am looking at this picture, well not really, but you guys get the point.

DSC00397This is sooo delicious, this is like a red bean pancake sandwich! Red bean sweets are a popular Japanese sweet treat and it doesn’t taste like beans at all. It has a nice sweet flavor that’s not super overpowering, like some American or Canadian sweets. They had other flavors too i.e. red bean with chestnuts, but I prefer the original.

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I love Japanese curry, the traditional curry is made with potatoes, carrots and a meat of your choice. Since I stopped eating meat, I make this with potatoes, carrots and of course we can’t forget about the rice. It is a  wholesome meal and it is mouthwatering!

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If I read the word crispy on a food package, then it will make its way into my shopping cart for sure! I love rice balls, but I got extra excited when I read they are crispy. I haven’t tried them yet, but when I do I will let know how they are (I bet they are going to be delicious!).

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Rice onigiri are very popular snack, they are rice balls wrapped in seaweed, if you go to Japan you can find them at convenience stores. Onigiri have different fillings, the ones I got are salmon, pickled mustard leaf, spicy tuna mayo and enoki mushrooms. They are so yummy and always buy at least seven or ten.

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This is another popular snack in Japan, dango is a sweet dumpling made with rice flower and it is often served with green tea. They are so chewy and sweet, the one I bought is mitarashi dango. Mitarashi dango is covered with sweet soy sauce glaze, you can’t taste the soy sauce at all. There also other kinds of dango, such as:

Hanami Dango. Hanami means flower viewing and this dango is made during the cherry blossom season in Japan. When the cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring, many people in Japan go to the park and to have a picnic. It really is lovely and a great way to spend some quality time with friends and family.
Goma Dango. Goma dango are rolled in sesame seeds and they have a red bean paste filling. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Kibi dango. Kibi dango are made of millet flour, sticky rice flour and sugar.

These are just of few, but there are so much more.

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I usually get another  sesame salad dressing, but they didn’t have it in stock, so I bought this one instead. It is also tasty and it creamier than the other one I usually buy, it adds a nice flavor to salads.

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I squealed when I saw they had this at the store, this the very popular red bean snack called Taiyaki. Taiyaki can also have other fillings such as custard, chocolate, cheese or sweet potato. I’ve never had it and I am sooo excited to finally try it!

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I LOVE Pocky, the first time I ever had it was when I went to my second anime convention. Whenever I go to Sanko, I always buy a few boxes of Pocky and this time I wanted to try some new flavors. The Berry Carnival and Coconut Pocky are flavors I’ve never had before, I tried the berry carnival and it tastes amazing. I’ve had the almond crush and I love the combination of almonds and chocolate. As for the coconut Pocky, I still need to try it but I bet it tastes amazing.

DSC00405First of all, can we talk about the adorable packaging? I’m not going to lie, I bought these chocolate candies because of the packaging. However, I knew they would taste amazing and I was right. On the box it looks like the chocolates are covered with powdery chocolate, but they are not. They are tiny with an absolutely delicious strawberry filling, the chocolate is not too sweet and it does not overpower the taste of the strawberry. I need to go and restock soon, these are amazing.

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Yet again another yummy red bean dessert and these one have powdered sugar on top. The green one is green tea and I think the pink one is Sakura flavor, but I am not 100% sure. However, I am sure that these are so delicious! I’ve said that about every food item I posted, but it’s the truth.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, if you want to see more Japanese inspired post please let me know in the comments box.

Happy Friday and see you soon 🙂