Last year when my boss told me our office was being moved to another section of Downtown Los Angeles I grumbled at first. I wasn't thrilled about having to find another route to navigate through L.A. traffic nor was I excited about extending my commute even slightly. However, my resistance turned to excitement when I learned they were moving us to Little Tokyo. Why, you ask? The food of course! I spent the first couple of weeks exploring the arts district and Little Tokyo Village where I found several good sushi joints as well as gems like The Pie Hole (mac and cheese pie) and Café Dulce (bacon donuts!). But there is one place I visit several times a week and that's Marukai Japanese Supermarket.
Marukai is a small chain of stores located in California and Hawaii but you find all sorts of deliciousness here that you won't find at Ralph's or Vons. I'm mainly talking snack foods because that's usually what I'm there for on my breaks but they also have some of the best produce- definitely better than my local stores. If you're ever in the area you should check it out. I can't imagine leaving empty handed. If you don't have one near you, not to worry. They have an online store as well. Unfortunately you won't find everything there like the following goodies. Feast your eyes and try not to drool.
|Nabisco Apple Granola Oreo Cookie Bars|
|Glico Coconut Pocky (limited edition)|
|Norishio (seaweed and salt) flavored Cheetos|
|Bakeble Kit Kat Bars|