Tonight, Mrs. Eduardo and I stopped by a place called the International Public Market in Emeryville. It’s a very cool place to go if you’re hungry, as they have about 20 different types of food places under one roof – Indian, Chinese, Jamaican, Greek, even Afghani. The place actually reminded me somewhat of Pike’s Place in Seattle, only not quite as cool and with less authentic food. Still, it was pretty tasty. I had Souvlaki from the Greek place.
I couldn’t leave without first picking up a few random food items at the little Japanese store there. Nothing spices up a Friday night like Pocky for Men and some happy seaweed.




Per Paco’s request, here’s a rundown of the palatal experience I had with these Asian food items.

First, though, you must understand that the Japanese rule the world when it comes to candy and snacks. They may not be the strongest nation militarily or politically – but in the realm of convenient food items, they put every other country to shame. Even the worst Japanese snack foods usually have redeeming qualities, whether it’s random packaging, cool design, or bizarre ingredients.
Anyway, here’s my review of the items I bought.

Men’s Pocky:

Nothing too surprising here. These are just basic pretzel sticks (without much salt) dipped in dark chocolate. They were good, although for some reason nearly all of them were broken inside the package. Apparently Japanese people are not as familiar with dark chocolate as we are, as they seem to think that this “bitter” treat is one primarily enjoyed by men.
I looked for Women’s Pocky, but found none. How sexist and misogynistic! If these guys were an American company, they would have been boycotted and sued out of existence by now.

Random “Nori-Ten” Seaweed/Wasabi/Chicken-Mackerel Snack (with Reports)

These were surprisingly weird, in a good way. I was expecting something akin to what is depicted on the front of the bag, minue the eyes and mouth. What I found instead were these funky little wasabi cracker/chip things that had seaweed on one side. They were pretty salty, and had an unusual fish-like taste that complimented the mild wasabi flavor. Overall they were really good.
I wish I’d taken a picture of this before I threw the bag away, but the nutrition information listed both “Chicken Extract” and “Mackerel Extract” as key ingredients. I’ve heard of extracting fish oil from fish, but I would really like to know what “Chicken Extract” is and process by which it was put into my food. Does the company have some kind of hydraulic press they use to get this substance?
Perhaps I’ll never know, but I sure wouldn’t mind another bag of these.