I love Japanese food heaven (supermarket/food court) Mitsuwa (aka one of very few cool places in North Jersey), but going there on a Sunday can be a total bitch. Rebecca and I went there two Sundays ago in lieu of hauling our tired bums to New York City (yes, I know Manhattan is right across the river from Mitsuwa, but I didn't want to drive in) and after slowly rolling around Mitsuwa's parking lot along with other hopeful Mitsuwa-goers and finding nothing, I turned around and parked in the lot of the neighboring shopping center just north of Mitsuwa. Parking there may add a few more minutes to your walking time, but it'll be faster than sadly staring at all the occupied spaces, slow-moving families pushing overflowing shopping carts, and cars waiting to get into the spaces occupied by the slow-moving families.
We eventually made it in for a late lunch. And went straight for...
PORK KATSU! Or at least I did. For about $9 you can get a katsu combination platter with a fried pork cutlet, fluffy pile of shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, block of soft tofu, bowl of chunky miso soup (chunks being vegetables and...pork?), random splodge of canned mandarin oranges, and more rice than you actually need. I hate wasting rice, but I can never finish the portion. I managed to eat everything else though.
We wanted to try the black sesame soft serve in all its turd-shaped glory, but just as I was going to place my order, the clerk took the sign down. They had run out. Just at that moment. Epic fail.
We satisfied our sweet tooths (teeth?) with Meiji Fruits Drops, a long-established Japanese hard candy whose awesomeness mostly stems from being packaged in a flask-shaped tin (and it tastes pretty good). They're like Sakuma Drops, the central candy in Grave of the Fireflies, if that makes them any more appealing. If you haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies, you should, even if it ends up one of the most depressing movies you'll ever see. But it's also been one of my favorites since I was a little kid. A strange, little kid. (I just bought the DVD on amazon.com. I need my heart-wrenching depiction of WWII from the viewpoints of starving children, stat.)
While browsing the Mars NY store in Mitsuwa's adjoining shopping center, Rebecca and I spotted the best capsule toy dispenser ever full of I Love Egg toys. You don't know what I Love Egg is? Let me educate you:
- Love the egg...love it.
IS THAT NOT THE MOST AWESOMELY ADDICTIVE ANIMATED HOMAGE TO EGGS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN? If you disagree, you're just wrong. Sorry. ...Wait, I'm not sorry, you should be sorry.
Armed with only enough quarters between us to buy one toy ($1), what did the machine bless us with?
BUNNY EGG! OH MY GOD, bunny egg with buckteeth and a nubbin tail! I celebrated with excited squealing. And since I couldn't handle missing the other seven figures from the toys series, I later bought two full packs of it on eBay. Yeah, I'm proud of it. And no, I have no idea what I'm going to do with all these egg toys.