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Japanese Bakeries

October 22, 2017

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Welcome everyone to another week of food adventures in Japan, I’m your host, Simon, and my wife Martina and I will be guiding you through the magical world of Japanese bakeries, who have some really cool things to offer that we’re not used to seeing in North American bakeries, so let’s get started!

Why am I writing this way, for starters? I’m not sure. There’s a big typhoon hitting Japan now and I’ve got a wicked headache from it and I don’t want to whinge so I figured sounding like a radio show host might help. And on with the show!

No wait: whinging first. How many of you thought that I was the one that took Martina’s bacon? Be honest! You thought I’d steal my wife’s bacon. Me! Of all people! You think I’d do that to my loving and sweet wife? And what’s more amazing about it is that my loving and sweet wife thought with utmost certainty that I took her bacon. There wasn’t any hesitation. Bacon was gone, she didn’t remember eating it, so it must have been me! Ah, all of you, Shame! But, as a bigger commentary on pastries, I think that was a good testament of how delicious the quiche was. If the egg and mushroom were so flavorful that they could make you forget you’re eating bacon, that’s a good sign, I think, and more proof about the deliciousness of Japanese bakeries.

That curry bun wasn’t even top notch, by the way. It was lovely, for sure, but there’s a chain that we’ve seen around Tokyo that serves a whole bunch of different curry buns. It’s one of the first meals we ever had in Tokyo as well. Now that I think about it we only had it at that place once and haven’t gone since, but I do remember it being just absolutely jam packed and stellar. If you’re walking around Tokyo and you see a shop with glass displays at the front showing different kinds of Curry Buns (I saw them in Omotesando and I think Shimokitazawa) try one! And let me know the name of it as well so I can remember it in the future.

Apart from the baked goods themselves, I just wanted to say that we had a really fun time filming this video. Our last two videos were pretty serious and information heavy, but from time to time just grabbing a bunch of things we’re not sure about and trying them out as we laugh with each other gives me a really good feeling. Info heavy videos are stressful to edit because we’re always worried about getting something wrong. This wasn’t stressful at all here. Just some fun and laughs in a gorgeous park with my loving wife and friendly dogs. I couldn’t ask for more. I hope you had as much fun watching this video as we had editing it.

If you’re looking for some more laughs, we’ve got some bloopers and extra scenes below!

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  1. When I studied abroad in Japan in college, there was a grocery store near my dorm that had a bakery inside. Probably the majority of my meals came from that bakery! =) My favorites were a long bun that had some kind of fried cutlet inside with a savory sauce (though not tonkatsu sauce), a HUGE round bun that just had cheese inside, and a pastry-wrapped sausage. It was all so delicious, and cheap! I wish I had tried a wider variety, but the things I liked were too good to pass up! Only when my favorites got rotated out was I forced to find something new, haha.

    I love all the videos like this that you’re posting of things to try in Japan. I really hope to visit Japan again someday, and you’re giving me a great list of new things to try so it’s not all just a big nostalgia-fest. It can be difficult to seek out and try new things on your own, especially on a vacation, so it’s great to have some recommendations and a video overview of things to try =) Thank you!

    4 days ago
  2. Turns out I did not really take a good look. It was not a bakery but a place that sold mostly crackers and some small breads. I grabbed two random items. Turned out to be salty crackers that didn’t taste that good. _:(´ཀ`」 ∠):

    4 weeks ago
  3. The croissant-looking thing you had actually sounds like French pain viennois, which is some sort of super buttery bread but without the hard crust. It’s my favorite baked good! I also like brioche, which is kind of like a sweet, buttery, fluffy bread except it tastes very different than bread (I just don’t know how else to describe it). I’d love to have a try at the curry bread! I also like when you shoot videos at the park, they always have a great vibe.

    4 weeks ago
  4. Okay, I have to ask…. Where did Simon get the t-shirt, because that’s hilarious!

    1 month ago
  5. Hi simon and Martina my name is jessica rook I’m 18 I live in England and I was wondering if u could give me some advice this is my first time being a youtube and I wish to share my story about the hard ships that I been threw u see 5 months ago my dad steven passed away and I would like to tell his storie of what an amazing dad he was plus to raise awareness for bulling so please help me to give me some advice I would be so great full for it thank u

    1 month ago
  6. I am currently in Japan. I came here earlier this month. i have walked by a bakery almost everyday as I go to school. i will definitely stop by and check out what they have. i have mostly been going everyday to a convenient store to buy curry bread.

    1 month ago
  7. Such cuteness!! I couldn’t watch this without going to buy blueberry danishes to eat along with it, because who can watch a video about delicious baked goods without also eating delicious baked goods? (Spoiler: they were good, but definitely not as good as that cat pudding bun seems!)

    1 month ago
  8. Apart from all the amazing food you ate, I loved the fact that you two are so lovey-dovey in this video even more. I’m mostly cheerful and optimistic person but haven’t found love so far. All your videos showing more of your relationship (the good and the “bad”) are amazing and really appreciated, but maybe it’s just me :). The cheek kisses warmed the cockles of my heart even more than the kitty bread xD! Thank you guys, and have a wonderful start into the week <3

    1 month ago
    • I’m really happy to read that. I didn’t grow up with any positive examples of a happy relationship, so I’m happy that we can provide that :D

      1 month ago
  9. Japanese bakeries are good. Always something there worth trying and their bread is ssuper soft (according to mom). I think there’s a couple here where I live, but most or all don’t sell bread. The head baker at my mom’s bakery trained in a Japanese bakery for a few years and when he returned to Vancouver, he incorporated the baking techniques into the chinese baked goods and pastries.

    1 month ago
  10. That typhoon though. It’s been raining pretty hard consistently all day in my neck of the woods. I know it’s a long shot but I am hoping school gets cancelled tomorrow – it’ll be like snow days all over again only this time Typhoon days.

    The editing in this video was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed watching it :D

    1 month ago