Japanese Village Plaza
350 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
During this gorgeous weekend, I got a chance to browse Little Tokyo a little more. My last visit can be found here. On this visit, I spent some time in the Japanese Village Plaza, which has quite a few restaurants and stores.
Outside, there was someone performing. Boyfriend seemed fascinated with this and kept watching him and taking pictures.
Yamazaki bakery was pretty small. There were some breads, donuts, cakes and they advertised soft serve ice cream. I ended up buying some melon pan breads.
While I was browsing the bread selection, Boyfriend pointed these cute fruit tarts out to me:
As soon as I saw them, I remembered seeing them before in Kirk of mmm-yoso's post, but I had completely forgotten about them. The cute individual fruit tarts use whip cream to create adorable looking little dogs.
Of course, I had to get one. I tried to be careful with them while we wandered and shopped, but somehow the box tipped over and the cute dogs got completely ruined. I was so distressed that I didn't get to take a picture for the blog that Boyfriend went back and got me another one. =)
I was so afraid this one would get ruined before I could take a proper picture, so I snapped one in the car. I was really careful with this container for the rest of the night. The ear got a little damaged, but it made it home in one piece.
From the display window, they had takoyaki (fried octopus battered balls) and imagawayaki (pancakes with filling). I didn't know this was the name in japanese for these pancakes. I've only seen taiyaki ones, which are similar in taste but are fish shaped. The regular pancake shaped ones I've seen often in Taipei as a streetfood. I wasn't aware it was a japanese treat too.
I got an order of takoyaki and one imagawayaki. Despite the imagawayki being fresh, it wasn't crispy on the outside, which is how I like mine. The takoyaki were pretty good, but were a bit cold.
There was a Sanrio store, so of course I had to check out the spring Hello Kitty collection
Hello Kitty dressed as a chick has now joined my ever growing collection of plush toys. I visited a few more spots in Little Tokyo which will be covered in some future posts. Hope everyone had a nice weekend!Yum