and down with ichiban! it is used to be my favorite dollar store in japan town. i was there yesterday and was thoroughly disappointed. their stock has dwindled since before thanksgiving and most of what's left has gone up in price.
i got a bit irate with ichiban yesterday because of the surprise price jack ups at the check out stand. i bought four bags of my favorite snacks which were one of the very few things that are still labeled $1 at the rack. at the counter, however, they were $1.80 each. i also bought six clear plastic pouches which were also labeled $1 at the rack. $1.50 at the counter. i really don't mind the increases because the prices are still good, but i rather dislike being surprised.
thankfully, clement street shopping was a lot more predictable. well, price wise anyway. look at what i got suckered into buying:
i am a sucker for cute packaging. there's even a little cartoon about how the pea becomes the puff. purely guessing, of course, i know no japanese.
get ready for this month's curious snack segment on schmeebot:
i got that at a dimsum to go shop. i showed it to jg when it was still in a little plastic bag and said, "look what i found on the sidewalk!" he was genuinely speechless. aghast.
sesame jelly roll
yes, black. it's elastic as well as jiggly. good device to demonstrate poisson's ratio. i actually ate a quarter inch slice of it. yum, tastes like... sesame jelly roll!
on to my next clement street find:
hahahahahaha. i bet you said, "aw, cute" right before you saw the second picture, didn't you? they sell a holstein cow version of this terrific toy too. i love it!
i can't help it
i spent all morning looking at all the happy stuff i got yesterday. the happiness ended when i looked at the receipts. $145, jiminy crickets!
i tell ya...i check your blog every day and nothing. then all of a sudden there are 3 entries. i feel so behind. :)
» from mariko
What is that coming out of the pig's behind?!? And I can totally picture the look on jg's face when you showed him that weird black treat. I was guessing licorice. Sesame sounds better. And I love those pea snacks!
» from chauntela
Okaythat is HIlarious!! Trevor thought it was pretty funny too, poop jokes always make my kids laugh. Don't know why that is....
I think you should screenprint the pickle/cucumber bag onto the front & back of a t. I will do freeform crochet of a funny animal if you do it, other than that you will get no freeform from me....tit for tat baby!!
» from Summers
You *kill* me! In a good way, I mean... and may I just say, I just love your writing and if you stop writing in 2005 I will cry, oh yes I will.
» from holly
so funny! but the package says beano, not peano...hmmmm... what are those japanese kids thinking?
» from meowgirl
mmm... so many good poisson's ratio foods are also delicious foods.
the piggy and sesame jelly roll photo (all on a pristine white plate, no less) made me laugh out loud.