Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Mister Donut Specials (Hello Kitty!); Japan

Sadly, Mister Donut left the U.S. (I think all Mister Donuts became Dunkin Donuts) around 1990.  However, Mister Donut can be found at about half of the train stations here in Tokyo. 

I go to Mister Donut once, if not twice a week.  The donuts at Mister Donut Japan are absolutely beautiful.  Compared to their U.S. counterparts, they are definitely not as sweet.  Further, there is such a great seasonal variety here, from black sesame to green tea to chestnut to mandarin oranges and onward  Every month there is a limited time set of donuts.   Well, Halloween is no different, this time with Hello Kitty branding and pumpkin flavor donuts:

For a mere 1000 yen, you can get an assortment of donuts, a plush Hello Kitty and a special box.

On Sunday, I had a baked pumpkin donut.  Absolutely delicious.  Truly could taste the pumpkin and it wasn't too sweet.  Free refills on the coffee!!!
On Monday, I had the Whip Obake (ghost) Donut.  This was a standard strawberry frosted dount with whipped cream inside.  A little sweeter than the pumpkin donut, but still really good.

The best part of Mister Donut is they play American music (which is common at a lot of places here) which includes 60's, 70's and 80's songs too.  It's called the Mister Do Network.

Due to the good music, presentation and not-too-sweet nature of the donuts, I give Mister Donuts' Halloween selection 5 long johns out of 5 long johns.  

These donuts won't be here forever, so if you want Kitty-chan or pumpkin donuts, you better get them soon.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Update- Disney World, Orlando, Florida; Summer Has Passed, Time to Blog Again

Well, you probably realized that there was a long lag in posts.  I got busy with work and then so much happened over the summer.

Here are some key events that occurred since my last post in May.

1.Blogger now allows rich-text editing on its iPad app.  Great, I'll be doing this more often soon.

2. Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.  Big news for me because I'm from Chicago and love the Hawks.

3. We went to Disney World in Florida.  Lots of fun.  However, it was really hot, kids were really jet-lagged and traveling on the Disney buses with a giant double stroller was quite difficult.

Here's a selection of pictures from our trip to Disney World in late July/early August.  As you can tell, eating was very important to us as a good deal of the pictures are of food.  We opted to choose the Disney meal plan, which is a good deal.  For a flat fee of about 55 dollars a day, an adult can have one snack, one counter service meal and one table service meal.  For the meals, you can choose one non-alcoholic drink, one entree and one dessert.  As expected, we were gunning for the most expensive items on the menu on a regular basis.

We had the good fortune of staying at the Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge as my sister and brother-in-law were generous enough to invite us to stay with them at their Disney Vacation Club two-bedroom villa.

I plan on updating this blog on a more regular basis from this point onward.  Enjoy the pictures!