dominique-ansel-japan-8One of the highlights of my trip to Japan was a visit to the Tokyo outpost of Dominique Ansel Bakery. I visited the original New York location a few years and became completely smitten with the baked goods Dominique Ansel was producing. While he’s most famous for being the creator of the Cronut, he also made kouign amann (a Breton cake, similar to a croissant. but with a caramelized flaky crust) popular in the US and his version (called DKA which is short for Dominique’s Kouign Amann ) remains one of my favorite pastries of all time.

As luck would have it, he happened to be at his Japan store for a few days, celebrating the anniversary of the Cronut. I didn’t get to meet him when I went to his NYC store, so I was very excited by the prospect of meeting him in Japan. Sure enough, there he was right at the front, greeting customers.
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After chatting with him a few minutes, we got in line to order. I was happy to see all my favorites from his NYC store available, along with some different items that are exclusive to the Japan location. I was also shocked to see the Cronut was still available! No long lines or need to pre-order. We were able to walk right in and get one. (I’ve heard that they do have a long line in the afternoon for his Cookie Shots though.).
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Frozen S’more
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I was going through Trader Joe’s withdrawal when the latest Fearless Flyer appeared in my mailbox. Here is what I got on my recent trip!

Bollywood Popcorn
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This was one of the items I was most excited to try and I really enjoyed the popcorn. The seasoning used to flavor the popcorn does remind me of popular Indian dishes like Chicken tikka masala, just like they described it in the flyer.trader-joes-11

Green Tahini Dip and Sauce
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Ranch seasoned salmon and green beans are sealed in foil packets and cooked in the oven, for an easy meal with very little clean-up.

When cooking meals at home, my biggest struggle isn’t with the preparation or cooking– it’s the clean-up afterwards. I dream about having a robot helper that cleans up after me in the kitchen.ranch-salmon-foil-packets-15