I have heard it said that getting macarons in Tokyo is better than getting them in Paris because you get the same quality without the French snobbery. Whatever the case, macarons are certainly not scarce in the counters of upscale depachika (the basement level of Japanese department stores, known for counters full of prepared foods of all kinds) all over the city.
Ichigo Daifuku (strawberry and red bean paste wrapped in mochi) is a Summer seasonal treat in Japan, but Eiji Restaurant in San Francisco keeps the yum going all year round. They are also serving a chestnut version that is traditionally seasonal in the Fall.
Note: While we are preparing to move to Japan, I am going through some of my photos taken over the past few years of things I’d like to share about my experience in Tokyo as a visitor. Even while we live there, I hope to never lose my sense of wonder about what an interesting and other-worldly place Tokyo truly is. These posts will be titled “Tokyo Redux”.
This was one of several incredible fruit tarts on sale by the slice in the depachika of Keio Department Store in Shinjuku. Depachika are the food sections of the department stores, found on the basement levels. While generally more expensive than grocery stores and other places to get take out prepared foods, the quality and selection of the depachika foods is something to marvel at. I encourage you to “window shop” but only on a full stomach!