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Pepper Dinner

Pepper Lunch is a Japanese fast food chain serving a good chunk of Japan, a good chunk of Asia otherwise, and one lone shop in Milpitas, California, USA. I’d somehow completely overlooked the Akihabara branch right next to one of the three or four Sega arcades in the area, but thanks to a friend and his trusty smartphone-plus-data-plan, I finally had the opportunity to visit one of the chain’s Japanese shops for a quick dinner.

Above is the large version of their signature menu item, the Pepper Rice plate (780 yen), served on a sizzling platter that cooks your dish and keeps it hot. In America, there’s far more meat on the perimeter than what you see here, but I actually don’t mind having less meat — the rice is far more flavorful than I remember it. One might say they definitely put more pepper into the Japanese pepper rice.

By the way, those familiar with the Milpitas Pepper Lunch branch: you know that special sauce? There are two varieties in Japan: sweet (which the US has), and spicy (which the US doesn’t have). The spicy sauce’s spice is just barely within my limit. (For reference, I can’t handle too much spice.) ◆

Running to School with Toast Dangling From My Mouth

I haven’t done it yet, but if I continue to ruin my sleeping schedule, it might just happen. ◆

First Lunch: Mos Burger

So I went to Mos Burger and ordered a Double Mos Cheeseburger set with a large fries and medium drink (860 yen). This is what it looks like (Dodekamin can for scale):

If you’ve ever heard that Japan has small portions…there you have it. 😉

The Double Mos Cheeseburger was quite good and juicy; it consists of a bun, two patties, cheese, tomato, mayonnaise, onion, and meat sauce. The meat sauce and onions sort of bring to mind a sloppy joe and are almost as messy. The fries are your standard fast food fries, sort of thick, super-light on the salt. The melon soda is how you’d expect melon soda to taste, if you’ve had it before — but not too fizzy like the ones you get in bottles (or like Coke products back home). ◆

First Breakfast: St. Marc Café

After walking down the local shopping center and finding everything closed (most places in Japan open at 10, see), I took a look at what was open for breakfast, and found the Keikyu Gumyoji Stationfront store of St. Marc Café, a chain of bakery-cafés that specialize in chocolate croissants. Pictured from left to right, their normal Choco-Cro (170 yen), their Andes Salt Daifuku Choco-Cro (180 yen), and an M-size iced “premium” cocoa (390 yen, and amusingly, the largest size they offer for that drink).

The croissants were quite good, and had a really nice flake to them; the chocolate was quite rich in both of them. I didn’t quite catch the subtleties of the daifuku one (if they exist), but it was also good. The premium cocoa is a darker chocolate than what I’m used to in chocolate milk from America (great!), but I didn’t think it was worth the 390 yen price.

In any case, it’s certainly a good meal to wake up to. (And it’s definitely a healthier pick than the other close alternative that’s open at 7 — Mos Burger. I’m saving that for lunch.) ◆

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