September 03

Cheese Doughnut Surprise

Next time I’m tempted to be lazy about reading the Japanese descriptions of seasonal specialties, I’ll remember today’s “Creamy Cheese” doughnut experience.

I was stuck doing errands around Ikebukuro Station way past lunchtime, and that powdered sugar-dusted doughnut with cream cheese filling looked too good to pass up. I bit into it and thought hmm, not quite what I expected.

I looked up the description later and discovered why: “Gouda cheese is added to mascarpone cheese for a rich filling with deep flavor. It is finished with cream cheese powder and parmesan cheese.” Eek.

Read a novel set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more