|The bed was huge compared to ours at home!|
First stop was Benkyodo Company, since it was literally right across the street from our hotel. So we checked out bright and early at 8:00 a.m. and walked across the street with all of our luggage (which was kind of ridiculous for an overnight trip). The mochi here was divine! They are all handmade fresh and the owner is very sweet. Definitely somewhere you should check out if you are in the city and are a fan of mochi. Mr. H doesn't care for it, but I love it! Any thing with a similar chewy texture is a favorite for me! The one with soy powder is my favorite because it tastes almost identical to my favorite Korean rice cake that is covered with soy powder too. I bought eight mochi total; four for myself and four to give to my mom and grandma. Total was only $10.05 (cash and check only).
So after I got my mochi and Mr. H got a soda that he had been desperately longing for, we walked around the Japan Town mall for a bit hoping to get our parking ticket validated when the stores opened. We got bored and ended up leaving and paying full price for parking which actually wasn't too bad ($28 for overnight). Next stop, breakfast!
We had breakfast at Brenda's French Soul Food, which was absolutely delicious, wonderfully priced, and not overly crowded. I had french toast with butter pecan sauce and Mr. H had an oyster scramble. Both of our meals were fantastic! We definitely splurged a lot on food throughout the vacation. Normally we share one entree, it feeds us both just fine, and we don't have to worry about leftovers. I probably gained a couple pounds with all the excess crap I ate. I really wanted to try the beignets they had, but french toast sounded better that morning. Definitely give Brenda's a try if you are looking for a quick, yummy breakfast in the city.
Covering this trip is taking more blog posts than I anticipated! I'll finish the rest with my next post, and then I also have a recipe for breakfast dill potatoes to share, along with a circle lens review. I think I am coming down with a cold as I have been struggling with a nasty cough since last night. At least there are only three more days until the weekend! Phew!
Click here for Part 3 of our Valentine's weekend.