Osaka

Day 185- Jiggly Pancakes and Other Foods

Today we spent basically our whole time walking around and eating! I have been told that my blog has featured a lot of food lately, but I have just really enjoyed our food experiences in Asia and wanted to remember them! As for today, Osaka is known as the kitchen of Japan and has famous street foods, so we of course had to see if it lives up to the hype! 

We started with brunch at Cafe Gram which is a Japanese chain known worldwide for its exceptionally fluffy pancakes! I heard about them a long time ago and knew I had to have some if I ever came to Japan. They were to die for- they were like pancake flavored clouds! However, they were quite rich, so Alexander had to eat one of mine for me!  

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Then, we walked farther into the main part of the city! We enjoyed all of the bright lights and giant signs everywhere! 

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It wasn’t long before we took our second food stop at a street food area. I had some Japanese wings and Alexander had steak skewer! 

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Then we did some more exploring! We stopped in a couple stores that only sold trading cards! It was crazy how many there were, and even crazier was how much some of them cost! 

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We also stopped in a couple toy stores and a giant 4 story manga and anime store! The all of these shops had different music playing in every corner and the colors and things going on were a bit of a sensory overload! It was an insane contrast to, say, riding on the subway here where everyone is completely silent! 

The manga and anime store had everything a fan could want! It had toys, accessories, and half a floor dedicated to cosplay supplies!  

Food stop #3 was a small one because I really wanted Alexander to try shrimp tempura! We thought we would just buy his two little pieces and he could eat them while we walked, but the people invited us in to their 4 seat eating area and also served us both tea with it! It was the sweetest thing! 

Food stop #3 was a small one because I really wanted Alexander to try shrimp tempura! We thought we would just buy his two little pieces and he could eat them while we walked, but the people invited us in to their 4 seat eating area and also served us both tea with it! It was the sweetest thing! 

Back on our walk, we came across a small shrine right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the main city streets!

Back on our walk, we came across a small shrine right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the main city streets!

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We already thought there were a lot of giant signs in the day time, but in the night is when they really shine!

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Everything is just so bright and cheerful! 

So... we actually had two dinners today! It was only because the first place we went was exceptionally cheap and it wasn’t until we got our food that we realized why! The dishes were very, very small. And since we had 20,000 steps in today, we figured it’d be okay to get some more food! 

So... we actually had two dinners today! It was only because the first place we went was exceptionally cheap and it wasn’t until we got our food that we realized why! The dishes were very, very small. And since we had 20,000 steps in today, we figured it’d be okay to get some more food! 

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We decided to go to a place that advertised it had the best Ramen, so we figured, why not! This place was a tiny hole in the wall and fit about 8 customers at a time! The Ramen was excellent, but the experience was even better! 

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