02 January 2013

Mitsuwa and Maki

New Year's Eve dinner: maki, seaweed salad, and pickled plums

The last few New Year’s Eves, we’ve taken the looong drive out to the northwestern suburbs to visit Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace, which has everything Japanese that you never knew you needed and have no idea what it is, but you really, really want.  Mitsuwa is like a busy little village inside.  In addition to the grocery, there is a video store, a food court with six or seven different restaurants, a beauty parlor, a Shiseido boutique, a liquor store, a pastry shop, a travel agency, a bookstore, even a music institute.  All geared to Japanese clientele, or the Japanese culture lover.