how do you say “om nom nom” in Japanese?

Food in Japan is on another level. I don’t think I ate anything I normally eat at home, but I never once missed western food. Well, I did slightly panic when I found out that I was supposed to eat the crab in the middle of the picture below:

lilcrab

I found the tastes, quantities, and presentation perfect for myself and my well being. One of the foods that surprised me the most was the rice. I am not a rice fan, I usually avoid eating it and almost never make it. So of course at first I was a little nervous of what I would eat over there. Then I tried Japanese rice.

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I think I ate rice at every meal and a rice ball for every snack. In fact my favorite thing to make in the mornings was avocado rice balls which where just: rice and avocado wrapped in seaweed. I took a few pictures, but they were so messy looking I can’t post them and maintain any self respect. Messy or not… they were delicious 🙂 We would also buy these togo rice balls often… and by often I mean almost everyday.

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rice balls should be mandatory in all 7-11’s

Besides how great they tasted, they were filling, convenient, and reasonably healthy compared to what you can come out of a US 7-11 with. And maybe that’s what I loved most about the food in Japan, I always felt good after eating. I don’t have any allergies to any food that I know of, but it’s not uncommon for me to feel, “uncomfortable” after a meal even when I haven’t eaten a crazy amount. But with the food I was eating in Japan, even when I ate A LOT, I never had that same bloated/ upset stomach feeling. WHICH WAS AWESOME… and so was endless sushi:

SOMUCHSUSHI

Even at the festivals we always received a bento box for the day that would contain rice balls with different fish inside and sometimes inari (rice in a sweet bean curd) or tomago (egg). You may think bento boxes are just for kids, but they make amazing meals on the go for any age. I think they could convince anyone to eat their veggies.

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matbento mushbento

Actually Bento seems popular for all age groups and served in restaurants as well as a way to prepare a meal togo. I love them, they are like mini buffet meals. I always want to taste little bits of lots of different things and bento makes that possible!

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Japan made it so easy to eat healthy on the go, compared with my attempt in August. If I had done that same trial in Japan it would have been a walk in the park! Where I could have coincidentally bought a baked sweet potato 🙂

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One last note… Royal Caribbean… this is NOT sushi:

RCCL sushi

To which Royal would probably respond, ” but it is free.”

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