I was looking through some old posts from a blog that I wrote while I was studying abroad in Japan and I came across this post:
I’m sorry, America, your staple has been out done by the Japanese.
When I first went grocery shopping in Japan, I was disappointed with the lack of wheat bread. I sadly bought a loaf of fluffy white bread instead or my usual favorite, the orowheat bread in the green package. The bread sat on my microwave for a few days, staring at me, reminding me that I don’t really like white bread. I finally decided to eat a slice as a snack, and wow, it was glorious!…
Japanese white bread is great for 6 months, but when you’ve been living away from croissants, baguettes, and wheat bread for two years, your attitude towards that fluffy white stuff will change. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Japan’s white bread, I really do. It makes a wonderful BLT. But when buttery, bleached-flour bread is your only option, you get tired of it. Right now my ultimate craving is for a California Fresh sandwich (turkey breast, avocado, jack cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, dijon) on a dutch crunch roll from Le Boulanger, a bread and sandwich shop I used to go to at home (I couldn’t find a picture of it on the internet, but if you go to the Le Boulanger homepage, it’s the sandwich that shows up on the front page photo reel). I usually don’t like to eat dutch crunch bread. It always cuts up the roof of my mouth and makes my sandwich eating experience less enjoyable. But the dutch crunch rolls at Le Boulanger are a different story. They have just the right amount of crunchiness to warrant the “crunch” in their name, but are soft enough to keep you coming back for more bites. During my visit home to America in February, my last lunch was a California Fresh. Sitting here typing about my favorite sandwich makes me want it even more. Oh my god, I would pay 50 bucks for a California Fresh right now!
Woo, calm down, it’s going to be alright.
Anyways….err…in conclusion, Japanese white bread is awesome, but not when it’s your only bread option for two whole years.
…now off to coax Khoa into trying to make me a mock-up of a California Fresh sandwich. Bye!