Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday In Japan.... hamburgers and Totoro

Back to my usual Wednesday in Japan posting that has been tossed aside lately because
The Square Dogs have been monopolizing my time and blog space lately.

What better way to start a Japanese food post with my favorite Totoro pastries.
Kawaii ! but somewhat hard to eat because they are so cute !
And yet there they are in all their goodness just waiting to be eaten and I did eat one maybe two and they were really good.

Kawaii !

Hamburgers in Japan !

Why I am posting about hamburgers today instead of the Japanese food I usually write about ?
Because on another blog a commenter posted that her four years of living in Japan
it was very hard because she had to drive an hour for a Burger King Hamburger.

I know we all have our favorites and crave certain foods
so I can't fault her, she must have missed them very much
The best hamburger I have ever eaten in my life was in Japan !
And it was not a Burger King !

It was an Awajishima Burger, Nishinomiya Japan

I try to have one every time I visit.
This is a very small restaurant about the size of someones hall closet, hole in the wall right next to the wholesale food market.
With no where to park or even sit,  there is always a queue especially at lunch.
The owner/chef buys everything  fresh and organic that morning from the farmers on
Awaji Island.
The onions alone are worth it !
Two choice of burgers, regular at 500 yen, large at 650 yen.
It comes with fresh baked soft bun, lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed onions and the owners special sauce.
The hamburger meat is from Awaji Island also and so good it melts in your mouth.
You can add homemade bacon, fried egg, cheese fresh from the farm and of course the
sweet Aawjishima onion rings and fries.

The burgers are about 6 to 7 inches tall. 

Photos are from a visit I made for Mia's Omiyamairi.
Yes, we are starting Mia early
I can't believe she is almost 3 now !

The burgers come with instructions. Do not unwrap, you must first squish them down 

Then open the unbelievable yummy goodness

  It was hard trying to take a photo and eat it at the same time.

You know Mia is saying ummmmmmmm isn't that my burger ?

More Totoro pastry
all packed up and ready to eat.
le sigh
Kawaii !

but they are still too cute to eat.
ummmmmmmmm maybe not !

 I almost made it out of Japan with out buying a new Totoro.
We all were sitting  at the airport visiting with family before getting on our plane it happened.
I spied at the "Merry Shop"a Totoro looking at me across the isle.
And just like Micheal Corleone in the Godfather,  they drew me back in.

Here he is sitting on our take on luggage waiting to go through security.
Yes, he got through just fine.

Crazy American Lady

Totoro. . . parsnip
music... OST, My Neighbor Totoro
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  1. I'd eat all the pastries and scarf the burger while hogging Mia to myself! Cutest little bundle ever! You are so lucky!

    1. I have a photo of me eating the Totoro that daughter took and it is bad bad bad.... so good I want one now.
      I know everyone has a favorite "this is the best burger ever" but.... this is the best burger ever ! I have never eaten hamburger meat this good.
      I know I must have eating a Burger King burger many many years ago ? ? ? but for me why bother I don't eat fast food, too much salt plus you never really know what is really in it.

  2. Mia is a little sweetie! I can imagine her eating those pastries
    when she is a little older.

    1. Yes she will because on my next trip Mumzilla (my name) is taking her to the Studio Ghibli store and then on to the bakery. Totoros for us all.

  3. My daughter would looooooooooove your pastries! She has a Totoro collection, too. We have the plush but also tiny little guys that easily get lost so we have to keep track of them.

    What a beautiful post! I love it. :)

    1. Awwwwww thanks so much.
      I am now very hungry.

  4. !!!!

    Must have one of those hamburgers someday.

    1. If someone asked me what would be a favorite last meal this would be very high on the list.

  5. Everything looks wonderful, Mia as a baby with her long beautiful hair, the perfectly squished burgers, Totoro pastries and big airport Totoro! :D

    1. I did go to a Stuido Ghibli shop and bought lots for me and friends but I was really good till the airport !

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    1. Why yes I am....
      I am a Mum and I love Godzilla.
      So I named myself Mumzilla.
      Mia calls me that all the time. She has a Japanese Obanchan (Grandmother) so I am the American Grandmother.
      Except in Japanese it is more Momajilla which is more the way Godzilla is said in Japan.
      And almost everyone who knows me calls me mumzilla family or not.

  7. Those burgers are making my mouth water and I've only just finished my supper!

    1. they are the best.... I am trying to visit in the fall and that is on my list of places o go...

  8. Just catching up on your recent posts!(I have had visitors and been distracted)
    The hamburgers look yummy indeed.
    Was so interested to hear your family history. Always utterly fascinating.
    Buster and I send lots of love.

  9. We've got Bachi Burgers, Japanese style with all kinds of goodies. Some of the best here in town and reasonably priced.
    Those things do look good enough to eat.

  10. Haha! I don't know if I've seen that photo of the small and quiet Mia. She's so big and fussy now.

    Gotta love Japanese shop names... *facepalm*

  11. Oh WOW I am so so hungry now. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  12. They are too cute to eat!

    Mumzilla? Oh, I like that!