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Kagetsudō Kaminarimon: Tokyo 2017

Ahhh… Melonpans! One of the main reasons for coming to Japan! If you’ve never heard of melonpans before, you couldn’t be blamed for expecting that these oddly shaped buns would taste like melon. But you’d be wrong! 🙂 No, these baked buns earn their name by resembling the shape of melons (kind of like how pineapple buns get their name because they look like pineapples).
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Moomin Bakery & Café: Tokyo 2017

In a crowded city like Tokyo, which has a population of over 13.5 million people, it’s actually quite common for residents to feel alone and isolated. I suppose that’s why places like Moomin Bakery and Café are quite popular. It combines all of the things that Japanese people want (cute Finnish characters and Instagram worthy treats) with things that Japanese people need (staff here will bring large stuffed Moonmin characters to your table to keep you company).
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Abeno Harukas (Kintetsu Department Store): Osaka 2017

Abeno Harukas may be the tallest building in Osaka but what you really need to do when you visit is go down to the basement. Like many of the large department store buildings in Japan, the basement is where you can find all types of foods… from prepared deli items, to desserts, and hot items.
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Krispy Kreme (Abeno Q’s Mall): Osaka 2017

If you go back just over 11 years ago, there were no Krispy Kreme doughnut shops in Japan. Now, there’s over 40. I suppose they’ve really embraced the whole western fatty food culture. Not that I’m complaining at all.
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Kyo-Baum Gion North: Kyoto 2017

After our morning visit to Fushimi Inari-taisha and Yasaka Pagoda, we made our way back to Shijo Dori and headed east towards Nishiki Market. As this was their Labour Thanksgiving Day, it was especially crowded in Kyoto (you can’t tell in the picture below but the streets were packed).
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Mitoya (Kuromon Ichiba Market): Osaka 2017

Ahhhh, mochi! For those of you who are unfamiliar, mochi is a rice “cake” made from glutinous rice that’s been pounded and molded into shape and which has a distinctive chewiness to it.
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Pablo Dotonbori: Osaka 2017

For whatever reason, cheese has never been a big thing in Chinese cuisine. Personally, I love cheese… mac n’ cheese, cheesesteak, cheesecake? Yup. So, it’s nice to know that cheese seems to be a big hit in Japan. After grabbing some Japanese cheesecake, we stopped by Pablo in Dotonbori. This bustling cafe is famous for their creamy cheese tarts.
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Uncle Rikuro’s Cheesecake: Osaka 2017

Our first introduction to Japanese cheesecake was at the Uncle Tetsu’s in Waikiki. If you’ve never tried Japanese cheesecake before, you have to understand that it’s not like the kind of cheesecake that you get in a western bakery. It’s much lighter and fluffier and just melts in your mouth.
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St. Marc Cafe (Kitahama): Osaka 2017

We first fell in love with St. Marc Cafe during our first visit to Japan last year. Fortunately for us, there was a St. Marc Cafe located right next to our hotel in Osaka.
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La Forêt: New Bakery in Burnaby

When I saw my social media feed light up with posts about a new bakery located in Burnaby, I just had to see what the whole hype was about. La Forêt is pretty close to Metrotown but is tucked away on a side street just off Imperial Street. The thing that hits you immediately is how large this bakery is.
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Baker and Table Cafe: Melonpans!

After our introduction to melonpans during our trip to Japan last year, I’ve been seriously craving these crunchy-topped buns. Recently, I heard that a place on Fraser Street had started selling these in Vancouver and we wound up stopping by after a Lobster Sticky Rice dinner at nearby Ho Yuen Kee.
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The French Bakery (Bellevue): Savory Crepes

I had fairly high hopes for The French Bakery during our road trip. After all… it’s all right in the name. Who could ask for anything more? Well, we actually had a tough time trying to find this place as it’s tucked inside the Elements building. And despite the address being on 112th Ave NE, it’s actually easier to find if you walk into 111th Ave NE as that leads right to the courtyard area where you can see the bakery.
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