Category Archives: Finds

1/3 Cut Nori (Seaweed) / 1/3 カット海苔

May 7, 2015

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Front and Back of Mizyuniya 1/3 Cut Nori

Front and Back of Mizyuniya 1/3 Cut Nori

I am always looking for items which make my life a little bit more convenient.  I buy the Yakinori 1/3 Size by Mikuniya.  There are 15 sheets of nori in one package. You can wrap the nori onto an onigiri or eat it on its own.  You don’t have to hassle with cutting the larger sheets of nori.  You can find this Nori at Nijiya for $5.99. It’s pricey, but worth it for me to pay this amount for the good taste and quality, and best of all not having to hassle with cutting the larger sheets.

Nori on a Onigiri (Rice Ball)

Nori on a Onigiri (Rice Ball)

1/3 カット海苔

私はいつも利便性をかんがえています。ニジヤマーケットで売っている三国屋1/3サイズ焼き海苔15枚入りを愛用しています。お握りに巻いたりそのままいただけます。海苔の味はとても美味しくパリッと噛み切れお値段は高めですがハサミをその度に出さなくてよいし 高品質を考えるとおすすめお便利商品です。

Mizuniya Nori Full Size Sheet

Mizuniya Nori Full Size Sheet

Nijiya Japanese Food Market is located at:

2130 Sawtelle Blvd., #105, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (in the Sawtelle Place strip mall)

Daiso Bento Supplies / ダイソーお弁当用品

April 27, 2015

Bento supplies at Daiso

Bento supplies at Daiso

Rice Balls or Onigiri holders

Rice Balls or Onigiri holders

My daughter attends a Japanese preschool on Sawtelle and I need to make a Japanese bento for her to take to school.  Bento making for mothers in Japan is a big deal, and my bento lunches would get a failing grade in Japan.  Luckily, I live in the states and I can make a simple lunch using bento “accessories” sold at Daiso without any judgments from teachers or other mothers.  They have cute paper muffin cups and toothpicks to give my bentos some flairDaiso has a great bento section and all items are $1.50!

Baking cups

Baking cups

Toothpicks

Toothpicks

娘はソーテルにあるプリスクールへ私の作るお弁当を持って通ってます。日本のお母様方は素晴らしいお弁当作りをしていられるので 私のシンプルなのでは落第です。運よくアメリカに住んでいるのでダイソーで売っているお弁当アクセサリーを使い作っています。可愛いマッフィンカップや各種のようじをは 可愛いお弁当を作るにに役立っています’。ダイソーには お弁当用品売り場があり皆$1.50で売っています。

Bento lunch

Bento lunch

Daiso is located at:

2130 Sawtelle Blvd. Ste. 112 Los Angeles, CA 90025 (in the Sawtelle Place strip mall) www.daisojapan.com

 

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) / 焼きおにぎり

April 2, 2015

Yaki Onigiri

Yaki Onigiri

As a busy working mom, I am always looking for quick and easy snack options for my children.  The grilled rice balls by Nissui are my go-to snack which the kids love.  The rice balls have a soy sauce flavoring and come 6 to a pack.  It’s very easy to make – you just put one in the microwave for 2 minutes and then it’s done. You can find them in the frozen aisle at Nijiya Japanese Food Market and the rice balls sell for $5.99 which means each rice ball is roughly $1.   Sometimes, the rice balls go on sale for $3.99 and that is when I stock up!  You can eat with or without nori (seaweed).

Back of Package

Back of Package

6 to a Pack

6 to a Pack

焼きおにぎり

子供の為に手軽なスナック代わりになる食べ物を探す忙しく働くママです。ニッスイの冷凍焼きおにぎりは子供たちも大好きでとても助かる品です。6個入りでしょうゆ味付、1個2分チンするだけの手軽さです。ニジヤマーケットの冷凍売場に$5.99でおいてあります。1個約$1です。セールになると$3.99なので買いだめします。海苔を漬けても良いです。

Eat with or without Nori (Seaweed)

Eat with or without Nori (Seaweed)

For more information on Nissui, go to their corporate website.

Nijiya Japanese Food Market is located at:

2130 Sawtelle Blvd., #105, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (in the Sawtelle Place strip mall)

Imuraya Castilla (Kasutera Sponge Cake)/ 井村屋 カステラ

March 24, 2015

Sample Table at Nijiya Japanese Food Market Featuring Imuraya's Castilla

Sample Table at Nijiya Japanese Food Market Featuring Imuraya’s Castilla

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One of the best things about shopping at Nijiya Japanese Food Market (Sawtelle location) on the weekends is that they offer samples of products.  I am the type of person who always tries samples, even if I am already familiar with the product.

A few weeks ago, the sample table featured Castilla (kasutera in Japanese) by Imuraya, a famous confectionery manufacturer originating in Japan.  This Japanese style sponge cake is made out of flour, eggs, starch syrup, and sugar and is fluffier, moister and lighter than its Western pound cake counterpart.  Imuraya offers original, “cheese” (cheesecake) and green teen flavors with 10 pre-cut slices in each package.  At Nijiya, the Castilla sponge cake sells for $5.99.  My favorite is the green tea flavor as it has just the right hint of green tea flavoing in the cake.

井村屋 カステラ

週末 ニジヤマーケッでお買い物する時の一つの楽しみは 沢山の試食品テーブルが有ることです。私はすでに製品を知っていても試食してみます。先日試食テーブルに日本の有名菓子メーカー井村屋のカステラを見つけました。この日本式パウンドケーキはアメリカの品より軽くホワホワでしっとりしていて粉、卵、シロップと砂糖から作られています。オロジナル、チーズケーキ, グリーンテイー味を提供しています。一本は10切れに切り分けられ食べやすくニジヤマーケットでは$5.99で販売されています。

10 pre-cut slices per package

10 pre-cut slices per package

 

Take off paper at bottom prior to eating

Take off paper at bottom prior to eating

Green Tea Flavor

Green Tea Flavor

For more information on Imuraya, go to their corporate website www.imuraya-usa.com.

Nijiya Japanese Food Market is located at:

2130 Sawtelle Blvd., #105, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (in the Sawtelle Place strip mall)