Authentic Japanese snacks delivered to your door! Snakku is a subscription service starting at $38.95.
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They kindly sent me a sample to try out and so I could share my experience with you. I must say - lots of childhood memories came back to me when opening their box. Good childhood memories of course :)
I believe that all Japanese products begins its high quality experience at the wrapping/packaging stage. Snakku uses a beautiful Japanese cloth, also called a furoshiki to wrap the Snakku box. This month it was a deep green furoshiki - resusable of course! I plan to wrap my lunches or any other boxes with this in the future.
Branding and Messaging
Inside the box, I found a pamphlet and flyer of Snakku's. I love how they use Japanese characters (which are truly Japanese, not random characters!) to make the experience authentic, even for a native Japanese person like me.
This month (August) happened to be the month of rusks! I hadn't had rusks since I left Japan (~7 years ago) so this was a *very* pleasant surprise. Here is the list of snacks which came in my box (taken from Snakku's website):
All of these high quality Japanese snacks were all very tasty - and now you can get 10% off by using "jpinsider" at checkout. Now's your time to give Snakku a try ;)
1 day before the store opened, I had a chance to take a sneak peak of what the store had to offer!
Muji (Mujirushi) is a Japanese brand which focuses on simplicity. More on the brand here.
A *big* thank you to Asako Shimazaki san, the Muji USA President who gave us a tour of the store and interesting information about the products and brand.
Scroll down for more info on the items displayed in the photographs!
More info on photographs (in order of appearance):
Other recommended products:
Have you visited this new store yet? If not - I highly recommend you do! So many products and they are affordable. I promise you'll have a great time just browsing too. High quality products for a great price!
Muji's website: http://www.muji.com/us/
Highlighted in photographs:
Fyuse by Ryan Chua
BentoNow is a service which delivers Asian dinner / lunch to your curbside in *minutes*. When they say "minutes'", they mean it too! I personally got mine delivered in 4 minutes! No kidding!
You get to pick your main and 4 sides. I believe their dinner time starts at 5pm!
Once you pick, enter your CC info and confirm your order, you'll receive a confirmation text which shows you where your food is! You get to track it all the way through it's journey....Then, fwah-lah, 4 minutes later I had my very first BentoNow in my hands!
This day I ordered: Seared Salmon (as a main dish), Asian Chopped Salad, Chicken Wings, Fruit and Vegetable Gyoza. Most of these dishes are Japanese; like the salmon and gyoza....I must say, being born and raised in Japan - I *approve* and want to thank BentoNow for serving such great Japanese casual food in San Francisco!
The Seared Salmon was absolutely the highlight. The ponzu sauce was fresh and real. Matched with the perfectly seared salmon! The Asian Chopped Salad was seasoned very well - not too sweet, not too dressed.
You can use "MARIKA1" to get a couple dollars off your first BentoNow!
My recent discovery of a heathy soda! (Finally!)
I've never really been a fan of carbonated drinks but since I've started working in SF, I've realized how refreshing it is and that it keeps me alert at 4pm when the evening mode kicks in. Oh, I don't drink coffee after 11am, so that's why I pick other types of drinks instead. Green tea is another choice for me but sometimes, you just need to spoil yourself with a tasty ol' soda!
So Obi, is a Probiotic Soda. They were kind enough to send me some samples so I got to try all their flavours!
Basically, Obi is low in calories (10-20kcal), organic, uses 0 artificial sweeteners, dairy free, caffeine free and vegan! It doesn't use odd chemicals like Coca Cola. Definitely worth trying! They come in 4 flavours (as shown above) but my favourite is the orange. It's a citrus-y fresh drink, not too sweet! The Root Beer flavour was a little bit challenging for me. It tastes like an organic juice with a little bit of bubble!
I also wanted to copy typical Japanese commercials marketing "refreshing" drinks like beer - hence the video I posted above :) I hope you enjoy!
Kinokuniya in Japantown, San Francisco is my saviour!
Small books, large books, magazines, origami and all sorts of little goodies.
I go here on a monthly basis to pick my favourite Japanese fashion magazines. I have a subscription with them - so they e-mail me when the most recent publication is delivered.
The photograph above is one of Japanese travel books. The ones above are for LA and San Francisco.
Colourful, aren't they?
Japanese magazines contain a lot of information. Blurbs, comments, images, you name it!
Additionally, the Japanese language itself can portray information more than English given it's Kanji characters.
The photograph below shows bilingual Japanese books, mostly on food.
Have you read any of them?
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