Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sweet Treats

One thing I love about living in Japan is the sweets shops. Who'd have guessed that there would be cake factories and patisseries around every corner here? I am often found stuck in the bakery section of the grocery store, just admiring the beautiful creations. In the food courts of department stores, you can often find Mr. Donut and little crepes shops. Crepes (or omelet cakes) are very popular here. I love watching the crepe maker at work---drizzling the batter into a huge circle, flipping it expertly, and then filling that bad boy with bananas and whip cream. Yum!
Since I figure I'm only here once, I have a habit of buying a new sweet every time I go shopping. They are just so beautifully made. However, I know that my fun must come to an end. I need to buy new pants, and I'm already an XL here. Yikes! So, I am now going to attempt to get my sweet fix through something that won't pack on the pounds: felted sweet treats!
Felted Sweet Treats (I think the donuts sold me):

Crepes and Cream Puffs:

Little cakes, that look exactly like the ones in sweet shops:

Cinnamon rolls that look good enough to eat!

I think I'm going to start small and maybe make a chocolate. The instructions are in Japanese, but the diagrams are clear. Let's see!



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