I was saving this for later, Kat has forced my hand: it’s time for me to write about the junk food I’ve been eating over here. I’ve made it my mission to try a small amount of new snackage I’ve never experienced before each day. Not too much, because I don’t want to crash the plane from unexpected added weight on the return flight, but enough to give me something to look forward to in this dreary, terrible place that I have been forced to visit against my will.
Item 1: Kit-Kat Caramel Pudding
Japan has amazing Kit-Kat technology. This nation wins the Kit-Kat arms race, hands-down. America soundly rejects all but the standard Kit-Kat and the horrible “white chocolate” version, but Japan embraces the Kit-Kat family in all its myriad variants. While nothing will quite match the majesty of last year’s winter premium with its dark chocolate and black tea cream, I’m always willing to press forward.
Alas, Kit-Kat Caramel Pudding is entirely too sweet for its own good. I kinda taste the caramel, but mostly it’s like tiny sugar molecules are stabbing my tongue.
Item 2: Meiji chocolate potato sticks
This was a little more adventurous, and also far more regrettable. Chocolate and potato can be inexplicably good together, which is why all humans dip their Wendy’s fries in their Frosties, but you’d never know it to try this. The potato adds a weird sourness to the mix that makes the chocolate taste curdled. Horrifying! But perhaps an appropriate chaser for “A taste of the BREAD” teriyaki burger. Which is why I’ve sent it chasing the burger to the landfill.
Of course, the worst culinary offense I’ve yet seen was the chilled red win at the Italian place pictured below. I believe the correct term is “grotaceous.”